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October 25, 2011 3:37:01 AM

I am just curious as to how long an i7 2600k's lifetime will be if overclocked. It would be great if someone could tell me the the lifetime at these clock speeds: 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5 . Thanks you.

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October 25, 2011 3:58:23 AM

every cpu will be different. there are slight variations when a CPU is made which is why some cpu's overclock better than others.

this also will determine the life time of the CPU when its overclocked.

e.g. Sample A (2600k) MAX stable overclock's to 6ghz on water but is run every day at 5ghz will prob have quite a long life.

e.g. Sample B (2600k) MAX stable overclock's to 5ghz on water but is run every day at 4.8ghz will have a significantly shorter lifespan than sample A's life.
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October 25, 2011 4:00:40 AM

its going to be next to impossiable for someone to answer "how long will my cpu last @ this speed"

Keep to the reccomended voltages and keep it cool and i doubt you will ever see a problem with it.
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October 25, 2011 4:47:40 AM

I agree- limit heat and voltage to reasonable levels and it should last well beyond its useful lifespan. Both of my desktop workstations are overclocked to their limit and I haven't had a problem with either of them. My workstation at work runs 24/7 and has done so for 2.5 years straight. You mention a variety of speeds- most people seem to get 4.5GHz and beyond with the 2600k, but I don't think you can count on getting to 5.0. It will depend on your particular chip and how good your cooling is.
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October 25, 2011 5:26:46 AM

one rule of thumb is that higher voltages will ruin your chip much faster than normal voltages.

getting to 5.5ghz on a SB needs a larger voltage increase than you need to get to 5, proportionally. ~ 1.5V
that kind of voltage definitely is not good for 24x7 usage.

that said, 4.7ghz is possible with very little voltage bump. that should be stable 24x7 for a long time.
off course, every chip is different.
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