I'm kind of new to OCing, but I have a couple of questions.
I plan on upgrading to the X58 platform in the next 9ish months, but would like to get the most out of my Q9300 before then. I realize that the 9300 is a somewhat older C2Q that for the most part doesn't overclock very well, but I've seen numerous posts of people reaching 3.2gHz and beyond with a Q9300.
I'm currently sitting at 2.9gHz with a Vcore of 1.27V. As I am stuck with a 7.5x multiplier, the only way for me to get more speed would be raising the FSB. Intel says the max Vcore my CPU should be taking is around 1.37V, so I figure I should have a little bit of room to work with it here. I have a AC Freezer 7Pro which keeps my CPU pretty cool (40 C idle, cores 55 C idle; 50 C load, cores 60-65 C load) and I think my temperatures lend me a bit of space to push it higher as well.
As soon as I push my FSB to 400mhz, there is nothing that will make my CPU stable again for more than half an hour or so. I've raised FSB voltages, Vcore volts, NB volts and nothing seems to work particularly well. I'm kind of confused because it seems like I should be able to take it higher given my current temps and volts, but the CPU doesn't want to run stable.
1) Would I see any notable performance increases going from 2.9gHz to 3.2ish? Would I see FPS improvements moving up to the X58 platform b/c I am CPU bottlenecked?
2) Am I doing something wrong when it comes to OCing, or did I just get boned with a processor that doesn't OC very well compared to others?
I have linked the memory, and it does seem to be running at under 1066mhz. It just seems like my CPU hits a wall once I hit 400 MHz FSB, even though my voltages and temperatures can go much higher. Guess I just got a sub-par chip.