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Hey all, I've got a question thats nagging me, so I figured I'd ask you guys/gals.

My current rig is an Intel C2D E6300 (L628A487) that I've managed to get stable up to 3.01GHz (430 * 7). Doing so has clocked my Corsair CM2X1024-6400 ram up to DDR2-860 (PC-6880). I've just sprung for an E6600 with the added cache and a higher multiplier. I am also planning on putting a Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme heatsink and a Panaflo 120mm fan on it. Current temps are fairly good, 38-40C idle, and 51-53C loaded.

Because the E6600 has the same FSB (266 quad pumped), but a higher multiplier, I shouldn't need to kick the FSB up past 400 or so to get the overclock I'm looking for. Hoping for 3.6GHz on air, but I wont be dissapointed if I hit 3.4 or 3.5 or so.

Is it reasonable to expect an E6600 to be stable at say, 400FSB if my mobo/ram combination already functions stable above that? Or is it really limited by the chip's vcore setting? I'll have to overvolt it, I know this, but with the combination of the above hardware, can I expect to reach the speeds I want?
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id say your speaking well within your limits. but, it really has to do with the chip.

i have an e6600 (L712A) that is working real well for me.
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post #3 of 7
You can easily reach 400fsb but you'd have to watch temps. And also tweak a few more settings in the BIOS because it's a little more difficult to OC and E6600 than it is an E6300.

And if you hit 3.20ghz and above? It'd be a little faster than the E6300 but IMO, I'd say save the cash for something else.

What you have is perfectly fine.
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You can easily reach 400fsb but you'd have to watch temps. And also tweak a few more settings in the BIOS because it's a little more difficult to OC and E6600 than it is an E6300.

And if you hit 3.20ghz and above? It'd be a little faster than the E6300 but IMO, I'd say save the cash for something else.

What you have is perfectly fine.
Don;t the 2MB extra cache make a big difference?
    
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It will but also the clock speed, a 450x7 vs 400x9 will make a huge difference.

But in terms of 334x9 vs 430x7 there won't be that much of a difference, even with the 2MB of L2 cache extra.

Maybe in those apps where it's needed.
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To be perfectly honest Nasgul, the system I've got was a gift from my parents for Christmas this past year. Only catch was there was a budget limit, and the E6300 was what I selected because it fit the budget. Now that I've got my own job and money coming in, I'd like to step up a bit, and I really don't think I've got the patience to sit around and wait for the Q6600 price drops. So with the order already confirmed from newegg, the chip should be sent out on Monday.

My original question was, what kind of clock can I reasonably expect? Not whether or not to get the E6600, as it's already been purchased.

Thanks for the clock information though, I'll keep that in mind.
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3.2 on air. (8x400), id say would prolly work well for you. of course youll just have to see for yourself. all chips/mb's are unique in what theyll do as far as Oc'ing. ;-)
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