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Best motherboard for the Q6600 to sit in

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Heffer23, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. Heffer23


    Joined: Aug 12, 2009

    Posts: 193

    Location: Swindon

    Hi all,

    Qucik & easy one for you all.... I hope

    What's the best board for a Q6600 to sit in.

    I currently have a Inno 680i which is awful for overclocking my Q6600

    Any help would be appreciated.

    PS Please don't respond if its telling me to buy a diff CPU (money not available for full upgrade - i.e. mobo, cup, fan, ram etc)
  2. BluSky

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 15, 2011

    Posts: 1,220

    for overclocking the P35 chipset was always good. Avoid the nforce chipsets, though by the sound of things you have come to that realisation by yourself. To be honest any of the p35 / X38 / P45 / X48 chipsets are fine, though most X48 boards take DDR3 RAM so don't get one if you have DDR2.

    From recollection, the asus boards all had good reputations, especially the p5k, p5e and rampage boards - though a rampage may be overkill for you. The DFI lanparty boards were also supposed to be quite good, though i never owned one.

    See what you can pick up second hand. I recently managed to pick up an asus p5e X38 board for about £40
  3. Avathar77


    Joined: May 28, 2010

    Posts: 3,774

    Location: London, UK

    Is that a G0 version Q6600?
    P5Q Deluxe is regarded as the best for ocing Q6600.
    But I've had a G0 Q6600 on a Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R board and a Abit IP35 Pro board.
    Both P35 Chipsets(P5Q range is P45 Chipset) but happily ran 3.2GHz at stock volts(1.325V) and 3.6GHz at 1.375V.
    Ocing amount is very dependent on the components used - specially CPU, so your mileage may vary!
  4. IvanDobskey


    Joined: Feb 2, 2010

    Posts: 5,842

    Location: East Midlands

    I had a p5q with my q9550 and it was an outstanding board.
  5. Admiral Huddy


    Joined: Feb 17, 2003

    Posts: 28,121

    Location: Chelmsford & Broadgate

    Without a doubt.. I swapped a P5KC for this, unlocked more overclocking than i thought was possible. Still use it today :)
  6. cmndr_andi


    Joined: Apr 23, 2009

    Posts: 12,024

    Location: Near Bristol

    +1 for the ASUS P5Q series boards - they really are excellent S775 boards and great for overclocking these quad cores.

    I have personally used the P5Q-E and P5Q Pro Turbo and they were both very nice. So if you see any of the following for a decent price (sub-£50) then you are onto a winner:

    ASUS P5Q Pro
    ASUS P5Q Deluxe
    ASUS P5Q-E
    ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo
    ASUS P5Q Premium
  7. Subliminal Aura


    Joined: Oct 27, 2006

    Posts: 6,862

    Location: London

    Yeah must admit p35 chipset is somewhat lacking but for OC it's an absolute dream.... 425mhz FSB for almost 5 years on my p5k says a lot. Extremesys nerds talk in terms of 500mhz+ for this board :eek:

    As far as feature rich and best is concerned, definitely the p5q series of boards
  8. Heffer23


    Joined: Aug 12, 2009

    Posts: 193

    Location: Swindon

    Wow.... thanks all, very very helpful

    Thread is well & truly closed

    Kindest regards
  9. Mr Ripper


    Joined: Oct 2, 2008

    Posts: 30

    Location: Devon

    A little more info don't hurt :)

    I had an Abit IP35 Pro with my Q6600 and it clocked to 3.6ghz but I didn't try very hard (probably could go further). I blew it up by plugging in a dead water pump!

    I replaced it with a Asus P5Q Deluxe which I still use today and recently I thought I'd see what extra I can get out of my chip now as I'm not so worried about killing it and I'm at 3.8ghz (475x8) and still tinkering. Both really good motherboards.
  10. WingZero30


    Joined: Jun 1, 2010

    Posts: 6,997

    Location: London

    ASUS P5Q Deluxe

    It is regarded as the best s775 board and this includes overclocking.

    My Q6600@3.5GHz is on the other board Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR which is a decent board aswell. However I do have a feeling that if I switched to Asus P5Q Deluxe, then I can overclock further as it is 8 or 16 phase board. :cool:
  11. andy_mk3


    Joined: Oct 5, 2009

    Posts: 6,879

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Not sure how different it is to the P5Q, but I have a P5K Deluxe which overclocks my Q6600 very nicely indeed. :)
  12. Admiral Huddy


    Joined: Feb 17, 2003

    Posts: 28,121

    Location: Chelmsford & Broadgate

    just noticed your 3.6GHz at 1.321v :eek:

    Must be some headroom there :)
  13. Heffer23


    Joined: Aug 12, 2009

    Posts: 193

    Location: Swindon

    Hi all

    I gave in & went all out.... please see my new signature for details (PPI came in LOL)

    Thread closed

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