Overclocking your laptop GPU can greatly boost FPS or gaming performance if you know what you doing.
Here are some few things you should know if overclocking is worth it.
What is GPU Overclocking?
GPU overclocking is basically increasing the core clock or “speed” of the GPU.
Every GPU has it normal operating speed it runs. The speeds are normally indicated by megahertz (MHz) or gigahertz (GHz).
For example, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 has a core clock of 1607 MHz. Overclocking causes higher power consumptions, higher frequencies, and heat.
It also may not be reliable or can fail if not done well, power demands are not met, or the heat is nor removed.
Not all GPUs can be overclocked so it is good to check if your laptop GPU allows overclocking before actually setting out to do it.
GPU Overclocking Terminology
Here are some few terminologies used in overclocking.
GPU Core Clock
Core clock is the speed of the cores on your Graphics processor. Core clock is measured in megahertz (MHz) or gigahertz (GHz). To increase the core clock speed you have to overclock your GPU.
GPU Memory Clock
Memory clock is the frequency of the VRAM on the GPU. The VRAM is the ram utilized by the GPU.
VRAM serves as the memory for holding assets that the GPU needs to render.
The higher the frequency of the VRAM the faster the GPU is able to render assets. The memory clock of the GTX 1060 is 1506 MHz and the VRAM is 6 GB.
Why You Should Overclock Your Laptop GPU
OK, so you really want to your overclock your laptop GPU? Here are some advantages you should know before overclocking
Better Performance and Faster Response Times
Overclocking your GPU will give you a boost in gaming performance. Framerates per second are increased and gameplay is very smooth.
Graphics related software will also spend less time rendering projects you are working on.
This is the one and the only major reason why you should overclock your laptop GPU: better performance and faster response times leading to smooth gameplay.
Why You Shouldn’t Overclock Your Laptop GPU
Like with everything, there will always be an advantage. Here is why you shouldn’t overclock your laptop GPU.
Overclocking your GPU will increase the amount of heat it produces when under usage.
If you do not replace your cooling system or laptop doesn’t have a really good cooling system then heat will be one of the major problems you will have to deal with.
Excessive heat or constant high temperatures will destroy your GPU over the long run. In some cases, cooling pads are not even enough to reduce the heat being produced.
High temperatures from the GPU can also cause your thermal throttling or even cause your laptop to shut down or crash. Normal temperature for graphics cards is 70-80 degrees Celsius.
Anything higher and red light should start going off in your head.
Increased voltage can shorten the lifespan of GPU and other components
Because you overclock the GPU the amount of power consumption will increase thanks to the increase in voltage.
Increased power consumption is what allows the GPU to run at faster frequencies. Increased volts gradually stresses the system and generates a lot of heat.
Over time this shortens the lifespan of the GPU and other components because of the stresses and heat.
Is Overclocking My Laptop GPU Worth It?
Most at times, it is not worth it unless you are a game enthusiast or a competitive gamer.
Also, laptops are not meant to be overclocked because of their small chassis and the fact that they are not able to do away with heat very well compared to desktops.
Desktops cooling systems are much much better than laptop cooling systems.
But, if you still want to overclock just make sure you check if your GPU can be overclocked and you have the right cooling system for the heat that is going to be produced.
There are several ways of GPU overclocking can be done. The most common way of overclocking a GPU is by software.
MSI Afterburner is an example of such overclocking software. Gaming laptops, like the Acer Predator Helios 300 also has an overclocking software called PredatorSense.
Always make sure you read expert guides on how to overclock your laptop GPU before you actually do it.