I just overclocked my AMD FX-6100 to 3.8MHz from 3.3 and everything is stable.
I want to know if I'm taking time from how long my cpu will last.
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
H100 liquid cooling
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 (9-9-9-24)
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. SABERTOOTH 990FX (AM3r2)
HP 2159 (1920x1080@60Hz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
977GB Seagate ST1000DM 003-9YN162 SATA Disk Device (SATA)
Could last 5 years, could last 1 year. Even a cpu at default clocks might only last 1 or 2 years (unlikely) depending on how far and how often it is under stress. If the temperature is kept at an acceptable level it will probably last as long as it would if it were at default clocks.
Am I right in thinking though that by REDUCING stock voltage and using an after market cooler (keeping the temperature cooler than stock even when overclocked) you could increase the lifespan of the processor despite an overclock?
Also it maybe worth mentioning the average lifespan of a typical CPU.. I mean, shaving 2-5 years off of a 30 year CPU is a no-brainer really
((I've googled around but haven't found an answer.. I've never had a CPU fail on me despite some massive overclocking of older chips))