Overclocking the 320m!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Maven1975, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    Wanted to let you know that I had great sucess overclocking the 320m in the Air. I used the same procedure found in this thread.


    This might help you starcraft junkies out there as it may give a 20% increase in performance.

    I played MW2 for two solid hours tonight without lockups at 625 / 1340. (11" 1.6 4GB)

    Thanks go to all in the refrenced thread that contributed to these findings!
  2. cooljoe349 macrumors regular


    Oct 7, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    I wouldnt overclock anything in the air.

    That could cause some serious damage
  3. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    what video card driver version are you using?
  4. RememberMac macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
    How are the temps after you over clocked it? Are you running on a wireless G or N network?
  5. efirmage macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    How much experience have you had with overclocking? Any bad experiences? I know it's pretty common amongst PC users but I haven't ever tried it myself.
  6. Cerano macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2010
  7. HardLuckStories macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2010
    UK, Manchester
  8. Cerano macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2010
    i wouldnt think that would be possible without increasing base voltage
  9. efirmage macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Anybody else trying this? After reading that thread it seems people had a lot of success overclocking the 13" MBP, which shouldn't behave much different from the MBA, as long as core temps stay low.
  10. RanEnRui macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2010

    Exactly, my only concern is heat. Considering how hot the previous MBAs got compared to this, I think we could afford a little more heat before instability (and way before damage could occur).

    Looking at the layout of the logic board, it should be fairly easy to tell when the thing gets pretty hot on the rear-center.
  11. soldierblue macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    Not really. Just don't overvolt it, simple. If it gets too hot, both Intel CPUs and nVidia GPUs have protection measures built in.
  12. Maven1975 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    Heat is not an issue. The fans are able to keep up with their job. Honestly, the MBA gets much hotter while compressing video. (Handbrake)

    I have had all four revisions of the Air. (Overclocked them all) Even with the older version poor design, I never had one issue while doing this.

    After being fed up with the poor performance / heat issues with the older MBA's, I purchased an 13" 2.4 MBP. Overclocking the MBP's 320m in the same way as in this thread without issue.

    Drivers used were the stock ones with bootcamp. I used Nvidia system tools, and skipped the fan tool.
  13. Maven1975 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
  14. archurban macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    don't do stupid thing for MBA. that tidy space would be in a big trouble. it could be effecting on motherboard video glitch issue. it means that you should replace with new one. overclock is only working for graphic card, not intel core 2 duo processor. it's nothing to do with that. if you want, why don't you buy macbook pro which is equipped with core i5. it's automatically boost speed as you know.
  15. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Overclocking the Air is like trying to overclock an overvolted GTX465... a house fire is the result.
  16. acastic macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
    Has anyone consistently overclocked their 2010 Air during the past year? Any negative side effects?
  17. gman901 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    I don't think overclocking the gpu in the Air is a good idea. Too much heat and you'll probably wear it down much faster.

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