[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. rinneh

    rinneh Notebook Prophet

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    Hmm that sucks to hear. That means it isnt a great solution after all.
     
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    For someone who is new to this, how would you suggest to cover such thin gaps? 0.1-0.2mm ones
     
  3. rinneh

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    0.2mm thermal pads but those are hard to come by.
     
  4. Pete Light

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    0.1mm thermal tape

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  5. crazy08

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    for the 1.5mm thickness stock pads is it okay to stack a 1mm and a 0.5mm pad together to achieve the thickness?
    Or even 3x 0.5mm pads?
    Does that significantly degrade their performance?
     
  6. rinneh

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    Its not ideal but it can be done if the pads are not of a dry type. Arctic pads for example are okay for this.
     
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    Oh, My apologies. I should have been paying attention.

    I hope these work better.

    https://imgur.com/7AtfPIi

    https://imgur.com/BxD4nQn
     
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    Fujipoly?

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  10. BartyB

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    My Alienware 17 R4 w/ 1080 and7820HK when I stress test it the temps are showing fine but yet after say 5 mins the stress test or while gaming will just stop working and it will say "game has stopped working" or unigine just stops working.. I am going to hope and assume it is temp related and that doing a repaste and repad will solve the issue.

    So when it comes to the thermal pads. I take off all the stock ones and replace them with the better thermal pads.. should I put the HS back on (after I clear off the thermal paste) and make sure all the thermal pads have impressions so I know they are all making good contact and if so then put on the new thermal paste? Or will lifting heat sink back up "ruin" the pad?

    Also for the PCH mod.. where can I get the fin, I don't see any that are less than 5mm. Also what glue do you use?

    Lastly I saw someone post something about lapping the heatsinks before using liquid metal? Is that step necessary? I'm thinking about using LM I'm just wary since I have never even heard about it before nvm using it.
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2018
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