[Overclocking] 9500M GS Worth it?

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  1. Undertaxxx

    Undertaxxx Notebook Consultant

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    Hi,

    I've always wanted to maximize performance and increase the potential of my notebook.
    My Gpu (9500M GS 512) runs a little hot already ( 60c idle to 85c max).
    I've applied thermal paste etc. Now my question:
    - Is it a good idea to overclock this gpu? Will it fry it?
    - Will it be worth it? Will i actually see alot of difference?
    - How do I overlock safely and without taking risks of a brick..

    Thx
     
  2. TehSuigi

    TehSuigi Notebook Virtuoso

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    -Is it a good idea? Only if you know what you're doing. Overclocking too much can cause unstable systems or worse, permanent damage.
    -Will it be worth it? Totally situational. My overclock netted me about 1000 more points in 3DMark06, and the games I play (TF2 & Audiosurf) run better at higher settings (even turned 2x AA/AF on for TF2!).
    -How do I overclock safely? The same way everyone does - take baby steps in increasing clocks (10 MHz at a time for core, 5 for memory), and test stability constantly using something like 3DMark06 or ATiTool's artifact test. The latter is an exceptionally good tool for finding your OC's stability.
    There are a few good guides out there - seek them out, and play it safe.

    I personally did 5 MHz steps on the core while running ATiTool constantly, which took me to about 475 before I started noticing artifacts, then stepping back to 460 where it ran an hour without artifacts. I later stepped down again to 450 just to be safe. Ditto for the core. The shader clocks can be unlinked, by the way, and I knew I was able to get all the way up to 1425 MHz from prior overclocking.
     
  3. Undertaxxx

    Undertaxxx Notebook Consultant

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    I'll leave oc'ing my GPU for what it is ;)

    I heard rumours about the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650... Some said it'll be a possible upgrade for the 5920G!

    So im waiting for news on that before i destroy my current card..

    Thx for the reply
     
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    TehSuigi Notebook Virtuoso

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    Undertaxxx, there is exactly one semi-confirmed upgraded 5920G with the Radeon HD 4650, but it's on a Turkish forum and nobody's posted on it in a few weeks.
    One of our own members is pulling the upgrade themselves, of course.
     
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    ilikepie Notebook Enthusiast

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    I probably wouldnt 85 is getting close to the danger point of gpus and overclocking will only maker it hotter.
     
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