Dell Precision M4300 safe overclocking

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  1. Jake7712

    Jake7712 Newbie

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    Hello everybody,
    If I get a Dell precision M4300 and it had a Core 2 Duo with 2.40 GHz, and I am planning to overclock it, to 2.80 GHz, would that be dangerous to the hardware? It is the minimum my favorite PC game will run at, so if it is okay to clock it at that that would be great! Please reply!
     
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    How exactly do you intend to overclock it? Most OEM's can't be OC'd.

    On a standard system, and esp for Intel chips, a 10-15% overclock is just fine, with good cooling.

    In short, yes, no prob.
     
  3. K-TRON

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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    Any processor in any machine can be overclocked, if you have a bit of courage, intelligence, and know how to use a soldering iron. Every chipset manufacturer posts its white papers online for public view. If you spend enough time looking through them, you can change the FSB of any chipset, thus changing the overall clock speed of the processor. It is risky business, so do not expect it to work every time. You need good solder skills, high quality copper wire, and the right orientation of pins on the board.

    My T7600G in my Dell E1505 has been wire modded to run at 3.16GHz for the past four years. I lock the fans to full speed, and it never breaks a sweat.

    Chris
     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    With the Core 2s, you can usually change the FSB clock with utilities like SetFSB as well, it still requires a fair amount of research. Aside from that, be careful and go at it in small increments.
     
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    Long time no see K-TRON, how ist your D900K?
     
  6. K-TRON

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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    I finally got it working perfectly, so I boxed it up and put it in storage. This summer, I unscrewed the cover, took it out, powered it up and surprise surprise it was up to the same old not working right. The keyboard wasn't working, and it was randomly freezing up again. Talk about a waste of $7 grand :(
    The original harddrives have just 106 hours on them.

    My Dell E1505 went through six hard drives (each replaced at ~ 4000 hours), accumulating just shy of 28,000 hours so far. Overclocked from 2.33 to 3.16GHz for 4 years now. With 4Gb of ram and a 512GB M4 Crucial SSD Windows XP is blazing fast. Despite all of the BS online of XP not working with SSD's, I have yet to see any speed depreciation over the last 2000 hours of use.

    Chris
     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    The way I understood it, it's just that garbage collection wasn't as efficient as with an OS that supports TRIM. If you've got enough free space, you shouldn't feel any performance dip. If I recall correctly, the M4's GC without TRIM is also not the worse so that may help.

    Nice OC on the CPU by the way.
     
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