said by pnjunction:
I can see where they are coming from. As CMOS scales down the chips are going to be getting more and more sensitive to running beyond spec voltages. As someone familiar with the technology at a low level the voltages that I hear about people applying make me cringe. I have looked at reliability data for CMOS smaller than 65nm and it doesn't take much to reduce the lifetime from years to weeks.
You even see it with the Intel die shrink from 32nm to 22nm--Ivy Bridge CPUs don't OC as well as Sandy Bridge.--
If we lose this freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment, those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent its happening.