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Hi Guys,

This is my first post, so bear with me a little!

First, my system:

Intel Q6600 G0
MSI P45 Neo-F mobo with 1.9 BIOS (factory installed)
Thermaltake Soprano case
8GB Kingston HyperX T1 1066 DDR2 (@ 800)

Changed the 120mm case fans for Thermaltake ISGC 12's
Changed the Stock Cooler for a CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 with an additional BladeMaster 92 fan in a push/pull config.
Used MX3 thermal paste.

Everything is running fine at stock settings.

I would like to get a bit more juice out of the CPU if I can - The PC is mostly used for work and general internet/mail, but I do game on it and I would like to get as much out of it as I can.

I've done quite a bit reading, and looked at a lot of other posts/forums, but I just can't replicate what others are doing with similar setups.

My problem is this:

I can get the chip stable at 3200 in Prime95, but only if I ramp the core v up to 1.4850. Most people with the same setup and similar cooling seem to be able to achieve this at a much lower voltage - usually around 1.37v or so.

Can anyone point me to where to start looking for the problem here?

I haven't done a lot of overclocking before and I'd appreciate some advice.

Thanks,

SeraphTC
post #2 of 18
all chips are different. you might have gotten one that needs that amount of voltage to stay stable. i wouldnt go any higher than you have. that voltage is really high.
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I did consider that, but I haven't seen any other posts where other users have needed that kind of voltage to achieve the same clock.

Although I also haven't seen any other posts from users that have the 1.9 Bios...

I've dropped back to stock at the moment - with 100% usage Core Temp reports a temp around the low to mid 70's and that's a bit high for me.

Although having said that, Core Temp consistently reports a temp 10 degrees higher than the bios, so I might have to do some maths and see if it needs adjusting. It could be that it's really under 70 degrees, in which case I'm happier.
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What is the VID of the Q6600 and 70C for a stock is HELL HIGH. Reapply the paste cause something is 100% wrong.
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The Q6600 can go to 1.6v no problem as long as you can keep it cool. I read that for Core Temp you need to do -10c adjustment. 70c is also fine with this cpu.
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post #6 of 18
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The VID is 1.3250v.

Sorry for confusing you - I meant that with the OC in place the temps were hitting over 70c at 100% usage, and this is why I've dropped back to stock settings. The temps are fine at stock.
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Hi Desert Rat - I read somewhere that the highest safe temp for the Q6600 was 71c - is that not the case?

Can anyone confirm or does anyone have experience of this?

Thanks!
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by SeraphTC View Post
The VID is 1.3250v.

Sorry for confusing you - I meant that with the OC in place the temps were hitting over 70c at 100% usage, and this is why I've dropped back to stock settings. The temps are fine at stock.
Thats something else You could try something else - remove 2 sticks of ram and lower the Vcore - i think it will be stable. Other is to look for a better cooler cause this one looks like can't bare the heat of the quad.

P.S. http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=29765 For the G0 its 71C.
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Originally Posted by SeraphTC View Post
Hi Desert Rat - I read somewhere that the highest safe temp for the Q6600 was 71c - is that not the case?

Can anyone confirm or does anyone have experience of this?

Thanks!
I think is 71c but people keeps it under 70 as a rule.
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Thanks Vipervlv. I don't have the budget for a better cooler - I just bought this one. I did plenty of research before buying it and many people have reported that it works just fine with the quad.

Due to the fact that I was also on a budget when I bought the Motherboard, I had to get the Neo-F, and there really isn't much clearance between the CPU and the Ram, which means that most of the more expensive coolers just won't fit (I did the measurements).

So this is what I've got and I'm stuck with it!

To be honest, the temp isn't what's concerning me, it's the fact that I have to push the VCore so high to get the same clock that most users are reporting at just above stock VCore.

As I stated in my first post, the desktop is also used for work, so I can't really reduce the amount of RAM in the system (although I guess I could for a test) - I really need to get this safe and stable with the full 8GB.

Why would reducing the amount of RAM allow me a more stable system with a lower VCore and the same FSB values? Wouldn't that kind of stability be affected more by the MCH (Northbridge) voltage?
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