I am getting a new Athlon 64 3200+ 939 90nm and was wondering if I need to "burn it in" or anything like that. I didn't know if there was some way to break it in or anything or if that was recommended or required. I plan to OC it, so should I let it run stock for a certain period of time first? Just want to get the most reliability, performance, and longevity out of my new processor..
Your Thermal paste will take a little time to settle, and theoretically your CPU will change slightly over time (thus altering its overclocking abilities), but in practice there's no need to 'burn it in'.
Obviously Burn-in tests are useful to check stability when you're trying to overclock, and I would always run a few hours at stock speeds on a new build just to check stability - especially before ocing.
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