Well, it's a cranky combination it seems, no doubt...
I kept at it using:
Once i reached vCore: 1.5...1.51...1.52... Things started heating up
Got full load temps of ~62 celsius on the highest core, which eventho it's wide within the margin, it started feeling risky (hey, im new
Same as before. Orthos runs fine (10 mins or so is what i aim for) but 3DMark06 gets critical errors and i've had BSODs. Managed to run 3Dmark06 full once at like vCore 1.51, but got a BSOD when i exited windows :/
So i actually reverted a little, since i wanted to crank down the voltages a bit (Doesnt it feel awfully greedy that a q6600 g0 wants 1.5+v at only 3.3ghz?). Also wanted to check how far i could push without upping volts on NB and SB, since i only got stock cooling i didnt want them heating up to much.
Went down to:
vNB: Auto (Everest: 1.33)
vSB: Auto (Everest: 1.45 i think)
Ran Orthos over the night and when i woke up the comp had rebooted. Everest logs (god this is a nice feature) shows a BSOD after some 6h of full load.
Upped the vCore 1 step and started a new Orthos to run during the day while i'm at work.
Update: Bah, came home for lunch and comp was locked up after 10 mins
Tried a few times now upping the vCore. Prime95 keeps getting errors after round 2 mins.
New volts right now:
So more or less same as last night, but SLIGHTLY lower FSB and i turned off some things i forgot in BIOS...
Running Prime95 now for all cores. Praying this lasts til im home from work, gotta run :/
Kinda wish i had gone for the E6850 instead seeing the troubles with the quads and this board :/ But well well, i'm not giving up! I'll get this sucker to run at 3.2ghz (which i would be content with considering i'm a newb in this area) if it kills me in the process!
Oh, btw. Ran a quick memtest (only some 15 mins) this morning. No errors what so ever. So i still think it's the processor or mobo that needs tuning. Should run this overnight i guess when the comp isnt busy busting my CPU
got a couple questions tho that you might be able to answer:
1. Does setting too high vCore (i don't mean silly high and frying anything, but like 1.5v on stock clocking) have ANY negative impact on performance? (If temps are well within limits).
2. If the NB or SB volts would be set too low, how does this manifest itself? No boot? BSODs and Errors?