Will overclocking my cpu take time of it\'s lifespan?

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.


Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
AMD FX-6100
CPU Cooling
H100 liquid cooling
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 (9-9-9-24)
HP 2159 (1920x1080@60Hz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Hard Drives
977GB Seagate ST1000DM 003-9YN162 SATA Disk Device (SATA)
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More about will overclocking time lifespan
  1. more than 2 years
  2. Every CPU is different.
  3. 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.
  4. As long as you keep the processor cool under load and the voltage under AMD's maximum recommended (approx. 60° and 1.4v), you will not significantly reduce your processors life span compared to stock.
  5. 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))
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