Question First time overclocking led to severe fps drops

Apr 18, 2021
Yesterday I decided to try using msi afterburner and overclocking my laptop for the first time. I had no background information going into it so I was just following youtube tutorials on it. And a heads up, I am not very knowledgeable about things like this in general regarding laptops.

The rest I wanted to use msi afterburner is because my laptop has impressive parts in it, yet I have now had it for about 1-2 years and it has slowed down a decent amount (due to my lack of knowledge on how to manage a computer). The main game I play is Escape from Tarkov and it is a demanding game when it comes to specs. My specs should be good enough to be constantly at 120 fps except this is not the case. My game has been running at about 50-65 fps for the past year. It annoys me that I have such a nice laptop yet I can't run this game to perfection. This is because I don't know how to take the best care of my laptop but I honestly don't know where to start to find such information. So overtime my laptop has just gotten worse and worse. It is still good enough to play most games at max fps at 60-144 fps but Escape from Tarkov has been giving me fps problems for the past year I've been playing it. So when I used msi afterburner I set the core clock (MHz) to +150 and the memory clock (MHz) to +350.

I did this around noon yesterday and when I opened Tarkov I was able to play on reserve, the most visually demanding map in the map, at a smooth 90-110 fps. I was super happy and I was also able to stream it on discord without any fps drops. Normally when I stream Tarkov on discord my fps drops by 10fps which sucks but at that point it was perfect. I went to do some class work and hours later that day I tried to play Tarkov again. At first my fps was nice but then around 2 minutes into the game it began to tank. And when I say tank I mean tank. It went from 90fps to 60 then to 51 and after a minute at 50ish it dropped to 30fps. My Tarkov has never gone down to fps 30 before. And it stayed there for the rest of the time I spent playing. Whenever I would load into a game, it would start off at 60+fps and then drop and stabilize at 30-40 fps. I have tried to run the game with +0/+0 MHz settings on msi afterburner and it still ends up dropping to 30-40 fps. I have no clue as to why this is happening and I am looking for any advice from anyone who is knowledgeable in this. I am still able to run other games like SW Battlefront 2, max settings at 120fps but Tarkov does not work anymore. The game is unplayable for me in this state and it's upsetting to have a nice laptop yet I can't run a game at all. The msi afterburner most definitely was the cause of this but I am unsure as why. When my Tarkov is running its memory on task manager is 97-99% at around 7000-8000 MB if that could possibly be helpful information. I do not think it went this high before so maybe msi afterburner caused a memory leak, but once again I have no clue.

My overall question is seeking help on fixing what happened to my laptop after attempting to overclock it with msi afterburner. As well as seeking out information on how to restore a laptop to its highest potential.

If anyone can help me with this I would appreciate it so much. And even if someone cannot fix this exact problem if anyone has any advice in general on how to manage or refix my laptop I would gladly listen to anything. My specs should allow me to play almost every game at max settings, max fps, but this is no longer the case after using my laptop for over a year.

I am using the Lenovo Legion y740, 17 inch version
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz 2.21 GHz
Installed RAM 16.0 GB
System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
Windows 10
I see many complaints about gaming laptops not performing well.
Usually gaming while plugged in.
One common cause is thermal throttling.
Laptop coolers must, of necessity be small and light.
They are also relatively underpowered.
If you run an app such as HWMonitor or HWinfo, you will get the current, minimum, and maximum cpu temperatures.
For intel processors, if you see a max of 100c. it means you have throttled.
The cpu will lower it's multiplier and power draw to protect itself
until the situation reverses.
At a lower multiplier, your cpu usage may well be at 100%
What can you do?
First, see that your cooler airways are clear and that the cooler fan is spinning.

It is counter-intuitive, but, try changing the windows power profile advanced functions to a max of 90% instead of the default of 100%
You may not notice the reduced cpu performance.