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What is the Best mainboard for overclocking a E6600??

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June 24, 2007 11:26:11 AM

I have recently blown up my mainboard over clocking my 3ghz processor
but i am not updating my system..... i have done alot of research and
finialy come to the conclussion that i want a Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6600, LGA775, 2.4GHz 4MB L2 Cache 1066Mhz FSB. i have done alot or reserch and i am planning on over clocking it to a 3.4 or 3.5 ghz on air
cooling and it can be done easierly if you have a good main board and Ram. I am going to get 2 1gb sticks of ddr2 ram that run at 750mhz. All i havent worked out is what main board i want i have about 300 dollars for
the main board can anyone help me on what main board to use. :) 

Thx Wade
June 24, 2007 12:12:29 PM

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3, -DS4 (not available in USA), or -DQ6. For any of those boards, get revision 3.3.

Maybe the new Gigabyte P35 chipset boards, which parallel the 965P boards' models, but I'd wait a while and make sure they (very recent release) have all the bugs out first.
June 24, 2007 1:35:43 PM

Here are some of the great boards for your chip.
As I would recommend, in order of priority.

329.99 ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX
284.99 GIGABYTE GA-N680SLI-DQ6 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
229.99 EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
209.99 ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
229.99 GIGABYTE GA-P35-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX
219.99 ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
299.99 ABIT IN9 32X-MAX LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
192.99 ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP LGA 775 Intel P965 Express
199.99 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX
229.99 GIGABYTE GA-965P-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express
208.99 ASUS Commando LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX
209.99 ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI
199.99 Intel BLKD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X
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June 24, 2007 2:18:42 PM

The intel P35 chipset is slgihtly faster (3-5%) than the Nvidia 680i in most benchmarks. The P5K Deluxe is a really good overclocker, but most boards over 200 usually do a pretty good OC as it is.
June 24, 2007 2:38:37 PM

I would go with the P5K Deluxe. It is pulling some really good overclocking results so far.

I also have a link where they have been putting the P5K Deluxe through some pretty good testing even with the Quad Cores.

Good luck to you. Let us know how it goes. I too am looking at this same board. Probably wait till the first revision of this board comes out. Right now I am using a P5WDH Deluxe and I would avoid it like the plague. I am stuck at 3.2Ghz. But that will do for now.
June 24, 2007 3:00:14 PM

I have Gigabyte 965 DS4 and E6600. Maximum (Orthos 14hr) stable speed at stock voltage is 3.05GHz, temps < 50C under Orthos load. I can push it to about 3.375GHz stable by raising CPU voltage to between 1.45 - 1.5V, haven't figured out exact voltage yet. Temps under load over 60C then (my cooler is quite good, but not the best, though very quiet). You may just about reach your desired overclock with this combination, but would probably have to push voltages high, > 1.5V. Current E6600 are said not to overclock as well as earlier samples.
June 25, 2007 8:40:51 AM

hey again
okay so i have come to the conclussion that i sould get the p5k delux
hopefully i can get the ussage out of this main board that i need to
over clock my E6600 to a 3.4 - 3.5ghz. iv decided on 2 1gb sticks of
800 mhz RAM so it sould be good for over clocking it adventuly i might
even buy a 150gb raptor hard drive to help the speed also
Thx alot every one cheers wade
June 26, 2007 9:42:29 AM

hey all :D 
As yas all no i am going to get the E6600 cpu and the asus p5k delux and i wanted to get good ram i was thinking somthing along the lines of like 800 mhz 2 1 gb sticks of kingston ram but im not sure what would be the best ram for over clocking like i am any suggestions guys cheers all...
thx a lot Wade
June 26, 2007 9:53:28 AM

i have just been looking and i was wondering which out of these 2 main boards EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI and ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard is best for the price of it and which is just the better one. i dont need WIFI it will neaver get used for me so i just need to choose which one i sould get out of the 2 they are both very good i just dunno what one is better plz help with that and mi RAM thx all
June 26, 2007 11:02:08 AM

The P5K deluxe is supposedly excellent, even better than the mighty P5B deluxe. In terms of RAM if you are going to around 3.4 GHz you will only need DDR800 at most, and could probably get away with DDR667 if you OC it a bit. If however, you want to OC the RAM a lot, then the current king is Crucial Ballistix PC8500, and fairly cheap as well.
June 26, 2007 12:08:12 PM

yeh thx m8
im looking into the p5k delux now i will proberly get that. if i went for 800mhz ram what do you recon the best performace with over clocking i will get will i get it to maybe a 3.6 or 3.7 or do you think that it will be pushing it to get it going that fast on air cooling
June 26, 2007 1:09:37 PM

Had mine at 3.6GHz, but had to back off to 3.4 due to temp and stability issues. 3.6 is possible though depending on whether or not you get a good chip. With DDR800 you could go higher than 3.6 theoretically, but I haven't heard of people reaching this without extreme cooling.
June 26, 2007 2:16:32 PM

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DQ6. It's the latest and greatest. It works, and will only get better as the BIOS is improved. It may be new, but it is proven. The ASUS P35 would work well too.

Tomshardware did a review of the overclocking, and the ASUS, Gigabyte, and Diamond all did well. P35 is the way to the future. Runs faster, runs cooler than 965/975. As long as you don't need SLI... My single 8800GTX OC2 does the trick for me.

I use it to overclock an E6420 to 3.56GHz on air (Scythe Ninja coolor). Totally stable. I use 1066 ram, with a 445FSB (1780 effective FSB to the CPU), and with a 2.4 multiplier, the ram works at 1068 (2.4x445). Works fine. Stays at no more than around 60c when loaded with prime95.
June 27, 2007 9:25:22 AM

so if i get 800 mhz ram or 1033 ram what would be the max i could over clock to on a good air cooler with a stable system i dont want to over clock it to much and make it unstable.
June 27, 2007 7:37:51 PM

An E6600 with DDR800 can get to 3.6GHz without having to overclock the RAM. I very much doubt you'd be able to go past 3.6GHz anyway, you may not even reach it. Expect 3.2-3.4 with a good cooler.
July 1, 2007 1:40:30 AM

I've had a stable 3.6ghz on the stock cooler using this combination of parts:-


mobo -


Although the rig is now being run @ 3.4ghz with the RAM @ DDR2 945 and an Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro.

Whilst that is a phenomenal achievement, it is very very unusual, and so the OP should not expect similar results under any circumstances.
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July 1, 2007 7:54:04 AM

Why thank you, but to honest I didn't feel that it was very difficult to achieve but then I was in a v.cold room at the time (doors and windows were wide open) and I'm sure that there have been others reporting similar or better OC's.
July 1, 2007 2:43:23 PM

Why thank you, but to honest I didn't feel that it was very difficult to achieve but then I was in a v.cold room at the time (doors and windows were wide open) and I'm sure that there have been others reporting similar or better OC's.

Not with the stock cooler.... most people can't get past about 2.9-3.0 with acceptable temperatures, and even with a good cooler, 3.4-3.5 seems to be the limit with most chips. Must have got a good one :) 
July 1, 2007 10:00:31 PM

One thing about the P35 boards is future-proofing. But one does sacrifice o/c capabilities. In about 3 weeks, Intel has a price cut coming on the Q6600 rumored to be in the 50% neighborhood, and putting it well within the price spread of a MoBo choice as compared to an E6600 (i.e. about a US$40 difference). You also get the availibility of a FREE 1333MHz FSB upgrade as jonnyli points out (thats why the 3-5% better scores!). You will also get that FREE benefit with the Quads.

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July 2, 2007 11:22:47 AM

I'm fully aware of the P35 boards as I have got my eye on an Abit IP-35E as a home for the Q6600 I'm intending to get somewhere around the 23rd of this month as a replacement for my socket A rig that recently passed away, but it's still an bit of an unknown as far as tweaking it goes compared to say the AB9 Pro which has enough time now for any issues to be sorted.
July 2, 2007 11:55:59 AM

I would go with the P35 also, as programers have not tapped into the real capabilies that the P35 chipset has to offer. Once they do simply updating the bios will reward you with better performence. If the P35 is this good now in its eary stage then later it should scream performence.
July 2, 2007 12:18:25 PM

Not sure what problems people are encountering with this chipset, but my friend is getting better overclocks with his Asus P5K deluxe than he did with his P5B deluxe.