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Windows 7: Help is it possible to overclock a laptop?

17 Oct 2011   #1

windows 7 home basic x64
Help is it possible to overclock a laptop?

hi, well i was wondering if it was possible to overclock a laptop. one of the flaws of the laptop is its processor speed. and i dont know if its possible and dont get mad if im wrong i would like to overclock this laptop.

also i was checking to see if Cod 5 worked since cod 4 MW worked on my laptop. and something funny came up in the CPU speed part.

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17 Oct 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Overclocking a laptop really, really, isnt a good idea.. Heat is a very real problem. You can melt your lappy if you are not careful and knowledgeable.
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18 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Yes, as Zigzag says.

Laptop cpu's run very hot anyway due to the confined space, overclocking them will increase the heat further and may cause big problems.

Most laptops don't have any options in the bios for overclocking and for good reason.

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18 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Usually it's not even possible. As laptops are made by various mfg's and often all of the BIOS features that you would need are removed from your control by the mfg.

In the event that you did manage to get access to the features needed, now you have a major heat problem...and you cannot easily go in and change cooling options from within the laptop.

It's best to just leave laptops alone. They aren't beasts of computers anyway. Power supplies are just sufficient, fans are just sufficient, hard drives are generally slow anyway.
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18 Oct 2011   #5

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

All three previous answers are spot on. We see lots of people asking to speed up there laptops but overclocking but for a few super laptop exceptions is ill advised. Please look to save your money and purchase ram (prices are dropping like mad) and max the allowable ram of the system. Then grab a SSD and a 2.5" hard drive enclosure and swap the internal slow spinner for the SSD and gain blazing start up and program load speeds and still have your spinner for data storage and or back up but now via a usb connector. If you are using the original spinner hard drive and have limited ram in either 32 or 64 bit systems then you can try speeding things up with ready boost. It's a inexpensive way to speed things up but not near as good as adding ram. Everyone has extra stick/pen drives or an extra sd card around and if it's fast enough then it will learn over time to boost the system. Work with what you have but don't push what you have to the breaking point. Desktops are much more customizeable with cooling and overclock solutions. Laptops sadly are wickedly poor for heat and bios and power supply reasons. Start planning out a desktop system and go long as like stock market investments you can afford to lose what you overclock?????
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18 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7x64 SP1

It really just depends on the machine you have, but that goes for just about everything. Big issue with laptops is they are not usually designed to deal with the extreme heat that overclocking can bring, but there are rare exceptions. On top of that laptop bios are usually locked down meaning they offer no kind of overclocking functions or options at all, even gaming laptops are very limited compared to desktops. Even with all that though there are ways around it with software that will allow you to manipulate either multipliers or memory clocks to give a rugged overclock. Looking at the machine you have posted in your system specs i would not recommend trying to overclock it. Either invest in a better laptop or just stick with overclocking desktops as they offer much more bang for your buck. To answer your question though yes you can overclock your machine but at a risk to your machine.

On the other side though i own a NP7280 which is a gaming notebook. As far as gaming machines are concerned there are not many desktops that have been able to beat this current machine. But it is a matter of cost these machines are not cheap and unless you travel a lot like me and dropping 5k on a machine doesn't make you bat an eye then i would suggest it. You can see the specs of my machine at the bottom.
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18 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

If you want to keep it, No.

For the same reasons already listed.
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24 Oct 2011   #8

windows 7 home basic x64

thanks all for the advice. i wont even try haha.
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27 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

Just to clarify, it is theoretically possible, but not really easy to do or a good idea.

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05 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional 32

I overclock my laptops. Not all the time, but when I'm playing games it helps. It really depends on your processor. Most manufacturers offer a wide range of processor speeds on the same laptop with the same cooling. I have 2 laptops of the same make, one has a TK-42 (20W TDP), and the other has a TL-66 (35W TDP). That's a 15 watt difference! It only seems logical that you could push lower end processors to slightly higher speeds and the cooling would handle it.

For example, I have an amd based netbook that has choppy playback on hd youtube videos. After a small 200mhz overclock they play smoothly. The temperature only goes up about 8 degrees under load. You could do an overclock and run super pi to see if it's stable. If the overclock isn't stable, then it isn't meant to be.

I use "setcpu" and or "rmclock". It's super easy to do, all you have to know is your clock chip info. More than likely someone has figured it out, just google your laptop series + overclock.
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