Desktop users have more varied approaches to this, ranging from merely updating drivers to replacing computer parts to purchasing new desktops entirely. Laptops users, though, can’t be as versatile.
Laptops are designed with portability in mind first and foremost. As such, manufacturers purposefully construct laptop parts in very specific dimensions to minimize weight while maximizing compactness. Furthermore, each manufacturer follows its own design schematics. Suffice it to say, all these make coming by laptop replacement parts rather difficult and expensive.
Fortunately, laptop users do not need to purchase a new portable computer outright. As long as their current laptops can handle it, they could opt to overclock their GPUs (graphics processing units) instead.
A caveat: Overclocking irresponsibly can very assuredly lead to your laptop malfunctioning; or worse, breaking down entirely. That said, if you keep your overclocking to within reasonable levels of experimentation, there is virtually no risk involved.
Let’s get started then.
First Things First
Is the GPU of your laptop a dedicated laptop component? Or is it a chip integrated with the motherboard? If it’s the latter, then you might want to stop reading now, as you’ll be getting nothing of use for the rest of this article. If it’s the former, then you’re good to go with overclocking it.
Arm Yourself Aptly
Unlike CPUs (central processing units) which, in most cases, can be overclocked via the BIOS menu, GPUs require special software tools to do so. You can download these from the websites of GPU manufacturers, or from third-party companies who provide said software.
If you’re a beginner, you may want to go with the less flexible but more intuitive tools. However, if you want to get to the nitty-gritty of overclocking and fine-tune your GPU to the fullest, you may want to go with the more complicated ones. Nevertheless, the latter could prove to be the most efficient in striking the perfect balance between maximized performance and maintained stability, as long as you know what you’re doing.
The basic settings to look out for in getting the most out of your video card are its core clock and its memory clock. The core clock measures the speed of the GPU’s core processor, while the memory clock measures that of its memory buffers. Start your adjustments with these two, and remember to go with small increments. About 5% increases is a good number.
Test and Test and Test Ad Infinitum
Finally, adjusting overclock settings and waiting a few seconds to see if the computer will hang is an inadequate gauge of overclocking affectivity. Instead, download graphics benchmarks programs (most of which are free) and make test runs after every configuration. Do 15 minute test marathons if you need to. If the program continues to run smoothly with the overclocked settings, then you’ll know that you’ve accomplished your goal.