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    Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Does anyone know which is the best MB for overclocking the Q6600 atm i've got a FP-IN9 SLI 650i & Q6600 Overclocked @ 2.7GHz (w/ Arctic 7 Freezer) but thats all the MB can do.

    I want the MB to be 45nm supported and PCI-e x16 cos i'm upgrading to 9800GX2 end of this month are any of the 780i chipsets worth it?

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    if you don't need the 2 slots/nVidia chipset for SLI get a P35 chipset mobo.

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Overclocking wise, the best board is probably the Abit IP35 Pro, with the Abit IP35 Dark Raider coming in second at half the price of the Pro.

    They both support 45nm and obviously have PCI-E 16x

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    These abit boards are better than the Asus AP boards? will checkout some reviews, never really seen much about them even in CPC mag..

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Quote Originally Posted by BUFF View Post
    if you don't need the 2 slots/nVidia chipset for SLI get a P35 chipset mobo.
    yeah thats what i'm thinking cos i reckon i can afford x2 GX2's think its just over kill but i want soemthing thats 45nm supported cos i wanna get the next quad core when it comes out (yorkfield).

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    The PRO is equal to the Delux or premium P5K. Both good boards and since Abit seem to be moving there support away from the UK either will probably serve you just as well as the other.

    I'd still take the IP-35 at the moment as ASUS support is truely rubbish but their quality is fantastic (as is ABIT's).

    The dark raider is plenty good enough to overclock the Q6600 but will perhaps run hotter and not quite as safely as the PRO would for very high clocks. Something like 3.4GHz will be not trouble though

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    My iX38 QuadGT can overclock the Q6600 to 3.4ghz without a voltage increase.
    I would say thats pretty good.........

    Quote Originally Posted by 1NF3C710N View Post
    Does anyone know which is the best MB for overclocking the Q6600 atm i've got a FP-IN9 SLI 650i & Q6600 Overclocked @ 2.7GHz (w/ Arctic 7 Freezer) but thats all the MB can do.

    I want the MB to be 45nm supported and PCI-e x16 cos i'm upgrading to 9800GX2 end of this month are any of the 780i chipsets worth it?
    What stepping is the Quad though?

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    What stepping is the Quad though?
    its a Q6600 GO - SLACR

    i've read those 780i MB's can also go to 3.4-7Ghz around so not 100% sure maybe its worth just getting the 780i chipset and maybe later be-able to get sli 9800gx2's.

    I've seen vids/blogs ppl say u can get 4.4Ghz with Q6600 doesnt anyone have any idea which board they are using?

    YouTube - 3DMark06 Watercooled Q6600 @ 4Ghz HD3870 Crossfire
    YouTube - Intel Q6600 Overclock (latest - 4Ghz)

    both are using 'Maximus Formula SE' Mb's..
    Last edited by 1NF3C710N; 02-04-2008 at 04:54 PM. Reason: added content

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    With water cooling you can push them very hard but I don't water cool so no idea how hard it is and what kind of kit you would need to do it. Clunk has done similar things with his setup.

    780/790i is very expensive for what it is. Do you honestly need to sli 9800GX2's What size screen do you play on?

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    The PRO is equal to the Delux or premium P5K. Both good boards and since Abit seem to be moving there support away from the UK either will probably serve you just as well as the other.

    I'd still take the IP-35 at the moment as ASUS support is truely rubbish but their quality is fantastic (as is ABIT's).

    The dark raider is plenty good enough to overclock the Q6600 but will perhaps run hotter and not quite as safely as the PRO would for very high clocks. Something like 3.4GHz will be not trouble though
    I'd struggle to recommend the premium p5K anyway, the SATA ports are in a stupid position, I can only use 4 of them due to my graphics card literally covering a couple of them up.

    IP-35 looks like the way to go if you don't need SLI.

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Quote Originally Posted by LoPan View Post
    I'd struggle to recommend the premium p5K anyway, the SATA ports are in a stupid position, I can only use 4 of them due to my graphics card literally covering a couple of them up.

    IP-35 looks like the way to go if you don't need SLI.
    I can't believe what i,m reading try pluging your graphics card the right way and you should be all right
    By the way, i have just pushed my quad on p5k premium to 3,6 on air without voltage increase...

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Quote Originally Posted by Muska View Post
    I can't believe what i,m reading try pluging your graphics card the right way and you should be all right
    By the way, i have just pushed my quad on p5k premium to 3,6 on air without voltage increase...
    I cant see how.........I would like a CPUz screenshot of that one.

    I havent heard of anyone that can without a volt increase. Its very rare it gets to 3.4 without one let alone what you are claiming.
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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Quote Originally Posted by Muska View Post
    I can't believe what i,m reading try pluging your graphics card the right way and you should be all right
    I thought it was a pretty common problem with the P5K (or at least some of them) that the longer graphics cards (which the GX2 most certain is) block off two sata ports.

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    you can see using this picture.. a double width card like the gx2 which comes off the end of the board will block ports. The abit PRO has angled connectors to avoid this.

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Also should point out that as good as the ac7f is I doubt it will cope that well with a heavy OC on a quad core.

    I thought it was a pretty common problem with the P5K (or at least some of them) that the longer graphics cards (which the GX2 most certain is) block off two sata ports.

    you can see using this picture.. a double width card like the gx2 which comes off the end of the board will block ports. The abit PRO has angled connectors to avoid this.
    I seem to remember that being mentioned before, I think that one of the two can be used with an angled sata plug.
    it used to be caused by the 8800gtx espically if I remember correctly with the original 8800gts less baddly effected as it was that little bit shorter and the cooler not running all the way to the back of the card.
    a 9800gx2 on the other hand . . . probably block off both
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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Quote Originally Posted by Muska View Post
    I can't believe what i,m reading try pluging your graphics card the right way and you should be all right
    By the way, i have just pushed my quad on p5k premium to 3,6 on air without voltage increase...
    Screenshot. 3ghz without more volts, fine. 3.6? that's a bit high tbh

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    Re: Q6600 Best Motherboard for Overclocking+

    Quote Originally Posted by -iceblade^ View Post
    Screenshot. 3ghz without more volts, fine. 3.6? that's a bit high tbh
    3.2ghz - nearly all should do that stock vaults
    3.4ghz - some do
    3.6ghz stock volts - nah (and on air aswell )
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