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So yeah, I'm new. Sorta kinda new to overclocking, but in the end its basically open program, slide sliders, test, rinse and repeat (I know it gets more complicated than that btw). Anyways, my gaming rig is a laptop. I like portability, and my laptop offers it. It has a 6550m which plays games like a champ (paired with a nice Core i5 480m). I can max out Crysis on 720p, for example... anyways, so yeah. I have an issue which I tried Googling an answer to but couldn't find. The stock speeds of the 6550m are 600/800. My first try with overclocking was with Sapphire Trixx and it didn't work, but messing with that and MSI Afterburner managed to trick the computer in such a way I could overclock it. Since I don't want to bother messing with crashing machines and that sort of stuff, I stuck with an overclock of 725/925. I did gain some sweet FPS in some games, like from 22 to 30 FPS in BF3. There are 2 separate issues here. The first issue is minor, but is confused because of what I read online. People have overclocked my chip to more than 800/1100, yet when I go over 725/925, the AMD driver crashes after 2 minutes. I over-overclocked (750/975 by accident) once playing TF2 and it ran stable for half and hour till it crashed. So my first question is: Why is it crashing? (btw I updated my drivers since then.) My next question is gameplay changing. Every half a minute or so, the GPU load will decrease to about %50 for about 5-10 seconds, resulting is slow gameplay for a few seconds. This is incredibly annoying. Reducing to 700/900 decreases these lag bursts to about 1-2 seconds which is more acceptable, but it still bugs me why I can't overclock further. I haven't touched the voltages and I'm not planning to, I'm not sure what the deal is with voltage and laptops and nothing on the Internet has helped. My GPU hits 75C, which is acceptable according to what I know, as apparently I can go over 80C and I'll still be fine. My CPU, on a side note, can hit 97C without additional cooling, but as it's max is 105C, I'm not worried about that.

Anyways, in a nutshell, help. hmmsmiley02.gif

And don't post BS about not overclocking laptops and how it's dangerous. It's perfectly safe.

EDIT I just realized this post might just be in the wrong section... ah well. Anyways, so yeah. A little about me then, right? So I'm a Steam user, I love it. I have the Orange Box and other Valve games and I hate consoles. Laptops are my first choice of gaming as I travel. Not frequently, but it's still nice to take TF2 with me everywhere. I have a cat, not that anyone cares. Oh, and I prefer AMD ever since I found out about all the PhysX stuffs with Nvidia and the fact that Nvidia laptops are expensive. Oh, and I roll with the username "anonymousgamer". That's just me, really. Anyways, my choice in games is FPS, Racing, and Third Person. Oh, and a useful thing to know is I use a cooling pad. Not a good one, but it does its job.

EDIT 2 And I tend to edit my posts a bit biggrin.gif
Edited by an0nym0usgamer - 8/23/12 at 7:08pm
post #2 of 8
You're at 97C when the processor is rated for 105C?

Please stick that thing in a freezer

Some chips are different from the other. Just because someone else can do 800/1100, doesn't mean you can go there too.

As for stability, use something like Heaven Benchmark 2.0. It's better than testing with TF2 as it runs through everything.
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You're at 97C when the processor is rated for 105C?
Please stick that thing in a freezer
Some chips are different from the other. Just because someone else can do 800/1100, doesn't mean you can go there too.
As for stability, use something like Heaven Benchmark 2.0. It's better than testing with TF2 as it runs through everything.

The processor runs fine.... as far as I'm concerned, I have no issues with it. And, I used both Uningine Tropics and Heaven. I haven't tested Heaven with the crashing, but if TF2 crashes... well, that's an issue.
post #4 of 8
It is running fine, but its life is degrading. I would suggest cleaning the laptop a little bit
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Aircan? Because I'm not the type to take apart computers. Inexperience, you see.
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Aircan? Because I'm not the type to take apart computers. Inexperience, you see.

Air duster will do

Just make sure you get every part
post #7 of 8
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I'll try that.

I'll also try lowering the core clock while increasing the memory clock.
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Originally Posted by an0nym0usgamer View Post

Aircan? Because I'm not the type to take apart computers. Inexperience, you see.


There is always a time to learn : )

I would take the whole laptop apart and star reapplying the thermal past and thermal pads on the motherboard. It is actually fairly simple to do, and there are many videos on youtube to reference.

Lastly, you might want to take a look at the type of fans you are using in your laptop. If for any reason you think you can replace them, then do so.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4820K Gigabyte X79 UP4 GTX 660 (waiting for new AMD cards) Samsung green  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Adata SP900  Seagate 2TB hard drive (the power of 1 edition)  Custom WC Loop Linux (various versions) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster T240HD Coolermaster XT Green switches XFX 1000w Corsair 800D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga Epic 2014 edition Razer Vespula Stax Lambda Nova Classic Custom DIY DAC 
AudioAudioOther
300b PP monoblocks Snell J3 NZXT Hue 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz 8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz EVGA X99 SR?  AMD 390x 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveCooling
AMD 390x 128 GB ECC DDR4  1TB PCI-e SSD Custom WC Loop 
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