View Full Version : Overclocking a handheld gaming device?

November 24th, 2009, 05:29 AM
I was checking out the GP2X Wiz and according to ThinkGeek (http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/retro-gaming/bfc7/) the 533MHZ ARM9 processor can be overclocked to 800MHz.

Is overclocking a handheld gaming system really a good idea? When you overclock a computer you can compensate for it by adding a better heatsink. But when you overclock a processor by 66% in a small plastic case with almost no air flow isn't that going to drastically shorten the lifespan due to increased heat output?

Or do they only set the default clock speed at 66% less than what it's capable of handling because they figure it's adequate for what most people are going to be using it for and any more would negatively effect battery life to the extent most people would rather live with the a slower clock speed and benefit from the increased battery life that goes along with it?

November 26th, 2009, 04:06 AM
According to: http://gp2xwiz.co.uk/wiki/FAQ

The short answer to this question is yes and if you overclock the Wiz too far it will not just suddenly break. Instead the system will simply lockup and you will be forced to reset it. However, theoretically speaking then if you overclock the Wiz then this will shorten it's lifespan but this is also true of pretty much every device you could possibly overclock.