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Help - best config for Q6600

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Hello everyone, as should have understood I'm new here and this is my first post, and I'm here to learn from all the overclocking community
This here is all new to me, had a little idea of how to overclock bios by changing the frequency of the CPU
I'm making this post because I found a post with what I wanted, my problem, the bios has all the parameters in "Auto" and not know what the initial value to get started

What better and more reliably setting for my machine?
System Information from DxDiag! (Click to show)

Time of this report: 4/9/2014, 20:56:36
Machine name: ROUTER
Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600) (9600.winblue_gdr.131030-1505)
Language: Portuguese (Regional Setting: Portuguese)
System Manufacturer: MSI
System Model: MS-7592 ( MSI G41M P33 combo )
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4096MB RAM
Page File: 1308MB used, 4194MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.03.9600.16384 64bit Unicode

After reading some topics, I changed the cpu frequency to 300X9 = 2.7GHz
I accept advice and help to make the best setting to 3.2 GHz, but modifying all items

Z CPU test a 300X9 with IntelBurnTestV2 10 min is good and stable
Z CPU test screnshot :




I started looking to see more of this because I'm trying to figure out a problem with a game from one moment to the other falls and freezing 30 sec and the dont spot but ,,,, 30/40 FPS for 4/6 FPS
And can not figure out where and what is wrong.

Thanks All for help

Pedro J. Durães
Edited by Bolaxad - 4/9/14 at 6:40pm
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Hello and welcome to OCN! thumb.gif

Firstly you'll need to do some tweaking in the BIOS settings.

Some motherboards wont overclock as well as other motherboards when it comes to Intel Core 2 Quads.

As you may know already, what makes the clock speed is

Core Multiplier x FSB (Front Side Bus) So for example:

9 x 333 MHz = 3 GHz (Or 2997 MHz not rounded off.)

Here are settings you should change in order to get stable overclock (Highest I've ever got stable was 3.2 GHz on a P5Q-Pro Turbo)
  1. Prepare program such as RealTemp for temperature core monitoring. Use Prime95 to stress test the CPU. Keep the temperatures under 70°C at all times for 24/7 use.
  2. Aim for highest stable FSB first. (Front Side Bus clock) These are clock speeds such as 333 mhz, 400 mhz and etc numbers.
  3. Then push the core multiplier up by increments of 0.5 or 1.
  4. When it becomes unstable, you will need to increase the VCore Voltage (The CPU Voltage) up a notch or two in increments.
  5. When it becomes stable and able to boot, do stress testing and check to see if the overclock is unstable. If it fails the stress test. Increase Vcore Voltage again.
  6. Now you may hit a wall where at 3.0 GHz or higher increasing the Vcore does not help at all. This is where you start increasing the North Bridge Voltage. The safe 24/7 range I'd say is between 1.1V to 1.35V. (Or. Default North Bridge voltage to 1.35V)

Here are some tips:
  • Keep the memory clock closest to the rated clocks on your chip. Manually set the RAM timings to the rated timings or even make them loose as a last resort for stability. E.g 4-4-4-12. 5-5-5-15. 6-6-6-18.
  • Disable Intel C-States
  • Keep Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology enabled.
  • Disable Intel Virtualization Technology if enabled.
  • Disable CPU Spread Spectrum, this may help with stability when overclocking.
  • Save Overclocking profiles if availible.
  • Write down each setting you change when overclocking. Change each setting 1 at a time and save them. Changing multiple settings at once and saving them will be difficult to finding what is the root cause of the problem.

This is a pretty good guide from Hardforum: "http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1198647"

Here are some numbers for reference on how much voltage it required for my overclocks:

2.8 GHz = 1.2725V
3.0 GHz = 1.2925V
3.2 GHz = 1.3125V

Note that: Every chip overclocks differently, so required voltages will vary even on same overclock clock speeds and same model.

If you're using the stock intel cooler. It is highly recommended to use an aftermarket cooler as it will drop the maximum temperatures and idle temperatures a lot compared to a stock intel cooler heatsink.

For future reference, you should create your rig with computer specifications and list it under your signature. This is done by using the rig builder that is located at the top right of this website. Once you have completed the rig builder. You then add it to your signature via Editing your user profile.

E.g These would be computer specs such as CPU, Power Supply, Hard Drives, Solid State Drives, Memory, Graphics Card, Case and ETC.
Edited by benjamen50 - 4/9/14 at 8:48pm
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Western Digital 1 TB Pioneer Noctua NH-U9B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Asustek P5Q-PRO Nvidia 9800 GTX+ Kingston DDR2 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 1 TB Pioneer Noctua NH-U9B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Monitor Logitech G110 Antec 750W Thermaltake Aluminium Old Case 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse Generic Mousepad Soundblaster 5.1 VX 
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