M18x-r2 CPU heatsink upgrade question

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Mark Sutherland, Jan 30, 2017.

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  1. Mark Sutherland

    Mark Sutherland Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi All,
    First time posting here so hope I'm doing it right.

    I have a Alienware M18x-R2 purchased in October 2012, I am looking at upgrading the CPU to Intel i7-3940xm and thanks to the great posts by Mr Fox I have worked out I need to upgrade my single pipe cpu heatsink to a triple pipe cpu heatsink.
    So I rushed off ordered a heatsink from Ebay D/PN: 0VMK2 00VMK2 that said it suited Alienware 18 models, then I found Mr Fox's thread on this and saw it had a different Dell Part Number to the one he suggested (D/PN:0MXJ5 00MXJ5).
    My question is does anyone know if the heatsink that I ordered will fit my system please.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Pics are from the Ebay listing and a link to the listing as well below.

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    Pics are from the Ebay listing
    Ebay Listing: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/11197299...2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT#rpdCntId

    My Current set up is:

    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
    Intel i7-3840QM 2.8GHz (Single pipe cpu heatsink)
    Nvidia Geforoce GTX 675M Duel in SLI
    24 GB DDR3 1600GHz Ram
    Samsung 840 EVO 500Gb SSD

    I will be looking at upgrading the GPU's latter down the track when I can afford it and have read heaps on this site about that - Thanks to everyone for all of that info

    Cheers
     
  2. kenny27

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    Hi Mark,
    The heatsink you have bought is for the Alienware 18 not the M18x R2 sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I don't think it will work.
    Hopefully you can sell it on to an 18 owner?
     
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    Thank you Kenny27 and Raidriar for your fast reply,
    I thought it was not the right one, didn't want to pull apart the laptop to find out it wouldn't fit. I will organize a return of the other one back to the seller.
    Thanks Raisriar for the link I will grab that one and happy days.

    Cheers again
     
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    Another question please,
    Would it be a good idea to remove the thermal pad it comes with and use something like Gelid GC-Extreme or will that be a bit of over kill.

    Cheers again
     
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    absolutely. go one step further and use liquid ultra or conductonaut for optimal thermal transfer. That's what I use on all my CPUs
     
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    Thank You again Raidriar,
    I will order some of what you have suggested, I'm so chuffed in this site wasn't expecting such quick replies and to sort out my problems as easy as you have help me with.
    Top Stuff Old Mate
    I'm looking for to doing the CPU upgrade and a bit latter the GPU's as well.

    Take Care
     
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    Go for the 3920XM, don't bother with the 3940XM unless you find it same price or cheaper than a 3920XM. overclock that baby, slap a 980M or two in there, and you get a computer that's very capable even today. Keep your M18x R2, it's the best laptop Alienware ever built.
     
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    Mark Sutherland Notebook Enthusiast

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    I absolutely agree with you Raidriar, I would have to facing Ragnarok before I get rid of my M18X-R2 it's been the best rig and has never missed a beat.
    I already picked up a i7-3940XM for $400 from a reliable seller and it's on it's way so I can't turn that one back (and I will overclock that sucker as well) and reckon I will go with the Thermal grizzly conductnaught for the paste.
    Thanks also for the advice on the GPU too that was going to be my next lengthy task to research what GPU to go for, I will check what price I can get a couple of them for. Is there a price mark you would suggest that I should be spending on them.
    I read Mr Fox's posts on upgrading the GPU and INF files to get that working, good info and his vid on the tear down of my beast as well.
    I'll update this thread with my results too, I'm very much looking forward to this project.

    Thanks heaps Man
     
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    980Ms typically run 500 used and 650-700 new...steep prices. You will need the updated hacked BIOS that svl7, swick, and I modified:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...-r2-maxwell-legacy-bios.800447/#post-10435796
     
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