Anyone still overclocking a 5+ year old CPU without issue?

Discussion in 'Processors and motherboards Intel' started by styckx, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. moo100times

    moo100times Member Guru

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    Big shout out to fellow Sandybridge runners! Running a 2600k @ 4.5ghz since 2011, 1.3V. Temp would spike a fair bit with increasing voltages and temp after this point. Had 4.6ghz for a little while but this was the much more comfortable overall. Spent 4 years air cooled with a hyper evo 212 then changed to a h110 about 4 years ago and still playing ball. Shame about the recent patches that have gimped the performance a fair bit though. I really love this machine.
     
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  2. moo100times

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    Holding on for a ryzen 2 platform/low end threadripper (to be seen what moneys and other component prices allow) then hopefully changing this badboy into a home server system if it continues to live on!
     
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    7nm high five!
     
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  4. GuyFawkesGaming

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    Newbie OC question here, you guys mention the chip degrades with OCing. Is that caused by the increase in GHz or Voltage? I ask because I'm currently running a sandy bridge pre-built (yeah I know, pre-builts suck) with a 2600 i7 and want to upgrade it to a 2600k or 2700k. I'm asking because I don't want to replace the chip a few years down the road or get a nasty surprise if I buy a used one.
     

  5. ocsystem

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    higher ghz needs more volts means more current to cpu. you may have experience when overclock above 4.6,4.7ghz harder to stabilized. vcore is not always the degrading factor, vtt/vccsa also effect the life of cpu. current that runs through degrades.
     
  6. RealNC

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    Chips degrade even without OCing. With OCing they degrade faster. If you were able to run a non-OCed CPU 24/7 for 20 years (pulled that number out of my ass, but it should be in the right ballpark,) OCing will reduce that. If you run the CPU at 1.5v 5GHz, you might kill it even after a year. If you run it at 1.3v 4.4GHz, it might live for over 10 years (the degradation high voltages cause is not linear, it's exponential.) And every chip is different too. Manufacturing variances result in large lifespan variances.

    The only thing to draw on here is prior experience. It seems that an "average" OC is safe and will keep the CPU working for "many years" for the majority of chips. There's always outliers. If you happened to get a really crappy chip, it might degrade fast even at an average OC.

    Other components (like voltage regulators) also degrade faster with higher voltages and higher temps. So sometimes it's the mainboard that gives up, not the CPU. As a general rule, any electrical component will degrade faster the higher the voltage you're exposing it to gets.

    The major factors are voltage and temperature. Voltage is the most important factor.

    If you want to increase the lifespan of the hardware, you can opt to only OC when needed. For me, it requires a reboot. I run stock speeds 80% of the time. When I play a game where I can't reach my FPS target, or the game suffers from "CPU stutter" I reboot into my OC BIOS profile.

    Newer platforms that Sandy Bridge might allow you to OC without a reboot, I don't know.
     
  7. MrBonk

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  8. GuyFawkesGaming

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    Thanks, I was asking because the cpu voltage isn't adjustable on my system. I would ask how high people can get the 2700k on stock voltage (2600k tops at 4.2 GHz from what I've read) but I feel that might be off topic.
     
  9. -Tj-

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    So far so good with mine too, bought this 4770k in June 2013 and still runs ok @ 4.7ghz and 1.287v.

    Although now with 2x8GB 2400 its a bit more stressful on ram ipc compared to my old 4x4GB 2133mhz, other then that np.
    Lower 4.6ghz @ 1.235v is fine, no extra volts.. funny guess that ram/cpu/cache multi limit is spot on.
     
  10. joe187

    joe187 Master Guru

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    still running my 2600k overclocked, was running at 4.4ghz. Now i just keep it at 4.3, just cause the lower volts and power draw and all makes me feel a lot better, seems like going 4.4 or higher just needs too big a jump in volts for my liking. I want it to last as long as possible.

    Yes and it has practically been on 24-7 (no sleep or hibernate) for well over 5 years. (some of that time i did have it down to 4.0 even, but not for very long)

    Sandy bridge is still a beast.
     
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  11. Xtreme1979

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    2600K since Jan. 2012 oc'd 1ghz on all turbo steppings. 1.30 volts overvoltage in bios, 1.39 volts when under linX heavy load per hwmonitor.
     
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  12. Ourasi

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    Looks a bit different compared with Hilbert's stock run with GTX1080 :rolleyes:
     
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  13. sverek

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    2500k here, still runs fine and stable on 4.5GHz
     
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  14. BlackZero

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    Have been running a 2600K since late 2011.

    Currently have it at 4.6 GHz for daily use, but have had it as high as 5.3/5.4 GHz 1.55v for short benching runs.

    I have kept it custom water cooled, and it tops out at around 60 C while encoding video. According to Intel's own testing, anything below 1.52v should cause no significant degradation if thermal specifications are met. Since I have had it, it has needed 1.36v at 4.6 GHz according to the vid, and that's where I have always kept it.

    For longevity and to maintain a silent system, I see no real benefit in going any higher on the core clock.
    https://********/4TxBqtz/1.jpg
     
  15. 0blivious

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    My fiance is running an i7 2600K and my son's 2nd rig has an i7 860. Both have mild overclocks and are real troopers.
     
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  16. droopy_ro

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    Yup, a 3770k and a Xeon 5675, both were bought second hand, but i never bumped up the voltage more than 10% from the default value.
     
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  17. Sephiroth

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    I had my 2600k running at 4.4Ghz @ 1.25 but I had to upgrade my video card to a rx580 and it wouldn't boot on z68 mobo I had, Only replacement I could find b75 chipset mobo so no more OC for me T_T
     
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    I have an athlon xp3200@2.4 on a gigabyte ga-7n400 pro2 with a dragon orb 3 on it. Still works good. I pull it out every now and then....till i get tired of hearing 7000 rpm fan.
     
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  20. storm-chaser

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    I had my Phenom II 970 unlocked to a hexacore and overclocked to 4.0Ghz for close to seven years. Never missed a beat and that was with a hyper 212 air cooling.

    My Q9650 has been overclocked to 4.3Ghz and that is new so it doesn't quite count but I don't foresee any problems going forward.
     
  21. kens30

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    I have sold all my older PC's and GPU's except my sandy bridge rig.
    Core i7 2700k still on 4.7ghz with HT on 1.28v on a corsair H100 which is still running strong.
    Specs are
    Core i7 2700k
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    Win 10x64 pro 1809 using InSpectre disabled Meltdown and Spectre protection.
     
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