Buying new Alienware 17, thermal issues persist?

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by naldor, May 9, 2017.

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  1. naldor

    naldor Notebook Consultant

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    Hello everyone!

    After being gone for a while( a long long long while), I decided to return to gaming on a laptop! I used to be an enthousiastic overclocker(I contributed to fixing bricked alienware bioses, check my older threats), maybe some of you remember me. Anyways I am looking for some feedback regarding the new Alienware 17. I browsed the forums and encountered alot of threads about thermal issues, are they still present to this date? Repasting fixes them complety, or is the cooling inferiour to the MSI model?
    In the past I owned an MSI gt72 2qe with gtx 980m and before that an alienware 17 r4 with amd 7970m and replaced it with an gtx 680m(cost me my arm).
    What I am planning to buy, feedback is welcome!
    Alienware 17
    QHD screen 120hz(the lining issues are fixed now?)
    i7-7700HQ(i7-7820HK worth it)
    Gtx 1070(is the 1080 worth it?)
    16gb 2667 mhz
    256gb SSD 1TB HD
    Currently for 2277 euro, is this an allright price or any of you got in europe any experience with getting deals off dell? This price is included 200 euro discount and 7% discount.

    I would like to thank everyone in advance for contributing any feedback which can make me help a better decision.
     
  2. naldor

    naldor Notebook Consultant

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    I think i made this in the wrong alienware 17, could any mod please move it to the right one. Sorry for the trouble!
     
  3. Raidriar

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    go 1080, replace paste with liquid ultra on both of them.
     
  4. MogRules

    MogRules Notebook Deity

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    The problems are certainly much better then they used to be but some people are still reporting issues but again, nowhere near as many as before. Alienware made some changes back in December and things improved, and then when the 7xxx series launched it got better.

    As with any brand you could get a bad unit but your chances of doing so are much less now IMO.
     
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    Papusan JOKEBOOKs Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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  6. naldor

    naldor Notebook Consultant

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    I ordered the GTX 1070, I couldnt justify the extra expense for the gtx 1080. Dont think I need the performance. THanks for the feedback, I will post back here once it arrived and how the temps play out before repasting.
     
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    solat152 Notebook Guru

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    The official thread scared me away from 17 r4. Just a desktop instead. Very happy with the decision. But I don't game on the go.
     
  8. Bkengineered

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    I have the i7-7820hk with 1080 gtx the heat issues are there. Only a week old. I was able to overclock at 4.92GHZ with my temps hitting 80c- to high 90s on an off seconds only. But still freaked me out. I can run it at 4.6Ghz smoothly but still have high temps but man it's a beast. This is also my first high end laptop like this. Might do a repaste this weekend.
     
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    Do you the shuttering issue in games.
     
  10. Bkengineered

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    Only thing I really noticed was the extreme temps and some clipping in frames, but it looked insane in a good way. I just clocked it back down. My temps don't even hit 70c with any ultra settings maxed out on performance being maxed out on all options, I'm very new to this and I have have crashed the system about 25 times in last 2 days, I think I got a decent chip though, alot of research last few days I've done trying to figure out that sweet spot. Pretty fun doing it as long as I don't blow it up in the first year I'll be good.
     
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