you could just clock the 260 back up in the drivers ya know... you have to expect to go through setup frills and hoops when you buy an OEM- either crapware or something else.
Welcome to the forums! Once we get you all settled in and running well, I'd invite you to join our Folding@Home team
. Your video card would be a great points producer and you'll be helping Stanford University finds cures for things like Cancer!
There is probably a reason for underclocking the gpu ya know,im thinking the lappy has not got proper cooling for the card and thats why they had to underclock it.Overclocking it could course all sorts of bad and probably void ya warranty.
First off, it's not a laptop. It's a desktop. Secondly, using EVGA's Precision program you can overclock fairly safely. Since you can't adjust the voltages with Precision, there's VERY little chance you'd damage the card.
First off, download GPU-z
and see what the actual clock speeds are set to. Also, see if it has 192 or 216 shader processors. Then, download EVGA Precision v 1.8.1
. Set the GTX 260 to these stock clocks:
576 - Core
1272 - Shaders
1998 - Memory
Then, set the fan speed to 75%. Click Apply, but don't click on Apply at Windows Start Up just yet. We will need more info.
Once you figure out if you have 216 or 192 shaders, we can go from there and overclock the card a bit more. I *think* all the GTX 260's going out now that have 1792Mb of on-board ram have 216 Shader processors, or SP. That computer comes with a 475W Dell PSU. Dell PSU's are pretty decent, so no issues there.
Once you've got it all setup with those two programs, use Furmark
to check for temps and stability under load. That Dell case should provide enough airflow for moderate video card overclocking. But we will see once we get there. You need to let us know what temps you're hitting at stock clocks in Furmark using the Stability test with Xtreme mode enabled. If the temps go over 75Â°, just hit the Esc key to stop it and we will go from there.
The more info you give me, the more help I can give you. So please take note of all the things I've mentioned and report back here. It would help if you posted a screen shot of it.