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I'm donating a Q8300 (picked it up 'cause it was $100 at Microcenter a while back) to a family member to replace his dead Athlon64 single core/AGP gaming system. I put it on an EP65-UD3L (traded a buddy for my Striker Extreme) with some old OCZ Reaper DDR2 1100.

I was hoping to just get 3.0 out of it, it's never wanted to clock on other boards. Damn thing went right to 3.6 at 1.35V (BIOS) lolz! OCCT no problem, just went past 4.5 hours of Prime Blend. Temps good even with midrange cooler.

At 3.6+ I think if he picks up a 6870 and a 22" 1680x1050 he's got a pretty decent gaming machine.




I know this is nothing spectacular but I'm kind of digging that I could make good of a Q8xxx. I'm wondering how far it can go....although I'm already at some pretty high FSB for a 24/7 game box made for a relative....
Edited by 2thAche - 3/5/11 at 8:18am
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I never understood why people ragged on the Q8xx series chips. They are good and overclock well.
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Originally Posted by linkin93 View Post
I never understood why people ragged on the Q8xx series chips. They are good and overclock well.
Because at the time, they were more expensive than Q6600's but performed about similar or less when overclocked.
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Well, they get a bad rep 'cause they are bad. On 3 other boards this same chip wouldn't OC for crap. Less cache than the Q6600 and usually don't clock as high.
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post #5 of 33
True. The good thing about my processor is that its max voltage is 1.6 I guess? I can get it to 3.6Ghz but at 1.4 and its really hot. I'm stable at 3.2Ghz. Temps are 40 on idle and doesn't hit 80 on load when being tested with IntelBurnTest.
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Only thing wrong (IMO) with the Q8*00 series is the low multipliers. Otherwise they would have been great. Most 775 boards won't do 500+ FSB, which means mediocre overclocks in most cases. I would have a Q8300/Q8400 right now if my board would go a little higher on the FSB. Now I'm looking to spend nearly double the cost of the Q8*000 series on a Q9550 or similar, in order to get the clocks I am after.Please don't tell me to go SB
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Only thing wrong (IMO) with the Q8*00 series is the low multipliers. Otherwise they would have been great. Most 775 boards won't do 500+ FSB, which means mediocre overclocks in most cases. I would have a Q8300/Q8400 right now if my board would go a little higher on the FSB. Now I'm looking to spend nearly double the cost of the Q8*000 series on a Q9550 or similar, in order to get the clocks I am after.Please don't tell me to go SB
Yeah that's another reason. My Q6600 has 9x multiplier but the bad thing is the heat and my chip might not be good as other Q6600. I'm glad I'll be swapping with my girl's Q9550 for free.

EDIT:
HAHA! Bro that white hidden text freaked me out. I thought a Moderator edited my text or something.
Edited by armen16 - 3/5/11 at 8:36am
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Originally Posted by Aaron_Henderson View Post
Only thing wrong (IMO) with the Q8*00 series is the low multipliers. Otherwise they would have been great. Most 775 boards won't do 500+ FSB, which means mediocre overclocks in most cases. I would have a Q8300/Q8400 right now if my board would go a little higher on the FSB. Now I'm looking to spend nearly double the cost of the Q8*000 series on a Q9550 or similar, in order to get the clocks I am after.Please don't tell me to go SB
If the Q8xxx weren't crappy clockers, they wouldn't be cheap. If they had unlocked multiples and could hit 4.2 over and over, they'd be $200 just like the Q9xxx.

You could always ebay an EP45 UD3P if you really wanted to bet your $$ on a Q8xxx. Mine can do 535, but I still wouldn't count on this Q8300 to hold 4.0. The extra money needed for the Q9550 is becuase it's worth it.
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2thAche

Is that Q8300@3.6GHz Prime95 Large FFT's stable at 480FSB on that UD3L?
    
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I haven't run large FFTs. Honestly, I've never used large FFTs on a single build. I'm just not interested in a test that serves no real-world purpose other than to generate a ton of heat.

I can if you want, if I find the time. I'm moving it to a HAF 922 with an H5O tomorrow. I may push for 500FSB just for ****es.
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