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Reply 1 of 25, by dr_st

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Best overclocking abilities will be found on boards based on the 'extreme' chipsets - X38/X48. P35/P45-based boards should also be good.

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Reply 3 of 25, by The Serpent Rider

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Just pick some fancy looking ASUS or Gigabyte board based on X38/X48 or P45 chipset. Those are readily available.

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Reply 4 of 25, by meljor

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ninkeo wrote:

Hey guys, for my next project of late XP / Vista era gaming I've decided to go with socket 775 instead of 478 / 939 mainly because of cost reasons with graphics cards. Now I'm not overly that familiar with the whats what on the 775 platform, all I know is that there was the earlier intel chipsets that couldn't run a C2D at all. For this build, I'm aiming to push the CPU to its limits. What would be the best chipset / board that can run a Q6600 / 8400 to its limit?

That's the ''problem'' I have with such setups: Because of the availability/price of an older setup you can simply jump a few generations and still run the same software (and even better/faster).
Basically you can just run the same stuff on a current i7 desktop. Feels to me like doing retro rally's in a brand new Ford Focus RS....

For me there is not much ''retro'' or even ''old hardware'' in a 2008 setup, heck, my Seat Leon is from 2008 and far from being a classic car 🤣

I'm getting old...don't mind me and enjoy your setup! 😎

BTW: If you want cheap get a nice modded Xeon core2quad from china for your s775 setup. Just avoid the x38/x48 then and get a p35/p45 board as the first ones can have problems running the modded Xeon's (been there).

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Reply 5 of 25, by cyclone3d

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One of the best is the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P and the other Gigabyte boards of the same series.

X38 and X48 will not run near as high of an FSB reliably.

I had my Q6600 running at 3.84Ghz on my Gigabyte board.

C2D platforms gets pretty sweet with bus speed at 450 or higher.

You will want some DDR2-1066 RAM to go with it.

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Reply 6 of 25, by PcBytes

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What about the ABIT IP35 Pro? Looks like it has some good OC features.

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Reply 7 of 25, by The Serpent Rider

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What about the ABIT IP35 Pro

Late ABIT boards are nothing spectacular and very buggy. You'll be very lucky to achieve 500mhz FSB with Core 2 Duo.
DFI and Biostar P45 boards are quite interesting for overclocking too, but good luck finding them. Also they very quirky to tune.

Biostar Tpower I45 was notorious to achieve 700+ mhz FSB.

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Reply 8 of 25, by PcBytes

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The Serpent Rider wrote:
Late ABIT boards are nothing spectacular and very buggy. You'll be very lucky to achieve 500mhz FSB with Core 2 Duo. DFI and Bio […]
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What about the ABIT IP35 Pro

Late ABIT boards are nothing spectacular and very buggy. You'll be very lucky to achieve 500mhz FSB with Core 2 Duo.
DFI and Biostar P45 boards are quite interesting for overclocking too, but good luck finding them. Also they very quirky to tune.

Biostar Tpower I45 was notorious to achieve 700+ mhz FSB.

Now that you said it, I wonder how much can I achieve with a DFI Lanparty DK P45. I do have one with a massive Spire Thermax II (kinda looks like a CM 212 EVO) cooler and I could see what it can manage. The chip's already clocked at 3GHz.

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Reply 10 of 25, by xjas

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I don't know how it performs in practice, but my Asus P5Q has A TON of useful options for overclocking in the BIOS. It can also run Xeons and there are some good modded BIOSes floating around for more flexibility. I'm running a Xeon E5440 at the stock 2.83GHz and it is one of the most solid systems I've ever used.

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Reply 11 of 25, by cyclone3d

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PcBytes wrote:

What about the ABIT IP35 Pro? Looks like it has some good OC features.

P35 can't hold a candle to P45 in terms of how high the FSB can be taken, especially on a quad core CPU.

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Reply 12 of 25, by cyclone3d

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The Serpent Rider wrote:
Late ABIT boards are nothing spectacular and very buggy. You'll be very lucky to achieve 500mhz FSB with Core 2 Duo. DFI and Bio […]
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What about the ABIT IP35 Pro

Late ABIT boards are nothing spectacular and very buggy. You'll be very lucky to achieve 500mhz FSB with Core 2 Duo.
DFI and Biostar P45 boards are quite interesting for overclocking too, but good luck finding them. Also they very quirky to tune.

Biostar Tpower I45 was notorious to achieve 700+ mhz FSB.

On LN2. How high can it go on air?

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Reply 13 of 25, by nforce4max

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It is good to see that people are sticking with Intel chipsets for overclocking as Nvidia chipsets are power hogs that said some of the 780/790i boards can clock high provided one manages to deal with the cooling, DDR2-1066 is pretty much the standard for this.

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Reply 14 of 25, by deleted_nk

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In theory, if I managed to snag that Asus 780i board, how would it compare to the P35/45 boards, after getting the chipset cooling up to scratch? I imagine there wouldn't be too much difference in OC performance between them but again experience really counts when OC'ing them.

Reply 15 of 25, by The Serpent Rider

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How high can it go on air?

480-520 with Core 2 Quad and 550+ with Core 2 Duo. I've achieved 540mhz with Core 2 Duo E8400 back when it was still hot stuff.

In theory, if I managed to snag that Asus 780i board, how would it compare to the P35/45 boards

Around 450-500mhz.

I wonder how much can I achieve with a DFI Lanparty DK P45

Same as Biostar - 480+ mhz. But that's FSB alone, without taking into consideration CPU overclock.

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Reply 16 of 25, by deleted_nk

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Ended up snagging that Asus Striker board for a reasonable price, looks like I've gone with nforce here. I've never played with any nforce based board before, so it'll be a bit of a learning experience and an adventure at the same time. Thanks for the suggestions guys, it was greatly appreciated learning about what's the best and whats not in the 775 era 😀

Reply 17 of 25, by xjas

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^^ little tip for dealing with nForce: if you get unexplained failures to boot or freezes halfway through POST, try removing ALL USB devices from every possible port FIRST. Especially non-bootable memory sticks. Every nForce thing I've ever owned, from Mac Minis to high-end ASUS SLI boards, has randomly refused to boot with some USB device or other connected.

I'd even recommend going with a PS/2 keyboard & mouse for this reason, especially if you're doing hardcore tweaking and a lot of reboots. Might save you some aggravation.

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Reply 19 of 25, by cyclone3d

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The Serpent Rider wrote:

How high can it go on air?

480-520 with Core 2 Quad and 550+ with Core 2 Duo. I've achieved 540mhz with Core 2 Duo E8400 back when it was still hot stuff.

Ok.. so around what my Gigabyte board can do on air.

I was running my Gigabyte EP45-UD3P at 480fsb (960Mhz DDR2) with my Q6600 G0 .

And that was only because I was hitting the max that CPU would do. I actually still have that board since it has been returned to me after a family member upgraded.

Now I have some newer CPUs (QX9650 being the best) and will try for higher.

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