AW17 R1 (Ranger) Fan Mod

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Trabant Dave, May 24, 2015.

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  1. DaveFromGameaVision

    DaveFromGameaVision Notebook Consultant

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    The 11.4 CFM is the GPU fan and the 6.4 CFM is the CPU fan. The fans are not the same size/shape so they are not interchangeable.
     
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    ah, thinking of the 10.4 CFM fan.

    anyway, i am waiting for the fans to arrive and i am not sure which screw post i need to chop off for the CPU fan....maybe i could cut and reglue into a new position?

    the part # i ordered is XN0G5.
     
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    The M14X fan should have one screw hole that lines up correctly IIRC. You should be fine cutting the other two off and just leaving it attached with one as long as it aligns with the CPU heatsink. Please post some pics and some before and after temps if you can, I'm very interested in upgrading to that fan.
     
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    The CPU fan cavity in the R1 has a bit of floor that should be enough to use some double sided tape. The cpu fan hasn't shipped yet but the GPU has and I'll get back on that when it arrives.

    Still waiting on my display cable for the 120hz panel.

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    I believe he is talking about the m17x r3 cpu fan that trabant Dave was saying he has a 6.5 cfm version. I was also asking about this because all I can find is the 2.3 cfm version. Yeah if someone could let us know if atleast one screw hole from the m14x r2 lines up in the r5, then I would definitely get that fan. I bought the m17x r3 fans but the 2.3 cfm version doesn't seem do much more than the stock fan


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    my CPU hasn't shipped yet while the GPU fan has shipped and i am just waiting for it. the current GPU fan i have which is also a non-stock fan is only 3CFM and i don't see much of a change over < 2CFM stock fan. the GPU fan should be a simple straight swap. will have to check what i need to cut off the CPU fan to get it to fit.
     
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    I swapped the gpu fan with the m17x r3 thpdj 11cfm fan and it it a perfect fit. The fan cable is a little tricky because the cable is short but it does fit. Big improvement. But the 2.3 cfm m17x r3 is a pointless upgrade. Will try the m14x r2 fan after hearing how it goes for you gh0st


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    i think others like @j95 have done the mod.

    EDIT: I am hoping the higher CFM fans will help with temps with a 120Hz panel.

    EDIT 2: got notification that the CPU fan has shipped so will see how i can get it to fit once it arrives. probably won't come till some time in august.
     
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    The R3 CPU fan is definitely 2.3cfm, rather than 6.5cfm. The 6.5cfm version is Dell XPS M1530 fan.
     
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    the xps m1530 cpu fan fits correctly in aw17 r1????
     
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