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I have been in a battle with my Q9400 for about a week now, and I have finally started to get the upper hand. However, I can't seem to get it stable at 3.6ghz, and I was shooting for 3.8ghz. Here is my current overclock (3.52ghz) and it seems to be stable. I have passed 3 hours of OCCT v3.1 (Large data set, High priority) at these settings after passing 31/2 hours before getting an error with one notch lower Vcore. Max temps today, a warm one in the central U.S. (about 80f in my Apt, AC off, I'm cheap), for my testing were 59 - 52 -56 -56.

CPU ratio - 8.0
FSB - 440
PCIE freq - 100
FSB strap - Auto
Dram Freq - DDR2 - 881mhz (DDR2 800 stock)
DRAM timing 5-5-5-18 (manual stock)
DRAM Static Read Control - Auto
DRAM Read Timing - Auto
Memory OC Charger - Auto
AI Clock Twister - Auto
AI Transaction Booster - Auto
CPU Voltage - 1.26875 (BIOS) - 1.24 CPU-Z IDLE - 1.248 CPU-Z LOAD
CPU GTL REF - .63x
CPU PLL - 1.52
FSB Term. - 1.3
DRAM Voltage - 1.8 (Factory spec)
NB Volt - 1.3
SB Volt - 1.1
PCIE SATA - 1.5

Load Line Calibration - Enabled
CPU Spread - Disabled
PCIE Spread - Disabled
CPU Clock Skew - Normal
NB Clock Skew - Normal

CIE support - Disabled
Max CPUID - Disabled
Intel Virtualization - Enabled
CPU TM Function - Enabled
Execute Disable Bit - Enabled

I have tried to get 3.6 stable with up to what I think (as I have read) are safe voltages, for example 1.4 FSB term, 1.5 NB, 1.6 CPU PLL, 1.39 Vcore with LLC disabled, but nothing seems to work. The disappointing thing is these numbers for 3.52 seem to indicate (at least to me) that I have some room left for a higher OC. I admit I am a new overclocker and don't know much about overclocking memory (DRAM Static Read control, DRAM Read timing, and Memory OC charger), little about AI Clock Twister and AI Transaction Booster, and even less about CPU Clock Skew and NB Clock Skew. I am however beginning to think that my RAM is holding me back, as it is not the greatest and already overclocked. So if anyone can help me out I would appreciate it. Should I be satisfied with this overclock? Is it worthwhile to continue punishing my processor? Do I need to get better cooling? Any advice will help, don't hold back, I can take it! Thanks in advance.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung EVO 120GB Crucial M500 480GB WD10EZEX 1TB H100i 
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Win 10 QNIX QX2710 Rosewill HIVE-650 HAF 912 
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i5 3570K 4.4Ghz GA-Z77X-UD5H Gigabyte HD7870 2GB 2x4 GB Mushkin Stealth 1600Mhz 
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it is worth it for sure. the Q9400 really opens up its performance at around 3.6-3.7ghz, but i see a few issues with your settings. firstly, your FSB strap will need to be taken off auto and set to something like 333/667 or what ever, you wont get past 3.55-3.6ghz with it on auto. youl will also need to make sure the DRAM is in T2 timing as T1 wil not get you over 3.6ghz, and you will need a CPU voltage of 1.3187ish with a GTL ref of .65x. that should get you higher, but DDR2 ram will limit your overclock, unless you get some 1066mhz stuff.
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Thank you for the reply, kind sir. I will take your advice and give it another shot tomorrow!
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Haswell PC
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HTPC
(12 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770K @ 4.7GHz GA-Z77X-UD3H Sapphire R9 290 4x4 GB Mushkin Stealth 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung EVO 120GB Crucial M500 480GB WD10EZEX 1TB H100i 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 10 QNIX QX2710 Rosewill HIVE-650 HAF 912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4590 GA-Z97X-SLI ASUS STRIX RX 480 8GB 2x4GB Samsung 30nm 2000Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128GB SSD WD Blue 500GB WD Blue 320GB Stock Intel 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 10 QNIX QX2710 Corsair TX650 DeepCool Tesseract 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K 4.4Ghz GA-Z77X-UD5H Gigabyte HD7870 2GB 2x4 GB Mushkin Stealth 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
A-Data S599 64GB SSD Assorted HDDs ASUS 24X DVD Burner Hyper 212 EVO 
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Win 10 x64 SANYO 50" Silverstone ST50F-ESG NZXT Source 210 Black 
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My Computer
(12 items)
 
Haswell PC
(12 items)
 
HTPC
(12 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770K @ 4.7GHz GA-Z77X-UD3H Sapphire R9 290 4x4 GB Mushkin Stealth 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung EVO 120GB Crucial M500 480GB WD10EZEX 1TB H100i 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 10 QNIX QX2710 Rosewill HIVE-650 HAF 912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4590 GA-Z97X-SLI ASUS STRIX RX 480 8GB 2x4GB Samsung 30nm 2000Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128GB SSD WD Blue 500GB WD Blue 320GB Stock Intel 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 10 QNIX QX2710 Corsair TX650 DeepCool Tesseract 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570K 4.4Ghz GA-Z77X-UD5H Gigabyte HD7870 2GB 2x4 GB Mushkin Stealth 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
A-Data S599 64GB SSD Assorted HDDs ASUS 24X DVD Burner Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 10 x64 SANYO 50" Silverstone ST50F-ESG NZXT Source 210 Black 
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