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Windows 7: Over-clocking/Warranty


07 Jun 2011   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Over-clocking/Warranty

I know that in the past, over-clocking would void the warranty on many components...is that still the case now?

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07 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Why would it have changed? Unless they (manufacturer) specifically state that you can and still be under warranty, I'd assume it would still be the same.
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07 Jun 2011   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Partly because many of the components that are made today are specifically designed to be over-clocked, and the manufacturers often tout them for that very fact.
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07 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Eh, I'd still say the same applies - Unless they (manufacturer) specifically state that you can and still be under warranty, I'd assume it would still be the same.
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07 Jun 2011   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Probably a difficult question to answer, but does any manufacturer so state in their warranties that over-clocking is permitted?
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07 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

it voids warranty...end.

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07 Jun 2011   #7

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Probably a difficult question to answer, but does any manufacturer so state in their warranties that over-clocking is permitted?
No. Overclocking still voids the warranty. It's misleading for sure because they'll tout the benefits of overclocking and show you how well cpu's overclock... but... it's all still at your own risk because no two cpu's are identical.. so there are no guarantees.
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07 Jun 2011   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The other part of the question is how would they know if a component was over-clocked or not...assuming that it wasn't burned.
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07 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Partly because many of the components that are made today are specifically designed to be over-clocked, and the manufacturers often tout them for that very fact.
That's true, but it's a catch 22 - they design them that way to push sales, but void the warranty if the item failed due to pushing past it's stated design limits - eg we all know you can push say a 2600K safely to 4gig+, even though Intel spec'd it to 3.4. Now tell Intel the item failed at 3.9gig and..... sorry but that chip is not designed to run at that speed so no warranty replacement for you.

Again, marketing - who in the enthusiast community is going to buy a chip that can't be overclocked? And before you say most average users don't care about overclocking, yeah, that's true..... they also aren't replacing components at the pace enthusiasts do.

Is it sneaky, yeah, but these companies aren't specifically telling you to overclock their hardware, they're just not saying it can't be overclocked.

So again, a catch 22

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
The other part of the question is how would they know if a component was over-clocked or not...assuming that it wasn't burned.
They probably wouldn't unless they suspected it and did a close examination, but.....
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07 Jun 2011   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

To me, that is like a car manufacturer selling cars with a governor attached to the carb, and touting the speed that the car is capable of...without the governor. Providing special tools to remove or disable it, and never saying a word about the fact that they will void the warranty of the entire auto if you do, even if the failure that later occurs has absolutely nothing to do with the performance tweak.

In real law, if there is no specific law that says that you can't...you can, but in this instance you can't, despite the fact that there is no specific law that says that you can't. It is as though they hope that you will, so that they can void the warranty, and shirk their responsibilities.
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