View Full Version : How far will a Core 2 duo e6600 OC on its stock cooler?

12-28-06, 02:01 PM
How far will a Core 2 duo e6600 OC on its stock cooler? I'm just wondering how far I can go before getting a better cooler.

12-28-06, 02:15 PM
Well, I couldn't OC mine at all because of a heat issue. It was running really hot to begin with (idling around 46C) and when I bumped it to 3GHz, I was idling at 70C, getting up to 77C when I ran Prime95. The thermal throttling kicked in and it was down in the 1GHz range.

After that happened, my CPU started running really cool (idles around 30 now and gets up to low-40s at full-load). I haven't tried OCing again since that first time, but I guess a lot of people have had tremendous luck with just the stock heatsink. Give it a shot. :)

Single Player
12-28-06, 04:15 PM
d-mn!! WTH? i'm running @ stock speed. Using zalman 9500 and my temps are Idie 45, load never goes over 50 well when playing some games/

12-28-06, 04:35 PM
I would'nt even overclock it until you get a decent cooler for overclocking ,because the stock cooler runs warm to begain with,Just get you a Zalman 9500 or 9700 or some other brand that is good ,Heat is what kills your cpu so you would'nt want to overclock to far with a stock cooler just check your tempertures if you do ,I have a P180 case and a Zalman
CNPS 9500 LED and mine sets at 32c idle and my loads run around 48c ,plus I have mine overclocked to 3.6gigs ,but I only needed to increase my voltage to 1.35v ,but the Bios shows it as 1.31v.,That is where the heat really comes in, when you have to start raiseing the CPU voltage.

12-28-06, 07:14 PM
See loads of people getting high overclocks with the stock cooler but funny enough no one has said anything about temps.

Xion X2
12-28-06, 10:30 PM
How much you can overclock on the stock cooler really depends on how good of a chip you got. It all depends on the voltage you have to push through the chip. Some guys can hit 3.7-3.8gHz on air w/ an E6600 because they only have to push 1.35-1.4v through it. In my case, without water, I'd only be able to hit 3.2-3.3 if I wanted to run Prime95 w/o melting my core. Mine requires a lot more voltage.

But the stock Intel fan isn't that great. It's a good idea to go w/ an aftermarket cooler.

12-29-06, 04:43 PM
If you are not planning on doing an insane oc (no more then 3.3 Ghz)
Grab this...


01-13-07, 08:07 PM
Yeah, I got the E6600 just recently and with the stock Heat sink mine was idleing at like 70C so I bought a $17 heat sink and now its between 30C-40C. without over clocking

01-13-07, 10:18 PM
What are the stock HSFs like on these Core 2 Duos now?

Years ago, the stock HSF was just a barely acceptable aluminum-finned, fan-topped POS. Then as the CPUs got hotter and hotter, the stock HSFs got better, I think even incorporating some heatpipes in some of the last P4 units, IIRC.

Are we back to the cheap POS-style again? Or are they decent/quiet?