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P5n32e-SLI + q6600 whats the highest OC possible?

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I've seen someone with a 3.6 OC but they were running an insane 1.6 Vcore. It took me a while to get it stable at 3 and I was wondering how hard it would be to hit the 3.2 mark.
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It will be difficult with that mainboard, what voltages are you running now?
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id recomend giving it a go, i got to 3.4 without much of a fuss by raising the fsb and the v core, leaving everything else alone (except ram)

anyone will tell you its a bit of a lottery with every chip, you just have to hope you have won
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The ASUS 680i boards cannot OC a quad core that well. There are a few people like AMD+nVidia get 3.5GHz from there quads with the 1403 bios, but they are few and far between:

3.0GHz-3.2GHz will probably be your limit. Its not just the FSB Hole at play here, it is the GTL REF voltage. The ASUS 680i motherboards struggle to OC the quad core. The problem is a hardware issue. The ASUS 680i motherboards do not follow the NVIDIA reference design, while they are great overclockers with the dual cores, they are not in any way good overclockers with the quad cores. This is due to the GTL voltage supplied to the CPU. The rev A1 680i boards released by NVIDIA (rebadged by EVGA, XFX and BFG) fixes this issue. Unfortunately ASUS will not do anything about it. So this is a hardware issue that will never be fixed by bios updates.

Here is some documentation:
Vr-Zone A1 revision

There is a way to modify the board to compensate for this:
Vr-Zone Ketsfield mod





I dont recommend the mod at all. But it does help illustrate the issue.
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Originally Posted by nytevizion View Post
It will be difficult with that mainboard, what voltages are you running now?
In the bios I set it to 1.343 but when I check my voltage monitor in bios it shows up as 1.31. In windows cpuz shows it at 1.48 and everest shows it as 1.288. Who do I believe?

I remember the last thing I tweaked to become stable was to lower my vcore.
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If I do decide to go higher should I start with the fsb first and see if my current voltage settings will be enough? Also, if I save my OC profile in the bios but have to reset the cmos due to a bad attempt, will it erase my oc profile as well?
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After 3 weeks struggling to get 3.2Ghz stable on that mobo, I sold it and got an EVGA 680i T1. Never looked back
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post #8 of 8
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After 3 weeks struggling to get 3.2Ghz stable on that mobo, I sold it and got an EVGA 680i T1. Never looked back
Thats funny I posted this a while back and today i decided to go for the 3.2...doing prime right now hopefully it passes. Quick question for you guys...

my memory is suppose to run at 4-4-4-12 at 2(I bsod'ed right about here)

this is 15mins later back at 3ghz (I'm going to settle here) my question was going to be about the relation between mem voltage and mem timings, but it doesn't matter now. I'm happy at 3ghz I mean thats a 25% overclock there.

Many people said 2.7 was the farthest i was going to get with this motherboard so I decided to hit the big 3 and I did but 3.2 seems so close
Anyways I love this processor and this motherboard is a little on the picky side but its getting the job done. Thanks for the replies guys
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