Overclocking Quad Core Q6600 Guide
Good afternoon folks,
I decided to write this page in dedication to getting something for nothing. The notion itself is something of an illusion, especially on the internet, but if you own an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 PC you will fall into this group.
First an overview ... your Intel Core 2 Quad comes stock at the 2.4GHZ setting. This is the speed at which the processor operates across all 4 individual cores. This core is part of a small group of two processors @ 65nm and essentially the first generation of quad core from Intel. The Q6600 and Q6700 respectfully both have 8MB of L2 cache memory and both operate on a 1066mhz bus. The purpose of this article is to walk you through on getting more from the Q6600 specifically, by doing a simple modification to the processor to alter its speed.
This modification will change the front side bus from 1066 to 1333mhz. Due to the processors clock rating a Q6600 will move from 2.4ghz to 3.0ghz (2,996mhz effectively)
This will result in a direct 20 to 30% increase on performance from your computer. This figure is a proven quantitative measure with results posted below.
To perform the adjustment you will need:
· Painters tape or electrical tape
· Small razor blade to cut very thin strips of the aforementioned tape
· Phillips Screw Driver (to remove your case door and/or remove your heatsink fan combo)
This modification will work with ANY Q6600 motherboard/CPU combo. This includes standard off the shelf Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Costco, direct ship or mail order computers. Any vendor, and configuration as long as the processor you have is a Q6600 or Q6700 (much more success with the Q6600)
I have personally modified over 30 individual Q6600 configurations with this modification with perfect results of 3.0ghz from the 2.4ghz processor. Air cooled (fan on a standard heatsink) works perfectly fine in this modification. There is no need for additional modification or new heatsink/fan combos. Just make sure when you’re taking your heatsink/fan combo off you CLEAN out the fan from any dirt/dust built up ... these fans require a clean environment to work efficient like any other product.
Now on to the business of getting that processor overclocked.
1. Open your computer up, removing the side panel (consult your manual or online how to for your specific model to remove the side panel)
2. Locate your heatsink/fan combo that is over your processor (again, locate a manual on your PC or a how to remove, this will be different for everyone, depending what type heatsink/fan combo you have) - Dells normally have 4 screws around the corners that you have to unscrew then lift off the processor (unplug the fan cable too)
3. Once the Heatsink/Fan removed, use the tension bar to remove the metal casing that holds the processor in the slot. This will be a small bar you press down and over to release the tension, then lift up the latch holding the processor in the space.
Cutting small strips
This article is gauged to intrigue your interest on getting more on a product you paid for. This modification is VERY simple and at most with the most novices user would take 20-30min.
Important notes. I would suggest downloading "Soft Sandra" ...just Google it; take the free trial and give it a benchmark your current setup PRIOR to making any changes. Do the analysis yourself and post evaluation on your results.
You will be highly impressed with the changes and the effect it has on your computer. A direct 30% increase in computing operations per sec gives you a tangible net result... meaning when you’re doing normal internet surfin', downloading, playing games... you will physically notice the increase of speed.
I have heard of other processor types, such as the E6600 and 6400+ series working with this modification, but I cannot confirm that officially as I have not tried this modification on them. What sets this modification apart vs. other overclocking is the fact you do NOTHING with the bios, settings, windows configuration. This change is purely a hardware modification that is increasing the FRONT SIDE BUS, from 1066mhz to 1333mhz, which inherently overclocks the processor.
I have successfully completed this on the following computer/company models of computers:
· IBM Lenovo desktop Q6600 series PC's
· Dell Inspiron 530 & 537 series PC /w Q6600
· HP Pavilion Series d /w Q6600 & Q6700
· Dell Optiplex 755 /w Q6600 (note, i tried 1 of the Q6700 and it did NOT work)
· Gateway FX series /w Q6600
· Falcon Northwest /w Q6600
· Alienware Area 51 /w Q6600
· Sony Studio Series /w Q6600
Please post your comments and results to this. I know some individuals may think this is to good to be true or have had adverse results when trying this. All i can tell you as a closing is I have done this modification over 100 times on 30 separate configurations (lots of dell 530's) and only ONE time I had an issue where it did not work..and that was with a Q6700 in a Dell Optiplex 755.
Using a six sigma train of thought, 1 out of 100 is 99% success rate and a great medium of positive results.