[Alienware 17R4 / 15R3] - Disassembly + Repaste Guide + Results

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by iunlock, Oct 22, 2016.

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Will you be repasting your 17R4/15R2?

  1. Yes.

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  2. No.

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  3. Maybe.

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  1. N3V3RB3LIEV3

    N3V3RB3LIEV3 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Is there any gap between the heatsink and the cpu/gpu? Do you think I could fit in a copper shim?
     
  2. iunlock

    iunlock 7980XE @ 5.4GHz

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    From my observation and from seeing the results of the liquid metal and core temps, there is no room to fit a shim between the die and heat sink. I would not recommend it.

    One or two things will happen:

    1. The copper shim, depending on how think it is will fit, but you'll compromise your thermal pads so you'll need to get thicker pads all around to have your VRM's make proper contact.

    or

    2. The shim won't fit and heat sink will not screw in place properly like it is designed to, leading into the first issue above.

    I would not recommend it.
     
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  3. N3V3RB3LIEV3

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    Thank you for the help! Looks like the only way now is to repaste and undervolt the crap out of the cpu and gpu. Keeping fingers crossed for good temps...
     
  4. 0Style

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    Has anyone ordered th 15r3 1070/6820HK from HID with the liquid metal repaste? How are the temps?
     
  5. raiden87

    raiden87 Notebook Evangelist

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    i have the 15r3 with 6820hk and 1070. I posted my temps on the first page
     
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    Did you repaste it yourself or used the option from HID? I just don't wanna commit to buying something that's beyond my technical level.. Thanks for your help!
     
  7. raiden87

    raiden87 Notebook Evangelist

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    repasted myself, but i am an it specialist and do this everyday (only with fujitsu notebooks :p )
     
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    Yeah but that's different. There is no saying if HID would do as good of a job as you did ;/
     
  9. jeremykrak

    jeremykrak Notebook Guru

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    Just did a repaste with IC Diamond. Temps dropped tremendously about 15 degrees (from 95 to 80) in an ADOBE PREMIERE 99% CPU render stress test I created.
     
  10. Mobius 1

    Mobius 1 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    oh no...
     
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