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This is probably a bad idea, but so many questions pop up from new quad owners that maybe the "originals" should be ready to pass down the knowledge.

AMD_Dave
Knitelife
Murlocke
Audi
Graysky
CyberDruid
Mhill2029 (Good one for 680i owners!)

Are amongst the ones that I know of that have or had Quads a while and know what's up. So when we have questions here, I'll turn this first post into a FAQ with answers about:

Temps
Motherboards
Q6600 vs Q6700 and Extreme Chips
Air Cooling Quads
Water Cooling Quads
Phase Cooling Quads (knitelife)
And more...

So start firing away.

Q: Will I need to upgrade my motherboard to handle a Quad Core CPU?

A: That depends on how much you want out of your CPU. Members like AMD_DAVE and KNITELIFE have achieved outstanding overclocks on their B3 stepping CPUs without having to move to P35 boards. That said, I myself have seen a 400mhz increase (3.0 -> 3.4Ghz Stable) by upgrading to a P35 motherboard with my [retired] Quad Core. It's no secret that newer boards are equipped to handle Quad Cores a bit better than olders. You'll have to make that call based on your wallet or desire for higher OCs.


Q: What have you guys gotten on water so far? I'm building a fairly high end water loop for my new Q66xx. Fuzion, MP665, 480 GTX.

A: B3 Stepping CPu's saw stable 3.4 - 3.6Ghz loading low 50C's. 3.4ghz was common, 3.6 depending on weeks. G0 Steppings could [on estimate] hit 4.0Ghz+ on Water or Phase.
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How about give me a good reason to press the order button on the x3210 that I am about to order.
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Pauldovi would be a good person to ask this one. He's more into the Xeon side of things. Also, Chozart would know.
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OK this may be a stupid question but I assume that all the quadcore ihs are soldered on correct.
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There was a thread on XS forum that I ran across in my hunt for IHS experiments and, I can't quote, it was said that Quad Core IHS were fine and didn't need to be removed for the sake of anything.

At best, Lapping shaved a few degrees off of temperatures, with lapping your HSF (if you're on air) resulting in more of a change in temps than the actual CPU.

If you check Graysky's Lapping tests with his Quad, i think you'll find that him lapping his HSF did more than the two together if kind of "measured".

That's just thought, though. I haven't seen anyone actually go at the IHS because the chips are expensive.
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What have you guys gotten on water so far? I'm building a fairly high end water loop for my new Q66xx. Fuzion, MP665, 480 GTX.
    
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What have you guys gotten on water so far? I'm building a fairly high end water loop for my new Q66xx. Fuzion, MP665, 480 GTX.
B3 Stepping CPu's saw stable 3.4 - 3.6Ghz loading low 50C's. 3.4ghz was common, 3.6 depending on weeks.

AMD_Dave is running water right now, has been running water. If you search for threads by him or myself about Quad Temps you should be able to find them.

I'll look m'self here soon.
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Does that not have a x8 multi .. ? A challenge for the MB and Memory to overcome.

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How about give me a good reason to press the order button on the x3210 that I am about to order.
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Does what not have an 8x Multi?
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Yeah the 3210 is 8x multi but I am sure that I will be limited by cpu fsb anyways. I can do 540 with my e6600 on this board so I am sure that I can handle whatever the fsb wall on the 3210 is.

ANd my crucials can handle with 4 gigs up to 550mhz so I am set there.
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