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overclocking laptop graphics safe?

Discussion in 'Gaming (Software and Graphics Cards)' started by pcgamer08, Dec 24, 2007.

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  1. pcgamer08

    pcgamer08 Notebook Consultant

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    Hi

    Just a quick question, is it safe to overclock LAPTOP graphics cards.

    I had thought Laptops already get hot, so won't overclocking it increase that and shorten the lifespan even more? and have more risks as if anything goes wrong then you won't be able to replace it?

    I have overclocked my desktop but I don't plan to overclock my laptop and it being new also but just wanted to know out of interest anyway how much of a risk is there especially with a laptop because I read a lot of people that have overclocked theirs.

    thanks
     
  2. usapatriot

    usapatriot Recent Grad Trying to Find His Way

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    It's safe if you know what you are doing.

    Google overclocking guides and it should get you started.

    Anyways, I believe the 8600GT has a temp monitor and as long as you monitor that while overclocking you should be fine.
     
  3. A Led Rock

    A Led Rock Notebook Evangelist

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    where do u look at GPU temp...its not displayed in everest...in fact i dont think everest even detects 8600M GT as my GPU...
     
  4. B2TheEYo

    B2TheEYo Notebook Deity

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    Within consideration it's fine...

    If you OC it so much that it's 10-30 degrees hotter then it usually is.. Then well don't expect it to last a long long time...

    But OC'n 100-150 Mhz and it only being 5 degrees hotter, I'd say you're pretty safe. Both ways in terms of lifespan and extra power.

    Rivatuner, get it or get lost.. LOL jk..
     
  5. usapatriot

    usapatriot Recent Grad Trying to Find His Way

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    Use a dedicated program like RivaTuner, ATItool (Yes, it works with some nVidia cards) or something else to OC, it usually has a temp monitor.
     
  6. pcgamer08

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    Yes I've used riva tuner to overclock my desktop graphics card to its limits and also overclocked the shaders as far as I could go as that made a big difference in games like Crysis and then use ATi tools to scan for artifacts.
     
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    scythie I died for your sins.

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    Exactly.

    Basically, when it comes to overclocking, temperature is the best measure of "safety". Click here for a very good guide on temps. I think ~80C should be safe, while 90+ should cause some concern. Ask the expert overclockers xD;

    Merry Christmas! :)
     
  9. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    There is always a certain amount of risk involved in overclocking. If you are careful you can minimize that risk. We take no responsibility for what you do to your laptop.

    I have had a lot of success overclocking my laptop. I have an ATI Mobility Radeon X700 256MB; stock is 351MHz core: 351MHz memory. I OC'ed it to 412MHz core: 410MHz memory and got beautiful results. Every game I played got a lot smoother, especially the ones I was playing at 1680x1050, and my 3DMark05 score increased from ~2,500 to ~3,300+. Temps barely increase but I make sure I always use a cooling pad to compensate.
     
  10. ikovac

    ikovac Cooler and faster... NBR Reviewer

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    I can only recommend GPU oc. No excessive heat, and much better playability (is there such a word?). :)

    Like Chaz said - learn a bit and try, you'll see the results soon. I haven't seen any cards lost in 10 years of experience, including over 5 years in notebook GPU oc.

    Cheers,

    Ivan
     
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