I was about 20 minutes in to my research when I realized I didn't really know what I should be googling.
Is there a way to overclock PC's that don't have overclocking options in BIOS. Perhaps flashing it with a new BIOS?
I realize it probably depends on the motherboard but a blanket solution would be great.
Answer by geekomatic · May 05, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Yes, it's possible. I flashed an old Emachine desktop after finding the newer BIOS for the ECS motherboard. If you can properly ID the motherboard, you can flash it with the board manufacturer's BIOS. However, it is advised to back-up the current BIOS- "just in case" you have any issues afterwards.
Answer by djmoore711 · May 05, 2011 at 10:39 PM
There is no blanket solution. It's highly relient on your motherboard. Do research and see if there are other people that have achieve positive results. :-) You could pass along your information here to us and we might be able to help you. What do you have?
Answer by Duodave · May 06, 2011 at 11:51 AM
Sometimes manufacturers use a bios that doesn't permit overclocking, so there's no blanket statement whether it's possible or not. Sometimes there's a bios patch, and whether that enables or disables overclocking is pretty much up to the manufacturer.
For the most part, I wouldn't recommend overclocking a laptop because they have considerable heat issues already.
Answer by Razor512 · May 06, 2011 at 09:58 PM
wanted to also add, while many can be overclocked, the cooling used for many prebuilt systems is generally worst than the stock cooling that comes with the CPU, for example, companies like dell will try to have a single fan double as CPU, case, and chipset fan all at the same time. Overclocking those systems will generally cause them to overheat.
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