I've just upgraded my ram to 2x2gb Geil Black Dragon pc6400 800mhz from my 4x1gb of crucial pc5300 667mhz and for some reason my E6300 (1.8hz stock) just wont overclock by any significant amount any more. Before i had it stable at 2.8ghz on my Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P being cooled by a Artic Feezer 7 pro, but now it seems 2.1ghz is a big struggle for it.
can anyone give me any insight? this isn't a huge problem for me, im not doing any heavy number chrunching or anything but its still an annoyance to see such a drop. i wonder if this cpu is just on its last legs, it had over 3 years hard use, and has always been abit hotter than other E6300's i've encountered, even with the same coolers etc. i must adimt the draw of the Q6600 and E8400 is getting stronger by the day..
Thanks for you advice,
- E6300 with a Freezer 7 pro
- Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 XT
- 2x 80gb samsung spinpoints in RAID 1
- 2x 250gb samsung spintpoins
- 2x2gb Geil Black Dragon pc6400 800mhz
- Antec TruePower 2.0 450wtt
- Antec P180
- xfi Xtereme music
- Vista x64
Check your RAM voltages and adjust them accordingly. That RAM might not be able to overclock as much as the other stuff. But if your voltages aren't right, it won't work well. And make sure your RAM multiplier is set right too.