Re: 3DMark06 Benchmark Results
Well the Q6600 g0 (at least mine) will run 3.2Ghz @ a VCore of only 1.41250V. I've tried lower, but it isnt stable while running my stability testing apps (Prime95, OCCT, 3DMark06, & Super-Pi. If it fails ANY of them, I dont use that CPU setting). Anyway, this is more then low enough to keep temps in check. At that voltage, I get an average core temp of ~40*C (idle) & 54*C (load). As you probably know, its the voltage and not the actual clock speed which determines how hot your CPU is going to get (well, the vast majority of it anyway).
Keep in mind that I live in San Diego, CA and that its been in the high 80s/low 90s (*F) recently... and I don't have AC for the moment, since the compressor died a few weeks ago... UGG!
With your CPU @ 3.2Ghz you should see quite a jump in performance.
edit: BTW; what CPU cooler are you using in the Q6600/280GTX rig?
Ultra M998 mid-ATX case
SilenX 650W 14dB SLI Power Supply Unit
Nvidia/EVGA 780i tri-SLi motherboard
Intel Q6600 quad core @ 3.4GHz (3.6 for benchmarking)
2GB OCZ ReaperX HPC Edition PC9200 DDR2 RAM (2x1GB)
2x EVGA 9600GT SC in SLI (750/1100Mhz over-clock)
2x WD Raptor HDD (1x 36GB; 1x 74GB)
Samsung Spinpoint HDD (250GB)
Thermalright TRUE-120 w/ dual 120mm fans in push-pull config.
Windows Vista Home Professional w/ SP1 (32-bit)
Samsung SyncMaster 206BW 20" LCD display (1680x1050)
3DMark06: 17,420 Points