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NVIDIA to restore overclocking in GeForce GTX 900M graphics chips


After widespread criticism from users, NVIDIA announced that it would bring back overclocking in GeForce 900M after an update released last week removed it. An update will be released in March, while eager users can switch to NVIDIA 344.75 drivers in the meantime.nvidia-geforce-900m-gtx

The company had removed the overclocking feature as GeForce notebooks did not support overclocking. However, after a major outcry on the web and NVIDIA forums has made the company to bring back the ability again. NVIDIA stated that they were constantly tuning and optimizing GeForce PC.

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“We obsess over every possible optimization so that you can enjoy a perfectly stable machine,” said an NVIDIA¬†representative.

Overclocking simply means pushing the performance of the chip than it was designed for and can increase by 30 percent. However, this ability can result in overheating and notebooks are not powerful enough to handle this. Desktop PC’s have the advantage of using liquid cooler and is the obvious choice for gamers.

However, it remains unclear why NVIDIA chose to remove the overclocking ability in the 900M series as it had a thermal design for low heating issues. A December 17 update 347.09 removed the feature and gamers criticized the company that users will decide whether to overclock or not. For the time being users can install the 344.75 driver to use the overclocking or under clocking ability.

GeForce notebook users were disappointed as they were promised of the overclocking feature. Many users claim that it is a part of Nvidia’s strategy prevent overclocking, which would force users to upgrade their notebooks. However, NVIDIA claimed that 900M series were never meant to be overclocked and new drivers were fixing bugs and security fixes.¬†This might prompt NVIDIA to develop graphic cards that might not include overclocking abilities in the future.

From Official Forum:

As you know, we are constantly tuning and optimizing the performance of your GeForce PC.

We obsess over every possible optimization so that you can enjoy a perfectly stable machine that balances game, thermal, power, and acoustic performance.

Still, many of you enjoy pushing the system even further with overclocking.

Our recent driver update disabled overclocking on some GTX notebooks. We heard from many of you that you would like this feature enabled again. So, we will again be enabling overclocking in our upcoming driver release next month for those affected notebooks.

If you are eager to regain this capability right away, you can also revert back to 344.75.

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