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Stable Q6600 2.4~3.0 overclocking

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April 29, 2011 7:07:24 AM

So I decided to pop my OC cherry as I have never OCed before. Would the following BIOS settings achieve a stable overclock for my system or should I use a step up OC method? I.e. 2.4, 2.66, and so on till I each 3.0.

Overclocking settings is as follows:
CPU clock ratio: x9
CPU frequency: 333mhz
PCI express frequency: 100mhz
Performance enhance: standard
System memory multiplier: 2.40
CPU voltage:1.27500

My Current temps are at:
Idle: 41~53c
Load (Prime95 1hr): 55~67c

My Specs:
CPU: Q6600 (G0)@2.4 ~ 3.0(target OC)


GPU: Asus ENGTX460 top edition

RAM: 2x2GB Corsair XMS2 800

Cooling: CoolMaster Hyper TX3
& Normal household fan facing open side panel (lol yeah,... I know, high tech problem, low tech solution but it helps cools by 2-3 degrees)

PSU: Cougar 650watt

Monitor: LG "22 inch (1680x1050max res)

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April 29, 2011 12:45:15 PM

Most Q6600's will run at 3.0 GHz with the stock cooler and little or no voltage increase. 3.3 GHz should be attainable with even an average aftermarket cooler.

This should be your first stop.
Core2 Overclocking Guide

Shadow's Gigabyte motherboard OC guide:
It's for an EP35-DS3L but all the Gigabyte Core2 BIOS's are similar.

Set your System Memory Multiplier to 2.0. The minimal performance gains of overclocking RAM in a Core2 system are not worth the increased instability.

Do not exceed 1.5 volts core voltage or 70 C (as measured by CoreTemp of RealTemp) load temperatures.
April 30, 2011 7:01:12 PM

Thanks for your feedback and information,

I like to point out i have 4X1GB ram not 2x2GB, i have change the system memory multiplier from 2.4 to 2.0, FSB:D RAM 1:1 (was getting BSOD on a regular with 5:6). Testing stability with PRime 95 now with new settings.

My temps (Realtemp) 50c, 48c, 44c, 45c on idle and 69c, 68c, 65c, 65c on load is this too high ?

what is a more stable? FSB:D RAM 1:1 ratio on 8x400 (3.2) or 9x333 (3.0)