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MAX Ghz for Core 2 Quad Q6600?

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November 22, 2010 4:33:20 AM

can someone please tell me what is maxium overclock Ghz for Core 2Quad Q6600 cpu? thank you for your help :D 
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November 22, 2010 3:59:32 PM

That all depends on your cooling system for your CPU and the motherboard you're using. I got mine to 3.6 with no issues at all but i have known others not to be so lucky...
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November 22, 2010 4:02:40 PM

Not only what has been mentioned above, but not all processors are made exactly the same, and don't overclock to the same levels.

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November 22, 2010 5:27:24 PM

i'm using dell XPS630 OC q6600 @ 3.4Ghz / fsb 1520Mhz on Air (maximum cpu core temp @ 61 celsius using real temp 3.60 program after 2-3hrs blackops playtime) and OC @ 3.6Ghz/1600(max. core temp @ 66 celsius).wonder if i use liquid cooling system can i get more speed and lower core temp?
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November 22, 2010 6:36:18 PM

What is your Vcore setting when you're clocked in @ 3.4 & 3.6? or rather, what is the difference between them?
November 22, 2010 7:05:21 PM

A. everyday use= core 3.4Ghz / fsb 1520Mhz / core volt 1.40v B. game time=core 3.6Ghz / fsb 1600Mhz / core volt 1.45v (can't tell the difference between 2 settings during game lol)
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November 22, 2010 7:38:35 PM

that's about as far as you'll get the Vcore before you start to experience instability. I had mine @ 3.6 with a 1.37 Vcore and then the jump to 3.8 made me use a 1.41 Vcore. I tried 4.0 but had to go just over 1.46 Vcore and saw slight signs of instability and had to back it down. What i did notice (which is what you noticed) is that there's not much advantage past 3.4, in fact, 3.2 was almost the same as 3.6 on my setup...
November 22, 2010 8:16:48 PM

what's your maximum cpu core temp @ 3.6 Ghz (under heavy load or game play)? mine @ 65-67 Celsius( reading form Real Temp 3.60). if this is too high do you think i should upgrade my air cooling system to liquid cooling. thanks for your help!
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November 23, 2010 1:36:53 AM

Actually, 65 - 67 is just on the border of being too high but you should be ok. I was @ 61c under full load, sometimes 63c and i kept it that way 24 x 7 for a couple years @ 3.8 to 3.6
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November 23, 2010 3:38:50 AM

A Q6600 should be able to run at 3.0 GHz on the stock cooler with little or no increase in vcore. A halfway decent Q6600 should be able to reach 3.3 - 3.4 GHz. Quite a few will run at 3.6 GHz with good cooling in a good case with stability.

I have seen a few claims of 3.8 - 4.0 GHz but never with screen shots of Prime95 running with CPU-Z.
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November 23, 2010 3:44:54 AM

yep many OCER did it :non: 
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November 23, 2010 11:49:16 AM

I may have a screenshot of just that jsc, let me go digging for it... though if i don't, i'll not be able to reproduce it again, have a new system now.
November 24, 2010 2:14:23 PM

UPDATE!! with extra cpu fan my OC'd q6600 @ 3.6Ghz / fsb 1600Mhz on Air (Maximum cpu core temp @ 57 celsius reading form real temp3.60 & after 2-3hrs blackops playtime max. core temp @ 60 celsius)
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November 24, 2010 2:56:33 PM

Not bad at all, that is a good overclock and if i were you i wouldn't try to go any higher as the risk to reward is more in favor of risk...
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November 24, 2010 3:04:45 PM

You have a good chip Jon, 3.6 with 1.37v is low. How did you test for stability and for how long?
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November 24, 2010 3:09:36 PM

Forget which one, it was either Orthos or Prime (whichever stresses quads as the other only stresses dual core) But, i tested for just over 22 hours. Temps peaked @ about 68 testing but that's normal, i never hit that in RL apps/games...
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November 26, 2010 12:13:02 AM

Yeah, mine will boot at 3.8 GHz but it's just not stable. Mine is stable (24 hour Prime95) at 1.425 volts. Core temps hit 61 - 66 C.

If you can run at 3.6 GHz with only 1.37 volts on the CPU, you have indeed won the CPU lottery. :) 
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November 26, 2010 8:26:00 PM

I did indeed hit the CPU lottery for that one. Bought the CPU from craigslist for $50.00, ended up selling the Motherboard/CPU/RAM combo for $300.00
August 15, 2012 6:06:43 PM

Huh, i only managed to get it upto 3.42GHz on 1.36v. I hit a dead end after that. Freezing during boot or blue screen auto restart. May just be my crap Nvidia 780i mobo. But from what i have noticed, 3.2ghz to 3.4ghz doesnt seem to give you much of a boost. in fact, i noticed i had a drop in frame rates of about 2-5 in some games. and im running a overclocked gtx 285 so i have no idea whats going on there
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August 15, 2012 6:24:10 PM

*sighs*
August 21, 2012 6:24:37 PM

The highest q6600 overclock i have seen was 4.9ghz. However you need a golden CPU and the best of the best motherboard and ram to get any where near that
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August 22, 2012 2:00:01 AM

Why do you not read the thread date!!! :/ 
August 22, 2012 7:00:37 AM

people may still read this thread at some point. so not only does it help the OP but also everyone else who is looking for the same answer. It saves threads being posted all the time. You are an expert on this site i see, so you should understand what i am talking about
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