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My new P5Q Pro motherboard came in last night and I dropped a Q6600 G0 (VID=1.2875) onto it. Cooling via an OCZ Vendetta 2 heatsink with MX2 TIM. Was a little rushed so I just did a quick and dirty OC for now. Left voltages on auto and just bumped FSB to 400 for an even 3.6GHz. According to CPUZ the board is pumping 1.42V into the CPU at idle and bumps it to 1.44V when loaded (I guess because I have LLC on?). I have 2 X 1GB OCZ Gold PC6400 memory... nothing special. Left it at 800MHz with auto settings 5-5-5-15-2T.

Ran Prime95 for about 20 minutes and things looked fine. Temps were hitting about 59C on the worst cores. Funny thing was Core 0 and Core 1 are about 54C while Core 2 and Core 3 are about 5C hotter than that at 59C. Wonder if my TIM is not evenly distributed or if the weight of the heatsink is taking pressure off the "top" side of the CPU. Ayone know if Core 0 and 1 are at the top (in a typical tower vertical installation)? Not sure how things are oriented under the IHS....

I left the system folding overnight on all the cores but it seems it reset the computer some time during the night. I don't think temps were an issue since I was only about 55C on the worst core while folding.

So a couple of quick questions:

1) If you leave the northbridge voltage on "auto" does the motherboard bump it from the 1.1V default?
2) Is there a software tool that measures the northbridge voltage?
3) Do these temps sound about right for a Vendetta 2? Case temp is around 34C internally (I keep my case fans turned down for quietness... on high they drop case to about 31C).
4) Any advice for other settings on this motherboard?

This is my server machine so I will not be running it at any extreme OC... 3.6GHz would be fine although I might want to play with it just to see how high this Q6600 can go.

Thanks
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First. If your overclocking, take voltage OFF auto.

If your overclocking BUY A NEW CPU .. q6600's are junk. I dont care what people boast about them they are 65nm compared to the newer 45's and have a fraction of the cache.

Sell it to some kid on here that will give 200 bucks for an outdated chip. Use it to buy either a e8600 dual core that will SMOKE that q6600 , or spend a few more bones and get at least a 9450.

I have a q6600 1.25 vid in my Desktop at work!!! They aren't special.
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First. If your overclocking, take voltage OFF auto.

If your overclocking BUY A NEW CPU .. q6600's are junk. I dont care what people boast about them they are 65nm compared to the newer 45's and have a fraction of the cache.

Sell it to some kid on here that will give 200 bucks for an outdated chip. Use it to buy either a e8600 dual core that will SMOKE that q6600 , or spend a few more bones and get at least a 9450.

I have a q6600 1.25 vid in my Desktop at work!!! They aren't special.
Yeah. I turned the voltage onto manual and am running it at 1.4V on the core and I think 1.3V on the Northbridge. Will see how stable it is tonight at 400X9.

I wouldn't call the Q6600 junk. It does run hot so you need decent cooling for sure. But clock for clock I am pretty sure it is within 5% of the 45nm cores (you can correct that if I'm wrong). Besides this is just my server so it streams video, backs up my other computers, and folds for Stanford.

I have both an E8400 and an E8200 in some other machines and they run nice and cool. But I am not folding with those machines either. 4 cores comes in handy.

I only paid $120 shipped for the chip so justifying 2 or 3 times the cost for a 10% boost in performance seems crazy to me. I just need it to work... I'll leave bragging rights to people with more $$$.
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The q6600 is still a great chip imho, esp for the price you got it at. If you are paying for your own electricity folding on one might be a bit more expensive than a 45nm, but still not a huge deal.
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well at $125 .. its a bad ass chip
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