Has anyone had any luck overclock their Q6600 past 3.2 ghz? I always seem to run into stability issues, but I've heard it's possible to go at least as high as 3.6. I have a good after market CPU cooler, so heat wouldn't be much of an issue. My board is an XFX 680i chipset and my power supply is pretty top notch.
Maybe you are doing something wrong during overclock. Sometimes the Ram module is the culprit.
i have the same problem but an entirely different mobo.
No matter what ram settings i try, i cant overclock past 3.2ghz with the same cpu
Ok, each chip is different and as such these general assumptions of 3.6ghz or whatever are not very sound.
Especially if someone with not much overclocking experience tries this.
You guys better read up on the various intel overclocking guides, and follow them.
(Hint: My guess is you reached the maximum clock at default voltage, and need a voltage bump. Read up on that first!)
Yeah, as rama said, have you been upping the voltage? Because you can only go so far on stock voltage. You should run some computer-stressing program between each increase you do, and run it for about 10 minutes. When you BSOD during overclocking, it's usually 1 of 2 problems, caused by different BSOD messages:
Clock Interrupt not received from Secondary Processor - Not enough VCore!
General hardware failure - Not enough VTT voltage!
Those 2 are really the only ones you'll encounter as a result of OC'ing.
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If you have a G0 stepping Q6600, those seem to overclock to about the 3.2-3.4Ghz I believe.
The earlier versions, the B3s, can take a bit more beating and those ones were quite common to hit the 3.6Ghz.
It also really depends on your motherboard. Some just don't play nice with quads.