Is Overclocking New Hardware Bad?

What is up, readers? A new mail from a friend got me wondering, is overclocking new hardware like processors or video cards killing it too soon? It got me riled up because I have always thought this in the back of my mind, but years and years of being in the industry without actually being questioned about it just put it to sleep without any conflict.

But, what if everytime we are overclocking a brand new piece of PC hardware, we are just destroying its lifespan? I mean, I have had to upgrade my processor multiple times in the last two years, I have to wonder if I am putting way too much stress on it. Of course, the kind of stuff I do on my computer is very intensive but that could be the byproduct of using too much power from my PC parts.

Overclocking new hardware
Overclocking early on may possibly shorten your hardware’s lifespan

Is Overclocking In the First Place Harmful?

In short, no. Overclocking is meant to just suck out the extra juice from your hardware that was not available by the manufacturer for precautionary reasons. By all means, overclocking, as long as you do it right and don’t get greedy, is completely safe and probably recommended by me as well as a whole range of experts on the subject.

I overclock all my hardware as soon as I get them — probably the main reason I am writing this post and speculatively one of the reasons my hardware burns out so quickly as compared to other people’s hardware performance and life spans –. I do this solely to get the most power of the hardware I bought. Obviously, if I am buying something as expensive as PC parts, I want the full capabilities of the device, not some lower, cautionary level that the manufacturers want to impose on me simply because I am a consumer.

So that is why I overclock. But the question remains; is overclocking right when you purchase a new card or processor taking away from its overall lifespan?

Delving deeper into the situation

New Radeon CardSo if we analyze this, we have to go deeper. When you buy a brand new piece of hardware, understand that you are not necessarily the first person to use it. By all means are you the first consumer to try it, but keep in mind that manufacturers test run their products all the time. I personally do not mind this because I definitely want the quality that comes with ensuring parts are not defective.

When you buy it, it is already used and has been run already. So overclocking the device when you buy it is not equivalent to overclocking an absolutely brand new piece. Theoretically, I would assume that doing something along those lines would give a ton of error feedback in terms of hardware failure.

But still, I think overclocking can ruin your devices. Here is how:

  • Putting an unusual amount of stress on relatively new parts can send a shock to the hardware, especially if it has not undergone that stress in a long time or will not undergo that stress in the near future
  • The hardware may not have gotten enough burning in, resulting in a brand new device going maximum power all of a sudden

Those are just theories, of course, but I do not see a reason why they would not work in the real world.

Think about it. You do not go running all out in brand new basketball shoes because the rubber on the soles is not “primed” so to speak for full out basketball performance. You want a little bit of run on the shoes so that the grip is better suited for those high-intensity, fast paced turns and cuts you would be making on the court.

Similarly, the old-fashioned people (if I may) used to always run their car just for a little bit just so it can get warmed up before they go on their drive. Nowadays, of course, you no longer have to do this, but the point is that older cars used to have to be warmed up before, you guessed it, people put stress on the engine.

So what do you guys think? Are my theories possible? Is this something that only I am thinking about? Let your voices be heard!

Macbooks vs. Zenbooks

Who will win? Just kidding, that is not actually the main point of this post. I really just wanted to share an interesting video that compared the two, which I think is completely ridiculous since they both have really different price points and in my opinion, are not really comparable at all.

Watch is and let me know what you think. My personal bias says Macbooks outbeat the Zenbooks anyway, but that is just me. Cheers

Watercooling Cards

I found some neat photos to admire and discuss.

970 Hybrid

Obviously the new 970 Hybrid ¬†card, which was already a great addition to EVGA’s spectacular video card lineup, came out this month. I personally said to pass on it if you do not already have your own watercooling system, but in case you do and you feel like your current setup is running low in cooling power, I would definitely consider the new Hybrid, as it is one of the best re-releases of a video card to hit the market this year.

EVGA Watercooled 580 card

One of the fun things I realized this month was that GeForce has a lot of their graphics cards revamped and improved from the previous iteration. One of those is the GeForce GTX 580 Hybrid, taken from the original 580 and improving upon that base. I personally want to get this on one of my friend’s computers, since I used to own the original GTX 580 and lasted a long time with it. This new card will be amazing for his setup.

EVGA Watercool video card

Lastly, here is the GTX 970 Hybrid again, in all its simplicity. I never really liked the fancy cards because, well, you do not really see the best of them while they are in your PC tower. The 970 Hybrid really just works and chugs in power while keeping itself cool.

Should I Buy Two Cheaper Cards or One Expensive Card?

Darn guys, I have come across a new problem in upgrading my computer. I was going to run out and buy a new video card for it since my old one was bottlenecking me hard. However, when looking to buy a better, newer, and more modern card, I came to the realization that my PC case and motherboard can hold up to two graphics cards.

The problem

I have never experimented with using two graphics cards before. It just is not something I have done in all my experience running PC games. But it does intrigue me… A lot.

So the issue here is whether I should try it out with two relatively cheaper alternative cards like the GTX 950 (came out a few years ago) or just one much better card, but alas more expensive card in something like the EVGA GTX 980 or I may even splurge on the GTX 970 Hybrid card that I mentioned earlier.

The point here is I am in the market of buying a card. Whether it is on sale does not matter; just know that I am going to have to upgrade my setup sooner or later and I want to know what the best course of action for my situation right now is.

Dual cards or one card?

I looked up the pros and cons of each via my amazing friend Google, and I am still torn. On one side, I can buy two graphics cards, still save myself some money, hook them up together, and experience the power of dual cards and learn from that experience.

On the other — and undoubtedly known and safer side in my case — is getting a more modern GFX card since I already was on the market to get just one anyway and I would not have to learn how to fuse the two cards together.

Still, both options seem very satisfying. I will have to look up more videos and articles. If you guys can lend me a hand, whether that be giving your own personal opinion, letting me know how your computer setup is, or linking me to another article that may help (I have already read the EVGA one), I would totally appreciate it. My computer and gaming life would appreciate it as wellūüôā

The New GTX 970 Hybrid

Here is some interesting news to come out in recent memory… EVGA announced they are coming with a new water-cooled video card in the name of the GTX 970.

I will be a hybrid card with watercooling features. One of the  cool things I saw it had was also a 1000 base rating of MegaHertz, a rating that measures power in graphics cards. The boost  clock rating comes in at around 1279 MHz. There is 4096 MB of video RAM memory in there also clocking in at 7010 MHz.

On the physical side, the thing has a 120 millimeter radiator. I took a test run with the usual GTX 970 (not the hybrid) and I noticed the fan gets heavy a lot, running in the background while trying to cool the entire  chip. But, I hear (I have not tried this new hybrid yet) that the new GTX 970 by EVGA will have watercooling installed already so you do not have to worry about a loud fan getting in the way.

During some benchmarking for temperature, EVGA even found that the Hybrid runs at around 40 degrees Farenheit cooler than the standard GTX 970. This is fantastic news, as one of the main letdowns of the original 970 was the temperature reaching astronomical levels in relatively small amounts of time. Water cooled GTX 970

However, priced at around $399 retail, I would have to say that despite these pretty noticeable improvements in the standalone GTX 970, I would definitely pass on the price point. With that price, you can get a modified standard 970 graphics card, get a decent water cooling system that cools down all your hardware, and maybe even put in a gaming monitor or something similar in there somewhere. That price is too expensive for something that should have improved on the original card in the first place.

Why I Have Taken Up Blogging

So if you remember reading on my About page, I mentioned that I was a photographer at heart. This whole blogging thing; yeah.. I am not experienced in it. But (and here is the reason I took it up in the first place), I am on winter  break from my college life, so I decided I should spend this time trying something different.

The stars apparently aligned correctly when I found all about blogging. I was obviously interested in it so here I am.

Again, my name is Emma Corinth. Please go a little bit easy on me if you plan on commenting or sending me emails. I am not an experienced blogger nor do I claim to be. I am just out here trying to broaden my horizons, so to speak.