[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. SoldierRBT

    SoldierRBT Notebook Geek

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    I didn't repad it, just repaste. If I repad, will it improve the uneven core temperatures? before repaste the uneven core temps were about 20C, after repaste is 7-9C. I repaste with the X method in both CPU and GPU. GPU now max temp is 65C, that's 4C lower than stock paste.

    I'm testing my OC with OCCT and core#0 failed after 1hour. Change the voltage to -110mv to see if it can past the 1hour test. Max temp in OCCT is 78C with 4.1GHz all cores
     
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  2. Altairwarz

    Altairwarz Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have repadded the gpu side of my unit and have 9 - 12C differential at stock clocks. But when i OC cores 0 1 and 2 hit upto 99C and avg around 85 while core 3 hit a max of 85C and avg at 74C and there’s upto 20C differentials.

    At stock clocks my CPU temps rarely go beyond 85C and usually average at 70C with a -135mv undervolt.

    I will repad the CPU side soon that might solve the issue.

    My GPU never goes above 65C.


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  3. SoldierRBT

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    Let me know if repadding the CPU side improve the uneven core temps. I'd like to reduce my 7C-9C differential to 3C-5C.
     
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  4. TheSpudLord

    TheSpudLord Newbie

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    So I just recently repasted with conductonaut, and i'm not getting the temps I was expecting, and in some cases, things have been even worse. I'm pretty sure my issues are with the thermal pads, but before I take this thing apart again, I wanted to get some input. So, from what i've gathered, differing core temps are a pretty common issue, but for me, im having almost a 20- 30 degree difference between cores 0 2 and 1 3. at idle, cores 0 2 hang around 75, and cores 1 3 hang around 60, but under load, cores 0 2 throttle at 99 while 1 3 stay around 75. I also get readings that that the CPU package and IA cores hang around 75@idle but are hitting 105@Max under load. The Package/Ring also reads as thermal throttling under load too. I'm pretty new to this so any help I can get would be great, thanks!
     
  5. rinneh

    rinneh Notebook Prophet

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    Thats definitely a problem with the pads but maybe your heatsink is a bit of a dud to begin with.
     
  6. Engineer-94

    Engineer-94 Notebook Enthusiast

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    What if I use it in a very little amount ? I got two choices: 1. Thermal grizzly kryonaut, 2. Arctic Silver.

    Really confused. What to do?
     
  7. Mobius 1

    Mobius 1 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Just leave the really thin thermal pad alone, you don't need to change that.
     
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  8. Engineer-94

    Engineer-94 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I don't have that thin thermal pad there, my machine was shipped before Oct 2017? And that is the real problem.
     
  9. Mobius 1

    Mobius 1 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    So you have 0.5mm pad?

    Just remove it, the chokes don't really need cooling.



    If you would like to use Thermal paste for now, that would work too.
     
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  10. Engineer-94

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    So can I use kryonaut in 0.1 mm space? Is it dangerous?
     
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