I have a Q6600 with a big Zalman heatsink on it, OC'd to 3.0GHz. Idles at just under 50 degrees and goes up around 70 degrees under 4 threads of the P95 Small FFT test.
This is all fine and well, and were the numbers I was shooting for. However, (and it seems to happen randomly), the computer will boot and both CoreTemp and CPU-Z will show that the multiplier changed from 9 to 8, and the CPU is running at 2.6GHz.
I'm relatively new to overclocking, so maybe this is a common problem.
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Its called speedstep and it changes from 9 to 6.
Its not a problem,there is a feature in BIOS called speedstep,when enabled your CPU downclocks in idle mode so the multiplier changes from 9 to 6,disable it if u want to OC