Originally Posted by Redeemed
Not entirely true. When OC'ing most Athlons, there isn't any thermal-throttling to prevent damage really. Thus, if you have it oc'd too high, and the average temps are continually higher than recommended, you will shorten the life of your CPU. By how much varies with each CPU.
True. You can fry an Athlon CPU pretty easily. However, Intel has had thermal throttling implemented since the early days of the P4. I would assume that an E6600 would be no different. In fact, it's probably even more advanced.