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Thread: Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula




  1. #1
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    Default Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula

    Hi All,
    Just wondering if anyone would be able to share their expertise/experiences regarding OC'ing the Q6600 (2.4Ghz).

    I have read that many people out there have been able to OC'd their Q6600 well beyond the 3Ghz mark using a standard HSF but I have been quite
    unsuccessful.

    I have read many OC'ing guides on the net and have tried so many different BIOS configuration combinations for eg: various CPU/DDR frenquencies, voltages, multiplier speeds, DDR RAM timings, temperatures are acceptable and I have only been able to get my Q6600 stable at 2.66Ghz, anything higher results in Windows failing to boot and/or if it does boot, it ends up crashing due to major instability issues. which I think is quite sad.

    I would be satisfied with my Q6600 running stable at 3Ghz but would be even more happy if I could get it to run stable at 3.2Ghz and I know I'm not
    asking for much because I have read that others have been able to successfully OC using air cooling up to approx 3.4Ghz.

    I have listed my specs below so if any of you guys/girls out there that have a similar config and have successfully OC'd their Q6600 to decent speeds, I
    would love to hear from you.

    If you also by looking at my specs, if you suspect that any of my components may be a problems/causing a bottleneck then please point it out.

    Also if I failed to list/mentioned required information then please ask.

    System Specs:
    Asus Striker II Fomula (1333 FSB) - BIOS Rev 0902
    Intel® Core™2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz (Stepping B, Revision G0)
    x2 Corsair Twin2X Dominator 2048MB PC8500 5-5-5-15 (1066Mhz) = 4096MB
    x3 Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10000 RPM 16MB Buffer = 222GB (RAID 0)
    x2 Inno3D GeForce 8800GTS 512MB DDR3 OC Edition (700/2000Mhz) = SLI
    SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
    ThermalTake Toughpower 750 watt (modular)
    Samsung 226BW 1680x1050 2ms (DVI)
    Vista Ultimate 64bit

    Thanking you all in advance.

    PS:
    If any of you would like to further discuss this via MSN just give me your details and I'll add you.

    Vio|37

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    Default Re: Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula

    Get a better power supply.

    Asus LINK for recommened power supply.
    http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyC...Language=en-us
    Antec Sonata II
    Asus M2NPV-VM
    AMD X2 4200+ (OC@ 2431MHz)
    Noctua NH-U12P (22C idle 33c load)
    2Gig Kingston+2Gig Curcial(32-bit)
    @270MHz 4-4-4-12-16 1.9 volts
    EVGA 7600GT KO

    New car so no new build.......YET!

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    Default Re: Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula

    Thanks for the reply.

    Interesting because I have seen so many others out there with PSU's ranging from 650 to 750w and they are still able to successfully OC their Q6600.

    I just don't want to go out and buy a new PSU say for eg: 1000 or 1200w and find that I still have the same problem.

    What are your thoughts of all my other specs?

    Vio|37

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    Default Re: Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula

    The PSU might be the issue.
    It's a great brand and 750w will be plenty for most people, but a configuration like yours is bound to draw a lot of juice.

    By the way, how much did your setup cost you?

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    Default Re: Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula

    Hi Dogpitt,

    As for my PSU being the bottleneck I'll have to do some more research because as I said before, I don't want to go out and buy another higher powered PSU only to find that I'm still unable to OC my Q6600.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Vio|37

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    Default Re: Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula

    Well I'm not keen on overclocking with a standard HSF but what case are you using?

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    Default Re: Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula

    Hi mate,

    As for my case, I'm using the Antec PlsuView 1000AMG (it's an oldie but a goodie)

    I'm thinking about investing in a decent CPU cooler.

    I hear that Zalman 9500/9700 are awesome!

    You heard much about them?

    Vio|37

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    Default Re: Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula

    I've managed to successfully OC my Q6600 and have got it running stable on 3Ghz using the standard Intel cooler with my ThermalTake 750w PSU.

    I'm running at "9 x 333Mhz = 3000Mhz"

    I tried to OC it to 3.2Ghz and also tried higher voltages but was unable to successfully pass POST.

    Would it be safe to assume that I'm unable to exceed 3Ghz due to the standard Intel cooler I'm using desptie that I'm getting the below temps running at 3Ghz?

    Current temps and voltages are listed below:

    Temps
    CPU: 50
    Motherboard: 40
    North Bridge: 70
    South Bridge: 58

    Voltages
    Vcore: 1.35
    CPU (PLL): 1.6
    CPU (VTT): 1.36
    North Bridge: 1.3
    South Bridge: 1.5
    RAM: 2.2

    Vio|37

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    Default Re: Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula

    Ekkkkk...... yeah you mite want to get speedfan and look at your temps that might be the problem........
    Antec Sonata II
    Asus M2NPV-VM
    AMD X2 4200+ (OC@ 2431MHz)
    Noctua NH-U12P (22C idle 33c load)
    2Gig Kingston+2Gig Curcial(32-bit)
    @270MHz 4-4-4-12-16 1.9 volts
    EVGA 7600GT KO

    New car so no new build.......YET!

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    Default Re: Unable to OC Q6600 using Asus Striker II Formula

    Hey Lorder05,

    Just wanted to let you know that today I bought a Zalman 9700NT and my CPU idle has dropped down from 50 to approx 32, which is a major improvement.

    So i tried to OC an hopefully push on beyond the 3Ghz limit but the furthest I was able to OC, with the stable being stable is a max of 3.1Ghz.

    I was hoping that with the new cooler I could have at least hit 3.2Ghz or maybe 3.3Ghz but looks like I'm unable to OC my Q6600 any further.

    Should I give up and settle for 3.1Ghz or would you have some last minute advice/tips I could try in order for me to OC a little higher?

    Let me know.

    My settings are:

    Voltages
    Vcore: 1.34375
    CPU (PLL): 1.58
    CPU (VTT): 1.34
    North Bridge: 1.3
    South Bridge: 1.5
    RAM: 2.2

    9 x 345 = 3.1Ghz.

    DDR Ram set to 1066Mhz

    Ram timings set to 5-5-5-15.

    PS:
    Now that I'm running the Zalman 9700, it's safe to say that the reason that I can only hit 3.1Ghz is NOT due to CPU heating issues.

    Vio|37

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