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post #11 of 27
Thats rather unfortunate.
If im going to buy a new board, I told myself im going straight for 1155.

I figure if im going to "upgrade" may as well make it worth it, and just upgrade to SB.
It's probably about time to anyway.
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I have to say, it's probably the 680i board. They weren't know for being the best overclockers. What's your VID?
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I have to say, it's probably the 680i board. They weren't know for being the best overclockers. What's your VID?

You are correct. The 680i isn't able to maintain high FSB with Quad's due to the inabiliy to adjust the GTL reference voltage wihin the BIOS.

READ Asus P5N32-E Overclocking Guide
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yeah i tried this, and it just wont post.
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What bios are you running?
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post #16 of 27
Try overshooting the FSB speed past what you'd need for 3GHz; if you're worried about pushing the chip too far, drop the multiplier for the time being, but try something like 350MHz FSB, or 366MHz.

I had a 680i board for all of about two days, as it was a complete pig with quads. FSB holes everywhere, as already mentioned.

You might get lucky and find one of the zones that actually work.
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yeah i tried this, and it just wont post.
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Hey LuminatX!


I had the same board as you have, I made a post about not being able to OC my Q6600 to more than 2.8GHz or so a while back:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...-than-2-a.html

Unfortunately, I have never managed to really overclock it on that board...
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What stepping do you have? I know the Q6600 and Q6700s are very similar CPUs (only difference being steppings and default clocks, yes?), and mine runs at 3.0GHz at stock voltage. Mine is a G0 stepping.

Once I go past 3, I have to start pushing up the voltage (had it sitting at 3.2GHz for a long time around 1.35v), but it runs hotter, and I can't tell the difference anyways between 3.0 and 3.2. Since I run F@H 24/7, I figured it's more efficient per watt with stock voltage.
I have enough CPU power now to run F@H -smp while gaming and only see the occasional stutter (once every 10 minutes or so).
 
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Is blackhawk and LuminatX the same person?

Second to both of you, your 680i boards weren't the best to play with the Quad cores even if you had good stepping. I would honestly be happy around 3.0 on those. Otherwise you're going to be chasing "Overclock Ghosts." I.E., you're just at the limits of the chipset. The p35 and p45 chipsets worked much better with Quad cores. 3.0 should be enough for your graphics cards not to bottleneck in games. If it's worth it to you then sure try your luck with a new motherboard. I would personally just sit for the new Intel and AMD sockets about to be released or snatch up an i7 or whatever the latest is now when they start to become cheaper.
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You are correct. The 680i isn't able to maintain high FSB with Quad's due to the inabiliy to adjust the GTL reference voltage wihin the BIOS.

READ Asus P5N32-E Overclocking Guide
Again, he doesn't need a high FSB with a Q6600. You're thinking 45nm quads, which would have almost no chance on a 680i.

OP: You need to DECREASE your CPU multiple so something low like 6X, then run up the FSB to see where your holes are. Test from where you are to say 450. You'll likely find out that it suddenly boots fine at higher FSB. You'll need to bump NB volts.

Then you'll need to do some math to figure out what your best FSB/multiple will be.
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