Overclocking a Q6600 with stock cooler

By Rab2140
May 16, 2009
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  1. Hey all i have a stock intel cooler and want to overclock my cpu it is the G0 stepping model i was wondering what is a the maximum temps that would my cpu could handle for a 24/7 overclock?
  2. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    You won't get far with just a stock cooler. I suggest you get a custom cooler, they don't cost you much, like the budget killing Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro or the OCZ Vendetta 2.

    Its pretty risky overclocking with a stock cooler... max temps i would allow is 80 on full load.
  3. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    i think the max temp is 71c. but you could clock that to around 2.9ghz and probably be safe but as HaMsTeYr suggested the arctic freezer 7 pro is like $31 thats dirt cheap man and very affordable.
  4. Rab2140

    Rab2140 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 128

    I got to 3.4 today and it hit 70 so i will not go anymore. I think i will pick up freezer pro. How much heat reduction would there be ?
  5. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    70? did you check the stability with Prime95 or something similar?

    I'm using the Freezer 7 Pro and i can get into windows at 3.4 but its 90% stable so i'm at 3.3.

    Max temps i hit is around... 60-70, Prime95-ed for 24 hours
  6. Rab2140

    Rab2140 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 128

    I ran w prime for about 30 mins then 3d mark 06 and it passed.

    I dunno i would like a 3.4 ghz overclocka t 50- 60oc max i think 70 is pushing it.

    Would the freezer not offer that much difference to the stock intel HSF?
  7. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    It does offer quite a bit of difference. The stock Intel HSF doesn't fair very well. You wouldn't want your Q6600 cooking off now would you...
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    I would recommend this cooler over the Freezer 7 Pro. Far more superior cooling performance (on par with the much more expensive TRUE) for less than $40. The rebate and free shipping makes it a fantastic bargain IMO. If you can, grab this kit as well to keep the HSF firmly bolted in place.

    You will be able to see a very large difference in operating temperatures with it compared to the stock cooler and the Freezer 7 Pro. Check out this page for a comparison. They used a Q6600 as well.
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    HaMsTeYr,
    how did you get your Q6600 to 3.6GHz? I have been successful in getting mine to 2.6GHz. My Abit IP35 Pro should be able to do as well as your Gigabyte board
  10. FoReWoRd

    FoReWoRd Newcomer, in training Posts: 238

    depends on ram, stability, chipset, and also chipset temps
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