Strange Q6600 Problem

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.

Any ideas?
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  1. Its called speedstep and it changes from 9 to 6.
  2. 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
  3. It's not changing it to 6, it changes it to 8.

    And Speedstep has been disabled the whole time :/

    It's a dice roll every time I boot to see if I'll get 8 multiplier or 9...
  4. Oh my lord, not another one.

    Ever think about maybe reading your mobo or cpu manual?

    Geeesus, this question gets asked here 10 times a day and the answer is right in the friggin manual.

    Someone's off their meds.
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