General question about overclocking

So, from looking around, overclocking in and of itself (running higher frequencies) doesn't so much reduce chip life or threaten damage. It appears to me that only high temps and or too much voltage is where the damage comes from. Is this a true assumption?

I'm debating overclocking my ram more than the xmp. I know how to do it. I'm just curious about the above in relation to all of my equipment. If I can get it to run on a super tight cas timing and a good voltage, it should last just as long as ram running at the same voltage but a lower clock, or at least a negligible amount of life reduction in the end?

This question would also pertain to the cpu and GPU in essence, but it's pointed at the ram in particular.
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  1. RAM overclocks don't have the kind of performance increases that CPUs have. It's often more hassle than for what it's worth.
  2. I didn't ask that. I know the differences. I want to know about lifespan in relation to clock speed only.
  3. If you can keep the voltage the same and not have any crashes it should be fine. Though once you get out of the RAMs default you significantly increase it's instability. Without a voltage increase you won't get as far in overclocking RAM as you would with a CPU.
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    Yes you are correct. It's negligible to lifespan for any component. You just won't get much out of stock voltage.
  5. Look, I want to know if you have ram running at 3866 thats at the same voltage as a set of ram running at 2400, will it have the same effective lifespan?

    I'm not asking about instability, or how to overclock. I understand how it works. I have an overclocked GPU and CPU, AND ram.

    I'm asking if demanding more MHz out of a system will effectively reduce it's lifespan. I know high voltage and high temp do. But, does it correlate that more frequency demand directly impacts lifespan, regardless of voltage or temp?

    Ok thanks k1114, that's what I was wondering. I understand the concept of more clocks is more electricity, but I wanted to know if this truly has a difference since I see kits sold at 4266 and kits sold at base frequency. I know why they're different, I just wanted to know if a kit sold at 4266 would burn out way faster than a 2400.
    You've answered my question.
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