Overclocking a computer increases its performance but makes it use more electricity, run warmer and become potentially more unstable. Unlike many computers, the Dell XPS M1710 laptop comes with easy overclocking support. Overclocking this Dell laptop requires changing only a single setting in the laptop's BIOS. The CPU in the Dell XPS M1710 laptop runs at 2.33GHz by default; it can be overclocked to 3.16GHz.
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Restart the Dell XPS M1710 laptop by clicking "Start," clicking the arrow key to the left of "Shut Down" and clicking "Restart."
Access the BIOS set-up screen by pressing "F2" as the laptop boots up.
Highlight "Performance" on the left side of the Dell BIOS screen by pressing the up and down arrow keys and press "Enter."
Highlight "CPU Overclock Support" under the "Performance header" by pressing the up and down arrow keys and press "Enter."
Adjust the overclock speed of the Dell laptop's CPU by pressing the left and right arrow keys. Save an overclock speed by pressing "Enter."
Save the BIOS settings and boot into Windows by pressing "Escape," highlighting "Yes" in the prompt to save your settings and pressing "Enter."
Tips and warnings
- Dell doesn't provide technical support for overclocking; overclocking your laptop too much can make it unstable. Stable overclocking thresholds very from machine to machine.
- Overclocking results in your laptop using more power, outputting more heat and running its fans on high speed all the time.
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