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Old 12-16-2013, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question A new-ish issue, I think

Hi, I just joined the forums, yay! ^^ Anyways I have never done this kind of thing before so don't hate me if I'm posting in the wrong place, it was the only place I could find to start a new thread so, here I am. ^^

O.K. So I do have a good chunk of experience with computers, been using them since I was 7 years old. I'm a hard-core MMO player on a bit of a tight budget at the moment and since my last computer died I had to decide between no games, or a serious downgrade to hopefully still be able to play until I can invest in an Alienware 18, obviously I chose option 2.

I have installed CPU-Z and will post all of my computers stats here:

CPU-Z

Binaries
CPU-Z version 1.67.1.x64

Processors
Number of processors 1
Number of threads 2

APICs
Processor 0
-- Core 0
-- Thread 0 0
-- Core 1
-- Thread 0 2

Timers
ACPI timer 3.580 MHz
HPET timer 14.318 MHz
Perf timer 1.462 MHz
Sys timer 1.000 KHz
BCLK timer 99.76 MHz


Processors Information
Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 2 (max 8)
Number of threads 2 (max 16)
Name Intel Core i3/i5/i7
Codename Ivy Bridge
Specification Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1007U @ 1.50GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 988B rPGA (0x4)
CPUID 6.A.9
Extended CPUID 6.3A
Core Stepping E1/L1
Technology 22 nm
TDP Limit 17 Watts
Tjmax 105.0 C
Core Speed 1496.4 MHz
Multiplier x Bus Speed 15.0 x 99.8 MHz
Stock frequency 1500 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T, VT-x
L1 Data cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 2 x 256 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L3 cache 2 MBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control yes


Turbo Mode not supported
Max non-turbo ratio 15x
Max turbo ratio 15x
Max efficiency ratio 8x
Min Power 16 Watts
O/C bins none
Ratio 1 core 15x
Ratio 2 cores 15x
Ratio 3 cores 15x
Ratio 4 cores 15x
TSC 1496.8 MHz
APERF 1496.7 MHz
MPERF 1496.8 MHz



Chipset
Northbridge Intel Ivy Bridge rev. 09
Southbridge Intel HM76 rev. 04
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Size 3534 MBytes
Channels Single
Memory Frequency 798.1 MHz (1:6)
CAS# latency (CL) 11.0
RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 11
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 11
Cycle Time (tRAS) 28
Command Rate (CR) 1T

Memory SPD

Monitoring
Mainboard Model X502CA (0x00000173 - 0x00562E20)

LPCIO
Hardware Monitors
Hardware monitor ACPI
Temperature 0 48C (118F) [0xC8C] (THRM)

Hardware monitor Battery
Voltage 0 7.40 Volts [0x1CE8] (Current Voltage)
Capacity 0 38006 mWh [0x9476] (Designed Capacity)
Capacity 1 36659 mWh [0x8F33] (Full Charge Capacity)
Capacity 2 36659 mWh [0x8F33] (Current Capacity)
Level 0 4 pc [0x60] (Wear Level)
Level 1 100 pc [0x64] (Charge Level)


PCI Devices
Description Host Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 0 (0x00), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x0154
Revision ID 0x09

Description VGA Controller
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 2 (0x02), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x0156
Revision ID 0x09

Description USB Controller
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 20 (0x14), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E31
Revision ID 0x04

Description Communication Device
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 22 (0x16), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E3A
Revision ID 0x04

Description USB 2.0 Controller (EHCI)
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 26 (0x1A), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E2D
Revision ID 0x04

Description Multimedia device
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 27 (0x1B), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E20
Revision ID 0x04

Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 28 (0x1C), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E10
Revision ID 0xC4

Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 28 (0x1C), function 1 (0x01)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E12
Revision ID 0xC4

Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 28 (0x1C), function 3 (0x03)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E16
Revision ID 0xC4

Description USB 2.0 Controller (EHCI)
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 29 (0x1D), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E26
Revision ID 0x04

Description PCI to ISA Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 31 (0x1F), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E59
Revision ID 0x04

Description Serial ATA Controller
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 31 (0x1F), function 2 (0x02)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E03
Revision ID 0x04

Description SMBus Controller
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 31 (0x1F), function 3 (0x03)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x8086
Model ID 0x1E22
Revision ID 0x04

Description Network Controller
Location bus 2 (0x02), device 0 (0x00), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x168C
Model ID 0x0032
Revision ID 0x01

Description Ethernet Controller
Location bus 3 (0x03), device 0 (0x00), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1969
Model ID 0x1091
Revision ID 0x10


DMI
DMI BIOS
vendor American Megatrends Inc.
version X502CA.207
date 02/21/2013
ROM size 6144 KB

DMI System Information
manufacturer ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
product X502CA
version 1.0
serial D6N0CV88181626G
UUID {3CF08A00-DDCC-81E2-2727-AC220B172AD1}
SKU ASUS-NotebookSKU
family X

DMI Baseboard
vendor ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
model X502CA
revision 1.0
serial BSN12345678901234567

DMI System Enclosure
manufacturer ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
chassis type Notebook
chassis serial D6N0CV88181626G

DMI OEM Strings
string[0] eN65eeMjPHz17
string[1] lTaWPdNwQZAeV
string[2] gJfPSjuO19FGY
string[3] 90NB00I1-M04740
string[4]
string[5]
string[6]
string[7]
string[8]
string[9]

DMI Physical Memory Array
location Motherboard
usage System Memory
correction None
max capacity 32768 MBytes
max# of devices 4

DMI Processor
manufacturer Intel(R) Corporation
model Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1007U @ 1.50GHz
clock speed 1500.0 MHz
FSB speed 100.0 MHz
multiplier 15.0x

DMI Memory Device
designation ChannelA-DIMM0
format SODIMM
type unknown
total width 64 bits
data width 64 bits
size 4096 MBytes

DMI Memory Device
designation ChannelA-DIMM1
format DIMM
type unknown

DMI Memory Device
designation ChannelB-DIMM0
format DIMM
type unknown

DMI Memory Device
designation ChannelB-DIMM1
format DIMM
type unknown


Graphics
Number of adapters 1

Graphic APIs
API Intel I/O

Display Adapters
Display adapter 0
Display name \\.\DISPLAY1
Name Intel(R) HD Graphics
Memory size 2022 MB
PCI device bus 0 (0x0), device 2 (0x2), function 0 (0x0)
Vendor ID 0x8086 (0x1043)
Model ID 0x0156 (0x117D)
Performance Level 0

Win32_VideoController AdapterRAM = 0x7E6DB800 (2121119744)
Win32_VideoController DriverVersion = 9.17.10.2867
Win32_VideoController DriverDate = 09/26/2012

Software
Windows Version Microsoft Windows 8 (6.2) 64-bit (Build 9200)
DirectX Version 11.0

Ok that was alot of typing, hopefully your still with me here.

So lets get to the heart of my problem.

Basically the options in my BIOS files are currently extremely limited, AKA locked and or hidden. I am trying to open these so that I can tune, or overclock, my computer to allow it to keep up with some of my games. I know all of the warning's about lowering the life span and blah blah blah, since I'm here, realize I don't care. I have downloaded programs that were supposed to be able to do this from outside the BIOS, and have contacted the makers of the computer, motherboard, and AMI the programmers for the BIOS, all of which helped me a grand total of not at all.

So good people of this forum, I beg of you to find a solution to my predicament that I currently find myself in, share with me your knowledge of the unlocking overclock properties from the hidden M.I.T. files.

Thank you all in advance.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is your system a pre-built? If so, then your BIOS will be locked (like you already found out), and usually cannot be unlocked unless you somehow find an unlocked BIOS to flash somewhere that somebody customized (can be very risky).

Software overlocking for CPU sucks. Plain and simple - don't do it. It's unstable and can cause more issues than help you.

You say in your specs you have Intel graphics - there's your problem. If you have a desktop, depending on your current PSU, upgrade to a dedicated GPU. That will help you loads in games.

As for saving up for an Alienware...yeah don't. Not worth the money. You can build a better system for cheaper than you can get from them, with better (higher quality) parts. If it's not a desktop, but a laptop you're saving up for... look into MSI - I'd pick them over anything else for gaming IMO (had an Asus G73 now have an MSI GT780DX and know somebody with an MSI GT70 Dragon Edition - they're a very nice series of gaming laptops).
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