Just went to the ups store and picked up my brand new Q9550 that came from Microcenter E0 stepping. It took a while to install with a 120 extreme without taking the motherboard out...very frustrating haha.
I was a little dissappointed when I loaded up coretemp to reveal a VID of.... 1.2875
Does VID really affect overclocking cap? I'm currently running prime95 with stock volts of 1.2875 @ 3.4ghz. Cores at load are 52, 47, 43, 43....I thought I applied the TIM evenly. I lapped the 120 before installation as well.
Is it strange that Cpu-z is showing 3.2 ghz? While coretemp and windows is showing 3.4? CPu-z is also showing a vcore of 1.2v under load...a pretty big vdrop.
What is the safe max vcore I should set this processor for?