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Hey everyone, I recently over clocked my Q6600 processor to 3.2ghz by simply making a few changes in the BIOS. I want to take it to the next step but I am unaware how to. I have a Gigabyte P35-DS3P motherboard. Also, I would like to overclock my ram/make sure it's running at its best timings. I have 4x1gb of patriot ddr2-ram. I attached some screen shots with voltages, etc. Help is appreciated/I will rep.
Thanks!
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well first of all you will have to increase the CPU voltage a little further. since you have 4x1gb sticks of RAM you will need to increase NB voltage to around 1.5v, and up the SB voltage a couple notches. im not sure what your stock voltages are but i have my NB at 1.5v, SB= 1.5v, CPU=1.35v, and RAM=2.11v. i can OC my Q6600 to 3.6 at these settings
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same here
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Everything looks good to me. I am getting ready to overclock my cpu as well. Since you have fairly the same motherboard as me, you and i are kind of in the same boat here.

I don't know if you are aware of this but if something happens to where you overclock is unstable and you can't boot your computer, there are two things you can do.

1. Of course, take out the motherboard battery to reset the bios to default settings.

2. With motherboards with a p35 chipset, i have been told that if the overclock is unstable and your computer shuts down, it will automatically restore the default settings in the bios. Hope that helps. Just wanted to tell you that just in case you have a problem with your ram overclock or if you plan to overclock your q6600 more.
    
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well, i have the gigabyte p35-ds3l, these are the settings i used. maybe you can get some suggestions from here. originally posted by ericeod.

To get 3.4GHz-3.6GHz with your Q6600 assuming the CPU can handle 3.6GHz at 1.5v or less (this OC is very doable with these settings). These arent difinitive, it is all based on the CPU, but these settings are solid for the board itself and should get you started.

Advanced BIOS Features
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) Disable
CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) Disable
CPU EIST Function (Note) Disable

MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
CPU Host Clock Control Enabled
x CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) 400
PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) 100
System Memory Multiplier (SPD) 800 (with your FSB at 400, it will 1:1)

System Voltage Control
DDR2 OverVoltage Control: +.03v (default is 1.8v)
PCI-E OverVoltage Control [Normal]
FSB OverVoltage Control +0.2v
(G)MCH OverVoltage Control +0.2v (This is your northbridge voltage, might need +0.3 when running over 400 FSB with quad)
CPU Voltage Control 1.40v - 1.5v (it might need less then 1.40v, or it might need a bit more... only testing will tell)

Depending on what bios you have, you might have to press [CTRL+F1] in the main bios menu to access advanced memory timing options.
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Thanks alot, I'm going to try that. Does any one know what I can do with my ram?
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Wow, thanks! I did exactly what you posted and I am now running @ 3.6ghz with extremely low temps (mid thirties-low forties)! I imagine I can go much higher as my voltage and temps are low. What should I do next?
Thanks alot.
-Screen shot attached w/ temps and speed
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Wow, thanks! I did exactly what you posted and I am now running @ 3.6ghz with extremely low temps (mid thirties-low forties)! I imagine I can go much higher as my voltage and temps are low. What should I do next?
Thanks alot.
-Screen shot attached w/ temps and speed
well, congrats on the o/c! have you stress tested yet? you need to test it with prime95. run the small fft test for at least 12hours for it to be completely stable. if your temps go above 75c during the test, you probably should try to lower vcore or downclock. run the test overnight, you can do a quick 10 minute test right now to see what your temps are. dont be supprised if they go up like 15 to 20 degrees! post back with your load temps.
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I ran a torture test for a little while and the temps got to the high fifties. One core hit 60 but then dropped down . What is the max recommended temp for the q6600? Also, I haven't seen the temps exceed 45 when heavily multitasking.
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well, those are excellent temps! intel's thermal limit on the q6600 GO is 72c. as long as you stay under that your fine. you can go up to 75c for testing, just not everyday use. when i run at 3.6 with the zalman 9700, with an ambient(room) temp of 23c, my load temps are 68c to 70c.
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