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hello, I'm new to this overclocking thing and I need help. I have a couple of questions.

1. Yesterday I installed ntune on my notebook. My factory speed of the GPU is 450Mhz(core bus) and 350Mhz(memory bus). I overclocked to 468Mhz(corebus) and 365Mhz(memory bus). I used FEAR to test performance and got an average of 41fps, max 105fps, and lowest 30fps. This is big jump from before. However, I want to overclock more. When I do this, the test performance actually DECREASES. am I doing something wrong?

2. A couple of days ago, I installed Rivatuner v2.1, and I set it to "mask hardware settings." and program Geforce. After I did this, I rebooted as prompted and when my pc reloaded, some driver was installed on the notebook and I ended up having a 7650 gs video card.(originally it was 7600 Go). And there was a big increase in performance. (test performance on FEAR lowest was 45fps!!) I emailed Alienware about it and they said that I shouldn't overclock because it would "void" my warranty and they gave me the old 7600 video driver to reinstall into my PC. When I tried to install the driver, it wouldn't let me and said that I didn't have a Vista OS.(which I clearly had.) I tried returning the registry settings back to normal with the option that rivatuner gives but still..no results. So I restored the notebook back to normal factory conditions, using the "Alienware Respawn" CD. So what exactly happened?? Can Any body help me? I'm going back to Rivatuner since it gives me more GPU power, but before then I need some guidance..
Thank you
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hello, I'm new to this overclocking thing and I need help. I have a couple of questions.

1. Yesterday I installed ntune on my notebook. My factory speed of the GPU is 450Mhz(core bus) and 350Mhz(memory bus). I overclocked to 468Mhz(corebus) and 365Mhz(memory bus). I used FEAR to test performance and got an average of 41fps, max 105fps, and lowest 30fps. This is big jump from before. However, I want to overclock more. When I do this, the test performance actually DECREASES. am I doing something wrong?

2. A couple of days ago, I installed Rivatuner v2.1, and I set it to "mask hardware settings." and program Geforce. After I did this, I rebooted as prompted and when my pc reloaded, some driver was installed on the notebook and I ended up having a 7650 gs video card.(originally it was 7600 Go). And there was a big increase in performance. (test performance on FEAR lowest was 45fps!!) I emailed Alienware about it and they said that I shouldn't overclock because it would "void" my warranty and they gave me the old 7600 video driver to reinstall into my PC. When I tried to install the driver, it wouldn't let me and said that I didn't have a Vista OS.(which I clearly had.) I tried returning the registry settings back to normal with the option that rivatuner gives but still..no results. So I restored the notebook back to normal factory conditions, using the "Alienware Respawn" CD. So what exactly happened?? Can Any body help me? I'm going back to Rivatuner since it gives me more GPU power, but before then I need some guidance..
Thank you
1. Nice results. The declined performance with higher clocks is likely due to overheating.

2. No idea. But loosing warranty on a laptop isn't the best of ideas

General comments: be VERY VERY careful when overclocking a laptop. It's a tight environment with inadequate cooling. You'll overheat it before you know it, and I am sure that if that happens, Alienware will give you a heap of trouble with warranty.
    
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Overclocking a laptop doesn't sound like the wisest idea to me, considering the restricted amount of area for air flow and heat dissapation. Like Chozart said (I'll get you next time!), be very careful or don't do it at all. Benefit/Risk analysis is in order here, and the Jury's conclusion right now is the Risk isn't worth the Benefit.
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Overclocking a laptop doesn't sound like the wisest idea to me, considering the restricted amount of area for air flow and heat dissapation. Like Chozart said (I'll get you next time!), be very careful or don't do it at all. Benefit/Risk analysis is in order here, and the Jury's conclusion right now is the Risk isn't worth the Benefit.
Yeah I should listen to you guys, the pros. But, it is VERY nice to play FEAR on overclock. I'll go back to factory settings. thanks.
You guys have any other tips?
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