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Hello, all!

I don't claim to be overly advanced in overclocking, but I do feel comfortable in front of the warmth of that blue BIOS screen, and have been overclocking for a few years now on my own (experimenting until my BIOS resets everything to save itself). I do have a few questions, though, in regard to overclocking my Core 2 Quad Q6600, if you guys don't mind. I'm running on the Gigabyte board in my sig (or, I will be once I figure out what was causing my issue with it).

My questions are as follows:

1. What is Load Line Calibration?
2. What benefits, if any, are reaped from lowering the multiplier?
3. What is a safe voltage to bump that thing up to without too much risk of damage?
4. There are two CPU voltage options; what is the second for?
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post #2 of 20
1. LLC greatly lowers VDROOP
2. You can lower the multi, find your maximum FSB so you can fine tune your mobo and ram settings, then increase the cpu multi afterwards and all you have to worry about is the vcore, it just helps instead of changing everything all at once and trying to figure out, which single setting out of a dozen is messing me up.
3. change each voltage in increments.
4. Not enough details, you should have vcore and possibly GTL Voltage reference, for the most part you only need to worry about vcore.
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I knew I should have been more specific

For CPU voltage the board has these options:

CPU vCore
CPU Termination Voltage
CPU PLL
MCH Core

There is also, if I'm remembering correctly, a CPU Reference voltage option. The vCore is obvious to me, but the rest are not. Any explanation?
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Sorry to do this, but *bump*

Anyone have any suggestions?
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post #5 of 20
The only voltage on that list that you should change is the CPU Vcore voltage. On a Q6600 i'd say max voltage you want to use is 1.4.
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The only voltage on that list that you should change is the CPU Vcore voltage. On a Q6600 i'd say max voltage you want to use is 1.4.
Really? That low? I heard the max safe vcore is 1.55 or something.

Also, I know of others changing a lot of other settings. You really suggest that I don't play with those?
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Not many people read this section.

You DID read the epic thread for your motherboard, right?
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post #8 of 20
1.4V max, I disagree i built a system about a year ago with the same cooler as you (not black though) with a Q6600 and used 1.5V. His pc is still running fine with great temps to. But i wouldnt go past 1.5V there would be my threshold.
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post #9 of 20
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Not many people read this section.

You DID read the epic thread for your motherboard, right?
Of course! You've seen me poke my head up in there before, haven't you e10?
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post #10 of 20
MCH is your northbridge voltage and should only be increased if you can't boot and have a high vcore. make sure your northbridge doesn't go above 80-100c depending on mobo specs.

Vcore is your cpu voltage and should be increased in small increments when you can't boot or get a failed oc. keep it below 1.55 i have heard of people going 1.6 1.65 but thats dangerous. I have my vcore at the lowest my board will let me go 1.275 and i am OCed to 3.0 for now.
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