The BIOS utility for the P8P67 Pro B3 Board has an EZ Mode that allows you to select from 3 performance presets: Powersaving, Normal, and Overclock mode. When I set it to Overclock, the system becomes unstable - won't bootup or will freeze during some operation.
There is also a tool for overclocking from within Windows after bootup. Again, anything other than the stock setting causes instability.
I had hoped to overclock the traditional manual way, but don't think it's a good idea if the presets don't work. I was wondering if anyone else had similar problems or should I disregard the presets.
16 GB RAM
installing any of those utilities on the mobo disk is a bad idea for that matter anything on the disk (all drivers should be downloaded other than the NIC so you can get on the internet)
OCing needs to be done in the bios not thru software
@ Scott: thanks for that advice. I planned to OC the traditional way. I just thought it strange that the OC preset designed for its own board would be unstable. It actually pushed the clock speed to 4.3Ghz. Not too conservative, is it?
The software is part of the BIOS utility. It has an EZ Mode and AI advanced (manual) mode.
I did read a big piece about easy -step by step- 2600k overclocking but i'm dutch and will spare you my funny language.
But it's very easy in general and a lot off the new 1155 motherboards like Asus also does have a very nice OC app included for clocking to +/- 5 GHz.
Actually, in my case, the auto-overclock setting not only set the multiplier to 43x, but also raised the BCLK from its stock 100MHz to 103MHz, resulting in an overall clock speed of 4.429GHz. However, some i7-2600K CPUs start running unstably at this slightly elevated BCLK setting.
@RjL I noticed the 103Mhz. You call 4.429 GHz "slightly elevated"? That's what I'm trying to say. The factory overclock preset seems pretty aggresive to me. I would think it should be a starting point. But oh, well. Maybe I'll just disregard it altogether.
Here's the Asus ''easy to OC'' board
My Q6600 is with org. cooler and no OC 65 degrees celcius, with 30 % OC and zalman cnps 7500 cpu cooler below 60 degrees celsius.