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Can a Gateway GM5632E Q6600 Be overclocked


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#1 gonzo9001

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 01:38 AM

heres my system specs i get into the bios and it doesnt have the multiplier options im stuck i dont know where to go from here can somone help me

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Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600(2.4GHz)
Memory 4GB DDR2 800 Corsair XMS 2X2GB sticks expandable to 8 GB
Hard Drive 1TB(2 x 500GB) SATA 7200rpm In RAID 0 for superfast transfers. A quick test showed 147MB/s write and 159MB/s read. This is fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Optical Drive 18X DVDR/RW Multi-Format Dual Layer Optical Drive
700 watt power supply with pcix plugs

TV tuner without a remote or IR port but works great with mouse and keyboard.

Fresh install of 64 bit Vista Home Premium completely updated.

anti virus installed and updated.

Brand new case with much more room for upgrading than the old gateway case.

BIOS has been updated to the newest one and CMOS battery has just been replaced.
Front USB 2
Front Audio Ports 2
PS/2 2
Rear USB 6
Rear IEEE 1394 1
RJ45 1 port
S/P DIF 1 port

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:20 AM

i get into the bios and it doesnt have the multiplier options im stuck i dont know where to go from here


That's because most retail manufactures do not allow for overclocking
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:24 AM

Unless you have an "Extreme" Intel CPU, multipliers are locked anyway. If you can change FSB speed, you can overclock it, but as stated above, OEM systems rarely if ever allow it.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 07:20 PM

Why would you want to overclock that system anyways. Its a nice system out of the box. Overclocking can and will void your warranty which is why most OEM builders lock the bios. If its under warranty leave well enough alone. Now if you have a performance problem such as low frame rates in a particular game or you have a friend that has a faster system and you want to out perform his there are some options. You could upgrade to a faster or SLI (Crossfire) video setup that will help with frame rates. If you want to try and overclock your processor you can upgrade the motherboard to a board specific to Overclocking. Out the gate you are limited in what you can accomplish since the Q6600 has a locked Mulitplier so the only way to overclock it is to raise the FSB speed. At stock the Q6600 is 9 x 266 which is 2,394 MHz or 2.40 GHz Quad pumped that is 1066 (FSB). Before we begin you will definatly need a really good cooler. (such as a Thermaright Ultra-120 extreme) With your stock one you won't get very much past the stock speed. Second you need to make sure your memory can keep up with the higher FSB once you raise the FSB your memory will run faster than stock speeds Right now your Memory is DDR2-800 To find out what the theretical maximum FSB is divide the 800 x a factor of 2 (400 ) so the memory should run up to 400 MGHZ 400x9= 3.6 GHZ I doubt you will ever get your processor up that fast. Your memory should be fine. To find out exactly the steps you need to overclock your processor You should Visit Tomshardware.com. The Article I linked to is specific on over clocking the Q6600. The author states that 3.33 GHZ is the max he could achive with air cooling. Most of the information provided here is from that article. Overclocking is not easy and it could destroy your proceesor and other components. If you wish to proceed be prepared to replace the components you may fry. Also the components will fail faster that when running at stock speeds since they will run hotter.
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