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Alienware Overclocking


Alienware Arena Description Selected Alienware systems support overclocking to boost its performance, this article provides you with important information about what is overclocking and how to resolve common issues that may appear when using it.

Supported Systems:

Selected Alienware Systems

Table Of Contents

  1. What is overclocking?
  2. Alienware Support for Overclocking
  3. Overclocking vs. Intel Turbo Boost
  4. How to change the overclocking settings on my system?
  5. How to confirm the overclocking speed?
  6. What to do if something goes wrong?

1. What is overclocking?

Overclocking is a way to custom tune your PC. You can adjust the power, voltage, core, memory settings, and other key system values for ultimate performance. It speeds up your components—and your gameplay. It can also help with processor-intensive tasks.

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2. Alienware Support for Overclocking

Alienware supports overclocking only when you order the system overclocked from factory.

Please refer to your invoice or go to dell.com/support to check if your system was factory overclocked.

Important:

Altering clock frequency or voltage may damage or reduce the useful life of the processor and other system components, and may reduce system stability and performance. Product warranties may not apply if the processor is operated beyond its specifications.

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3. Overclocking vs. Intel Turbo Boost

While by overclocking you can make permanent changes to the processor, memory and motherboard settings to increase the overall speed Intel® Turbo Boost Technology accelerates the processor for peak loads, automatically allowing processor cores to run faster than the rated operating frequency if they’re operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits

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4. How to change the overclocking settings on my system?

Once you have confirmed that your system should be overclocked you can enable the Overclocking in different ways depending on your system type.

For Desktops

Using OC Controls in the Alienware Command Center

  1. Open the Alienware Command Center

  2. Click OC Controls

  3. Click the OC Profile tab

  4. Click Level 1

  5. Restart your system

Test your system with these settings if you find it stable you may repeat the steps and select Level 2

For Notebooks

Using OC Controls in the Alienware Command Center (recommended):

Open the Alienware Command Center

  1. Click OC Controls
  2. Click the OC Profile tab
  3. Click Level 1
  4. Restart your system

Test your system with these settings if you find it stable you may repeat the steps and select Level 2

Using the settings in the BIOS:

Press F2 while turning on the system

  1. In the BIOS go to the Advanced tab
  2. Select Overclocking Feature and press Enter
  3. Select Extreme Edition Core Ration Limits and press Enter
  4. Select OC LV 1 and press Enter
  5. Press F10 to save and exit

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5. How to confirm the over clocking speed?

It is important to understand that the processor will never maintain its top speed all the time on all cores as it will increase the speed depending on the work load.

You can take a single core to max speed to test if the processor reaches its maximum speed by doing the following:

  1. Download prime95 by Clicking Here

  2. Extract the contents of the compressed file

  3. Open prime95

  4. Click Just Stress Testing

  5. Open Windows Task Manager

    1. Right Click on the Windows Task Bar

    2. Click Task Manager

  6. Right click on PRIME95 Application

  7. Click Go to details

  8. Right Click prime95.exe

  9. Click Set affinity

  10. Uncheck <All Processors>

  11. Check CPU 0 Only

  12. Go back to prime95

  13. Select In-place large FFTs

  14. Click Ok

  15. Go back to the Task Manager

  16. Click the Perfomance tab

The CPU should now show its maximum operating frequency

Important: Even after performing the steps above the top processor speed may not be sustained, keep looking at the information and you may see spikes to the top speed

To Stop the Stress Test go to the system tray, right click on the prime95 icon and click Exit

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6. What to do if something goes wrong?

To revert overclocking changes cimply load the delfaults in the system BIOS

  1. Press F2 while turning on the system

  2. In the BIOS go to the Press F9 to load defaults.

  3. Press F10 to save and exit.

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Article ID: SLN297032

Last Date Modified: 04/05/2018 08:09 PM


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