CPU Burn in

IS it really necessary to burn in a new processor? Just bought a new processor should i burn it in with prime95? How long should I do it for?
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  1. if you're not overclocking anything then no, although some thermal pastes need a few thermal cycles to cure.

    if you are overclocking then you need to run prime95 for many, many hours to ensure everything's stable.

    Have a look at the overclocking section for more info.
  2. Processors themselves do not need a burn in cycle, as they are already stress tested by AMD or Intel, depending on which processor you bought.
  3. Not necessary. However - I have seen many stock machines not be prime95 stable for 24 hours. I always test everything and thermal cycle a couple times.
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