Erazer X700 Overclocking
With a red-lit dedicated Overclock button on top of the computer, you’d expect that pressing it would make things faster. And it does.
Specifically, what it does is raise the clock multiplier to 41x for all cores, resulting in a 4.1GHz clock speed. But you can go further: with the button down, the Erazer Control Center lets you bump the multiplier as high as 43x, as shown below. In all cases, you must reboot for any overclocking changes to take effect.
What’s frustrating is that changing this one setting is the only thing you can do in Erazer Control Center. You can’t touch the base clock, nor can you change the memory timings. You can’t adjust the CPU voltage; and you can’t adjust the multiplier on a per-core basis, running it higher when only one or two cores are involved. Last, you can’t tweak things in the BIOS since there is no user-accessible BIOS on this system.
The OC Genie tab merely shows a static screen instructing you to press a button of the same name, which doesn’t exist on this system:
The OC Genie nomenclature implies that the motherboard is built for Lenovo by MSI, since it’s a trademark of theirs.
While it’s frustrating to not have more control over overclocking, at least you can overclock, and even the 43x overclock was dead stable and provided a significant performance boost. CPU temperatures under load topped out at 70 degrees Celsius at 4.3GHz, and while the cooling system fan did ramp up somewhat, the system overall was still very quiet.