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Windows 7: Overclocking Intel Q6600 with a stock cooler

25 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Overclocking Intel Q6600 with a stock cooler

First I want to tell that i only know a few basics about overclocking in BIOS..and if someone has some OC experience with q6600 I really would love to if that person could help me overclock..or pm me..sorry for bad language

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25 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Well I have my Q6600 slightly overclocked ,but the first thing you need to do is get a aftermarket CPU cooler. Overclocking creates more heat, and to reach any worth while overclock you will need the extra cooling. Then I would suggest you visit forums dedicated to overclocking and do a lot of research. Cause it is very involved and takes a lot of time patience,trial and error. It's not something someone can just walk you through it. Even the exact same setup will overclock differently.Fabe
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25 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 64 bit

ok,I would get cooler in a second but I just don't know how to overclock..i know very little..i once overclocked just a little least i think i did..i raised FSB by 15..and it was only at 2.48..but playing gta 4 or testing it at prime was very overheating cpu..gta 4 would go to 65 max..and prime was raising it like went up in u second and when it reached 69 degrees i turned off prime..i mean if i get a cooler I still don't have anyone to overclock
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25 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

The Q6600 is not an easy CPU to overclock. There is far to much to overclocking to be summed here in a few paragraphs. Don't even think of attempting an overclock without an after market cooling solution. About the best you can do with the Q6600 and decent cooling is 3.6-3.8GHz.

Getting there will take considerable time and patience, along with some very precise bios voltage adjustments, not to mention a good stablity testing program like Prime 95 blend test "my favorite". Usually just working with the CPU multi, FSB-QDR, CPU Vcore, chip set voltages, memory dividers and possibly even the GTLVREF settings will get you pretty far.

You will need to pay attention to the memory dividers being used and also the bios voltage settings need to be very specialized and precise. That said, each board has it's own special requirements in order to achieve a stable overclock. You might try checking the gigabyte forums so you can have an idea on the required voltage settings, FSB-QDR settings and which memory dividers are working best on your board with the Q6600.
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26 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit

I'm just the messenger so don't shoot me - but I offer the following for your information.

Is this an OEM version of the CPU? Or a retail version that came with an Intel supplied cooler?

If a retail version supplied with a cooler then understand that using ANY cooler besides the one provided VOIDS THE WARRANTY! Any damage caused by overheating or failed 3rd party fan is not covered - not by Intel, not by the motherboard maker, not even by the 3rd party cooler maker.

And, also understand that regardless any motherboard features for overclocking, overclocking applies voltages to the CPU that are NOT as specified and also voids the warranty.

Read your EULAs - it's in there.

Same policy applies to "boxed" or retail versions of AMD processors too.

So while it may be difficult for Intel (or AMD) to prove you used a 3rd party fan, or that you overclocked - it would boil down to you lying to tech support, if asked. And if lying is to cover-up a wrongdoing for financial, personal, or monetary gains - that's fraud!

Of course, if an OEM CPU, or if the CPU is no longer under warranty (retail versions are typically 3 years), or if you don't care about warranties, then never mind!

(I have a canned text with links to "official" Intel and AMD warranty information - same as in your EULAs - I will post that if anyone desires. But I don't want to drive this thread OT so further discussion beyond that should be in a new thread.)
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26 Apr 2010   #6


Like what's been said, you need to get a decent aftermarket cooler if you want to do any overclocking.

If you're not sure where to start, then just look around for guides. There's a great guide on the Vista Forums here that goes really in depth with everything.
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27 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I have my Q6600 G0 clocked at 3.02 Ghz using an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro cooler.
The only thing I changed was the FSB to 333Mhz. runs cool (I think it runs at the same temp as the stock cooler at stock speeds) and stable and no crashes.
I do have quality DDR-2 1066 ram as well.
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27 Apr 2010   #8


I used to overclock my q6600 with the stock cooler.

Same as the above fsb tuning. Also I oc'd my hd4850 video card.

Everything seemed fine for a long time... maybe a year. Then once in a while you would hear something spin up real fast and then shut down.

I have an Asus P5k mobo with a p35 chipset. When I boot up again the bios warns me there was an oc failure and asks if I want the stock settings.

I brought the oc down a bit to 2.7Ghz and one time this happened to my wife when I was at work. After work I brought to stock.

Should listen to these guys with the proper cooling. Mild oc can be achieved but even that seems dangerous.
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27 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 64 bit

so it means that it is not safe to OC over 2.7 but still it is wortless to overclock with any lower clock and still a little bit dangerous..but if i buy a CPU cooler,could you help me set the clock,and a little help?i was thinking about this one:Cooler SCYTHE Mini Ninja Rev. B, s. 754 939 940 AM2 748 775 1156 1366 - 050.903.174 artikl | 05090306 or if you could suggest some better..
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27 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64

Actually, the Q6600 is a really good overclocking chip, as long as you have the stepping 0 model. I was able to get mine up to 2.9 on stock cooling, and 3.6 with an aftermarket cooler.

However, as has been said, overclocking results can vary widely, even with the same chip. Definitely get an aftermarket cooler and, as was mentioned above, do a lot of research in overclocking forums around the net. You need to be well informed before you start OCing, as you can severely damage both your CPU and your mobo.
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