/ Sign-up
Your question

Q6600 upgrade

  • CPUs
  • Performance
  • Product
Last response: in CPUs
August 4, 2011 1:16:21 AM


So I am thinking about upgrading my Q6600 to a 2500K/2600K, but since they are more expensive than the 955/965 I would like to ask, how much performance gain would I get from like upgrading to respectively the 955, 965, 2500K and 2600K, as I would like how much difference it is. How much better the Intel's are...


More about : q6600 upgrade

a b à CPUs
August 4, 2011 1:36:16 AM

You didn't mention details such as what speed your Q6600 is running at, or what speed you intend to run the new cpu at. Since you mention the "k" version of the new intel cpu I'm assuming you will be overclocking. An overclocked 2500k or 2600k can almost double the power of a Q6600.

The 2500k is at least 30% faster than the Q6600 if you run them at the same clock speed. The 2600k can overclock to as much as 4.8GHz, the stock Q6600 runs at 2.4GHz but can overclock to around 3.5GHz.
August 4, 2011 1:42:06 AM

Yeah, I currently run it a the stock speed because it's already a bit hot I think.
Related resources
a c 139 à CPUs
August 4, 2011 2:06:02 AM

depends for what use, it means having to upgrate total exception case, HDD, PSU and just replace the motherboard and CPU ... : If I am more inclined to multitasking AM3 + bulldoser by maintaining the existing system, except if it has been dying for a yes instead of 2500K I5 + P67 to the game may assume multitasking while for versatile wear i7 2600K
a c 213 à CPUs
August 4, 2011 2:32:08 AM

Honestly, you can just get a decent air cooler like a Zalman 9900 and overclock your Q6600 to 3GHz. The 955/965 wont be much better and not worth an entire new mobo, CPU and RAM setup.

I still run a Q6600 @ 3GHz and will for quite a while.
August 4, 2011 3:46:00 AM

So I gues the 2500K/2600K is the better bet?
August 4, 2011 3:53:18 AM

Here are the remaining system specs:

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
CM 690 II Advanced with default fans, didn't change anything about it
Q6600 G0 stepping on stock speed and with stock cooler (cooling paste applied: Arctic Silver 5)
Asus P5K SE/EPU (latest BIOS: 0501)
Sapphire Vapor-X 5870 OC stock speed
Seasonic X-850
OCZ Vertrex 2 120GB
Samsung HD103SJ
Samsung HD753LJ
Samsung HD203WI
A-Data DDR2/PC6400 800Mhz 2x2GB + Apacer 2GB
Optiarc DVD-/+RW drive
Monitor: Iiyama ProLite B2409HDS (1920x1080)
Logitech G500
Logitech G15
Stereo Logitech Z-10
Steelseries Siberia v2

One fan isn't turned on at the moment. (In the top of the chassis)
And the CPU temperature idle is around 50 degrees Celsius.
August 4, 2011 3:54:43 AM

I meant G0 revision, sorry :( 
a c 139 à CPUs
August 4, 2011 3:58:04 AM

i think your speck worth for this time ... just get aftermarket cooler , you can try OC
or if you don't like you can send to me ... :D 
a c 137 à CPUs
August 4, 2011 1:32:31 PM

Hyper212+ cooler would go well with you machine and allow for a nice OC.
a c 640 à CPUs
August 4, 2011 6:25:12 PM

Before buying a new system I would install new heatsink/fan to better cool down your CPU and allow for some overclocking. I recommend the following ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa for $30 after rebate.

This heatsink is compatible with your current CPU (socket 775) and Intel's current Sandy Bridge CPUs (socket 1155). That way you can re-use it when you decide to upgrade your entire system.
a c 640 à CPUs
August 4, 2011 6:27:16 PM

das_stig said:
Hyper212+ cooler would go well with you machine and allow for a nice OC.

Hyper+ also supports both socket 775 and socket 1155 if you prefer to go with that instead of the Zalman.
August 4, 2011 10:06:32 PM

Maybe I should note that I want to be able to play Battlefield 3 on high/very high settings with good FPS.
a b à CPUs
August 4, 2011 10:11:37 PM

I agree that isn't a bad setup, just overclock the Q to 3.0 or beyond, not hard to do by the way.
August 4, 2011 10:22:00 PM

Okay, thanks. I still got a Scythe Mugen 2 rev. b here, so I will try to install it...
a b à CPUs
August 4, 2011 10:24:22 PM

You'll be able to get 3.4 to 3.6 with that cooler with decent case airflow. That's if your chip is a GO stepping, maybe 3.2 to 3.4 for the B3 version.
August 4, 2011 10:25:55 PM

I have the G0 stepping, yay :)  I think I got decent airflow at least...
August 5, 2011 1:05:00 AM

Hey, I have installed the Scythe Mugen 2 rev. b, on what voltage should I put the CPU on for 3,6Ghz?
August 5, 2011 3:20:20 AM

I get no further than 3Ghz atm, beyond that Windows BSoD's on start or just crashes and restarts. What should I do?
a c 139 à CPUs
August 5, 2011 3:38:53 AM

what is BSOD ...?
August 5, 2011 3:39:45 AM

Blue Screen of Death.
August 5, 2011 3:42:03 AM

a c 139 à CPUs
August 5, 2011 3:44:36 AM

what is the message is written in the BSOD, 0x000000 124 or BADPOOL etc ...? lol
August 5, 2011 4:27:36 AM

The system encountered an uncorrectable hardware error.

*** STOP 0x0000000124
a c 139 à CPUs
August 5, 2011 4:34:48 AM

increase Vcore or PLL bro ... !
August 5, 2011 4:38:26 AM

Okay, where can I find PLL on the P5K SE/EPU, just Advanced, JumperFree Configuration?
a c 139 à CPUs
August 5, 2011 4:47:54 AM

in the bios --- advanced ---

CPU voltage = vcore
spread spectrun must DISABLED
August 5, 2011 4:52:15 AM

Okay, I will look again thanks. I increased voltage to 1,6 something and it got past Windows loading screen, but then the same BSoD.
August 5, 2011 5:10:17 AM

Still BSoD, do I have to change other settings as well?
Like RAM frequency or FSB something?
August 5, 2011 5:11:16 AM

Strap maybe? 100 - 150, I don't know...
a c 139 à CPUs
August 5, 2011 7:05:23 AM

increase VDIM to 2v - 2.1 Set DRAM Frequency to 800 Mhz 5-5-5-15
if still BSOD drop your OC .. increase step by step :D  good luck
August 5, 2011 9:26:41 AM

What is VDIM?
a c 139 à CPUs
August 5, 2011 11:22:54 AM

Ram voltage bro and try drop multiplier ram 1:1
August 7, 2011 10:14:04 PM

I know reached 3,2Ghz with 8 as multiplier, weird :S
August 7, 2011 10:14:42 PM

Holy ***, * now.
August 8, 2011 12:45:20 PM

I just got a PFN_LIST_CORRUPT BSoD, after clicking on a link in Silver Bird (Chrome) to a YT video.

a c 139 à CPUs
August 8, 2011 1:22:32 PM

This indicates that the memory management Page
File Number list is corrupted. Can be caused by
corrupt physical RAM, or by drivers passing bad
memory descriptor lists.

Seem your Ram not stable since OCed. Try loosen timming 5-6-5- 20 Or go default do memtest your RAM overnigh .
August 8, 2011 8:00:46 PM

Well, that wasn't stable, just 'randomly' got the ...124 stop code BSoD, now turned back to 3Ghz... RAM was overclocked indeed, to 9XXMhz. Auto.

Why can't I get past 3Ghz stable, I got the G0 stepping and everything? Help!
a c 139 à CPUs
August 8, 2011 8:27:22 PM

Post your all setting voltage and screen shoot cpu-z
fsb x multiplier , seem ram at 9xx mhz too high , max at 800mhz, And other feature Cstaste need disabled: eist,spread spectrum, pcie at 100
a c 139 à CPUs
August 8, 2011 8:36:25 PM

Or the best way, make new thread in forum oveclocking and you will get more respon and answer :)