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Overclocking questions/concerns E6600/Crucial PC2-8000 RAM

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January 16, 2007 1:38:46 AM

Have a few questions about my E6600 overclock and my memory.

E6600
Crucial PC2-8000 Ballistix 2 1 Gig pair
Asus P5N32-E SLI Mobo 680i chipset
Water cooling for GFX/CPU
BFG 8800GTX

So far the most stable overclock with the E6600 has been 3.3Ghz with a 1.45 V-core (which seems high for a V-Core? Anything higher than 3.3 wouldn't boot. It sits at 35C Idle using Core-Temp and goes between 45-50 running Prime95 forever and a day. I was hoping to hit 3.5/3.6 Ghz with this (no real reason-just something to shoot for). Anybody hit these marks can post up their V-Cores/temps it'd be appreciated.

Also, my Cpu-Z has been giving me funny memory readings-firstly-it says under the SPD tab that my max memory is PC2-6400 when I know I got (read it off the package every 5 minutes to ensure I'm not going retarded) PC2-8000 that should go to at least 1000Mhz.

However I cannot set the memory clock to 1000 Mhz (Asus Bios allows you to set the actual speed-not the pre-DDR speed), highest I can hit is in the 950s without it becoming un-bootable-is this considered RMA area? I can completely unlink the FSB/Memory speeds-was hoping to get a little overclock out of the memory-but I can't even hit advertised speeds/timings jumping up the V-Core to 2.4 (2.2 is advertised for 1000Mhz at 5-5-5-15).

And lastly-in the BIOS I set my RAM's timings to 5-5-5-15 at around 950Mhz, yet Cpu-Z and Memset (both latest versions-Memset is 680i beta) both say my timings are 4-4-4-15??? I'm really confused...anybody else seen anything like this? I go back to my bios and it says...5-5-5-15...
January 17, 2007 2:07:40 AM

have u increased your memory voltage? leave it on 1.8-1.9V, put the timings yourself as recommended by crucial/reviewers and boost it up as far as poss. then increase your FSB slowly. doesnt matter if your cpu voltage goes above 1.5 if uve got water cooling.
it soudns a little like your memory is dodgy, if it clearly says those timings and youve set them up (and disabled SPD) then you might want to return them n get OCZ or Corsair.
dont forget your heatsinks on your rams as with a hot cpu and gpu, your rams will get hot too...
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