No 2.93 is not a huge overclock. the extreme chips are pretty solid.. I am running my e8400 at 4ghz and the thermal are low but I am water cooling it. I don't think heat will be a huge problem at that clock speed.
Ok so this is my very first overclock and need some pointers. I have read that 2.93 should be very stable and achievable with my cpu. I can get this by moving the multiplier to 11. However, when I do this and log on it blue screens after a short while. Is there any other settings I need to change to make this stable?
Are you overclocking in the bios? If so, i didnt know alienware supported that.
I would suggest reading some guides (like the one posted at the top of this section) on overclocking. When you get a bsod you are going to need to add some voltage to it. I would also suggest to lower the fsb affect on the ram.
I did the overclocking in the BIOS which is a feature on Alienware m17x. I believe it is stable right now at 2.8GHz. I got to this by just moving the multiplier from 9.5 to 10.5
I ran the cpu at 100% load using prime95 and was seeing max temperatures of 75c in all cores. Normally it runs in the mid 40s and when I am gaming mid to high 50s
Do these temperatures sound about right for a laptop? Or are they a bit high?