I have recently started to donate my CPU power to the SETI@Home and rosetta@home projects. This means that the computer I have on 24/7 is nowadays under constant, full CPU load.
The temperatures regularly reach 100 degrees Celsius and peak at 105 degrees Celsius, which is intended as far as I know (105 being the hard limit on these CPUs). My question would be if this kind of usage has relevant implications on my CPU lifespan, or whether a CPU death through this kind of use would be covered by warranty. I understand that it is impossible to give an exact answer, but I would be grateful for some insight on this issue. I have read comments from experienced overclockers that if you overclock a cpu considerably, it will shorten its lifespan, but the figures are something along the lines of "from 15 years to 10 years of a fully functional CPU". 10 years would be more than enough for me.
I can decide not to keep running the program if my CPU lifespan is shortened considerably, but I would prefer to keep donating my CPU power if it has no relevant harmful effects on my hardware. I'll be happy to post more information, should you need it. Below are my system specs.
Thank you in advance for the answers and comments.
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H with 2012 Bios (04.06.05)
Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz (not overclocked) with stock cooler
AMD Radeon 6870, slightly overclocked but stable, the temperatures are around 70-80C when the card is under heavy use
16GB Kingston RAM at 1333MHz
SSD + 1 internal, 2 external HDDs
Thanks for joining the processor community.
I thank you in advanced for the idea to share your processor power for such project.
Indeed lifespan of the processor will vary if your processor will constantly run 24/7. Intel is going to cover the processor if it gets defective within 3 years of warranty.
If you need information about how long will your processor run, please let me know, so, I can send you a private message.
thanks for the speedy reply!
I understand that the lifespan of the processor will be affected by heavy loads and especially high temperatures. It's good to know that it is covered for at least three years. Also, please do send me information about my processor's expected lifespan (according to the details in the OP) via PM when you can. I'd be very interested to learn about this.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks again.