View Full Version : Will oc'ing a card shorten its life?

10-25-2002, 06:24 AM
Will oc'ing your video card significantly shorten its life? Does it depend on how much you oc it?


10-25-2002, 06:28 AM
It does majorly depend on how much you overclock it. But any component that is being stressed to what its "not" supposed to do is shortening its life. The life expectency of hardware is so big it doesn't really matter. Put it this way......

The average life of a processor years ago was about 10 ten years IF TAKEN CARE OF. I'm assuming the the life expectency of processors now have increased somewhat due to technology. Lets say you did something so incredibly harsh that you cut its life down by HALF! You now have 5 years left in that processor. Are you telling me your gonna be running that processor in 5 years? I sure won't be.........

10-25-2002, 08:02 AM
With most oc'ing, it is the additional heat generated that deteriorates the components. Improving the cooling will counter the problem.

10-25-2002, 08:40 AM
If a card overheats will it crash the system always or is there a chance that it will make like an AMD and become a very expensive coaster???

10-25-2002, 09:10 AM
Well if you do OC your card too much and shorten it's life it gives you a good reason to upgrade :D

10-25-2002, 09:11 AM
How is AMD a very expensive coaster?

10-25-2002, 09:13 AM
lol, AMD expensive??? :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

10-25-2002, 09:57 AM
Maybe the new 2800 at 350$US...

requiring a BIG oc to make it a coaster of course

10-25-2002, 09:59 AM
Yeah, but it will come down from $350 pretty fast...

10-25-2002, 10:04 AM
but in comparison to a real coaster at a furniture store costing 1$...

10-25-2002, 10:06 AM
Yeah. Anyway, back to the point of the thread. If you OC something it will shorten it's life. But by the time it dies you won't really want it anyway.

10-25-2002, 10:09 AM
I want it thou.
Email me if you have any parts you dont want, ill give you a shipping address...

10-25-2002, 01:49 PM
*sigh* You missed the analogy. When the amd overheats it burns up, becoming useless, hence you could use it as a coaster, thus making it an expensive coaster. *aaaaahhhhhh* Anyways, I just want to avoid looking over and seeing the smoking ruins of my geforce 4 at some point in time but it seems from what your saying is that it will not actually burn up, it will just crash and maybe last 2 years instead of 4.

10-25-2002, 03:57 PM
You will get over 4 years even with it oc'ed. But like I said, by the time the card actually stops working it will be obsolete.