[clug] OT: Life-span of motherboards

Martin Pool mbp at samba.org
Mon Dec 1 04:07:56 GMT 2003

On 17 Nov 2003, Steve Jenkin <sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au> wrote:

> How to prolong the life of your motherboards:
> - buy good stuff to begin with
> - run it _cool_.  Every 5deg rise in operating temp shortens life
> appreciably (and exponentially). Can't remember the formula.

I think the rule of thumb is: every increase of 10C doubles the
failure rate.  That is not the same as it halving the lifetime, but if
you had a room full of machines (or chips) you'd expect them to fail
at twice the rate.

                               linux.conf.au -- Adelaide, January 2004

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