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6600 or 6700 knowing I want to oc to a conservative number

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February 19, 2007 10:33:16 PM

Is there really a difference between a 6600 and 6700 if my plan is to clock it to a conservative number. From what I've read, a core speed around 3.2 GHz should be very easy to safely reach. Can anyone with some experience weigh in here?

I'm planning to build either a 6600 or 6700 based system on an Asus P5W DH Deluxe board. I'm planning to get the good memory: Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 (2x 1 gig 4-4-4-12) memory. Air cooling with Scythe Ninja Plus and a SeaSonic 430W PS.

Thanks for any suggestion!
February 19, 2007 10:57:02 PM

Had my 6600 running at 3.2 with no problem. I cut back to 3.0ghz for my constant operation state, just because I couldn't tell the difference and I thought it was prudent. Been operating 24/7 for over 6 months at 3.0....all is stable and happy.

Only thing I did was buy an Arctic Cooler 7 for about $30.

Enjoy!

B
February 19, 2007 10:57:05 PM

I'm sure the 6600 will do fine. I run mine at 3.0 with no voltage increase so 3.2 shouldn't require much. Besides I've herd of people getting as high as 3.6 on this forum. Another advantage is the 6600 is $200 cheaper.
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February 19, 2007 11:18:19 PM

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Been operating 24/7 for over 6 months at 3.0....all is stable and happy.


So that's 9x333? Can you post your other settings (cpu voltage, mem voltage, mem ratio, other settings I may not know about)?

Also, what kind of ram are you using (PC800?) and what is your mem. ratio? Also do you have speed step enabled?

@ILLINIKevin: same questions for you: what kind of ram, what ratio, and do you have ss enabled?
February 20, 2007 2:27:03 AM

you could try 8x400=3.2 GHz so that you can keep your FSB to RAM ration at 1:1 ... just make sure your temps are low if you are going for a mild overclock
February 20, 2007 2:46:33 AM

Yes I run 9x333. Vcore is 1.275. I use PC6400 ram (2x1GB, and 2x512GB) but I run it at 667 to keep the ratio at 1:1. I think the mem voltage is default 1.9v. SS is disabled.
February 21, 2007 11:39:06 PM

graysky, I don't know if E6700 is better but E6600 should be fine. I use E6600 at 1.3125V in BIOS (1.24-1.27 real V), 8x400 = 3.2 GHz, 23C - 43C core temp with Antec Nine Hundred case and Thermaltake Big Typhoon air cooling.
February 22, 2007 12:11:41 AM

Cool... can you share some addition hardware specs? MB? RAM Brand and timing settings?
February 22, 2007 3:42:48 AM

Save some cash and go with e6600. Spend that $200 for PSU and video card or ram memory.

What video card are you planing to go with?

I got my e6600 at 3611MHz @1.425V stable 10hrs in Orthos (then i stoped the test - 10hrs good to me). I can do 3.2GHz at stock voltages.
February 22, 2007 7:05:40 AM

I'll wait for the 8600's to come out and probably get one of those. I haven't built the machine yet. I'd like to get the April price cut :) 
February 22, 2007 2:14:52 PM

Since your going to wait for the April price cuts on the CPU, I would probably get the E6700. It will supposedly be $316 then and the E6600 would be $224.
February 22, 2007 3:07:06 PM

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Is there really a difference between a 6600 and 6700 if my plan is to clock it to a conservative number. From what I've read, a core speed around 3.2 GHz should be very easy to safely reach. Can anyone with some experience weigh in here?

I'm planning to build either a 6600 or 6700 based system on an Asus P5W DH Deluxe board. I'm planning to get the good memory: Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 (2x 1 gig 4-4-4-12) memory. Air cooling with Scythe Ninja Plus and a SeaSonic 430W PS.

Thanks for any suggestion!


A E6400 with a good cooler and good RAM can do 3.2 Ghz without much effort.
February 22, 2007 4:39:12 PM

get the much cheaper E6400, I have it conservatively OC'ed to 3.5Ghz, It'll do 3.73Ghz before it starts complaining so I slowed it down to a more "conservative" speed.

The extra cache on the other CPU's is only worth a 10% difference when clocked equally, but its your call..., and your money.
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