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Originally Posted by Da_Rude_BaboonWhat speed of RAM would you recommend for over clocking the Q6600? I had been intending buying a Q6600, Abit IP35 Pro and some G.Skill HZ 6400. (The HZ will clock over 1000Mhz)
Originally Posted by Mother-GooserOn a side note, would the scythe fit on the striker? My freezer 7 is barely able to, in fact the fan had to be mounted two fins higher than it should.
p.s. I love the Clarksonian POWEEEEEER!!!!1
Originally Posted by cosmicInteresting that you managed to get to 3GHz without exceeding Intel's recommended voltage range for the chip. How hot was the chip under load at this clock - did not see the temps in the review (I know you kept below 65C - but what temp was it on the P35 board)
Looking forward to see what is possible with a G0 stepping Q6600.
Originally Posted by [EOCF] TimThank you for the very good read and interesting article.
One thing that I did very much like was the games, and that you actually (as one of the very few) listed the minimum fps. One thing that bothers me, is that a lot of review sites that review CPU's in games, bench them with Average fps. They might even do it in higher resolutions (thank goodness) and with AA and AF. But there is going to be no difference in average fps between CPU's on higher resolutions. But you can see the difference, (even at higher resolutions) with minimum fps as we saw from this excellent review.
I'd like to ask you a big favour. Could you please next time bench the games with AA and AF enabled at normal resolutions (1280x1024, 1600x1200 or widescreen etc), and at the same time keep using the minimum fps as well. I think that'd be an eye opener, since I was quite convinced that you don't need a powerful CPU when your gaming at high resolution and AA and AF.
I mean, the average can be within 1 fps of one another, but what we saw from the 1600x1200 benches, that the minimum fps changed quite a bit. If we would be able to get 28fps mimimum with an old 3800+, and 35fps min. with a Q2D or Q2Q, then obviously the Q2D would deliver a better gaming experience.
So, this was a great review, everything was done right, quite a few games, and what's fantastic that it had minimum fps for the reasons listed above. But one addition could be to add some 4xAA 16xAF, to really see what a cpu can do for the mimimum framerate, being the best playable experience delivered.
Again thanks, and a big thumbsup. :D
Originally Posted by Tim SThe HZ should be more than enough - I've kept the RAM speed down below 900MHz here and still got great performance so it shows what can be done without the need for uber-clocked memory. :)
Originally Posted by Da_Rude_Baboon Another question for you. What kind of difference to real world temps would ~90w difference of the G0 stepping realistically make. The price premium some e-tailers are demanding for the G0 stepping does not seem that justified. [/edit]
Originally Posted by sandysSorry for the off topic but I am looking at an upgrade to Core2 but excuse my ignorance here, are there Core2 boards that do both SLI and Crossfire these days or is each technology still locked to its AMD/Nvidia chipset?
Originally Posted by Da Degothat would be a 500mhz FSB. I doubt most motherboards could handle that stress, particularly running quad cores. At that end you'd likely need very high end cooling and a cherry picked mobo and chip. And that's assuming the BIOS would let you...
It's an interesting suggestion, but a tad infeasible. There comes a point where you have to rely on the multiplier to get the highest clocks, which is why the best chips are a high mult and a low FSB to start with :) you *can* drop the mult to increase the FSB but there's a northward limit where you start shattering your PCIe/PCI, SATA and other "bridge" controlled chips as they can't handle that incoming speed.
Originally Posted by NatureWhat were the recorded temps if any?
I ask because it seems this chip is perfect for htpc's. I drive a donkey- I don't like high clock speeds.
Originally Posted by gilgameshinteresting to note is this
I achieved 498.1 FSB by dropping the multiplier to x8 on my Q6600 nad upping vcore to crazy levels 1.66volts
This was achieved on my ABIT IP35 PRO !
Now that is what you call an overclock. Especially since i was just using water cooling
Originally Posted by Da Dego
Wow. ;) I stand corrected. But is it really stable? Try running prime 95 for a few hours on all 4 cores ;) I'm effing impressed that even booted, though.
Originally Posted by Da_Rude_BaboonThanks Tim. ;) Thanks for taking the time to test the hardware and to write the article too. It's responses to the community like this and the staff members regular input into the forums that keep Bit great.
Originally Posted by gilgameshYup already did mate ran all tests for 3 hours under Orthos.
THe trick is not so much as teh vcore its the VTT voltage that needs upping.
Ran Orthos for three hours after ONE pass of 3dmark 05
Originally Posted by M@ttI agree, thanks Tim for you're non misleading professional reviews that can be believed ;)
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