Gamers reach for BFG after Nvidia turns back the overclock

It's a feature, no a bug, no, a feature, no, a bug

Laptop-wielding gamers are up in arms over a driver update from Nvidia, which disables overclocking in the company's gaming-laptop-targeted GeForce GTX 900M devices.

Those who installed the drivers had their clock settings wiped, and according to TechPowerUp, even third-party overclocking tools have been blocked.

The change was made in the GeForce R347 drivers, version 347.29.

That's led to a continuing fury – 15 pages of it at the GeForce forums – from disappointed punters.

Nvidia's explanation for the change is that the GTX 900M was never supposed to be able to overclock, and the driver update reversed the mistake.

In response to angry user posts on Nvidia forums, the company’s Manuel Guzman responded:

Unfortunately GeForce notebooks were not designed to support overclocking. Overclocking is by no means a trivial feature, and depends on thoughtful design of thermal, electrical, and other considerations. By overclocking a notebook, a user risks serious damage to the system that could result in non-functional systems, reduced notebook life, or many other effects.

There was a bug introduced into our drivers which enabled some systems to overclock. This was fixed in a recent update. Our intent was not to remove features from GeForce notebooks, but rather to safeguard systems from operating outside design limits.

Users aren't calmed: “At least don't make the customers rage by disabling features and calling it a bug”, one wrote. ®

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