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Ok, so I've been lost on something.

What does the VID of a chip actually refer to? And is a higher or lower number better?

My Q6600 G0 has a VID of 1.2750v

Is this good? Bad? Average?
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i think it is the default voltage for the chip
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A default lower is a general better OCer, but not always.
    
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i think it is the default voltage for the chip
Yeah. From my understanding that's what it is. Usually lower ones overclock better but not all the time.
    
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Awesome. Thanks all
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If you really want to screw up your head, read the link
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets...spx?i=3184&p=5
    
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I've been trying to get my head around this for a while now regarding my new E8400. From what I have read, The Vid for a CPU is set during manufacture and is the reference for the motherboard voltage regulator circuit for the CPU socket. Everything I've read from Intel (and its not at all is easy to understand), indicates that their recommended max voltage for my processor is really the Vid (at no load) and at full load, is even less than the Vid.

This is not good news for the likes of me as I want to overclock but didn't really want to go over the recommended max voltage. In the end I basically had to overvolt (according to the Intels specs) to get some decent speed happening. Almost everyone I've asked just say max CPU voltage is the max Vid for the type of CPU I have (and be content with that). I've accepted that comment but believe its not 100% correct.

I believe a low Vid is definitely better. If you had a low Vid, then your power consumption is down and your temps should be lower at stock levels and you can get to higher speeds at lower volts. Unfortunately, by the Intel specs, your max recommended voltage is going to be lower too (if you read that much into the datasheets).
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