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New CPU Burn-In Period???

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December 8, 2004 12:28:51 PM

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..


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December 8, 2004 1:56:44 PM

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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December 8, 2004 2:08:56 PM

I agree with ChipDeath, run your PC for a few hours at stock speed with either Prime95 or <A HREF="" target="_new">Folding@Home</A>. Both make a good test of system stability.

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December 8, 2004 7:39:38 PM

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December 9, 2004 12:13:00 AM

With newer systems, the memory interface seems to take some advantage from a burn-in period. This is very true of the A64 systems, as the odmc can have a hard time with a newer memory bus.