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overclocking an Asus laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by compman91, Dec 5, 2007.

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  1. compman91

    compman91 Notebook Guru

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    is overclocking healthy for the computer? if it is, would it be healthy to regularly overclock the processor? (daily):confused:
     
  2. psun786

    psun786 Notebook Evangelist

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    This is a relative question.

    Overclocking a processor means having the CPU run above the tested clock set by the manufacture. The result is more power consumption and heat output.

    There are two ways a processor can be damaged by overlocking.

    1. electron degradation.
    2. overheating.

    These two side effect will increase as you increasing voltage feed to the processor to achieve higher clock. If you can keep them within a safe range. There won't be a significant downside of overclocking.

    However, overclocking is not very practical in notebooks for two reasons:

    1. heat from overclocking are not easily dissipated in a notebook.
    2. overclocking require more voltage which decrease the battery life dramastically.

    In general, almost all CPUs can be safely overclocked to certain amount. It depends on VID down to particular CPU. C2D for example, is a great overclocker. Most Q6600 2.4Ghz step 0 desktop CPU can overclocked to 3.6Ghz without sacrifice reliability.

    *I believe MSI is one of the very few if not only manufacture that has a notebook model with minimum overclockability.
     
  3. Clutch66

    Clutch66 Notebook Consultant

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    Generally, it's not a good idea to overclock a laptop, especially if you have no idea what you're doing.

    Remember that the warranty on laptops is for the entire thing, so voiding it in 1 area (processor by overclocking) will void the entire warranty.

    Custom built desktops are a different story. I have my Core 2 constantly overclocked by 66%.
     
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