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Windows 7: Can you burn your CPU if you use it too much?

22 Jun 2014   #1
Amazing Aura

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can you burn your CPU if you use it too much?

I am rendering a video that'll take apr. 47 hours. I'm using my CPU for that job. Can it burn out that way? I know the computer will shut itself down if it gets overheated but will there be any side effects? Because two days of 100% CPU usage doesn't sound like a day in a maintenance.


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22 Jun 2014   #2
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

cpus are one of the most rugged components in your pc.

the life span of a cpu is almost unmeasurable. but its not a ticking time bomb.

as long as your cpu has good cooling and your case is well ventilated youll be fine.

however if its going to take 47 hours, you either have one MASSIVE video at a ridiculous high quality, or you have a very slow low cored cpu! if its something your going to be doing a lot of maybe look at a new build. an AMD fx6300 may not be the most expensive processor but it has 6 cores so will be great for video editing.

even without factoring in its better architecture and or high clock speeds the additional 4 cores over your cpu will affectively cut the time down by a quater. thats only 11 hours.

just something to consider if your doing it a lot, the money save in electricity will pay for a new cpu and mobo in no time!!
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22 Jun 2014   #3
Amazing Aura

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
cpus are one of the most rugged components in your pc.

the life span of a cpu is almost unmeasurable. but its not a ticking time bomb.

as long as your cpu has good cooling and your case is well ventilated youll be fine.

however if its going to take 47 hours, you either have one MASSIVE video at a ridiculous high quality, or you have a very slow low cored cpu! if its something your going to be doing a lot of maybe look at a new build. an AMD fx6300 may not be the most expensive processor but it has 6 cores so will be great for video editing.

even without factoring in its better architecture and or high clock speeds the additional 4 cores over your cpu will affectively cut the time down by a quater. thats only 11 hours.

just something to consider if your doing it a lot, the money save in electricity will pay for a new cpu and mobo in no time!!
For the record, I'm using my old laptop to render the video. I barely use it so I thought I'd let my laptop do the dirty job while I do my tasks on my PC.
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22 Jun 2014   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

I agree with the Badger. CPU's are like racehorses - they love to run.

Your laptop may overheat and shut down running full tilt for that long, but the CPU will be fine.
You might want to use a laptop cooler, or, place the laptop over a cooler filled with ice. (That's over, not in).
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22 Jun 2014   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Many CPUs in servers run 24/7 and are often worked hard. The only time the CPU gets a rest is when the server is down for updates and maintenance and is likely months apart. Keep the temperatures within safe limits and there should be no problem.
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22 Jun 2014   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

A desktop can handle that with ease but you may be pushing your luck using a laptop. As others pointed out, cooling, not the CPU itself, is the biggest issue. If you can, open up the back to make sure there is no buildup of dust, then close it back up. I would strongly recommend putting a laptop cooler under the laptop and run the job in an air conditioned room with the air conditioning at a cold setting.

You should consider letting your PC do the dirty work (as you put it) and do your computing on the laptop until the rendering is done.
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22 Jun 2014   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You are asking a laptop to do a desktops job.
Your temps will go up and the system will probably throttle back and it will even take longer than 47 hours.
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