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August 23, 2011 12:21:03 PM

Asked in the overclocking section but got no replies... I've got my new laptop with a HD5650 GPU, I intended to clock it higher as the default clocks are really low at 450/800, it is the same card as a HD5730 which is set at 650/800.

I just played Titan quest for a while at 600/850, temperatures were in the 75-80C region without going over that. Is this too hot for a laptop?
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a b U Graphics card
August 23, 2011 3:39:13 PM

yes it's too hot. since you cannot install custom cooling in a laptop you typically do not overclock laptops...
a b U Graphics card
August 23, 2011 3:47:42 PM

Agreed. That is an awful lot heat being put into a very small and confined area with limited ventilation and heat sensitive components. You may be able to do it... but you won't be able to do it for long.
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August 23, 2011 5:10:56 PM

I'll see what the temps are for the core speed, if the change is dramatic I'll just leave it at 550/800. That's the highest factory clocks on the market, so at least I won't be getting lower performance due to the factory underclock.
a b D Laptop
a b U Graphics card
August 23, 2011 5:32:43 PM

alternatively you could sit your laptop in the middle of a box freezer on a slab of dry ice and overclock all day :D 
August 23, 2011 5:53:13 PM

I can't remember a single story of someone with a gaming laptop who didn't overheat it by the end of the first year of use. I always insist on getting an extended warranty, because it is ALWAYS used. Overclock it at your own risk, but be prepared to be very...very disappointed.
August 23, 2011 7:44:58 PM

Okay I'll leave the clocks at 550/800 for gaming, better performance than the Geforce 525M without the potential of frying my new laptop. Thanks for the advice guys.
a c 464 D Laptop
a c 365 U Graphics card
August 23, 2011 10:21:59 PM

Don't forget to check the temp of the CPU as well. My 14" Lenovo Y470 with a Core i5-2410M goes up to 93C when I was testing Crysis.; the GT 550M would go up to 75C. Playing a less stressful game like Fallout 3 resulted in 81C for the CPU and 64C for the GPU.

Apparently 90C+ seems to be the norm for 14" gaming laptops. Places like NoteBookReview.com and LaptopReview.com do not seems overly concerned about the temps since the laptops are still running stable. However, I think anything above 80C for the CPU and 70C for the GPU are too high so it's a good idea to buy a laptop cooler for a gaming laptop.
a b D Laptop
August 23, 2011 10:51:30 PM

Now you know why there will always be desktop computers.
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