[SOLVED] how long does a motherboard last on average before it loses performance?

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Hello, I will take 12600k in view of the computer science university that I will start in 3 years, I do it because I know it will be able to take me up to the fifth year of university (I hope), so in total it is 8 years. For the motherboard, since it is a component that tends to "age" / lose performance before I do not know whether to upgrade in 3/4/5 years or if I take one with the hope that it will last me 8 years and be able to provide power for overclocking up to the eighth grade. I know it's strange to talk so long term but I ask you not to doubt, I have my reasons.
 
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A motherboard will perform as well as day one for anywhere between 1 day and 20+ years.
A motherboard with an overclocked CPU will perform as well as day one for anywhere between 1 day and 20+ years.

There is no definitive, "if you overclock it will only last this long".

I have a motherboard from 1997 that still works.
I have a motherboard from 2005 that died in 2011.
Neither one was overclocked.

-Wolf sends

Edit: In general, a motherboard will outlive it's usefulness.

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Hello, I will take 12600k in view of the computer science university that I will start in 3 years, I do it because I know it will be able to take me up to the fifth year of university (I hope), so in total it is 8 years. For the motherboard, since it is a component that tends to "age" / lose performance before I do not know whether to upgrade in 3/4/5 years or if I take one with the hope that it will last me 8 years and be able to provide power for overclocking up to the eighth grade. I know it's strange to talk so long term but I ask you not to doubt, I have my reasons.
my options are 2: buy a higher quality motherboard that will last me for those 8 years (hopefully again) or after 4 years upgrade by taking a new motherboard
 
It's only guesswork whether a "higher quality" board will last longer and have fewer problems than any random motherboard.

Suppose the average "last" is 4.4 years. So what, when you consider the range is 0 to decades? If it were 8.1 years rather 4.4 years, how would that be meaningful?

How do you evaluate quality? More features? Durability? The former is known. The latter is not.

I'd guess and it's only a guess that less than half of all motherboards after 8 years would work as well as they did on day 1.

They could fail totally or just have some functionality that disappears or becomes shaky. You never know.

You're more likely to want a replacement board because of new features found on new generations or because CPUs that you might want in the future would not be compatible with your current board.

A 12600K is a very strong horse today, but any motherboard is more likely to become a problem than the CPU.

I'd just make a plausible assumption about a current motherboard candidate, realizing it could drop dead at any minute for unknown reasons. You can't know what you'd like to know regarding durability.
 
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It's only guesswork whether a "higher quality" board will last longer and have fewer problems than any random motherboard.

How do you evaluate quality? More features? Durability? The former is known. The latter is not.

I'd guess and it's only a guess that less than half of all motherboards after 8 years would work as well as they did on day 1.

They could fail totally or just have some functionality that disappears or becomes shaky. You never know.

You're more likely to want a replacement board because of new features found on new generations or because CPUs that you might want in the future would not be compatible with your current board.

A 12600K is a very strong horse today, but any motherboard is more likely to become a problem than the CPU.

I'd just make a plausible assumption about a current motherboard candidate, realizing it could drop dead at any minute for unknown reasons. You can't know what you'd like to know regarding durability.
Thanks, but will not performing well result in lower performance? (also in over clock)?
 
What does "perform well" mean?

As good as it ever did, with no loss of any functions?

Does it matter if some functionality that you never use or may even be aware of fails?

My motherboard is 5 years old and works as well as ever....which is only an anecdote and not indicative of its remaining life and is totally unrelated to what experience you may have. My experience was unforeseeable and totally random.
 

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A motherboard will perform as well as day one for anywhere between 1 day and 20+ years.
A motherboard with an overclocked CPU will perform as well as day one for anywhere between 1 day and 20+ years.

There is no definitive, "if you overclock it will only last this long".

I have a motherboard from 1997 that still works.
I have a motherboard from 2005 that died in 2011.
Neither one was overclocked.

-Wolf sends

Edit: In general, a motherboard will outlive it's usefulness.
 
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A motherboard will perform as well as day one for anywhere between 1 day and 20+ years.
A motherboard with an overclocked CPU will perform as well as day one for anywhere between 1 day and 20+ years.

There is no definitive, "if you overclock it will only last this long".

I have a motherboard from 1997 that still works.
I have a motherboard from 2005 that died in 2011.
Neither one was overclocked.

-Wolf sends

Edit: In general, a motherboard will outlive it's usefulness.
holy words, thank you very much😃
 
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