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Overclocking: CPU: Intel Core2Duo E6300

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Published on Jul 19, 2009

Check out the BOC Blog here for the Overclocking Guide:
http://beta-oc.blogspot.com/

Before: 1862Mhz ~ 1.86Ghz
After: 2416Mhz ~ 2.42Ghz

Using Everest Ultimate to show the Increases in performance. You can see the memory also gains from this.

NOTE: Read this description BEFORE watching the video.

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System:
CPU: Intel E6300, 1.86Ghz, 2Mb L2 Cache, 1066Mhz FSB, 65nm Architecture, '06 Build.
RAM: Crucial 1Gb PC8500 1066Mhz DDR2
GPU: Intel X3100
MOBO: ASUS P5KPL-AM
HDD: 320Gb SATA 3Gbps X2 , Seagate 120Gb ATA-133, Western Digital 80Gb ATA-133.
BIOS: AMI
PSU: FSP 350W ATX 20-pin
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With the Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 priced under $200 it's the processor that many mainstream and budget shopers are picking up for use in their back to school computer systems. We have found that this entry level Intel Core 2 processor might cost just $193, but the performance that it offers is much more than what you're paying for. With a little extra work and buying the right motherboard the Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 is by far one of the best overclocking processors that we have ever seen on the test bench here at BetaOverclocking. Today BetaOverclocking takes the Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Processor and overclocks it to see what that means in terms of real world performance.
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At the default voltage of 1.325 we were able to go up to 28% overclocking on default volts. To reach the highest stable overclock we have to increase the CPU VID to 1.400V from 1.325V to become stable. Note that if Widows starts to crash on the desktop giving you BSOD's with memory dumps you need to increase the "MCH Voltage Override" to 1.650V as we have had to do that on a few picky boards.
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We left the memory dividers at 800MHz and bumped up the voltage to 2.2V on our Crucial PC2-8500C2 memory running 5-5-5-15 timings during the whole overclocking adventure, so we were never memory bound during any of our testing.
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While the system would benchmark at 29% and 31% overclocks it wasn't Prime 95 or double 32M Super Pi stable, so the highest stable overclock was 28%. Our processor that started out life as a 1.86GHz bottom end Conroe is now a 2.40GHz monster thanks to a huge overclock! This overclock is an 560MHz increase on the overall frequency and overclocks over 500Mhz don't happen this easy too often! Check the video to see how the performance has increased greatly.
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