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Hiya Everybody!

I have a few questions about the way my processor works, and I was wondering if you could help me with them.

I'm using a 2600k with the stock fan.

1. Currently, my processor is running 1.240v (one .005 increment under the "Auto" setting in my UEFI). However, according to CPU-Z, it's running at about 3,915Mhz - its target "Turbo" speed according to my BIOS.



Is my processor constantly running in turbo boost, even though I'm flatlining on all eight windows of my task manager's performance overview? If it's not in turbo now, at 3.915, does that mean its turbo will be even higher? Like 4.1?

2. Like I said, my voltage is actually slightly under the default "Auto" setting (just wanted to see if changing the voltage would do anything.) But aside from that, everything's running completely auto/stock... if I wanted to start making things go faster though... where would I start changing things? In other words... how exactly does one overclock? I tried googling a few of the guides. And, of course, I've been hanging around here... but I haven't learned quite as much as I thought I would.

Supposedly my motherboard was "designed for overclocking," (says so right on the box o.0), but I actually have no idea where to begin. Is there a more reliable method that'll let me proceed slowly, or is it sort of a big leap, hit-or-miss process?

Thanks!

P.S.: If there's anything seriously wrong with my CPU settings as displayed above, please let me know.
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Take a look at some of these guides to help you get familiar with the bios:

P67 Sandy Bridge Overclocking Guide For Beginners ASUS Mobo

The ULTIMATE Sandy Bridge OC Guide (Gigabyte Mobo - Awesome thread, special thanks to sin)

Official ASUS P8P67 Series Overclocking Guide and Information JJ @ ASUS

P67/Z68 BIOS Guide - BASIC~Intermediate Overclocking Raja @ ASUS

MSI P67 Overclocking Guide Great Read for MSI users.

After that it'll be a walk in the park when it comes to overclocking sandy's. Just a heads up, you want to leave Spread Spectrum enabled and leave all the safety features (C1E, Speedstep, C3 and C6 Report on default settings) when and if you find yourself having idle / random bsods try running C3 and C6 report on Auto.

If you are using Offset voltage then both C3 and C6 should be disbaled in the bios.
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