Bring back the mobile overclock NVIDIA, but stick a warning on it

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2015 - 01:09 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, gtx 900m, overclocking, responsibility

It seems that the recent ability to overclock the GTX 900M on laptops was a bug and not a feature, according to the response of an NVIDIA representative on this thread, to the many reasonable and well thought out posts on the thread on their forums.  This started in the 347.29 release and continues into the current 347.52 release which supports the newly released Evolve as well as overclocking on desktop components. 

It would be very nice to see the restoration of the ability to overclock mobile NVIDIA chips so that users can decide if they wish to or not but perhaps it is worth reminding those who want to overclock that they are doing so at their own risk.  This does not mean the voiding of the warranty which will happen but refers more to the actual risk of damage to the GPU and the laptop it is in, by exceeding the thermal design of the laptop you risk destroying the expensive machine you just bought.  Laptops have nowhere near the thermal flexibility or compartmentalization of a desktop, not only can you not pop the side off or slap in a new fan, the heat from the GPU is bleeding directly into other components in the laptop as their is no significant air gap between components. 

Restoring the ability to overclock either natively or through third party applications is something that would be very appreciated, however there should be a strong warning presented to users if they do chose to.  If you are running GPU enabled BOINC or Folding@Home on an overclocked laptop which you then leave unattended, it is your fault if the damn thing catches fire not NVIDIA's so do not go suing.

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"Nvidia has removed the ability of users to overclock their GeForce GTX 900M series GPU equipped laptops in a recent driver update. The driver in question is the GeForce R347 driver (version 347.29). Before the update users of the laptops in question had no problems overclocking or even underclocking their GPUs."

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February 16, 2015 | 03:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If something were to happen, it doesn't matter if the likely cause was overclocking...
Doesn't matter if the person even admits to overclocking...
nVidia would take shit no matter what.

February 16, 2015 | 05:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nvidia is just saying leave the overclocking to them with GPU Boost. Paying a premium for a regulated overclocking experience.

February 16, 2015 | 07:02 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

hes right... nvidia would take shit, at least now they won't take shit because people are setting their laptops on fire. Because they totally will, then go online and cry.

laptops have piss poor heat management, leave the real stuff to desktops.

February 16, 2015 | 08:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Well if they would stop the thin and light laptop insanity, a little larger form factor laptop, with a more robust cooling system would not have the overheating problems, even overclocked. The laptop designers are not doing their customers any good allowing styling to rule over functionality! I say starve the "then and light" designs out of the marketplace by not buying, let OEMs suffer one or two quarters of declining sales, that should give them the message. Thin and Light and gaming laptop should never be mentioned in the same sentence, let the OEMs find out in their sales figures, to avoid the cosmetic trends, and stick with normal form factors and effective cooling.

February 17, 2015 | 03:38 AM - Posted by WesTechGames (not verified)

I've always overclocked my laptop gpu's, just that I don't touch the voltage, so no thermal problems, and the 900m series overclock pretty well without touching the voltage.
It's funny it's never been a bug leaving the OC capabilities on the 700m and 800m series, and now they have decided it is... pffff

February 17, 2015 | 03:44 AM - Posted by JohnGR

Vibrant colors from our cards where harming our customers eyes. Colors where a bug that had to be removed. For that reason we are happy to announce that we removed all harmful colors and leave only the green. We also added an Amstrad CPC emulator that uses CUDA and PhysX. It's the only accurate CPC emulator in the market thanks to these exclusive proprietary techs only found in Nvidia hardware.

PS You wouldn't be able to use the emulator if AMD hardware is detected in your system or in PCs connected to your system through LAN, WiFi, bluetooth or any other way.

February 17, 2015 | 12:56 PM - Posted by svnowviwvn

Quote: If you are running GPU enabled BOINC or Folding@Home on an overclocked laptop which you then leave unattended, it is your fault if the damn thing catches fire not NVIDIA's so do not go suing.

But that is exactly what they would do which is why Nvidia took the candy away from the babies.

February 18, 2015 | 02:16 PM - Posted by octiceps (not verified)

#WTFnvidia #clockblocked

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