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I have been trying for the last couple weeks to get this thing running stable at 3.6 using [p]'s awesome quick guide. The problem is, during Small FFT testing, I get that Fatal Hardware Failure error. So after reading about what caused that, I decided to run that memtest program for a few hours. Everything passed there. So being that this was my first attempt at overclocking, I got really paranoid and just set everything back to stock and ran prime95 again. This time with no errors. I just wanted to rule out if i damaged anything. So thinking it might be running too hot, I cleaned and reapplied the thermal paste. Overclocked to the 3.6 speeds again, same errors during prime95 and random bsod's/restarts during 3dmark06. Here is everything as it is now.

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05132008/ed08119.png

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05152008/725ab0b7aed.jpg

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05152008/b79cfaf66.jpg

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05152008/dd5e5.jpg

I really didnt wanna bother anyone here cause im sure you get alot of questions from noobs like me all the time. but tryin to figure this out on my own isnt workin out for me Since i know 3.6 isnt probably gonna happen on air with my zalman 9700, im thinking if someone can help me get the next best speed. i would appreciate it very much
Edited by khameleon808 - 5/15/08 at 1:52pm
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I have been trying for the last couple weeks to get this thing running stable at 3.6 using [p]'s awesome quick guide. The problem is, during Small FFT testing, I get that Fatal Hardware Failure error. So after reading about what caused that, I decided to run that memtest program for a few hours. Everything passed there. So being that this was my first attempt at overclocking, I got really paradnoid and just set everything back to stock and ran prime95 again. This time with no errors. I just wanted to rule out if i damaged anything. So thinking it might be running too hot, I cleaned and reapplied the thermal paste. Overclocked to the 3.6 speeds again, same errors during prime95 and random bsod's/restarts during 3dmark06. Here is everything as it is now.

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05132008/ed08119.png

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05152008/725ab0b7aed.jpg

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05152008/b79cfaf66.jpg

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05152008/dd5e5.jpg

I really didnt wanna bother anyone here cause im sure you get alot of questions from noobs like me all the time. but tryin to figure this out on my own isnt workin out for me Since i know 3.6 isnt probably gonna happen on air with my zalman 9700, im thinking if someone can help me get the next best speed. i would appreciate it very much

Just looking at your last screenshot, I cant really tell what is going on. With everything on Auto, it doesnt tell me what voltages you where running. Also, run Coretemp and post what is states your VID is.

That being said, try these voltages and post back if you can run 3.4GHz. You should be able to get to 3.6GHz with more vcore, but the temps need to stay below 70°C.

So, take these off auto and try:
CPU Core: 1.35v
CPU FSB: 1.4v
Memory: (I dont know your exact memory, but set this to manufacturer's specs)
SPP: 1.4v
MCP: 1.5v
All others on auto

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what would i need to set to get 3.4 on this screen?

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05152008/b79cfaf66.jpg

Wouldnt the QDR be at like 1500+ something? Should this be linked/unlinked? and ratio?

I have this ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122

So when you say leave it at the manuf. setting i assume they want 1.85v since it shows it as 1.8V - 1.9V.
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what would i need to set to get 3.4 on this screen?

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05152008/b79cfaf66.jpg

Wouldnt the QDR be at like 1500+ something? Should this be linked/unlinked? and ratio?

I have this ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122

So when you say leave it at the manuf. setting i assume they want 1.85v since it shows it as 1.8V - 1.9V.
Your ram is rated for 1.8v to 1.9v, so you can set it to 1.9v.

As for the QDR, it is just your FSB x 4. so if you want 3.4GHz, thats 378 FSB x 4 = 1512 QDR.


Also, set the ram to unliked and 800. That way you are not OCing the ram with each QDR increase.
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looks like im runnin fine at 3.2 no errors on prime95 with small fft. the 3.4 config wouldnt even boot windows without freezing at the cursor. I think im gonna be content with what i have considering its a 2.4 chip i guess i cant ***** about 3.2 . soon i might get the 6700 and a new cooler, this zalman is good but there are better ones im sure out there. whats that one that everyone seems to like alot? Thermalight or something like that?
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looks like im runnin fine at 3.2 no errors on prime95 with small fft. the 3.4 config wouldnt even boot windows without freezing at the cursor. I think im gonna be content with what i have considering its a 2.4 chip i guess i cant ***** about 3.2 . soon i might get the 6700 and a new cooler, this zalman is good but there are better ones im sure out there. whats that one that everyone seems to like alot? Thermalight or something like that?
uh.. thermaltake.. and why bother getting the Q6700.. i have the Q6700.. just for one reason.. getting to 4.0 ghz for an overclock. now im back to 3.6 ghz.
i also don't see how you're not capable of getting 3.2 ghz.. i followed the 780i guide and i got to 3.6 with no problem. any higher i would get bsod.. because of the horrible vdroop the evga 780i series mobo have..
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[QUOTE=xtacized;3869769]uh.. thermaltake.. and why bother getting the Q6700..
i also don't see how you're not capable of getting 3.2 ghz../QUOTE]

I actually am running 3.2 ok now, prime95 has been running for about 2 hours.
No errors on that yet and the hottest core is about 57-58c

As for the voltage drop on this board, im too much of a dumbass to try the pencil mod. oh and the reason i might want to get that 6700 is i heard that while not by much, but it will take a bit more voltage without heating up as much as the 6600. But i dont know, i hear and read different things for everyone. and as for the thermaltake cooler, i think that would go good with the 6700 as i see most people having that in their sig. I can run the pc at 3.6 but prime95 heats that **** waaaaaay hotter than 65c, even after cleaning the cooler/cpu and reapplying the paste and reseating. I just cant get the temps that some people are getting for 3.6.

http://img1.hugeup.com/f/05112008/869a0e19.png

Thats about the only time i got a good stable run on this thing haha.
Is there a good board for the 6700 that will run sli and not have a killer vdroop ? Honestly i am happy with the parts i have now, but once i realized that my gpu is bottlenecked by my cpu, I went on this mission to make them both perform well with eachother and i had to take this crash course in overclocking. im afraid whats gonna happen when i get that second 9800gtx, will i have to go in and readjust all the stuff in my bios again? btw thank you for everyone thats' responded. I was really skeptical about posting "n00b" questions cause on other forums it usually turns into a flame war about who's setting works the best. This forums is actually helpful and responsive to the actual thread starter's needs
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oh. pencil mod is very easy.. i did the pencil mod thing yesterday..and instead of getting 0.05 vdroop. im only getting 0.012 vdroop o.o

here's the thread from yesterday
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...encil-mod.html

[dont press ur pencil too hard on that tiny thing.. if you're planning to do it..
and the guide works for 780i mobos too]
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well i dont know what i did with the voltage but its been stable and running prime95 for 5 hours on small fft @ 3.6. So i guess thats a good sign. My question is now, 65-70 seems to be the full load temp, depending on whats happening with the rooms temp. Is this ok? i read in some forums not to let it go over 65c but some have reported that those temps are fine for this type of overclock on air. i really hope it stays stable at this speed also which aftermarket cooler should i use for this badboy, i got the zalman 9700 nt on it now, maybe that Thermaltake ultra or whatever its called would keep it even cooler?
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The thermal limit on the Q6600 GO is 71c, so your right at the limit. Since you probably wont ever stress your rig as much as you do when testing, you should be fine.
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