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 Post subject: Is my laptop safe to overclock?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:00 pm 
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I just got an Alienware m5500 with a 2.0 core 2 duo, a 256 MB Nvidia card. I'm not sure what PSU I have (where can I find it in Vista?).

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 2:56 pm 
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Uh why would you overclock a laptop, it would burn even more.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:51 pm 
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Laptops are made to very close tolerances. And coming from Alienware, if it could be safely overclocked, it would be.

I wouldn't touch overclocking on a laptop. It simply cannot handle the additional heat and you will greatly shorten the lifespan.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:39 am 
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I know I'm parroting what everyone else has said, but you should never consider over-clocking a laptop. Don't even let the thought enter your head... Period... That is unless you enjoy having third degree burns on your lap.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:47 pm 
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C2D's run cool. Take it up slowly.


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Never overclock a laptop. When he says a c2d runs cool, that does not mean anything when you talk about a laptop. They do not run cool in laptops because they have smaller heatsinks and they are more compact so they take alot of heat from the video portion too.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:25 pm 
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Just to throw in my own experience, when Neverwinter Nights originally came out around the summer of 2002, I used to overclock my laptop's video chip all the time just to play it.

Granted it's just an ATI Rage 128 Mobility (sitting next to a desktop P3 1000EB), I still pushed the GPU & Memory clocks into the red with Powerstrip v2.78 and the game worked.

As for a decrease in lifespan, 5 years later I'm posting this message on the same laptop.


Just something to think about.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:05 pm 
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Roger that Flytrap! I've overclocked my 8600M just to squeeze more performance out of Bioshock. Hasn't burned me so far! :D


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Ah yes. But all it takes is one overheat = damage to learn an extremely expensive lesson about overclocking not being covered by warranty with laptops. What works for your much older laptop certainly can't be applied to this one.

Hell, that long ago, those video adapters hardly even put off any heat compared to todays solutions.


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Compared to today's solutions, yes, but to a certain extent. You can use programs to monitor temps, just like with desktops. ATITool works beautifully and hasn't failed me yet. In other words, I'll know when I've gone too far.

It's exactly like desktop overclocking - if done correctly, it's just about as safe as stock.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:53 am 
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Quakindude wrote:
Hell, that long ago, those video adapters hardly even put off any heat compared to todays solutions.



You'd be surprised.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:03 pm 
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Flytrap7 wrote:
Quakindude wrote:
Hell, that long ago, those video adapters hardly even put off any heat compared to todays solutions.



You'd be surprised.


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It's not worth it running 3D Mark on that laptop.


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beteks wrote:
It's not worth it running 3D Mark on that laptop.



Why not?

I've currently got the top record at Futuremark for that chipset. Had to beat out a couple of Dell Latitudes to get it though.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:38 pm 
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because it's missing a keyboard and all that. :lol:


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