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Can I Get my Q6600 to 3.4gHz?

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Hey all, I've gotten my Q6600 to get to 3.2gHz with just a little fiddling around in the M.I.T of my Gigabyte UD3L.

I'd like to know if it's possible for me to get this baby up to 3.4gHz so I can join the 1G OC club.

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1779290

One thing to note is my terrible RAM.. It's 667 mhz.. Is that what my bottleneck is??
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For the future, it's "GHz" and "MHz".

Anyway, I think it's very possible to do it if you have decent after market cooling. What are you using right now?

(the memory may be an overclocking bottleneck too, but I don't like to give up)
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If you have a decent aftermarket cooler yes, I hit 3.4 with a zalman flower looking thing made of copper, and I can sit at 4.1 with my thermalright true

Plenty of guides around
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WuLF: just in case, "thermalright true" is means "Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme". We just call it the "TRUE" for short.
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With that mobo for sure,you could go much higher..

But the only thing that could hinder your OC is cooling as Q6600 are real heaters..

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You've already got your RAM to almost DDR2-900 already (445Mhz). So just lower your RAM divider to 1:1 (would put it at DDR2-712 or 356MHz), and then push for more.
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Thanks for all the support guys, you're a big help!

Sorry, I should have mentioned the cooler I'm using is the Xigmatek Dark Knight.

Should I just try giving it more power again thru the vCore? Or should I mess around with some other settings? I'll try the RAM thing. Though I'm not too confident in trying to find that setting in the Gigabyte BIOS =/

Thanks for the replies btw.
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you should be able to get to 3.4 or even 3.6 with that mobo.
just add some more vcore, i do a couple of notches at a time. i have mine at 1.39v in the bios, these Q6600 are safe upto 1.5v for 24hr use.

so you need 377 x 9 = 3400 or 3.4ghz
3.6ghz is 400 x 9
dont forget to run Intel burn test or prime95 to get it stable.
as mentioned, unlink your ram for noe, so return it to stock speed.
get to 3.4 oe 3.6 and make sure its stable.
then link the ram again

by the way is it a G0 revision or B3? cpu-z will tell you
a B3 will be harder to get to 3.4ghz
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you should be able to get to 3.4 or even 3.6 with that mobo.
just add some more vcore, i do a couple of notches at a time. i have mine at 1.39v in the bios, these Q6600 are safe upto 1.5v for 24hr use.

so you need 377 x 9 = 3400 or 3.4ghz
3.6ghz is 400 x 9
dont forget to run Intel burn test or prime95 to get it stable.
as mentioned, unlink your ram for noe, so return it to stock speed.
get to 3.4 oe 3.6 and make sure its stable.
then link the ram again

by the way is it a G0 revision or B3? cpu-z will tell you
a B3 will be harder to get to 3.4ghz
I have one of those awesome G0's! Do you have a good article on how to understand this RAM timing thing? I'm kinda lost here with the RAM tuning.
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I have one of those awesome G0's! Do you have a good article on how to understand this RAM timing thing? I'm kinda lost here with the RAM tuning.
i usually leave the ram timings at stock, mine are 5-5-5-18 yours may be different. (also ignore the 1T timing, its supposed to be 2T but my mobo set it at 1T )
when you have the cpu stable, then play with the ram.
in my bios, i just had the ratios eg. 1:1, 3:5 etc...
if your ram is rated at 667mhz, then in the bios it may say 333mhz (as its ddr2 ram)
for you to be on a 1:1 ratio, you would need your ram at 333 and FSB at 333
but this would only be 2997 or 3.0ghz.
imo the fsb/ram ratio is not important, as you want to get the ram at the highest speed you can.
in your bios, their should be an option to run the ram at 400mhz, just try that. so your ratio will be 6:5
also you may have to raise the ram voltage by 0.1v
my ram stock speed is 800mhz (400 x 2) and the voltage is 1.8v
i got it to 990mhz (495 x 2) and is now at 1.9v

here is a pic of my cpu-z settings


also some fsb/ram ratios

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