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q6600 OVERCLOCKING QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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September 18, 2008 7:36:04 AM

Hi guys i just have a question, would apreciate if you could answer it...

whats the most i can overclock a q6600 with complete stability on air?? ill be using an x48 DFI mobo and a zalman 9700 after market cooler...
in case it matters im using 4gb of g skill ddr2 1066mhz...
September 18, 2008 8:07:19 AM

3.4, maybe 3.6 if you dont want it to last
September 18, 2008 8:11:58 AM

would it last at 3.4?
how easy is to set it to 3.2?
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September 18, 2008 2:03:28 PM

The Zalman 9700 really can't handle the high heat load of a quad.

Most people with those coolers wind up somewhere between 3.0ghz-3.2ghz. 3.0ghz shouldn't be super hard to hit.
September 18, 2008 2:25:40 PM

Depends very much on the CPU. Some may not go passed 2.8Ghz with the best air cooling. Some may go to 3.6-3.8Ghz with stock cooling. It's the luck of the draw. The CPU's VID helps dictate the CPU's OC potential (the lower VID, the better).

PS. STOP SHOUTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 18, 2008 2:36:06 PM

I haven't seen one not hit 3.0G, even with a VID of 1.325V, assuming a decent mobo. Heat may be an issue with the Zalman 9700 cooler, I haven't checked.

3.2G should be pretty easy with the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 and the XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket.

September 18, 2008 7:37:29 PM

i dont want push pins... any other really good hs for an overclocked to 3.2G q6600?
i want my temps in the mid 40's to low 50's... under load...
September 18, 2008 7:42:46 PM

then just leave it stock ;) 

or 3.0ghz with a Tuniq Tower and it will be kept relatively cool. (60 degrees ;) )
September 18, 2008 7:54:21 PM

i dont get it? i want cool temps and i should leave it at stock?????
60 degress celsius is way too much for my tastes...
September 18, 2008 8:20:32 PM

I've been running 3.4 GHZ on my Q6600 w/ a Zallman 9700 in the 60's under a 12hr stress test. The Xigmatek is the new top dog but it's a very slight advantage over the Zallman. Tom's has an article that will back me up on that. IMO It's not worth the switch. Like the others have said it's luck of the draw on the CPU some overclock great some don't. I didn't lap my heatsink and CPU but I'm going to for the hell of it just to see if it's really worth it. Besides it's fun to play around!
September 18, 2008 8:55:39 PM

I have a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L mobo, with 4 x 1GB G.Skill DDR2-800 @ 500MHZ 2.1V(1000mhz effective)5-5-5-15. My G0/SLACR Q6600 is overclocked to 3.6ghz on air (a.f. pro 7), my fan at 100% (2800RPM). 400 x 9. 400 x 2.5. 1600 FSB. 1.3875 in bios but 1.36 in speedfan and cpu-z.

EDIT: My ram was 20 bones a stick on newegg, i think if i got some better ram my pi score would be better(?).
September 18, 2008 11:28:33 PM

Nica Guy said:
i dont want push pins... any other really good hs for an overclocked to 3.2G q6600?
i want my temps in the mid 40's to low 50's... under load...
Uh, that is what the retention bracket is for. Did you click on the link and look at the pictures?

Heres another link to clear up any confusion. Crossbow I7751

And a quote if you can't click on the link.
Not only providing users more options of installation and appropriately increasing fasten force of coolers & CPU, Crossbow I7751 is designed also to protect and prevent the MB from bending. It is used for 3pcs heat-pipe and side blow coolers. Moreover, the back plate & spring screw mounting method can ensure safe installation when MB moved.
And here's a pic showing the screws and springs.

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