Not to dismiss the 2 awesome people who have given me inputs (thanks so much to the both of you!) but I'm a little sad (but I guess not surprised) that nobody is helping me out.
I rarely ask in any forums unless I really have to. Like I said, I guess it's not really surprising that nobody is interested in OC-ing my CPU because it's a little outdated and the "kids" are busy doing updated stuff, heh. So my only other purpose to keep posting here is to possibly help out the next 'me' who is probably just looking for answers!
I am starting a new approach because there was a lot of things I misunderstood about overclocking CPU. Mainly that it it is not directly related to your RAM, I guess it kinda is and I have not fully understood that as of yet but my point is - I am stepping back, start fresh and try to OC my CPU and my CPU alone, nothing else.
Steps I took:
1. Uninstalled Easy Tune and Dynamic Energy Saver - I read somewhere that the Dynamic energy saver might cause your OC to go unstable - makes sense to me as long as it makes sense to disable C1E and some other power saving modes which is consistent with what I read. I also uninstalled ET6, I had a gut feeling that it might not be so bad to do it and since I am prepared to do it straight from my BIOS and nothing else, I'm fine with it. The thing that I found out after uninstallling ET6? My OC disappeared! I did all my OC through BIOS but when I uninstalled it, it went back to original clock! I have no idea why and I am not going to dwell on that but I guess it was a good idea to do so!
- Loaded optimized defaults, then figured all my stuff like 1st boot, ahci if you want to, native queueing, these things are personal preferences i think and should not affect my OC (I think).
- From advanced mode: Disabled EIFT and C1E and some other power saving modes for the fan and thermal readings as suggested all through my research. Disabling the power saving modes makes sense since you are going to monitor the health of your PC manually anyway for now and taking off load from the MOBO sounds like a good idea.
3. BIOS: Under M.I.T.
- Changed clock speed to 333Mhz, multiplier to 9, PCIE to 100MHz and Disabled CIA2
- Under DRAM Performance - Changed PE to standard and SPD to 2.40B to maintain 800 MHz as suggested in my reasearch. DRAM Timings - are all set to auto for now since my goal is to isolate CPU OC from RAM. According to CPU-Z it's using 6-6-6-18 rfc=46 cr=2t. Weird cause that's jedec timing for 400Mhz. Probably just choosing the most loose timing? (I have yet to understand loose timing and tight timing on RAM).
All voltages were taken out of auto and inputted the just NORMAL values manually.
Boot Results - booted normally. Temps are in between 27-32C depending on the loads from the machine itself. Yey!
Prime95 stressting results:
- passed small ffts. Max temp 50C for 1hr.
- passed large ffts Max temp 47C(interesting, i thought this was for max heat and power consumption testing) for 1hr.
- passed blend test max temp 47 for 3 hrs.
Interesting result on Prime95, the "small" test made my CPU hotter than the other 2. This might be because it is a stress test for CPU itself but 2nd one states it's for max heat. Anyway, for myself, I consider this stable. Some might say you need to make sure to run prime95 for whatever hours (mostly 24) but I just can't justify me running it that long, I don't have full load on my CPU 24/7. So I think however many hours you run prime95 is a personal choice that should be dependent on how you use your PC. This again, all taken from my research that sits well with me.
So now I have stable 3.0Ghz OC-ed Q6600 that's running on "stock" voltage and RAM has not been touched so far.
BRB to try and get to a stable 3.2GHz!