my Q6600 2.4GHz cpu does 3.6GHz on air default voltage just by increasing the FSB manually. No software needed. Runs smooth too.
Also a frys combo (Athlon II X3 435 + MSI board) I recently got for $79.99 AR does 3.8GHz on air with a little increase of voltage with FSB as-well.
Pro96, could you put that in terms that a "newbie" to this stuff is working on?
FSB? I am very interested and if you could share some knowledge it would be appreciated.
Pro96, thank you very much. I am new at this and this and at a glance it seems to be a very good read! It's a very interesting topic and have noticed that very minor changes can make a big difference,
I will read with great interest and see if I can apply any changes for testing.
thanks again for your input!
I'd like to add that just because you raised your FSB and were able to get into Windows, doesn't mean that your system is stable. You'll need to stress your system to see if it's stable, some applications out there are Prime95, Intel Burn Test, etc. You also want to monitor your temperatures while stressing so you need a temperature monitoring software for this. If your system fails the test, it's not stable and you will probably need to raise your voltage to make it stable.
Before you do any overclocking, you want to find out what's your max temperature and your max voltage for your processor. And like Diogen mentioned above, overclocking is an art but you need to know what you're doing or you'll fry your new processor.