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I am seriously considering taking advantage of Tiger Direct's offer of a Q6600 and an XFX 680i board for $500. Especially since I can just immediately sell the XFX board as new and sell my E6600 at a higher price point than if I wait until after July 22nd. I can come out ALMOST even! See the original post here.

My question is the site says the stepping is B3.
Any quad owners with a Q6600 with B3 stepping? How are your overclocking experiences with it?

Thanks in advance.
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Your are not going to overclock well at all on air with a quad with any stepping (Compared to a E6600). I would say you would get 3GHZ tops because of temp issues. Don't count on it. You might only get 2.8... Not sure how well your air cooler performs, i've never seen charts of it, or seen anyone here using it.

Now if you went CUSTOM top-end water, then you could get 3.0+ easily.
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I'm currently working on my Q6600. Having another temp issue @ 3.0ghz but I was able to post, finally. at 3.6ghz so we'll see.

I honestly think you can achieve great temps on air. I would suspect 3.4ghz @ 70c load if you take your time reseating and finding the best settings for your setup.
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Originally Posted by saxahonker View Post
My question is the site says the stepping is B3.
Any quad owners with a Q6600 with B3 stepping? How are your overclocking experiences with it?

Thanks in advance.
Ummm the only Q6600, or actually the only QXXX that exists in the one and only "version" of Q6600 SL9UM which has that stepping. Its not like you can get a better or worse Q6600 at this moment.
    
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My QX6800 was hot at first but after reseating the air cooler it was running 24/7 @ 3.5ghz

~EDIT 3.45Ghz it was.
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My QX6800 was hot at first but after reseating the air cooler it was running 24/7 @ 3.5ghz
24/7 3.5GHZ QX6800 on air...Ummm..

Thats impossible, unless you are running the wrong stress tests to test the temps.... Most high-end water users run it at 3.2-3.4.
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Does your day to day computing stress 4 cores at 100% does it? wow you must run some hard core applications!

My QX6800 was on 'set and forget' and was the day to day clock speed I left it on and used it constantly with the Zalman 9700.

I would rip and burn DVDs do video editing etc etc...

So... back to you
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Dunno if it's impossible, Murlocke. Without it roasting to all hell? Probably not but impossible? I don't think so.

I got my Q6600 into Windows @ 3.6ghz, just trying to get decent temps at 3.0ghz before I head up that way.
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post #9 of 48
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Originally Posted by cognoscenti View Post
Does your day to day computing stress 4 cores at 100% does it? wow you must run some hard core applications!

My QX6800 was on 'set and forget' and was the day to day clock speed I left it on and used it constantly with the Zalman 9700.
Its not a 24/7 overclock unless it can handle 100% load. If you are running your CPU at 3.5 and turn it down for gaming than its not a 24/7 overclock. Oh.. thats right you don't game... Come to think of it why do you even buy hardware like that, do you encode movies alot or something?
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Its not a 24/7 overclock unless it can handle 100% load. If you are running your CPU at 3.5 and turn it down for gaming than its not a 24/7 overclock. Oh.. thats right you don't game... Come to think of it why do you even buy hardware like that, do you encode movies alot or something?
You really are something else aren't you.

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