Hello everyone I just got this today for my b-day present Q6600 and this motherboard a modest upgrade from my X2 4400+ @ 2.3ghz
Though I have run into problems all ready. I am using stock cooling for now till I get the cash up for a tuniq cooler.
ATM its at 266x9 but the board AUTO clocked it @ 266x8.
Specs of PC
Q6600 G0 stepping (HOORAY!!!!!!)
4x1GB DDR2 800mhz G-Skill (MB set it to 800-800 5-5-5-15 @ 1.8v)
1x 320GB Seagate HDD .11
1x SATA CD ROM/DVD RW
1x EVGA 8800GT 512mb
TX750w Corsair PSU
My issue is first...vcore is auto set @ 1.30v idle temps are 45c yet to see high load...is this normal? is the volts set to high? I am using stock cooling for the moment but the temps seem really high for 2.4ghz.
Second issue its SLOW AS HELL!!!!!!!!! I tried to install Vista Ultimate x64 and after 10 mins I didn't get past the "select hard drive to format" option. My X2 4400+ is faster...so something must be wrong but what?
I dunno what all you need....I never had a board with so many options. I will take some pictures of all my BIOS settings and post them soon as my girlfriend wakes up....she is like a grizzly when she gets woken up.
The vcore of 1.3V in the bios sounds right. And the stock cooler is pretty crappy. You won't be able to overclock it much with that. The Q6600 is a good chip, but it can put out a lot of heat when overclocked. You need a good cooler.
As for the slowness, it could be your ram. The "slowness" may be due to ram errors. You should manually set your voltage and timings to the manufacturer specs. Then run memtest86+ to make sure it's working right.
I wont be overclocking with stock...I just want it stable and working @ 2.4ghz while I wait a week so I can purchase my after market. I wanted to wait till I knew if I had enough space since the motherboard doesn't tell ya some things.
I will take your advice on the ram and let ya know how it works out for me.
There's a GREAT Gigabyte forum over at: http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69
You'll find a pair of step-by-step 'stickies', one on RAM testing/tweaking, and one on GB overclocking. Follow the instructions carefully, and odds are 90%+ that you'll find your board/component's OC 'sweet spot' w/no further assistance...