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 Post subject: RE: Overclocking x301
PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:57 am 
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Hey all,

I have actually 2 machines x301, one with 1.6 processor and the other one iwht 1.4. Has anyone ever done overclocking and can share the experience?

I love the machine, but with windows 7 (im not doing any graphics, like games etc, absolutelly not purelly office stuff), I still feel that machine is a bit slow, sometime it would hang on explorer etc. So i want to try to squeeze every bit of juice out of it, I ve already installed intel ssd 2nd gen, i guess that helped a bit,but can we do anything with the processor ?

Cheers all!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:50 am 
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no clues anyone ? :/

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:01 am 
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I have no experience overclocking laptop CPUs.

However, I also don't think that the slowness you experience (hanging on explorer and such) is the least bit related to CPU speed.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:12 am 
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Well, how old is the install? You might want to try a fresh one (though I'm assuming you did this with the 120GB Intel SSD).

What I'd do is download ThrottleStop and see what's happening- if the machine is throttling back or not (and if so you can stop it- case in point is the Alienware M11x which has similar problems but I don't know if the same thing happens with the X301).

To download it and to see the guide, click here.


You might also want to take a look inside at the heatsink/fan assembly- you might be clogged with dust and that may make the machine throttle back.

Other than that, I can't really suggest anything else- other than to upgrade to a T420s or similar with a standard-voltage processor.
If they're in good condition, selling the two machines can net you enough for a T420s.
It might take a while to sell them, though, but if your price undercuts or breaks even with a lesser-spec'd machine you'll get rid of them faster (on fleabay it looks like you can net, oh, I don't know, 600 bucks apiece if not more).

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:42 am 
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elvair wrote:
Hey all,

I have actually 2 machines x301, one with 1.6 processor and the other one iwht 1.4. Has anyone ever done overclocking and can share the experience?

I love the machine, but with windows 7 (im not doing any graphics, like games etc, absolutelly not purelly office stuff), I still feel that machine is a bit slow, sometime it would hang on explorer etc. So i want to try to squeeze every bit of juice out of it, I ve already installed intel ssd 2nd gen, i guess that helped a bit,but can we do anything with the processor ?

Cheers all!


My X301 all had a new fan due to overheating after 2 years of constant use. Download Tpfancontrol and check the GPU and CPU temp.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:06 am 
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dr_st wrote:
I have no experience overclocking laptop CPUs.

However, I also don't think that the slowness you experience (hanging on explorer and such) is the least bit related to CPU speed.


you might be right here, the idea was to use this mahcine for pure office stuff, and it should cope with office sutff perfectly, why is it acting slow i duno, i might really do a compelte freshh install then ill see ...

thank you everyone for your replies ...

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:19 am 
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you may get a little boost in speed if you switch to XP or Windows 7.

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 4:51 am 
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The X301 can be overclocked to 2,13GHz respective 2,4GHz when a SU9600 is in use.

Refer to this: http://forum.notebookreview.com/lenovo/ ... ost8259289

And this: http://forum.notebookreview.com/lenovo/ ... ost8750678

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