Overclocking Area 51-m i7-9700k & RTX 2070?

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  1. MorphineX

    MorphineX Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just purchased mine from Dell instead of a reseller with 3 year warranty (they have 15% off sale now) and I have a few questions as a newbie to the forum and overclocking --

    Is the bios smart enough to prevent me from frying the laptop? Will Dell know if I set something wrong the fried it and refuse to honor the warranty?

    On userbenchmark, I see people post their benchmark on their system and I see number that vary significantly even though the CPU / GPU is the same -- like

    https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/16516989
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    https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/15288498

    Why does it vary so much? Don't people want to keep CPU turbo up to 4.9? or GPU CLim to 2250 Mhz? Is there a simple overclocking step by step for dummies? Most of what I've read so far is very technical, and someone even pried open up a CPU just to add some thermal paste - does CPU turbo to 4.9 require prying open CPU?

    Anyways, tips would be awesome!

    Thanks
     
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    ThatOldGuy Notebook Virtuoso

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    Gsync/Vsync was on for that low GPU score. 144HZ is the refresh rate, hence the about 140 FPS average. The CPU was also clocked in at 4.55. No way to tell if they were throttling, or thasts just where they clocked it to.

    No bios is "Smart" per say. You should be tuning the voltage on this thing yourself. Don't rely on Dell.

    I would not recommend this laptop at the moment to anyone who doesn't have a spare around. (they say things are fixed, but who knows if they still are shipping non-fixed stock). Would wait to midsummer if you really want it.

    I also would not recommend this laptop (or any gaming laptop for that matter) for anyone not willing to open it up and reapply paste.
     
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    MorphineX Notebook Enthusiast

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    Can you explain about what's broken?
     
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    ThatOldGuy Notebook Virtuoso

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    No one can... Dell gives no straight answer. They (A Dell tech in a chat session, and various sources from suppliers) say that they changes some components on the RTX gpus and applied a Bios fix for burning out RTX 2080s. No official word from Dell management, what if anything was done though. Or what the original problem actually was, or how many units have been affected.

    For reference I've had mine almost 2 months with 0 problems. I think it would have died by now knowing the loads I put it though, but I ain't selling my other laptop any time soon ;).
     
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    I was thinking with the lower spec of i7-9700k and RTX 2070, thermals wouldn't be a concern if I push the clock speed a bit -- but did you have HIDEvolution delidded other special changes to OC?
     
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    I got mine direct from Dell. Did my own thermal paste and repad job. Thermals were not a big issue. Think way too much stock voltage is/was an issue. Undervolted everything
     
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