Alienware M18xR2 New/Updated BIOS Mods - NOW WITH MAXWELL LEGACY SUPPORT - Testers Needed

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Do you like this m18xR2 Bios Mod I made (A11 Unlocked)

  1. This BIOS Mod ROCKS!

  2. It's good, but needs more work...

  3. This thing sucks... :(

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  1. vulcan78

    vulcan78 Notebook Deity

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    I would DL 3DMark11 but my DL speed is about 250kb where I am at the moment (public library). My CPU score is about average.
     
  2. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox BGA Filth-Hating Elitist

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  3. vulcan78

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    Mr. Fox youre tempting me to add more voltage. I might actually have some thermal overhead in that if I run the fans at an ear-deafening 4200 RPM the temps will not exceed whatever temperature I designate them to run at that RPM. I'm tempted to try for another 100MHz on the core, say 1350-1375Mhz @ 1.1v or so and see what the temps do.

    Right now I kinda have to run the fans at 4200 RPM in some games where the avg. load sits above a certain point, say 80%, as the temps will continue to rise and somewhat stabilize at 80-82C with the fans at a tolerable 3700 RPM.

    With games where the avg. load is lower, like GTA 5 which I doesn't run well at 75Hz, for whatever reason, I am seeing peak a peak of 74-74C and an avg. of 70C with the fans at 3700 RPM and avg. utilization a bit lower around 60-65%. This with everything nearly maxed out, including Tesselation, PCSS shadows, etc. Really loving this baby 980.

    I really wish I could run just the GPU fan at that speed, it would cut down on the noise a bit.
     
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    Update:

    Well I suppose the perception that I had thermal overhead was a placebo effect, I ran Valley until completion and not only did the temps get up to 85C at the end, both at 1.1v and 1.087v but the second attempt resulted in a black screen, welp.

    :(

    This with the fans at 4200 RPM. Just re-ran it at +136 / +250 @ 1.062v and got 77C at the end. So yeah, that extra 30Mhz on the core is absolutely not worth the additional voltage.
     
  5. Johnksss

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    That is not quite accurate. We use 3d11 because it's Not cpu core influenced in the gpu score makeup. And only partially cpu speed influenced up to 4.0 ghz on any one core.
    If you want to go fully test a cpu, then you would need to run vantage cpu test 1 and 2. And most of you will crash on that with these high overclocks on cpu.
     
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    Thank you for the correction brother. apologies for the misinformation.
     
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    No problem. :)
     
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    Hey I just noticed that my fans do work without Hwinfo64! I had just booted up and got preoccupied with other things and didn't get a chance to turn my fans to 1500 RPM (whilst web browsing etc.) in Hwinfo64 and a few moments had gone by and I heard a faint whirring noise and low and behold it was the CPU fan activating around 60C. So then I fired up Unigine Valley and sure enough the GPU fan kicked in around 75C and kept the temp. stead at 77C, even under 99% load and with a far less audible report than having both the CPU and GPU fan's manually set to 3700 RPM!

    I thought that the default fan algorithm was inoperable with 980M!

    Edit:

    Unfortunately it seems the fans wont exceed 3700 RPM. :(
     
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  9. TBoneSan

    TBoneSan Laptop Fiend

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    The fans worked 100% for me without 3rd party programs when I had 980m SLI in my r2. It seems to be hit or miss with some systems.
     
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    Yes it is definitely hit and miss, mine also work fine.
     
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