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October 20, 2008 2:37:14 PM

hello, i was wondering if anyone can help me overclock my cpu. to at least 2.83 maybe up to 3

My specs are:
Intel Q6600 @ 2.66 wanting to go higher
500 gb hard drive
600 w psu
2 gb corsair ram 5-5-5-15 @ 800 something
Asus P5N32-E SLI mobo

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October 20, 2008 3:06:05 PM

just go to your bios and raise the fsb on your mobo to 300 or 333 mhz this will result in speeds over 3 ghz, maybe raise your cpu voltage by 0.125 v and your good to go, test that baby with prime95, orthos, vantage, folding@home and make sure it stay's running stable at least for 4 hours at those speeds. It's a bit of trial and error testing till u find the max for your cpu

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October 20, 2008 3:58:24 PM

samsonic said:
just go to your bios and raise the fsb on your mobo to 300 or 333 mhz this will result in speeds over 3 ghz, maybe raise your cpu voltage by 0.125 v and your good to go, test that baby with prime95, orthos, vantage, folding@home and make sure it stay's running stable at least for 4 hours at those speeds. It's a bit of trial and error testing till u find the max for your cpu

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can i just change my fsb in my nividia preformance settings so i dont have to go into my bios? also should i test it with all those programs you said or just a couple?
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October 20, 2008 7:56:57 PM

when i open cup-z it says this:
core speed: 2700 MHz
Multiplier: x9
Bus Speed: 300
Rated FSB: 1200

when i go into my bios it wont let me change my fsb from i think 1160 or something i forget the number to 1200 it say system boot fail, anyone wanna help me this?
im a rookie at overclocking :) 
October 20, 2008 8:04:17 PM

samsonic said:
just go to your bios and raise the fsb on your mobo to 300 or 333 mhz this will result in speeds over 3 ghz, maybe raise your cpu voltage by 0.125 v and your good to go, test that baby with prime95, orthos, vantage, folding@home and make sure it stay's running stable at least for 4 hours at those speeds. It's a bit of trial and error testing till u find the max for your cpu

:bounce: 


when i open cup-z it says this:
core speed: 2700 MHz
Multiplier: x9
Bus Speed: 300
Rated FSB: 1200

when i go into my bios it wont let me change my fsb from i think 1160 or something i forget the number to 1200 it say system boot fail, anyone wanna help me this?
im a rookie at overclocking http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overclocking :) 
October 21, 2008 3:28:24 AM

alright now im confused...
i went into my bios and cn\hanged my vcore to 1.4 and cpum to x10 and when i run cpu-z it says:

vcore: 1.296
core speed: 2700
multiplier: 9
bus speed: 300
Rated FSB: 1200

but when i open up my nvidia control panel and go to performance and go to device seetings it gives me this:
FSB clock: 300
cpu frequency: 3000
multiplier: 10

the numbers dont match up, can someone tell me whats wrong???? im losing my mind!
October 21, 2008 3:58:09 AM

your nvidia panel is wrong. the Q6600 only has a multiplier of 9x
October 21, 2008 3:58:24 AM

The Q6600 does not have a x10 multiplier.
October 21, 2008 4:03:40 AM

I used to have a 680i mobo (an EVGA) from one of the earlier revisions that didn't support quad core overclocking and the highest I could go was 2.7 GHz with a Q6600 (G0 SLACR). In an X48 motherboard the same processor is stable at 3.6 GHZ. One silly trick I did with that old 680i board was disable two of the four cores, then I could overclock to 3.6 GHZ as a dual core.

Okay so the practical answer is to look into the exact revision of the motherboard and determine the BIOS version it is using. Maybe updating the BIOS will give you quad core overclocking ability beyond 2.7 GHZ. It is possible that your motherboard will not be capable, on a hardware level, of overclocking your quad.

Now about the numbers. If you haven't already looked up a core2 overclocking guide the Front Side Bus is displayed in two ways, the bus speed of a single channel of the FSB which will be the smaller value which at stock Q6600 settings is 266 MHZ and the the overall speed of the four channels of 1066 MHZ. So the 1200 and 300 values you are seeing are the same thing. Oh and bus speed multiplied by the CPUs multiplier gives you your processor speed.

Good luck, I hope that helps.
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