Alienware m17x r4 Extreme

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    Ah glad you figured that out.

    When you dumped your stock 1070M vbios and opened it up with the TDP tool did the stock values load? Or were they blank and you specified 215w?
     
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    Have you taken any steps to try and bump up yet? Thinking of dumping my stock vBIOS soon.
     
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    I just dont have the time to mess with my Ranger at the moment. I want to though lol, I have been focusing on physical fitness lately.

    I have a list of things i need to do to it.

    Modify CPU heatsink (have materials, processing bit by bit over the weekends) 8 heatpipes and frankentop heatsink
    Ditching my powered USB hub for a single USB device, which requires a bit of conversion (powering my 5TB HDD)
    Upgrade wifi to AX1650 (have parts)
    Retrofit EC bypass for max fan speed
    Reinstall N173HHE-G32 panel

    May consider the 3rd fan idea to cool the vrms on my 1070, may actually need it after TDP mod. Though I refuse to lose my storage, so I will have to find a compromise somewhere in the system.

    Im waiting until I am ready to do everything at once since basically I would have to tear down the laptop for the weekend.
     
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    You could replace the disc drive with a harddisk Caddy.
    I did it to mine to make room for the 3rd fan.
     
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    I already have a 5tb drive there
     
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    By the way I forgot to mention, with my gtx 1070 at 215w and my CPU running 4.3 GHz a single 330w is not enough, it will stall after few seconds of gaming.
    If you have a Alienware 17 R1 (Ranger) you will be stuck with a single 330w PSU. The Ranger will not draw more than 330w, making a dual PSU mod useless.
     
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    Fine by me, 330w is more than enough for my use case.
     
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    I have a second 330w PSU laying around now. I want to see where I can get with a VBIOS flash to like 130w.

    I still have hopes that somehow a VBIOS or driver will bring back HDMI-In on R4 w 1070M
     
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    So polling period of 1 on the EC will cause HWInfo to freeze within a few hours. I have bumped it to poll once in 99,000 cycles and went 140 hours without a freeze.

    You can't fully disable the EC in settings or the fans will not respond and spin up at all.
     

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