Little overclock for day/two void warranty??

August 14, 2009 at 11:16:51
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello all!

I was wondering if overclocking CPU for a day or two void warranty of motherboard? I mean there is a Overclocking Center program that comes with Eclipse SLI motherboard and when that program is installed it sets too high voltages immidietly (I mean alot higher than default voltages in bios like QPI voltage was +0.18 when I installed this one and checked it out) So I was wondering if little overclocking like i.e clocking my i7 920 C0 to 3,8ghz-4ghz for a day/two (Stability tests take some time,finding lowest stable voltages and then benchmarking tests etc.) Void warranty of my mobo? I really don't know it myself but they give a overclock program with this motherboard so I also wonder if overclocking with this board actually does not void warranty..
But if little overclock voids warranty can I use overclocking center as an excuse? Because as I said above, OC center sets too high voltages even if it's not used.. And yes changing voltages in OC center is same as using bios to set voltages.. (Checked it)


And I also might ask one more thing.. I live in europe and I bought my motherboard from a guy who won it from MSI MOA 2009 overclocking europe finals, he said this motherboard have 3 years manufacturers warranty, I wonder how I handle the warranty if my motherboard breaks someday.. Do I send it to the importer or do I send mobo to MSI?


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#1
August 14, 2009 at 11:29:46
You need to read the warranty that should have come with the motherboard to find out. Of course no one will know if you overclocked the motherboard unless you tell them.

As far as returning the board, you'd probably send it to MSI. Likely you'd go to their support site and fill out an RMA form. All the info you'd need to return it should be there.


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#2
August 14, 2009 at 12:58:20
There is no need to ask. Sounds like you are an honest person. You know the answer....


I would send it back and tell them the truth just like you told us. They may honor the warranty. After all, you do not know what failed just yet.It might be a real fail not related to your fooling with it.

They don't have to warranty it either.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#3
August 14, 2009 at 14:03:19
A *real* overclocker changes the settings manually via the BIOS, not by using some software overclocking program, even if it is supplied by the manufacturer. I suggest you learn how to do it the *right* way.

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#4
August 15, 2009 at 14:40:54
I use BIOS to change voltages and I do everything manually and it's NOT broken yet, and yes I know how to really OC cpu and I'm careful with it.. I start with as low voltages as possible and do it slowly or set bit higher and keep decreasing until I get an error in Prime95 or Intel burn test. And I increase maybe only 1-2 different voltages if I get an error(Even tho setting correct voltages and clocks with my current components is not hard because I already spent 3 days to find out correct voltages for 3,2, 3,3, 3,6 and 3,8Ghz overclocks.. And yes I tested for both HT on and HT off with prime and intel burn test). And I'm not that type of overclocker who just throw maximum 24/7 stable settings even if it's not needed, I overclock only if it's needed.
Sorry if people misunderstood my post, I was wondering if little overclocking sometimes actually void warranty. I've heard people getting their motherboards and stuff replaced even after they told they overclocked. Guess it's about the voltages.. I mean those who really increase voltages too high or wrong voltages and blow up their computer won't get their stuff replaced.. I guess little oc with safe voltages is different thing.. Depends on manufacturer I guess.

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