Safe Overclock of a Intel Q6600

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Hey guys.

I'm considering going for a Q6600 quad core CPU at the moment over an
E6850 (see a separate discussion topic on this :) ). What's been holding
me back over the Q6600 is, aside from the lower clock speed (which as
more applications become multi-threaded won't be an issue) is the lower
FSB speed it supports (1066 vs. 1333 MHz).

Since I'm not keen on overclocking a CPU (due to the shorter life and
the noise a good cooling system creates), is it possible to get a
motherboard and memory that fully supports 1333MHz, set this CPU's FSB
to 1333MHz and then just reduce the multipliers so its clock is running
close to 2.4GHz again?

Kind Regards,


Re: Safe Overclock of a Intel Q6600

Somewhere on teh intarweb "AdenOne" typed:
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Wrong! You can reduce them *down* within certain parameters with the right
motherboard. For instance, my E4500 can be set to anything between 6x and
11x. I have it set to 8 x 413MHz FSB, memory on 1:1 ratio. (That's 1.652GHz
FSB for those who buy into the "quad-pumped" thing) I have left Speed-Step
enabled so it still drops to 6x when it's not under load.

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The rest of this "info" is bogus as it's based on a false premise.

Re: Safe Overclock of a Intel Q6600

On Sat, 5 Jan 2008 19:35:13 -0800 (PST), AdenOne

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Of course the warranty is void, but mostly for two reasons:

1)  They may not have tested it nor tested a resulting large
enough stability margin at higher clock frequency (or they
did, but #2 was more significant).

2)  They are making more money for the higher clocked parts,
that is why they set it to a lower speed to match the lower
price and you aren't necessarily exceeding the limits of the
core design.

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That's like saying that driving your car at 50 MPH puts more
stress on it than 30MPH.  Of course it does, but not an
excessive amount of stress.

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based on false premise, the two main factors are to keep it
cool enough and verify stability.

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An overclocked dual core will easily beat a QX6850 in many
benchmarks and actual use.  Certainly not ALL benchmarks and
actual uses, which brings up back to square one that each
use may benefit more or less from the clockspeed increase or
# of cores increase.  Then there's the cost factor.
Overclocking is not for everyone but should be seen for what
it is - testing the processor in the specific environment it
will be running in, which is something Intel cannot do when
they spec these things, and getting as much as can
reasonably had from a particular specimen of processor,
which is something Intel can't do because it would create
too many different speed levels, and because it would
destroy their pricing model.

Re: Safe Overclock of a Intel Q6600

Somewhere on teh intarweb "AdenOne" typed:


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You're sadly mistaken of you think that a Nehalem CPU will run on a
current-era motherboard. It's going to have an integrated memory controller,
essentially be "northbridgeless".

Socket 775 will be superceded when Nehalem hits the shops. It would be a big
mistake to factor it into choosing a current motherboard. (Unless for the
purposes of approximating obsolescence.)

Re: Safe Overclock of a Intel Q6600

AdenOne wrote:
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I believe the Nehalem desktop cpu's will be  LGA1160, that's a lot of pins.

Re: Safe Overclock of a Intel Q6600

Matt wrote:
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To answer the question in the title of your post.
The Q6600 GO stepping is a real easy overclocker.
The original heatsink and fan are more than adequate to run this cpu at
3.0GHZ although it will run hotter it won't be an issue as it will be well
within specs.
So IMHO 3.0GHz is a perfectly sahe overclock.

You could take it even higher but to do so it would be prudent to purchase
expensive RAM and aftermarket cooling.
Also the BIOS of some modern motherboards are designed to fascilitate

An example I recently assembled for a family member using a basic X38
chipset board.
Asus P5E motherboard
2.4GHz Q6600 cpu overclocked 25% to 3.0GHz
Four 1GB sticks of cheap   A-DATA DDR2-800 SDRAM running at 5-5-5-18
The memory bus is running at 400 MHz

I am using the auto overclocking feature of the motherboard rather than the
manual settings.
With auto you just nominate a frequency to run the cpu front side bus at and
the BIOS takes care of the rest of the settings.
Now the Q6600 has a cpu multiplier of 9.0x so to run it at 3.0GHZ is just a
matter of setting cpu FSB at 334.
In auto overclock the BIOS takes care of the DRAM:FSB ratio and sets a ratio
of 12:10 running the RAM at it's maximum rated speed.

As a side note the core processors use SpeedStep technology that dynamically
varies the cpu multiplier depending on load.
In the case of the Q6600 the multiplier drops back to 6.0x and the cpu core
voltage drops marginally to reduce noise, temperature and power usage during
low demand periods.
SpeedStep can be disabled in the BIOS.
My graphics card does something similar.
It uses ATI PowerPlay 8.0 to dynamically vary gpu frequency and graphics
memory speed depending on load.

Re: Safe Overclock of a Intel Q6600

On Sat, 05 Jan 2008 23:56:24 +0000, Matt

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In real world benchmarks the quad at 2.4GHz is slower than
the dual at 3GHz, on average.  Such benchmarks must be
picked to show quad core winning and you have made no
mention of specific apps you use or plan to purchase to reap
the gain.

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Yes it's a good goal, but as misfit noted you can use lower
multipliers.  It is not going to significantly shorten the
life of the CPU, the CPU will still outlive the motherboard,
power, video, etc if past history is any evidence.  I'm not
sure where you got the idea that overclocking (when done in
moderation) has any significant effect on processor life.
Reducing life of a part that would already last multiple
times as long as the other parts has to be seen in context.

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Unless the lower heat of a dual core allows overclocking it
higher using the same heatsink and/or less noise from lower
fan RPM.  Any time you were actually getting significant
gain in performance from using more than 2 cores, so too do
the 3rd and 4th core start producing a significant amount
more heat.  Heat is, unless one is using exotic cooling
methods, generally the first reason one finds their
overclocking limitation unless they were only misfortunate
enough to have a board with chipset and/or bios limitations
where they just couldnt' set the speed as high as they'd

Yes if you can get the quad core up to the same clockspeed
it is a good performance option.

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