Overclocking a computer device involves editing its possible output levels to increase performance; in no way does your computer need to be dismantled to improve the power of your machine. Using the overclocking utility that comes free with your operating system, you can run your equipment up to 30 per cent faster. Cards are generally set to well below their true potential in-factory to increase lifespan and reduce the risk of overheated and even destroyed equipment.
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Things you need
- GeForce GT 230M
- Microsoft Windows OS (operating system)
- Coolbits overclocking utility (comes with Windows OS)
Click the "Personalize" link from the desktop's context menu. The context menu is the list of options that appears after right-clicking a link, window, or anything else, and decides which options to display based on the "context" of the item you are clicking.
Open the "Display Settings" dialogue box from the menu and expand the "Settings" tab from the row of tabs near the top of the window. The dialogue box is a window that your operating system opens to record your configuration preferences.
Click the "Advanced" button on this window to bring up another dialogue box. Select the tab from this window that corresponds to your graphics card; the tab will be labelled "NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M," where NVIDIA is the manufacturer of the card.
Fill in the circle next to "Auto-overclock" by clicking it. This will use your computer diagnostics to determine you best safe settings. You can adjust the sliders below this option by filling in the "Manual-overclock" circle to change your card's performance to your liking. Using the Auto-overclock function first will give you a better idea of how far you should push your system.
Tips and warnings
- A cooling fan is a necessity to keep your system from overheating. If your CPU or laptop feels excessively hot, consider placing a box fan next to it to increase your cooling capabilities. Removing the side of a CPU to run a fan on it will go a long way in preventing overheating and dysfunctional cards.
- Overclocking too far can result in a broken video card, depending on the quality of the materials making up the card. Stay close to your computer's auto-overclocking suggestion to avoid this.
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