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I'm trying to find out how much i can safely overclock my computer. Answered

I'm trying to find out how much i can safely overclock my computer because it runs at 1.5GHz and for games such as Portal, DDO, and BF3 it requires just a little more to run games smoothly.
My computer is as follows

Model: HP dv6
Processor: AMD A8-3500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.50 GHz
system: 64-bit

I know my computer can run better but I know this isn't something I should jump right into without advice or asking around first. any help on where to look on a guide or any tips on what to do would be greatly appreciated.



5 years ago

Hey pal,
I use exactly the same set-up as you, chances are we picked up the same laptop.

I have been exploring this idea you have posted and have done some testing. Frankly, its a bit of a over reaction to say that the processor will fry if you over clock it a bit. In fact, the AMD processor you have is designed to allow you to over clock, in relative safety, up to 2.4 GhZ. The reason AMD do not clock it at 2.4 GhZ automatically is because it does run hotter (to be expected with any processor really) but it is not to the sort of degree that would cause it to fry. It will however, shorten the lifespan of the processor so if you're looking to hold onto that laptop for more than a couple of years, do not over clock the processor.

Using K10 stats I have my processor running up to 2.4 GhZ with maximum temps peaking at 75 degrees (dependant on what i'm doing). It runs a great deal smoother, being able to run graphically demanding games like RAGE with relative ease.

On a side note, i've seen some information saying that AMD processors tend to use a higher voltage than what is actually required, if you have some heat-issues I would explore this point further.

There are some claims that this processor will run up to 2.6 GhZ. Where this might be possible, I strongly recommend against it. Hope this was even a little helpful.

Safely - you can't - or the manufacturers would do it and charge you a bit more for the faster machine.

+1... my impression of the i7 processor is that is just an overclocked i5. ;)

I strongly recommend against overclocking. It's a great way to fry your processor. Especially since this is a laptop, don't do it. This is coming from someone who used to do data recovery for a living... I know my way around computers but I still will not overclock any computer.

You find out by tweaking settings it until it stops working, then go back to the last stable settings.
It probably won't be worth it for you and you may break the machine trying, but if you want to know - look on overclocking pages.
e.g.: "overclocking amd a8 3500m"


+1 Power consumption seems to go up exponentially too.

- is that because the voltage gets upped with the clock-speed?


No, the current increases, as the capacitances of the internals shunt more and more current

A couple of possible issues/fixes:
Make sure that the Turbo Core feature is running. This will boost up to 2 of the cores to 2.4 GHz. This setting should be in the AMD software that came pre installed (possibly has Fusion in the name) or might be enabled if you set your power settings to "performance".

Integrated graphics. I know these new chips are much better than they used to and this may not be an issue any more but personally I view them sort of like 2-in-1 paint/primer. 1 product just has trouble doing to jobs as well as 2 dedicated products. Since this is a laptop there isn't much you can do about it but in the BIOS you could dedicate some of your RAM to help with the video processing. I can almost guarantee that the graphics processing is not up to snuff for BF3, not many are, at least to run it higher than low or medium.
(A look at the min sys reqs for BF3 shows that you need at least 2.7 GHz from an AMD chip. OC'ing will not be able to bring the speed up that much.)

In an out of the box system/laptop like your HP you don't have the options available in the BIOS to be able to OC the CPU. Plus the laptops's main board may be locked in to the specific CPU its running. If it wasn't designed to be able to upgrade the CPU then there are no options for changing the core voltage, multiplier, or cor clock.

If your hoping to use a windows based application to force an OC your not going to get very far and it will be very unstable. One of the key things to help achieve a more stable OC is to up the core voltage on the CPU, which the software won't be able to do since the laptop's main board won't support it.

Since this is a laptop the system is already close to the limits of the heat sinks and fan's ability to keep everything cool. When you OC the system you are pushing the processor harder, drawing more power, and generating more heat.