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I am about to order a replacement for my Q6600 because I am looking for more speed. Right now I am looking at the QX9650. I am going to setup a nice water coling loop with a 360mm radiator and V2 Fuzion block with the quad nozzle. I also have very good airflow through my case with 6 120mm fans.

Is it realistic to think I might be able to get to ~4.5Ghz on this chip with a good water cooling setup? If not, how high should I expect to be able to go?

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post #2 of 13
id say 4.5 max maybe more but its all vcore depended
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so what would be a more realistic goal to go for? Also, will a QX9770 over clock higher?
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Possibly, it all depends on A) the chip, and B) the motherboard.

I wouldn't spend all that money on a chip, only with the Nehalem on the way.
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I wouldn't buy a QX9650 if you plan on solely running at 4.5GHz. They are great chips and I imagine you could hit 4.5 to 4.7GHz with moderate voltages, but they are really meant for 5+GHz. An E8400 would be a much better choice for gaming or sticking with a Q6600. Perhaps a Q9450 would be a good choice, seems a couple are hitting 4-4.2GHz on H2O with much lower TDPs than Q6600's but that's a $500 chip..
    
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9770 will hit 5.3 no problem.....
    
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Originally Posted by Gomeler View Post
I wouldn't buy a QX9650 if you plan on solely running at 4.5GHz. They are great chips and I imagine you could hit 4.5 to 4.7GHz with moderate voltages, but they are really meant for 5+GHz. An E8400 would be a much better choice for gaming or sticking with a Q6600. Perhaps a Q9450 would be a good choice, seems a couple are hitting 4-4.2GHz on H2O with much lower TDPs than Q6600's but that's a $500 chip..
IDK about 5GHz without LN. As for the Q9450, they are topping out around here at 3.6GHz becasue of the low multi and the FSB limit for quad cores being around 450 - 465 (motherboard related).


Here is a comparison of the QX9650 and the QX9770:
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post #8 of 13
Not a good comparison, stock speeds, really. Is there any good comparison review between these two cpu's, does Intel want a direct comparison? I havent been able to find a well done comparison between the two, theres a couple of reviews that OC the chips but there not at the same settings (FSB and multiplier). Go for the QX9650 its a great chip that can hit 4+ no problem. You can find them on ebay for a decent price from vendors. As for Nehalem, dont hold your breath, only the top chips will be able to OC (cha ching) plus who knows about real world availability of these things. The only problem is that your 790i is not the best for overclocking quads, when compared to an x38 or x48. Cheers
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Sorry, its all I could find.
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post #10 of 13
Going for a QX9770 would give you a higher multiplier to play with and should overclock very similarly if not better to the QX9650
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