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post #1 of 16
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Hello! My first post here smile.gif
Alright, so basically I have been attempting to overclock my Q6600 using a Asus Striker II formula and have been having no luck what so ever.
Initially I had been having boot problems and hangs whilst browsing the internet, so i had attributed my problems with overclocking to having an insufficient power supply.
Now, having replaced the power supply, i believe this to be no longer the case...

The system that I am running with is as follows:
Asus Striker II Fomula (1333 FSB)
Intel® Core™2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz (Stepping B, Revision G0)
Corsair HX 750watt power supply
Powercolour 2GB HD 6950 (massively bottle necked at the CPU)
2xPatriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) =8GB
Zalman CPU Cooler

I have read quite a few overclocking guides on the internet and have tried so many different BIOS configuration combinations for eg: various CPU/DDR
frequencies, voltages, multiplier speeds, DDR RAM timings and have had no luck.

The methodology towards my overclocking had been (definitely primitive):
1. Set Vcore to a value that SHOULD get some results, even if the temps are overboard.
2. Adjust CPU frequency accordingly (to a level I find acceptable)
3. Then work down the voltage to a more efficient, stable level.

Well, that's what i tried to do....

My computer will not apply an overclock with a 9x ratio @ 1099mhz actual FSB, which should come out at 2.47Ghz. Is there something that I am doing wrong? How should I go about this process?
post #2 of 16
Get a better cooler,

kill two stix

may handle this, but watch temps

A gift

good luck

CPU Ratio = 9
FSB Frequency = 360
PCI-E Frequency = 100
FSB Strap to North Bridge = 333
DRAM Frequency =
DRAM Timing Control = 6-5-5-15
DRAM Static Read Control = Auto
DRAM Read Training = Auto
Memory OC Charger = Enabled
AI Clock Twister = Stronger
AI Transaction Booster = Manual Perf 12
CPU Voltage = 1.4
CPU GTL Voltage Reference = .63x
CPU PLL Voltage = 1.50
FSB Termination Voltage = 1.30
DRAM voltage = Stock Voltage value
Northbridge Voltage = 1.28
Southbridge voltage = Auto
PCI-E SATA voltage = Auto
Load Line Calibration = Enabled
CPU Spread Spectrum = Auto
PCI-E Spread Spectrum = Auto
CPU Clock Skew = Auto
NB Clock Skew = Auto
CPU Margin Enhancement = Performance Mode
C1E = Disabled
Max Cupid Value Limit = Disabled
Intel Virtualization Mode = Enabled
CPUTM Function = Disabled
Execute Disable Bit = Enabled
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post #3 of 16
You could try to set your fsb to 1333 and see if it boots. My chip can do 333x9 at stock vcore, 1.325. My chip also does 1700 x 8 for 3.4 ghz at 1.48 vcore.

Do you happen to know what vid your chip is? You can download coretemp and it will tell what your vid is. My chip has a vid of 1.325, which is what it takes to run at stock speeds, according to Intel. But I can run up to 3 ghz with stock vid.
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post #4 of 16
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Witchdoctor, i just inputted what you suggested. My bios doesn't give me the option to customize a lot of the values that you posted, though I did do what i could.
Basically, if I input any values into the BIOS, it will load them, but whenever i log into windows the values arent actually applied (they are still there registered under overclocking in the bios).
End of story: it didnt do anything.

Thank you very much for your reply though smile.gif
post #5 of 16
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The information that CoreTemp provides is:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (Kendsfield)
LGA 775 (socket T)
2399.90MHz (266.66 x 9.0)
1.2875v VID
Revision GO
65nm

Though I have no idea what 65nm and 1.2875v mean for me :S
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Monty123 View Post
The information that CoreTemp provides is:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (Kendsfield)
LGA 775 (socket T)
2399.90MHz (266.66 x 9.0)
1.2875v VID
Revision GO
65nm

Though I have no idea what 65nm and 1.2875v mean for me :S
65nm (nano-meters) is just the fabrication process. A vid of 1.2875 is pretty good. Its just the amount of volltage that Intel says the chip needs to run at stock speeds.

Have you tried 333x9? Just about every Q6600 can run at this speed with no problems. This gives you 3 ghz. If you can boot at this setting then you can adjust and go up from there.
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post #7 of 16
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I have tried it in the past, and for the sake of trying again, I repeated it about 5 minutes ago. It does not do anything for my system - i checked w/ running 4 instances of Prime95 and CpuZ - still reading 2.4GHz
post #8 of 16
Have you tried updating the Bios? Are you using the latest version?
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post #9 of 16
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Now that is something that makes me nervous I just dread the prospect of having to flash it... :S I believe I am at bios 1602 and its up to 2201, so it is outdated. Sorry for me being a complete novice at this, I have been an enthusiast for a while now but have only just got into OC'ing.

Does the BIOS affect the input of overclocks that much?

Also, to flash it, do i have to put the BIOS image on a USB drive and use the Asus Ezy Flash 2? I think that is the process anyway... might have to research this a bit

Thank you so much for your assistance by the way Ill be sure to +rep when this is all over.
post #10 of 16
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Alright, so basically there was a development of sorts. After updating the BIOS my computer starts loading up... and continues in a loop of starting up and crashing. This was with my FSB at 1333Mhz, is this a positive step?
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