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June 12, 2010 9:28:29 PM

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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June 12, 2010 10:55:54 PM

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.
a b à CPUs
June 13, 2010 12:14:05 AM

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.
June 13, 2010 12:22:41 AM

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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