Is it possible to tell Run time on a CPU?


Another odd Question from me.

Is it Possible to tell how long a CPU has bean used?

I know it sounds odd and I don't think there is a way, but...

Say you buy a CPU you think is new with just an open box, How can you tell? if the person says they just tried it to see if it worked then took it out and said it was basically new.

So, can you tell the Run time of it? like how many hours it has bean used?

Thank you all! and Merry Xmas!
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  1. nope, unlike a car it doesnt come with an odometer, you also cant tell if someone tried to overclock the hell out of it and cranked the voltage up higher than it should have been either. Unfortunately a CPU only has volatile memory so once it loses power there is no trace of what it has done or how long it has been doing it.
  2. Dang.

    That's to bad.

    Thank you!
  3. There seems to be a possible way tho. A program called Active@ Hard Disk Monitor will tell the usage in time that hard disks are active at least on my systems it seems to be fairly accurate. I installed my WD drives new at the same time I built my system (around the middle of Feb) and the time it shows looks to be about correct (since I built it it has been down less than 24hrs total). I also Moved one to a system that isn't always on 24/7 (because of a failed segate 7200.11 drive) and to make sure that it wasn't just counting the time since 1st installed I included a shot of that also. The times list on both seem to be about what I would of expected.

    But as far as I know there is no way to actually tell how long a cpu has been run or how it has been run from the cpu itself.

    On these shots you can see the times listed in the box on the bottom left corner.

  4. That's great buddy!

    But I'm looking for CPU run time not HDD run time.

    Thank you tho, great find also!
  5. Unless the CPU logs this information it is impossible to know. I don't think any CPU does. HDDs store power on hours in their SMART data.
  6. What difference does it make? A cpu either works or it doesn't, and how many hours it has been running does not have any bearing on it. The typical working lifespan of a CPU will long, long, long outlast it's usefulness. The only negative thing that can happen is if someone had overclocked the heck out of it. And even an hours ran meter would not tell you that.
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