Been wrapping my head around this topic for the last 2 days. However im left with a question or 2. Not everything direcly related to the topic, but there seem to be alot of skills on this forum
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 w/Zalman CNPS9500AT
OCZ DDR2 PC6400 2048MB Platinum XTC Dual Ch
Gona start building in a couple of days when i get the mainboard, but i wanna educate myself some while waiting
Aight, from what i have figured the 1333 strap will kick in at 401 FSB using the 9 multiplier. This should get me to 3,6Ghz, a good result with air-cooling i suppose. First thing im wondering is; Will i actually loose overall performance up until 467 Fsb x9, which is an impossible 4,2 ghz with my cooling, or is it only a 10-15 Fsb range (401-420'ish) where the performance will actually be lower (at the bottom of the 1333 strap). Wouldnt the higher memory and CPU frequenzy nullify or exceed the drop in NB latency rather fast?
Im also a bit puzzled about using lower multiplier/higher FSB speed. With a multiplier of 8, i would hit the 1333 strap at 356-357 Fsb (9/8 x 356 *4) leaving me at a clock speed of 2,85 Ghz. Then the same problem as above arise, how much of a jump is needed from there to gain performance?
My question is; Will 450Fsb x8 do less strain on the CPU itself and more on the NB than 400Fsb x9 would? Or will any combination leading to 3,6 Ghz on the cpu make it just as hot.
What confuses me the most is im left with a feeling i could actually have pushed a E6300 or E6400 further than my E6600 cause this mainboard according to eveything i have read should handle 500Fsb easy enuff. Now cause i have to lower the multiplier to get there, the total Fsb of the NB will be 1,125-1,5 times higher than for the lower Cpu's at same settings...
So basicly : Do i go to 400Fsb x9 with mem at 1:1 and be happy with that, or do i lower multi to 8 and aim for the 500Fsb mark.