Originally Posted by Flavius
Except it is no guarantee. Just look at all the original Xbox 360s and their Red Ring of Death. No one saw them regardless of torture, until sufficient months had passed with high heat stress that gradually separated the surface mounted ICs from the motherboard.
If the bloody thing has no dead pixels or other obvious problems, I'd rather not intentionally try to break it, as I feel all it will do is lower its eventual lifespan. It's asking for trouble. When you build PCs yourself, which I do, of course you have to torture test for stability, but that's a totally different can of worms compared to consumer electronics.
I will agree, it is no guaranty, thats for sure, but it does up the odds quite a bit in your favor. I guess it is all how you look at it and which side you take is all. Lowering its lifespan of 1 week in a 10 year ratio is nothing I am concerned about, and thats all it does. That holds no weight in my eyes. Compared to the chance of spotting a lemon early on, that holds more weight IMO only of course.
XBox's are a GREAT example in your debate though, I will hand it to you on that. But that was a very rare certain thing. It was the paste used drying up, THEN if not attended to, the heat would stress the board. No one can cause paste to dry quicker than it just will by nature. Especially that paste made for high heat. So yes sir, you are right about the XBox 360, but that was the nature of that weird anomaly is all. And yes, therefore I agree that could happen elsewhere too. Torture testing the 360's may not have caused the issue to happen faster, but keep in mind, if you did torture test your XBox 360, nothing bad happened to it either. It did not RRoD more soon than it normally would have, and I can guaranty it didn't cause any noticeable lifespan shortage.
I'll take my chances, for the results I've gotten in the past. And again, I must reiterate, I mean more of a "extreme exercise" than "torture" like you would after a PC build. I'll run it like stores do or something. 18 hrs on then give it a 6hr rest, 18hrs on, give it a rest, etc.. And for this TV, it is ONLY so I can calibrate it by a pro sooner. Components don't really know time. So once you have it off long enough for it to completely cool down, rest, etc.., the device doesn't know if it has been off for 6 hrs or 6 weeks right ? So it can't hurt it. It is just getting to the 200hr mark sooner is all.