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I'm pretty new to overclocking, so I have a question.

I currently have a Dell XPS700 that I overclocked last night utilizing nTune.

According to nTune, it overclocked my Intel Core2Duo E6400 about 13%, from 2.13GHz up to 2.42GHz (which I thought was pretty low). After looking around on this forum, I've seen an abundance clock speeds over 4GHz, and I thought my XPS700 would be up there with those. Heck, my four year old Shuttle XPC was a 1.7 GHz.

Is it possible that the 2.42GHz is the clock speeds for each of the two processors and that the actual clock speed is 4.8GHz?

2.13GHz is just soooo low.


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Please fill out your system specs in your user cp, that'll make it easier for us. But if i'm not mistaken, that's about as far as your e6400 will overclock because of the nforce 590 chipset.

And on your question about the clock speed, the e6400 at stock speeds will be faster than Pentium D's at 4ghz, I'd say that's plenty fast enough even at 2.4ghz. A dual core with 2 cores at 2.4ghz is still running at 2.4ghz on single core applications, in multitasking you will see the difference between 1 and 2 cores.

Also about that "abundance of clock speeds over 4ghz", I believe you are mistaken. There are only a few people here that got their core 2 duos over 4ghz, and most of them lucked out on getting very good processors, have motherboards and ram that are insane overclockers, and have extreme cooling of some sort.
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Depending on your cooling and other components you can go pretty high. Over 3GHz should be pretty easy, after that it's takes some quality components & skillz.

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You are making a big mistake by saying there's an abundance of 4.0 GHz+ OCs. This is very hard and it takes extreme cooling and extremely good CPUs that people lucked out on. 2.4 right now is not as bad as you think it is. Make sure you are keeping track of your temps by using TAT and/or CoreTemp. Make sure your load temps don't exceed 60ºC, especially on a Dell.
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You are making a big mistake by saying there's an abundance of 4.0 GHz+ OCs. This is very hard and it takes extreme cooling and extremely good CPUs that people lucked out on. 2.4 right now is not as bad as you think it is. Make sure you are keeping track of your temps by using TAT and/or CoreTemp. Make sure your load temps don't exceed 60ºC, especially on a Dell.
I was commenting on the amount of 4+GHz benchmarks I saw in the sticky, is all - there are quite a few.

I'm only just now learning some of the differences with the DualCore hardware as opposed to the standard single processor.

As for the temp, the CPU is ranging from 38ºC - 42ºC, and the System temp is ranging from 26ºC - 28ºC.
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The above 4ghz clocks your seeing might be from ppl having intels older architecture netburst where clocks where generaly higher since the instruction per clock was lower.

your using intels newer higher instruction per clock that uses less overall cpu clock speed to acheive more work.

on intels older architecture clock as high as 4.5 ghz was common whereas the newer arch will get rougly 1ghz slower with similiar cooling. (with my experience so far)

given you have a dell, dont expect the average oc since i doubt vcore will be adjustable also make sure your ram is able to clock as high as your looking to get.
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Dude...It's a dell...that you can overclock..well hell, I never knew that...
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I don't think he can go much higher, he's running on nf590i, which is definitely not a overclocking chipset for intel. It's not bad at all at stock really. If you really wanna overclock that processor you might want to consider purchasing 680i motherboard.
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Generally, overclocking from software such as nTune is a bad idea, and can lead to some instability. Much better to do it from the BIOS, but not sure if your Dell will let you do that in the BIOS.
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