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Can using better memory allow for Higher CPU overclock?

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Good Day Everyone:

I am relatively new to overclocking and I have a question. My system specs are loaded down below.

Currently I'm 100% stable at 3.28 on my q6600 and 680i LT mainboard running a vcore of 1.5250. It seems from 3.3-3.45 approx I have an FSB hole. It won't even boot. At 3.6 I can boot to windows vista ultimate but can't pass a stability test. And this is with upping vcore tremendously.

My question is now have 8GB of crucial ballistix tracer pc2-6400 4 x 2GB (red edition) sticks.

I had dominator mem, but couldn't touch the settings without major problems. It appears these crucial sticks are much better at overclocking.

With the better memory where I can run at different timings/voltages and bandwidth, do I have a chance of breaking my 3.28 stability barrier is the cpu overclock and mem settings not linked?

I guess i'm a little confused.

for refrence, this is the steps for my stability testing.

1. alter bios (FSB/voltages, etc.)
2. boot to windows
3. run prime95 small ffts
4. run prime95 blended test

If I can pass both tests at 24 hours each I know im stable.

If I remember correctly I've been able to pass small ffts at higher speeds and fail blend.

If you can offer any advice I'll take it and try it willingly.

Thanks in advance

BCE22
post #2 of 11
lol... you're gonna fry your chip with that much voltage, you shouldn't even need over 1.4 for an oc that low.
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lol... you're gonna fry your chip with that much voltage, you shouldn't even need over 1.4 for an oc that low.
The LT boards are poor Quad overclockers anyways, so I'm not surprised that he needs that much voltage. On that note, I would recommend getting a better motherboard for higher stable overclocks.
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1.5250 is the setting in bios. CPU-Z reads 1.49-1.50 at idle and 1.46 at 100% load. I'm liquid cooled and never seen temps exceed 61C at absolute max. I didn't think that I had anything to worry about with temps. I heard of ion migration or whatever but didn't think that I really had to worry about that very much at all since at idle I was right at the 1.50.

My 680i LT SLI board doesn't like the quad processor very much, I know this is a downfall.

Have I been believing/listening to wrong information based on what I stated previously or am I somewhat correct? Obviously if I am wrong I want to make changes. Last thing I want is a burned out CPU.
post #5 of 11
Temps don't matter, 1.5 is way too high.
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post #6 of 11
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Thanks for the info Liability. I can definately drown down my OC to 3.0 at much less volts. I'll poll the other members to find out what they thing about this as well. Once again i appreciate the input.

To get to my original question. Will mem allow you to OC higher or not? My initial thought is the highest you can go is the highest that Prime95 small fft test will pass without an error.

Like I said, i know enough to be dangerous ;-)
post #7 of 11
What do you mean with better memory?
And as tehpwnerofn00bs wrote, the 680i LT are a poor quad overclocker, I can agree and more the 680i LT don´t support higher memory speed then 800 so be happy if you can go higher then that.
My suggestion are that you stay linked and in sync mode with the memory and start with FSB 350 and multi 9 and work your way up to FSB 400 and see how high you can go with that Quad.
You don´t have thought of get a better SLI board?

Good luck
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post #8 of 11
No, like others have said your problem is the board.
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post #9 of 11
lol evga 680i LT is like my friends XFX 680i LT, his system requires 1.49XX volt to get to 3.3ghz, it's the motherboard for sure.

Oh right, you are also the person that's planning to run the chip at over 70C and asked for its life span, i suggest u lower that chip's voltage before moving on. btw if u have the g0 stepping q6600, intel recommend that processor should only hit 71C max. any higher can kill the CPU or causing it to lose it's stability.
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post #10 of 11
If I were you I would settle on a lower OC. I have the p5n32e-sli and our boards share the same traits. They can oc duos with no problem but when it comes to quads they seem to struggle.

That Vcore is scary high, you should lower it.
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