zrock_87
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Overclocking XPS 420

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Hi,

I havent done this yet but is it safe to use software to overclock only .1-.2ghz on q6600 since we cant do anything in the bios even though its OUR not dell's computer anymore.  I'll be using clockgen by the way.

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Davet50
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Quads at the moment are more suited at running intense graphics processing like crunching videos rather than gaming as most games are not written to take advantage of the 4 cores. so in essence unles you are doing a lot of graphical applictions at the present the performance increase is not all that great.

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RobinBredin
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Hi zrock_87, Found this on YouTube for you HERE. Not for the faint hearted.

      

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zrock_87
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buddy, I see that but I have no intention of going berserk with the whole overclocking thing and then using q6600 for grilling bbq.  I only wanna overclock a little bit which stays stable on STOCK COOLING.  I was just asking if software would be ok and not messing up other components if you know what i mean.  

Thanks for the vid, I already saw it but way too fussy and not to mention "risky".

Hanspuppa
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Hello zrock_87, There are ways to overclock the Q6600 CPU.

The way many do this is a hardware modification. While it appears to be reasonably easy to do, I would not recommed it at all.

If it fails, so does the Q6600, and maybe even the motherboard and memory, and who knows what else.

By overclocking the Q6600 to the 1333 mhz clock speed, you could also install 1066 mhz memory, instead of the maximum 800 mhz memory

But by the time you do all this, for a little more money you could just upgrade to a newer system with the specifications that would be more to your likeing.

Just some thoughts.

contrvlr
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 not to mention "risky".

Not to mention impossible with the Dell bios.

I've not heard of Clockgen being able to work with the 420 ( does on some 410 mb's ).

The other option is the pin mod that many here have done

http://www.flickr.com/photos/osunick/2474963684/

The stock Dell cooler has proven to be satisfactory for this.

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zrock_87
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I see what are you saying but I dont plan on doing any of that.  I would just like to bump up the cpu speed only by .1 or .2ghz stable.  I was just wondering if it would be safe to do it by the software.  Thats it.  Thanks.

contrvlr
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Such a small bump in speed would only be noticed in benchmarks, and then not alot of increase in performance.

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zrock_87
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When i responded before I hadnt read about the bsel mod or the tape mod.  So what you are saying that the dell cooling is adequate for like 3.0ghz but is it really worth voiding your warranty lol.  Very risky to get a little bit of performance increase lol.  🙂

Hanspuppa
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I see what are you saying but I dont plan on doing any of that.  I would just like to bump up the cpu speed only by .1 or .2ghz stable.  I was just wondering if it would be safe to do it by the software.  Thats it.  Thanks.

Hello zrock_87, You would not see any real performance increase with that small of an increase.

Even if it would be possible, you would be adjusting the memory speed as well, since the BIOS has a CPU/Ram ration to be considered here.

You would need some extremely good memory to tolerate this overclock.

The tape mod is one of the mods I was referring to.

It would void any Dell warranty and may result in a system that would not boot at all.

It is just not woth the experiment, in my opinion.

Just some thoughts.

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zrock_87
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I see what are you saying.  But, Dell should really consider unlocking the bios because once you buy it its yours you know and Dell really shouldnt "control" us like that especially the xps desktops.  Thanks for the help guys, I'll just stick with the stock speed.  emoticon.Sad.title

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