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Topic # 62970 18-Jun-2010 09:34
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hey guys, i have a new laptop with a i3 33m 2.13ghz processor, ive been reading up on overclocking. some say dont overclock the i3s they will stop working, others say they are gr8 for overclocking so i cant get a straight answer, should i do it?

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  Reply # 342874 18-Jun-2010 09:41
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The first question to ask, is why? Why do you want to overclock it? What are you hoping to do once it is overclocked? Generally speaking overclocking laptops is not a good idea due to the low spec cooling found inside.

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  Reply # 342877 18-Jun-2010 09:44
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its not able to handle what im doin, almost but not quite, i run videos/music through the HDMI output while playing games, also with some of the latest games its not running them as good as it could it had 1g graphics so i figured its the processor, some games that run fine on laptop screen dont run fine while using HDMI output. unless im wrong about the processor? im running windows 7 64bit with 4g DDR3 ram.

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  Reply # 342892 18-Jun-2010 10:03
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The problem with OC'ing a laptop, as stated above is that it comes at a cost in terms of battery life and cooling. I wouldn't personally recommend overclocking a CPU in a laptop for the above reasons, chances are if you're having problems with your HDMI output, you should have a look at your GPU drivers etc.

What would be handy would be if you had a look @ your CPU utilisation when running on the laptops screen cw on a HDMI screen... Are you using different resolutions on your HDMI screen? What GPU do you have in it, or are you just relying on an integrated GPU?

From what you have mentioned in your two posts I would expect you to be GPU bound rather than CPU bound. It could be that your GPU simply isn't able to play a video at the same time as playing a game on another screen.

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  Reply # 342896 18-Jun-2010 10:09
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yeah different resolutions, ive got a ATI mobility radeon HD 5650. im not worried about battery life as its plugd in 99% of the time, but yeh i dont want it overheating

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  Reply # 342899 18-Jun-2010 10:12
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Yeah, more than likely you'll be GPU bound. You *could* look at OCing your GPU, but I would NOT recommend doing that in a laptop environment, as good as ATI's GPUs are.

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  Reply # 342902 18-Jun-2010 10:15
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alright ill leave it as is, i can stream to my xbox for videos anyway and that doesnt affect my laptop gaming, thanks for the help.

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