Bought an M15x..

Discussion in 'Alienware M15x' started by Shockwave_Omega, May 28, 2018.

  1. King of Interns

    King of Interns Simply a laptop enthusiast

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    Not bad. I just reinstalled GTV V and fired it up on the 5850 &(750/1000). At 1920x1080 with some all shadow eye candy on and limits off the machine returns around 45fps. This was a surprise for such an old card and all the while only hitting a max temp of 80c in ambients temp of 25c.

    M6000 is not a bad card. Clock it up nicely for a good return in performance and be on the look out for a 920xm they come cheap and is alot faster than the 840qm. When I play GTA V for example I run a quick OC of 3ghz all cores and this is not even pushing it with stock cooling. 840qm you are stuck at about 2ghz max across all cores.
     
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    Shockwave_Omega Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks. I will be on the lookout for a 9x0XM. Those dont come on the market near me so much so... Hmm. Also working on a budget at the moment. Wife wasnt to happy to give me budget for this upgrade.
    Would have love to have gone a bit farther with the upgrade. Atleast I am going dual --> quad core. Have been playing some Star Trek Online, GuildWars2 and World of Warships recently on the 5730 currently installed. It isnt to shabby but it could do better.
     
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    Ok so after working a bit more on the problem I think I found the problem. The original x bracket that came with the card is .. crap. Installed the 5730 one and the cooler mounts without problems. However I have a gap between the card and the cooler..
     
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    Have been reading some older treads about the M6000 cards. Have seen people that have to use shims and others that dont have to use them. Is there a great difference in temperatures and so on when using a shim? Orderd some shims today and some new thermalpads.
    Had the M6000 installed today and did some graphics tests but the card would cut out @ +/- 80C. Used a homemade shim made from a 2 eurocent coin. Card would not cool down one bit with the graphics tests not even with fan @ 100% speed.
     
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    DO NOT USE SHIMS. YOU RUN THE RISK OF CRUSHING YOUR CORE!!!!!!
    what is happening, is the original screws have built in limiters. Remove the c-clamp securing the screws, remove screws, replace with dell screws from m17x r3/4 or m18x r1/2, this will give proper contact with the core. Do not overtighten screws.

    Your card is overheating because stock screws are not making enough heatsink contact with the core.
     
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    Ok so I dont have screws of just about every laptop around.. I have a ton of screws from Lenovo's but I cant tell if those would fit. Also still need to wait for new thermal pads. Would love to know why some people need a shim or screw adjustments and others just trow it in there and it all works out of the box. Shorte screws would work for this problem? Crap I need sleep (my typing is all over the place).. Working a 13 hour shift the next 2 days...
     
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    Agreed shims = crushed card.

    Get on ebay if necessary and order correct ones. If it takes couple of weeks so be it otherwise you will have a brick of a M15x.
     
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    Will look for some screws. Might have some lying around (deconstructed a lot of laptops).
     
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    So just tested with some custom (longer screws cut down) Seems to work great like this. Not a bad temperature (older pads got new ones comming and artic silver thin spread). PowerMAX does push the core to 100% got the newer AMD drivers installed so it isnt seen as a M6000. Could install the M6000 driver which works without fail as well.
     
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