So you just installed the latest sequel ofyour favorite video game series on yourlaptop, but somehow things dont quite looklike how they did at the E3 demo. In fact, thegame looks even worse than the last one inthe series.
This isnt some glitch, nor is it a scam onthe part of the games developer. Rather,its a sign that it may be time for you tothink about upgrading your three-year-oldlaptop. Problem is, getting ahold of laptopreplacement parts isnt as easy (or cheap)as with desktops.
Laptops are portable by definition,necessitating the construction of laptopparts to be as lightweight and compact aspossible. This makes it especially hard forconsumers to find laptop spare parts whenthey really need them.
As such, most laptop users are forced tobuy a new laptop instead when theircurrent one just isnt up to the taskanymore. However, there is anotheroption they can turn to: Overclocking thelaptops GPU. Granted, a new laptoppurchase is inevitable. Nevertheless,overclocking will stave off that purchaselong enough for the consumer to saveup enough cash.
And what exactly is overclocking? In anutshell, it is the increasing of the clockedspeeds of computer parts. The generalidea is that most parts are designated withsignificantly lower speed than their ceilingsactually allow. Through certainmanipulations, the limiters of these speedscan be overcome, leading to computercomponent performances far beyond whatwere initially thought.
With graphics-intensive programs likevideo games, GPUs (or graphicsprocessing units) are the first things toconsider when amping up performance.Fair warning should be given though:Irresponsible handling of theoverclocking process can lead to yourlaptop malfunctioning; or worse,breaking down entirely. That said, aslong as you go with baby steps, there isvery little risk involved, if at all.
The first thing to do in going about this is to knowwhether you have a GPU to overclock. That is, whetheryour laptop has a dedicated GPU or if it has anintegrated graphics chip on its motherboard instead.This might seem very obvious, but the fact of the matteris many people are unaware of what they have. A simple indicator of this is whether or not your laptop has the A simple indicator of this is whether or not your laptop has the "NVIDIA" or "AMD" logo plastered anywhere on it. If ititdoes, "NVIDIA" or "AMD" logo plastered anywhere on it. If does, then your laptop has a GPU installed. then your laptop has a GPU installed.
The next thing to do is to get a software tool todo the actual overclocking. Many of these arefree, with the most obvious choices beingthose offered on the websites of the GPUmanufacturers themselves. The gamut rangesfrom the simple yet insufficient, to the complexyet comprehensive. Choose according to yourcomfort zone.
Finally, test out each configuration after every tweaking.Checking to see how far you can tweak until the computerhangs is - to put it mildly - rather senseless. You are fine-tuning very delicate equipment after all, so nothing but anactual acid test at little increments will do. Sure, the wholeprocess may be painstaking and time-consuming, but in theend, you will end up satisfied. After all, at 20%-30% moreperformance beyond the initial designation, why wouldntyou be?