Alienware m17x R4 GTX1070 mxm successful upgrade

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Handale30, Oct 19, 2018.

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What would you rather have?

  1. Alienware 17 R3 6700HQ GTX1070

  2. Alienware M17x R4 3820QM GTX 1070

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  1. Handale30

    Handale30 Notebook Guru

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    So ive owned quite a few Alienware laptops but out of all of them my favorite has always been the great m17x R4. I love its aggressive looks, its lines and grills remind me of lamborgini design, the 1 glass sheet screen, the media keys looked futuristic and its laser etched name plate added a touch of personalization and attention to detail that they used to have.
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    So considering it still has powerful specs for modern standards, i7 processors, 32gb ram, 2ssd and 1msata slots, 120hz 3D display, mxm slot, sd card reader, I couldn't help but to sell my 2 current laptops (15 R1 980m, 4k, 15 R3 1060) and purchase a pristine example of this machine with all its original packaging to upgrade it up to todays specs.
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    The Original Specs of this particular system were:
    * Intel i7 3820qm 2.7ghz / 3.7ghz
    * Nvidia GTX680m 2gb
    * 8gb DDR3 RAM 1600mhz CL11
    * 250gb Samsung 840pro SSD
    * 1tb Seagate Momentum HDD
    * 17" 1080p 120hz 3D display
    Desired Upgrades:
    * Intel i7 3940mx 3.0ghz / 3.9ghz
    * Nvidia GTX 1070 8gb
    * 32gb DDR3 Ram 1600 CL10 Corsair
    * 1tb Samsung 860 EVO SSD
    * Liquid Metal and better thermal pads

    2019 Specs:
    * Intel i7 3940mx 3.0ghz / 3.9ghz
    * Zotac GTX 1070mxm 8gb
    * 32gb DDR3 Ram 1866 CL9 Corsair Vengeance
    * 1tb Samsung 860 Evo SSD
    * 256gb Samsung 840 Pro SSD
    * Liquid Metal and Fujipoly 17w/mk thermal pads
    * 17.3" 1080p 120hz 3D display
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    I already purchased the GTX 1070 mxm, 32gb RAM and the 1tb SSD.
    The GTX1070 is installed and working at its full power. I applied Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut liquid metal thermal compound to both CPU and GPU and Fujipoly ultra extreme 17.0 W/mK thermal pads with my modified GPU heatsink and new X-bracket. CPU is overclocked from OEM BIOS to stage1 4.1ghz 3.9ghz 4cores. No chasis or board was cut or damaged during this process as I wanted to keep its integrity and no throttle issues what so ever. As I already had the 120hz edp screen, it was an easier job to do and thanks to @Striker1234 and to @D4ddy for their threads as they made me have the guts to go through the project and to Rick for selling me this perfect example of a computer.

    Alienware m17x r4 1070 mxm
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...other-socket-victory-against-bga-crap.803637/
    Alienware m17 Ranger 1070 mxm
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/alienware-17-r5-gtx-1070-mxm-3-1b.800137/

    Here are some before and after benchmarks so you can see this baby flying ;)
    let me know what you think about these numbers...
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    I will be uploading more pictures soon as it only lets me upload 5. If you guys have any questions id be glad to help out.

    current issues:
    - the GPU fan does not automatically work so I have to use HWinfo to manually build the fan table but HWinfo sucks balls at this and doesn't start them automatically either, also with HWinfo I take control of both CPU and GPU fans at the same time and sometimes I just want my CPU fan to be spinning. so if someone has a fix for this man that would be great!

    - for some weird reason during Battlefield 4 multiplayer gaming when I'm looking at graphically intensive places GPU usage is 99% and CPU 70% FPS:150 but when I stare at a wall GPU usage is 50% CPU 50% and FPS: 90... doesn't make any sense. Not sure of its a Battlefield problem but is weird because I played Rise of the Tomb Raider side by side vs a new Alienware 17 gtx 1070 and I had ~5fps better through out the first 20 mins of the game. :cool:

     
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  2. Handale30

    Handale30 Notebook Guru

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    GTX 680m Heatsink modding in 4 spots to fit the GTX 1070.
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    These are the different sizes I had to use and the high temp electrical tape can be seen on the GPU as a secondary measure on top of the conformal coating Screenshot_20181019-045610_Gallery.jpg

    Liquid metal applied to CPU and heatsink. MG chemicals Silicone conformal Coating applied to CPU and GPU PCB boards to avoid short circuit.
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    2 out of 4 Corsair Ram installed, dual SSDs done.
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  3. M18x-oldie

    M18x-oldie Notebook Evangelist

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    Wonderful decision :D

    :vbthumbsup:
     
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  4. EepoSaurus

    EepoSaurus Notebook Evangelist

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    Really well done. Its a great machine. I think about getting one every once and again.
     
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  5. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    Looks like your CPU is only hitting 40w, on your OSD you dont have it displaying the current core clock unless my lack of sleep is getting to me.

    If your CPU is running 3.0Ghz on 1600Mhz ram then I could see why your CPU usage is really high but GPU not being fully utilized.

    What AC Adapter are you using? 240w? 330w? something else?

    Also make sure to disable AC Adapter warnings in BIOS, previous user had troubles until disabling that option in the bios. Also make sure your CPU is running at least its turbo.

    You can likely use Throttlestop to remedy a majority of your CPU issues without needing to tinker in the BIOS.
     
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  6. rjtnag

    rjtnag Notebook Evangelist

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    Congrats! Looks amazing! Enjoy your new beast!
     
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  7. Striker1234

    Striker1234 Notebook Consultant

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    JUST PERFECT!
     
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  8. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    Nice job! One of the best designs ever. I'm running my M18xR2 still.

    Which 1070 is that?
     
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  9. kingofswag187

    kingofswag187 Notebook Deity

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    Looks to be a MSI 1070 in standard form factor
     
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  10. Handale30

    Handale30 Notebook Guru

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    I'll update the video with all core clocks present but What bothers me is that CPU and GPU usage and consumption rise when looking at the trees (normal) but so do the FPS to 150 and when I look at a simple wall my CPU nad GPU usage and consumption go down and so do my FPS drop to 90. And playing Tomb Raider I get to parts where both are 90% usage. So its as if the game is doing that

    Ill check the battery warnings and remove them to see if it helps, my CPU usually runs between 3.9 and 4.1 ghz while gaming.

    Im running a 240w adapter and have 3 of them so im sure im getting the 240w delivered.

    But even though ive seen my cpu at 99% usage I dont think ive ever seen it pull much more than 45w... ill check that out and msg you back!

    Oh one last thing, I dont get any throttling from power temp or anything else registered on hwinfo.

    Thanks for stepping in and trying to help, Ill get right on it!!!o_O
     
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