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How long has your Middle to High Overclocked CPU's Lasted you???

Oct 6, 2009
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All of these overclocks are nice. Though, are we just talking about overclocks in general or overclocks either pushing or exceeding Intel/AMD voltage/temperature specification?

Those that have been run over or just under specifications would be the ones I'd be more interested in. The ones run on or over the limits are the ones that are going to fail sooner than the "normal" period (according to Intel and AMD).

:laugh: I so remember overclocking using jumpers. Things were so much easier when I only had to choose between a bus speed and multiplier. It would either work or not.

I even looked up the Pentium 120Mhz my parents had to see it took something like 3v! Today we think 1.5v on anything is quite a bit and 2v some run in a suicide run is insane.
I just finally read this post. I would have to say this would be quite interesting as well. I wouldn't mind hearing how long some overclocks above Intel's and AMD's specs lasted.
Good call my friend!!!
Aug 9, 2008
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ive had my q9450 at 3 ghz since aug 08 and my X2 240 @ 3.1 ghz since jan 6/09.
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:laugh: I so remember overclocking using jumpers. Things were so much easier when I only had to choose between a bus speed and multiplier. It would either work or not.
Aww, those were the days!

And +1 to W1z, Pentium 60, clocked to 66 was still pretty sad...
Jul 19, 2007
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i never had any cpu fail on me over time. been overclocking all my cpus since pentium 60 ..

edit: omg i just realized how pathetic 60 mhz are
You only started with a P 60Mhz?!

. . . and I remember thinking it was bad-ass getting ahold of a 286 pushing 4MHz :roll:

Most of my hardware still functions properly when I retire it, though . . . but they only tend to stay in service for about a year.

I tend to run at least 25% CPU/BUS OCs 24/7 (GPUs I only push to about 10%-15% for 24/7 use - more performance boost OCing the SYS compared to the GPU).

Only hardware I've ever torched was a Pentium 2 (or might have been the MMX) - accidentally set the dip switches wrong on the mobo (IIRC, was looking at them from the wrong direction), and fried the proc and the socket almost immediately.

I tried to put the smoke back in, but had a rough time of it . . . :ohwell:


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ive lost at most 5 cpu's in the past 10 yrs.

1. An Opty 185 i fubard'd while deliding.
2. E8500 - i kinda killed it intensionally @ 1.55vcore under constant load.
3. X3360 - i have no idea how i killed this one.
4. Q3QP Gulftown. <--- dont want to mess with 1.45+vcore on 24/7 settings.

Edit: Oh i lost a Tbird in there also, from poor cooling when i was a noob.

I can say with confidence i probably went though around 15 yorkfields, and probably around 8 different classes of i7's, from a i7 920 -> 965 -> 975 even including full blown gainestowns like the X5570.

The i7 is a solid tank. i7 920 D0's ive heard of people pushing well into the 1.45v territory without any problems yet under constant load.
The Yorkfields are a bit fragile with Vtt. Keep your Vtt low, and it will last.
I have yet to see a kentsfield die, and ive been pushing some of them well into 1.5v territory.