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    Default m17x R3 - Laptop Coolers

    Putting this on the table - I haven't received my machine yet, but should be getting it next week.

    Now, my past experience with a home laptop (HP Pavilion dv5) cemented the idea in my mind that I absolutely NEED a laptop cooler. That thing would get so hot, I'd fry eggs, cook bacon, and boil the water for instant coffee in the morning. However, the HP business class laptops I use at work are completely different, where they rarely heat up to an uncomfortable level.

    What about the m17x R3? The biggest driving force to me buying an Alienware was hearing that their cooling systems is one of the greatest in the market for laptops. Will I need one at all? Is it a "nice-to-have" or sorta a necessity? I plan on doing everything with this machine, from surfing the net to gaming and virtualization.
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    Default Re: m17x R3 - Laptop Coolers

    Interesting question, I too would like to know any info. on this. Bump
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    Default Re: m17x R3 - Laptop Coolers

    Based on the design of the bottom of the laptop it looks like the CPU and gpu are just fine. Even more so if you have the 460. A repaste and you can drop the temps by another 5.

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    Default Re: m17x R3 - Laptop Coolers

    You probably would get great boosts from just raising the back of your laptop so the vents are not blocked. Also, as noted, a repaste and cleaning out the fans would be plenty. If you are truly ambitious, or have a fetish for overclocking, then get a cooler.

    The m17x is reputed to have fantastic cooling, so I don't think it'll be too much of a problem.
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    Default Re: m17x R3 - Laptop Coolers

    I'm not an overclocker... yet. That's a thought for the future, when I can purchase an i7-2920XM at a reasonable price, which at that point I'll experiment with it.

    Thanks for the advice KillerBunny! I'll stick with that method.
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    Default Re: m17x R3 - Laptop Coolers

    My R3 gets hot when gaming even when I fired it up fresh out of the box.

    Most of the time at home I use the CoolerMaster Storm and it definitely lowers the temps and makes resting it on my lap quite comfortable.
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    Default Re: m17x R3 - Laptop Coolers

    I'm absolutely in love with the NZXT Cryo LX cooler. The design is just flawless and just compliments your Alienware so well. With that on the bottom of your AW, it's like your saying "Yeah that's right, I can afford both a nice looking laptop AND a beautiful cooler as well. Sup." You're going to be feeling this soon, but when you take your AW m17x out from the box you notice a really cool (as in chilly) touch to it; that's what I felt when I took out the Cryo LX from its box. The quality in aluminum is always reassuring You can get the white (which I have) to contrast with your R3 or get a black one to blend in well with it. Either way, it's nice and lighter to carry around than your R3 that's for sure lol.

    The Cooler Master is cool for sure, and it matches with your AlienFX but the thing is just so huge imo. That's the only reason I didn't get it. However, I heard it has usb 3.0 ports, so you might want to look into that.

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    Default Re: m17x R3 - Laptop Coolers

    Quote Originally Posted by zergslayer69 View Post
    Based on the design of the bottom of the laptop it looks like the CPU and gpu are just fine. Even more so if you have the 460. A repaste and you can drop the temps by another 5.
    My M15x with a repaste doesn't usually go above 68c load on the GPU and 52c load CPU, and it's just sitting on a lap desk with no cooling underneath.

    Honestly, unless you're running an AMD CPU you probably aren't going to need a laptop cooler, just a flat, stable surface to run it on for both airflow, and for your lap.
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    Default Re: m17x R3 - Laptop Coolers

    While we are on the topic of repasting, howmich of an improvement will one see using the diamond compound vs as5?

 

 
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