Originally Posted by EarthDog
Good point... they shouldnt be overclocking in the first place really as any overclocking past turbo will shorten the lifespan of a CPU.. by how much, nobody knows.
I dunno.. I don't think they are that fragile.
Fact of the matter is, Intel put it very simply...Max TDP. Most CPUs are under that. Push to TDP(most CPUs 3770k/3570k do 4.5-4.6 GHz there), and you're fine, as long as voltage is within certain limits. Most CPUs will be @ about 50W stock. I do think they are binned that way, even, although I have yet to confirm that.
But remember I mentioned it's all about power consumption before.
PLL overvoltage and all that should not be needed, IMHO, unless benching, and then that's a completely different ball game.
And I will never promote competitive benchmarking until the OEMs stop posting results by staff, and the "secrets" come out. I then expect skill to become what separates the good from the OK. Right now it's impossible for that to happen. I'd rather see collaboration than competition, anyway, so whatever.
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