Hi, i'm new to OC'ing but i would really like to know if its possible to run a Q6600 @ 2133mhz FSB as i just brought an Asrock P45R2000, i know its not a great mobo, but on Hardware Canucks web site this mobo is running an E6550 @586mhz(2344mhz) FSB! Is the only limiting factor of the FSB for the Q6600 the mobo or does the Q6600 have a top FSB limit? Any help in explaining this would be really appreciated, cheers.
Overclocking varies by CPU (individual CPU's within the same series have different liumits) and the rest of yuour components. Upping the FSB for the CPU also increases it for the rest of your components, so the weakest link will be your stable limit.
yup i agree wiht zorg, down clock your ram so it is syncronous with your CPU, so down to 533, then OC from there, i would imagine that 3.2 would be good that way if you have ddr2 - 800 then you are stock for the ram so you wont be getting memory errors, and it wont be the restricting factor. and anything above that is a plus.
Hi, thank you all for the quick replies and i wanted to run the Q6600 @ 6x533 (3198mhz) so i can make use of my ddr3 1333 ram underclocked to 1066mhz so i can have a cpu ram ratio of 1:1, the reason why i want to do this is because i cant afford an expensive set-up but it would be nice to make my PC run fast, just to see what i'm missing out on if i had the money for a real fast PC!
Unfortunately you wasted your money on the DDR3. The Q6600 is not that sensitive to increased RAM speed. You may get a little more due to the increased FSB at the lower multi but I suspect it will only be noticeable in benches. Since you have it you might as well play. The increased FSB/RAM speed will put more stress on the mobo, so run different settings to determine whether you "feel" like the additional stress is worth it.
Since you are new to OCing, I suggest you do the intermediate OCs that I suggested above and test load temps before moving higher.
Hi, thanks for all the information i will definitely read/use everything you suggested, also i was only gonna run the Q6600 @3.2ghz but when you say i will shorten its life span will it be by a lot as as long as the CPU+mobo lasts say 5yrs i'll be happy with that.