• Welcome to Overclockers Forums! Join us to reply in threads, receive reduced ads, and to customize your site experience!

What's the approximate lifetime of Northbridge / IOH of X58 motherboards ?

Overclockers is supported by our readers. When you click a link to make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn More.

Vladimir1

Registered
Joined
Nov 8, 2015
Hi,

My IOH idle temperature is about 70-80C and at load it goes to about 88C or something.
Intel recommends 100C max and as far as I know the PC by default would turn off once the IOH reaches 100C temperature, but I am wondering if I am risking anything by keeping the IOH run at 70-90C.

Does anyone have any idea of what the approximate lifetime of the IOH would be ? Are there any reasons I shall be worried about this or will it last long enough that there's no need of worrying ? I've read somewhere that running the IOH at 100C would make it last 114 years but I dont know if that's even true ..

By the way my motherboard is MSI X58 Pro-E and I am using a cheap 92mm fan to cool down the IOH a bit ( it only cools like 1/4 of the IOH because the CPU cooler takes much space ).

Other than that the voltage of the IOH is 1.15V due to overclocking.
 

Bishoff

Member
Joined
Jul 28, 2014
Location
S. Flori-duh
The manufacturer you buy from sets a warranty range, so anything after that is a bonus :) My X99 & Z97 Saberkitties both have 5 years, so I'd bet on that.
 
OP
V

Vladimir1

Registered
Joined
Nov 8, 2015
I doubt that's the way it works..

I bought mine 5-6 months ago, MSI X58 Pro-E which is made in 2008 if I recall well and I have like 3 years of warranty.
I really doubt that I shall expect only 3 years and that anything after that is a bonus, well I have a friend who's been using different X58 motherboard since 2007 until 2016 and never had problems with it ( his IOH was usually 95-99C ).

When I think more about it .. HDDs have very long lifetime and there's much more work that they do ( spinning ) and the IOH pretty much doesnt do anything like that.

Is there anyone who knows for sure ?
 

Nebulous

Señor Senior, Senior
Joined
Oct 11, 2002
Location
The Empire State
There is no approximate way to know. Only the board manufacturer will know about the motherboard's parts lifespan. And even then they're not 100% dead sure. VRM's on motherboards have been known to fail within weeks/months or normal use.

Bishoff is correct. Each manufacturer sets their own warranty on each of their products. My board carries 3 years. Will it last that long? Who knows. I'll probably upgrade before the warranty runs out anyways.

Motherboards: from 3-5 years (depending on the manufacturer)
 
OP
V

Vladimir1

Registered
Joined
Nov 8, 2015
Before this one I used Asus M4N68T V2 motherboard for 5-6 years ( no overclocking ) and it didnt die, let's see how good this one will do.

Are you sure motherboards die within 3-5 years of usage ? I didnt know that the lifetime of the motherboards is that low ..
 

Nebulous

Señor Senior, Senior
Joined
Oct 11, 2002
Location
The Empire State
No, motherboards do not die within 3-5 years. They can die. The warranty period for motherboards is 3-5 years. Boards can last up to 10+ years. It's just the nature of the beast.

I've seen new boards fail and die within months, others have lasted 7+ years and still going strong. There's just no way of knowing what will happen and when.