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 Post subject: can undervolting damage CPU?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:10 pm 
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once i had a gigabyte ultradurable socket 775 with a wolfdale 3ghz cpu. gigabyte unlike msi lets you undervolt and underclock so i underclocked it to 1.8ghz and undervolted to around 0.9 volts.

my motherboard/cpu died not sure why. doesn't boot. i tried cmos clearing still doesn't work.

during the time i used it i did not allow it to overheat.


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 Post subject: Re: can undervolting damage CPU?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:57 pm 
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Even if "There are more things in heaven and earth...", I would say no: undervolting the Vcore, or underclocking (either lowering the FSB, or the CPU ratio) can't fry a CPU.

But it's more likely the mobo to be faulty, than the CPU itself: even so, I would say it cannot be fried by either undervolting, or underclocking.
You need to try either another CPU on that Gigabyte, or the Wolfdale on another mobo: but maybe you'd better to go straight ahead with a brand-new combo.

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 Post subject: Re: can undervolting damage CPU?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:47 am 
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quest_for_silence wrote:
Even if "There are more things in heaven and earth...", I would say no: undervolting the Vcore, or underclocking (either lowering the FSB, or the CPU ratio) can't fry a CPU.

But it's more likely the mobo to be faulty, than the CPU itself: even so, I would say it cannot be fried by either undervolting, or underclocking.
You need to try either another CPU on that Gigabyte, or the Wolfdale on another mobo: but maybe you'd better to go straight ahead with a brand-new combo.


yeah socket 775 that also supports 45nm and ddr2 is hard to find!


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 Post subject: Re: can undervolting damage CPU?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:15 am 
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dan wrote:
yeah socket 775 that also supports 45nm and ddr2 is hard to find!


And you will gain some improvements too: to name a few, power consumption will be much lower, at idle/low loads, and you'll multiply your number crunching performance, even with an humble Pentium.

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