Let me try to put some of this Powerstrip (Alien Adrenaline) business to rest...
First off, Alienware WILL warranty an overclocked card if you fry it. YET they hold the final judgement on if you were pushing the card too hard. This company knows very well that they are selling/marketing to a very select crowd and that said crowd has a very good idea of how to squeeze the last drops from these tomatoes.
Secondly, my feeling from speaking with them and lurking in the forums (yes, believe it or not, I lurk) is that you would have to run the 9600 video card in the "Red" for quite a while before you did any real damage. I've been beating on mine for two days (but in incriments so as to keep tabs on any possible dangers) and have seen some amazing headroom from the default settings. These babies can smoke a desktop outfitted with the latest Nvidia boards...believe it!
In my own experience pushing video cards to their limits (I've been using Powerstrip for almost 2 years now if I'm not mistaken) is that once your GPU gets too hot, it basically will not work until it cools down. You'll know right away when your card is being worked too hard b/c you will see "Artifacts" (blemishes if you will) on the screen and/or your video will just go blank. Often times the video will just lock up. This is not damaging the first few times, it's just the way the GPU is saying "Ok, I'm at my limit". In other words, you'll know when to back off.
Powerstrip (Alien Adrenaline) shows you point blank what the acceptable limits are on your video card as far as upping the core speeds. There really is no guessing to it. You leave the green and enter yellow and after yellow you are in the "red" zone. Pretty simple interface...hence its popularity.
If you have any questions about this program...just download it and install it on your home machine. It does a whole lot more than just over clock your video card. It has a mountain of color control features. Heh, and lord knows we all need that right now on our A51m's
Here is the link: http://download.com.com/redir?pid=10...s%2Fpstrip.exe
I hope that helps clear a few things up.