Right, my Q6600 @ 3ghz idles at just under 40 degrees.
However as I am an overclocking noob I have no idea how hot this really is for a Q6600 at 3ghz or more importantly if I have any headroom for further overclocks. If anybody can give me a rough estimate of how much I can push it further it would be very helpful. Also for future reference what are the temp and voltage limits I should not go above with a Q6600?
Thanks a lot, any responses will be greatly appreciated.
Thermal Maximum for the Q6600 is like 70 or 72 Celsius. As long as your 100% load temps never reach that you'll be okay.
Personally, I like to limit my max temps to like 65C, because I don't EVER want the chance of running to hot and not realizing it.
Best thing you can do, is run Prime 95 to max your CPU usage, and monitor temps for several minutes. Make sure your maximum temps never get that high. If you still have some room, you can try higher overclocks.
The ACF7 Pro is a solid mid-range cooler, but is better when lapped. A high-end cooler is needed to achieve the highest overclock on a Q6600 while still maintaining safe temperatures on Prime95 Small FFT's.
The following Prime95 link is contained within the Temp Guide, the link to which I've already posted above. The 64 bit download is located about half way down the page - http://mersenne.org/freesoft