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post #1 of 37
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Hey guys. I've had this rig a while now and initially I had it OC'd no problem at 3.4 ghz; one day in the recent years it failed to post (for whatever reason, might have changed something) and I have not needed to go beyond stock speed until now.

I recently purchased a 6850 to get myself back upto speed on a budget - OC'd it to a nice speed and I'm running BF3 on ultra at 50+ FPS...but it's bottlenecking and I'm getting incremental periods of freezing up despite the great FPS.

My rig is as follows

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Energy Efficient 95W edition Socket 775 (2.40GHz) G0 Stepping L2 8MB Cache OEM Processor + Tuniq Tower Cooler
Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R Socket 775 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
Corsair 520W HX Series Modular PSU - ATX12V v2.2 APFC
Sapphire HD 6850 Vapor-X Edition 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card
Corsair TW3X4G1333C9A XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 Memory (9-9-9-24 1333mhz)

No matter what I set in the bios, cpu-z, windows and the boot page all show my CPU to remain at stock speed. If I try a different multiplier then it reduces the default clock as per stock FSB - despite the correct clock being visible in BIOS at 3.2ghz (or whatever I set it to). Bios seems to react appropriately in that it will set certain settings to default should they fail post, but refuses to activate whatever working setup I go with.

I have managed to get an active 3ghz clock, but I'm not sure what I did and I have failed to even recreate it. I have flashed my Bios from F12 down to F10 incrementally and tried at each step to no avail.

I am a novice when it comes to OCing CPUs and I will admit that I'm more than likely not doing things very accurately, yet not matter what guide or tutorial I follow I keep running into the same problem.

Any help would be very much appreciated as I would very much like to get into the mid 3ghz range .

*Note: I'm aware of EIST or whatever it is that reduces your multiplier when inactive. its not that smile.gif*
post #2 of 37
Run Intel burn test or prime95 and leave cpu-z open, does it still display the stock speed or the proper overclock speed?
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post #3 of 37
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Shows stock 2.4ghz
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post #4 of 37
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Just did a number of tests (different ram, unplugging all none essentials etc) and still nothing.

It has seriously confused me as all settings are functional (multiplier, voltage settings, ram/timings) yet I just cannot change the god damn speed.
post #5 of 37
What are your BIOS settings when you try to OC?
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post #6 of 37
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Anything and everything.

I'm currently running 9x360, 100mhz PCI-E, 3.33 ram @ 1333 9-9-9-24, +.2 to DDR2/3, +1 everything else and 1.35 vcore.

Passing post, bios says I'm good and OC'd, boot screen, windows and cpu-z/prime and everything else says I'm at 9x267 1.3vcore but the ram settings have kept.
post #7 of 37
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Just left the battery/ram out over night after flashing back upto F12 bios. Still same. Looks like I'm remaining @ 2.4 till I can upgrade.
post #8 of 37
maybe the CMOS battery is starting to end its life? try buying a new one..
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post #9 of 37
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Just replaced it. Nada.
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Could you maybe post screenshots of your bios please.

Thanks
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