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Overclocking a Q6600 stable past 3.0 on a P5N32-E SLI Mobo

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Hi guys,

I've been reading a lot on the internet describing how the P5N32-E SLI Motherboard is not the best for overclocking the Q6600 CPU. Other motherboards seem to have no trouble overclocking this CPU to 3.4-3.6GHz, whereas from what I've read (and tested), the P5N32-E SLI Motherboard has trouble overclocking the Q6600 past 3.0 and keeping things stable.

I just wanted to come here and ask: is it possible to overclock the Q6600 on the P5N32-E SLI motherboard to 3.2-3.4GHz (my goal) while having everything stable? Thus far, heat does not seem to be much of a problem, so I don't think I'm failing because of that. It seems that if I set my FSB past 1334 in my bios, stability becomes a bit of a problem as I may randomly experience a BSOD every once in a while. Currently my voltages are on auto except for my memory.

Setting myself up to use bios 1203 allowed me to reach the 3.0 mark while keeping everything stable, so I'm wondering if there might be an even better bios out now (or coming soon) that will allow me to jump up even higher? Or maybe I can push further than 3.0 right now with a little bit of help from you guys.

Here are my specs:

Motherboard: Asus P5N32-E SLI (Revision: A2, Bios: 1203)
CPU: Intel Q6600 2.4 G0 Stepping
CPU HSF: Zalman 9700NT
RAM: 4GB OCZ Reaper Hpc Edition PC2-6400 DDR2 CL3-4-4-15-2T Dual Channel EPP Memory Kit
Video Card: BFG GeForce 8800 Ultra OC
Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream 850W
OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit

If you need more information, such as screenshots of my bios, I'd be happy to take them and provide you with that.

Thanks guys,

Chris
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one thing i do know about that motherboard when i had it
it suffers from bad vdroop ..now there is a volt mod for this Bord that i do know ...but i never had the chance to try it due to my bios update going wrong...good Bord thou.


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I am using a EVGA 680i on water cooling at over 3 stable is still a challenge for me. When I mean stable I mean 48 hours prime on all 4 cores. Sure I can hit 3.6 but it is not STABLE as defined above. Good luck!
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the problem is the GTL reference voltage is too low. the only way to fix this is a hardware mod to the board. EVGA and others released a revision to solve this problem but asus never
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I saw a picture of someone getting an insane overclock on the Q6600 using this board. I don't want to OC near as high as he did, but I was just wondering if it's possible to OC that high on this board given the inherent problems with the board itself. I also noticed that he's using bios 1201 -- I wonder if it would be worth it for me to try that? Do you think that he must have been using the volt mod discussed earlier to achieve that high of an OC?

Picture: http://www.abload.de/img/38quadaqa.jpg

Thread: http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?...Language=en-us

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Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains View Post
the problem is the GTL reference voltage is too low. the only way to fix this is a hardware mod to the board. EVGA and others released a revision to solve this problem but asus never
Are you or anyone else aware of a guide which goes into the steps required to install the mod which lets me tweak the GTL Reference Voltage of my P5N32-E SLI motherboard? Also, would it be an expensive/difficult task? And why hasn't Asus allowed the GTL Reference Voltage to be an option in the bios for this motherboard yet?

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