Typical "engineer article". All the lines of thinking are sound, conservative and verifiable. But it completely misses the point, as engineers often do.
O/C'ing is FUN , pure and simple. A reasonably well-informed enthusiast with the proper tools and testing proceedures can reasonably expect to tweek an O/C into improved performance. The results can be expected to be stable and secure as long as the right methods are followed and hardware is willing.
Most serious O/C'ers are not concerned about frying something, if they do they just replace it. (often, it's an excuse to try a new one) They also know that no 2 CPU's will perform the same and tweaking is required.
I agree that it's not for the faint-hearted or ignorant. Spath has often applied the same line of thinking to the practice of modding burner firmware, and while it's logical, it also misses the point. Getting that extra 5% of performance is not the point, exactly. It's satisfying and fun to do it. Man over machine.
I also think that any resource making such things available to the public is responsible for educating them in the use and consequences of use.
If you can't afford to lose it, don't abuse it. :iagree:
All things considered, computer building and tweaking is a reasonably cheap hobby, much more so than hot-rodding. And as hot-rodders are only too well aware, sooner or later everything breaks.