M17x-R4 (video) Disassembly to Optical, DIY SSD/MEM/Optical, Performance ScreenShots

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  1. Quagmire LXIX

    Quagmire LXIX Have Laptop, Will Travel!

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    -------------------------------------------------CPU ReTIM---------------------------------------------------

    I reTIMed the cpu (3610qm) and got a double digit improvement on load temps. The temps were always higher than I was used to with cpus and I wrote it off as Ivy, but they were getting worse and I was given a heads up to really look at them. If anyone is interested to see what the factory paste was like, it is at the 0:30 second mark. A little more tim came out of the tube than I wanted, but I sealed it up and temps were great. A few hours later, I wanted to do it again with less tim. Pulling it showed an excellent thorough spread. This time I made a longer, skinny line and temps are as good, but now I'm sure there is less spillover.

    Even though gpu temps have always been great and remain the same, I'm itching to reTIM that just to see if I can reduce high speed fan usage.

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    Hello again to the best laptop community. Here is my first video with a new toy. I ordered it as a special deal with an i7-3610qm and 7970m @ 1920x1080. Only a single 750GB spinner, 8GB mem and DVD Optical because I planned on DIY Plextor 256MB SSD, 4x4GB Corsair Vengeance and Sony BD writer.

    I found everything about the dis/assembly in the downloadable pdf manual which is well done and informative. Research and some other valuable info was of course found here. A tip of the hat to SlickDude80 and Batboy, but more are getting +rep for their efforts. great community here that I started in with being one of the first to purchase the G73JH back in Feb 2010.

    I plan on some gaming vids down the road. I'll just post the Youtube description from here about this laptop and preliminary performance info below it:

    Selectable up to 1080p. Some might say I went to the darkside, I see it as they came to the light. I love the soft black feel and look of the R4 (same as the G73), no more loud colors, even the lighted Alien head on top is subdued. Put it together with this beastly 7970m and IB and the price I was able to get, well, here I am.

    In this video I introduce my M17x to the tune of "Black" feat. Norah Jones and if any of you just finished Season 4 of "Breaking Bad" like I did, you'll know where I heard it. I point out a couple of cool features, show 2 separate bootup - program open - and shutdown sequences in real time. Then post screen shots of the DIY installed Plextor SSD I scored a good deal on for $200 after MIR and the OEM equipped i7-3610qm. Then screenshots of the 7970m running Heaven 3.0 and 3D Mark11 Performance and Xtreme settings with the stock 850/1200 and OC 950/1450 clocks.

    Then I bust the puppy open showing how I disassembled it all the way to the optical drive to replace it and add the inexpensive 16GB of Corsair Vengeance memory I found for $100. The Vengeance memory is well reviewed to work in the M17x (learn more at NoteBookReview.com Forums), so go ahead and save some $ and get the minimum installed by AW and buy these 2x4GB sets and DIY. I actually speak through the disassembly and not text you to death like I used to. Use my vid as a supplement if you'd like, but don't use it as your only guide as I don't show you every step, connector and screw to remove. The keyboard and screens screws aren't so much torqued like I say, they have thread compound on them that help secure it.

    The downloadable pdf manual for disassembly of the R4 is well detailed and all I used to do this. You'll need to get it (link provided below) and become very familiar with it. My video really just shows a few good tips and gives you another visual aid to the manual.

    I am very impressed with the build quality of this laptop. It is effeciently designed imo, the cable routing is very good. The performance is also impressive. The IB does run hotter on heavy loads than I would of hoped for (but I guess it's an IB thing, so I read), but the 7970m fan kicks into high gear at 68C and I mostly game between 65-68C. I haven't seen it above 68C yet.

    A tip of the hat to BatBoy and SlickDude80 at NoteBookReview.com forums (the place to be for laptop community imo) for their posts. Never needed to ask any questions about setup, oc'ing, assembly and testing. All the info is out there and I'm providing links to much of it here for you.

    This is the first video I edited and rendered on this laptop and it is considerably better than my previous G73JH for that and gaming. My X 3D Mark11 score here is just a little under my P score on the G73.

    Any questions, feel free to ask. I'm not sure that I will go all out making gaming videos for this laptop like I did the G73JH, but I will make some in the future.

    M17x-R4 Manual: Alienware: Online Documentation

    Unlock 7970m OC'ing in Afterburner by SlickDude80: http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...-mobility-7970-m17x-r3-illustrated-guide.html

    Plextor M3 Series PX-256M3 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Newegg.com - Plextor M3 Series PX-256M3 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model CMSX8GX3M2A1600C9 Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model CMSX8GX3M2A1600C9

    Sony Optiarc Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 5.8MB Cache SATA 12.7mm Slot Blu-ray Writer BD-5850H-01 Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 5.8MB Cache SATA 12.7mm Slot Blu-ray Writer BD-5850H-01


    IBandSSDHOT.jpg

    3D Mark11 Scores:
    850/1200 Clocks P5798 X1802
    950/1450 Clocks P6402 X2015

    Heaven 3.0:
    850/1200 Clocks 1364 MIN 34.8 MAX 115.7 AVG 54.2
    950/1450 Clocks 1552 MIN 28.9 MAX 137.2 AVG 61.6

    We'll see you around :)
     
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  2. MickyD1234

    MickyD1234 Notebook Prophet

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    Very good! I can see a LOT of people feeling more confident with pulling their machine apart:D . And so nice to see something other than a broken machine - Dell sales reps should be made to watch this to understand their customers.

    I look forward to the gaming tests :)
     
  3. StZu

    StZu Notebook Evangelist

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    Question to you: why did you not go with the 1866mhz ram?? does it not work with ivy bridge?

    Reason Im asking is because Im deciding whether or not to buy it...
     
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    good effort Dude! +
     
  5. Quagmire LXIX

    Quagmire LXIX Have Laptop, Will Travel!

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    Thanks MickyD! lol @ the sales reps, at least someone was thinking of user modding imo, because the manual is very detailed :) I'll get some game vids going soon.


    Cost and timing diff isn't worth 266MHz imo. With that being so clear to me, I didn't have to put in any research to consider them.


    Thanks Slick! I very much appreciate your super thread and efforts around this forum.
     
  6. Alienware-Frank_L

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    Great video! +1
     
  7. edd666999

    edd666999 Notebook Guru

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    This speakers at 12:33....wonder if they will be a straight swap to the R3...they are suppose to be much better.
     
  8. long2905

    long2905 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Wow great video, thanks for the effort dude! +rep!
     
  9. Quagmire LXIX

    Quagmire LXIX Have Laptop, Will Travel!

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    Thank you Frank! +rep to you for being an active rep in the forums :)

    I'm impressed with this machine!


    Sorry I don't have a frame of reference, however, I can say they do produce excellent sound.


    Thanks Warden! Send a raven if you need more troops at the wall :D





    I started the Gaming Videos Thread for anyone interested. It's for any and all Alienware laptops.

    Q
     
  10. Xenn0X

    Xenn0X Notebook Evangelist

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    nice movie, i did the same but installed msata card and 2ssd, 32gb ram and same sony!
    quite an experience it was.

    rep!
     
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