Originally Posted by Kasaris
Hello everyone, I'm new here to overclock.net and I wanted to say hello and thanks to Robilar and everyone else that has contributed to this thread.
I'm currently running my E6600 at stock atm while I wait for my Spirit II NB/SB coolers to arrive tomorrow, (got my Swifttech MC21's today for the VRMs, boy are they smaller than they looked in all those picturers) but then I plan to start overclocking.
I read through a good portion of the thread once and have been trying to keep up, but its quite a large thread. I was thinking about shooting for around a 3-3.2GHz overclock and I had a few questions about the CPU VTT setting, a question about my temps, and one or two others.
Ok first question when you say to set the CPU VTT to 1.55, do you mean to adjust it so that the Hardware voltage monitor reads about 1.55 in bios or to just set it to 1.55 in the bios settings and not worry about what the hardware monitor reads it at?
And question #2
with the following settings @ 2.4GHz
Vcore 1.26 [1.25 under load](set at 1.2750 in bios)
CPU VTT 1.26 (auto)
NB 1.25 (auto)
SB 1.55 (auto)
HT 1.25 (Auto)
DIMM 2.03-2.05 (2.0 in bios)
and an ambient of room temp of 27c according to the thermometer reading in my digial clock. I am getting about 30c / 32c in core temp at idle and around 44c for both cores under full load in prime 95 v 25.3. My question is are my temps decent at those settings for a Zalman 9700 LED with AS5? Also with those temps at stock would you think I should lap the Zalman along with the CPU, or do you think its not needed unless I were to try for a higher OC?
I was also curious what voltage would you recomend I start at for the CPU / NB for a 3-3.2GHz overclock. I know 1.35 was mentioned initially in the guide for the CPU, but I was more curious as to a starting point for the NB voltage.
set cpu vtt in the bios to 1.55 (the max) don't worry about what it reads as in windows and it has no effect on temps.
set your ram voltage manually (if you already haven't) before you begin overclocking. Most ddr2 ram needs 2.1V but check the maker site to confirm
your temps with a zalman 9700 are fine. The zalman has a good base finish and is usually fairly flat so don't bother with lapping. If you had a thermaltake big typhoon that would be another story...
NB voltage should start at 1.4 up to 1.45 but make sure you have your aftermarket cooling on the nb before
you start cranking the volts. This board absolutely needs active nb cooling for any kind of long term stable overclocks.
regarding cpu voltage, 1.35 is a good starting point