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Can overclocking ruin the lifespan of my card?

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December 24, 2011 8:47:01 AM

Well I got a Dirt 3 edition HD 6950 card and I was trying to unlock/oc it to 6970 specs, but the unlocking failed. I thought about RMAing it for a different one, but, I want to know:

will overclocking it (to close or to 6970 specs) ruin the lifespan of it? Like lets say its supposed to last a year. Will it only last like 10 months? (thats just an example dont take it literally).

Cause if it does, I won't bother RMAing, I want to keep it as long as possible.
a c 109 U Graphics card
a c 150 K Overclocking
December 24, 2011 8:50:01 AM

what are the temps of the card? I would say anything under 70c should be fine ;) 
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December 24, 2011 8:55:45 AM

Well the temps of the card right now I've never seen get passed 50. I know the temps are a problem, but will just overclocking it (with good temps) shorten the life span of it?
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a c 175 U Graphics card
December 24, 2011 8:58:09 AM

Technically yes, but not much. You will be fine!
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a c 109 U Graphics card
a c 150 K Overclocking
December 24, 2011 8:58:41 AM

kandon said:
Well the temps of the card right now I've never seen get passed 50. I know the temps are a problem, but will just overclocking it (with good temps) shorten the life span of it?

nope, as long as you have good temps it shouldn't matter. Usually things start dying when they reach a very high temp.
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December 24, 2011 9:01:48 AM

Will it still be able to last me a good year or two? Possibly more? If I overclock that is.

Thanks for the answers guys :) 
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a c 109 U Graphics card
a c 150 K Overclocking
December 24, 2011 9:03:12 AM

kandon said:
Will it still be able to last me a good year or two? Possibly more? If I overclock that is.

Thanks for the answers guys :) 

yep just monitor temps, a gpu tends to last 1-3 years.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
December 24, 2011 9:03:56 AM

If you take care of your GPU (don't accidentally broke it) and is normal (not broken or like to act strange) I think it should last 2 years even when overclocked correctly (Just don't let the temperature go above 80 Celsius) .
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a c 109 U Graphics card
a c 150 K Overclocking
December 24, 2011 9:07:33 AM

kandon said:
Is this a good guide to follow for unlocking it? And which Bios do I pick from the selection?

http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/159

His linked one says it works for all reference design cards, but is mine a reference design? If not, which Bios should I pick from his list of Bios'?

This is my exact card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think its the 2nd bios.
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December 24, 2011 9:12:07 AM

@above

You mean the second Bios from the start of the Sapphires? How can you tell? I see no difference lol.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
a c 150 K Overclocking
December 24, 2011 11:17:26 AM

try unlocking on the 2nd bios. It may or may not work.
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