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Old 10-14-2004, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question CPU's maximum lifetime?

What's a CPU's maximum lifetime? I am talking about an average non-overclocked CPU, Athlon 2200+ for example.

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isn't it like 10 years? under the right conditions of course.. I've heard that chips can last that long.. keeping the dust out, proper cooling, no voltage changes, etc...
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****, this means my chip will die in one or two years. Its from 1997 or 1996 and its OC'ed...or do older/slower chips last longer?
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You will need to upgrade before your chip dies.
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we'll see
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iv'e got a cpu from 1990 (66mhz lol!) and it still works ( installed w/ win 95 lol!). i suppose yours should last longer, mabey another 3-4 years or even more.
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It will last a while yet....i wouldn't worry about it
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Old 10-14-2004, 04:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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How long's a piece of string?
There is noway of knowing how long a cpu wil last, there's too many considerations to take into account.

My ZX Spectrum still works and i bought it it 1987!
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It also depends on how often/long it runs. I am using my comp about 12 hours a day.
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the older chips handled heat a little better. some didn't even require a fan. they handle less heat because they are slower

there are a lot of things to consider for a chips lifespan though
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