MSI 16L13 (Eurocom Tornado F5) Fan Modifications

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  1. qwerty8224

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    noise very loudly like an airplane))) but also cools better. And there is a choice you can configure as you wish.
     
  2. FrozenLord

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    Hey there,

    I have recently given the fan modification another go and want to share my results in case anyone else is still tinkering with their F5.
    Last time, I had bought the fan mentioned in the opening post and had received a slightly different model that did not work in the F5 - the RPM signal was not detected by the EC, whoch continued to ramp up the speed...

    This time around, I did find several offerings for the fan, but it always had that peculiar "compatible with" tag attached.
    Long story short, all suppliers I did find on eBay, offered some kind of fan, but never the one mentioned in the opening post.
    (Sourcing from Asia via AliExpress, GearBest, ... was not an option as I had a specific time in mind when I wanted to do the mod and the last parcels from China arrived about 2 months late)

    So I went ahead and ordered one of the "compatible with" fans.
    It turned out to be a "Sunon Maglev MF90201V1-C010-S9A" (a 25mm high, GPU fan of the G750), which offers a housing and connector akin to the one in the opening post.
    The connector is still pinned incorrectly, reversed, but you don't actually need to cut and resolder it.
    It's just as possible to carefully lift the plastic pieces holding the contacts in place, thereby unlocking the contacts and removing them from the connector.
    Afterwards, just insert them back in the correct sequence and you have a fan that looks perfectly fine, without burnt wires or isolating tape.

    It's possible to work around the fan colliding with the case by trimming the fan's plastic, i.e. take a multitool and start working on the position of the fan where it collides with the screw mount.
    In my situation, the fan was colliding with the screw mount on the very edge of its case.
    Grinding it down slightly with a multi tool allowed placing it in the case without significant collision, while also keeping the case's mounting intact.
    (As the collision was on the very edge of the case, grinding it down did not even create a hole in the case, as the outer material seems to be quite generous in its thickness)

    Closing the F5's case with the 25mm fan inside is possible, but the bottom cover will press on the fan.
    This means that it will require the bottom cover mod with drilled holes or even the larger cut ones to allow the fan to get some air.
    But it will also be the end of any air cirulation inside the case caused by the fan.
    (This device seems built around the idea that the fans create underpressure in the case and the air is sucked in through various holes in the case, thereby cooling the PCH and other parts)
    I have drilled several holes in the bottom cover to allow the easier airflow to the GPU fan and realized that this new fan, and probably all fans for the G750's GPU, are laid out a bit differently.
    Their center is shifted when compared to the stock fan (and similar ones) resulting in the existing holes covering a bit of fan and a lot of the fan's housing.
    After drilling some additional holes, I closed the bottom and fired up my laptop.

    My first impressions are:
    > they spin up just fine and the EC registers them, so fully working
    > the sound characteristic is different, slightly less high pitched
    > the fan seems to generate almost not sound at all
    > however, in my version of the mod (several drilled holes below the GPU fan), higher fan speeds (95% +) create air turbulence in the case that is about as loud as the previous fans
    This air turbulence sounds like a rush of wind and is stopped completely, if I cover the holes with my hand (stopping or massively reducing the air flow)
    Considering that I have covered most of the fan's intake area with holes, I assume that my hole pattern (be it the size of the holes or the distance between the holes) is to blame here and going with a cut hole covered by a mesh could solve it.
    And yet, I don't want to glue / tape a mesh to my bottom cover in order to cover cut holes, which is why I am returning to my trusty N395.

    Performance-wise, they seem to trade blows.
    Doing some runs of 3DMark and playing some games, I get similar temperatures that are off by 1°C max (the N395 is 1°C cooler), so I'd give the Sunon one the benefit of the doubt.
     
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    it would be nice if you could share some photos of the work done
     
  4. FrozenLord

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    I don't have any pictures at hand of the installed fan, but you can find a picture of my bottom case mod here:
    *** MSI 16L13 (Eurocom Tornado F5)/EVOC 16L-G-1080 15.6" Owner's Lounge ***

    And the GPU heatsink mod, which is still working nicely, can be found here:
    *** MSI 16L13 (Eurocom Tornado F5)/EVOC 16L-G-1080 15.6" Owner's Lounge ***

    If it is of any help, I can upload a picture of the reordered connector fan as well, but I think that is not as helpful.
     
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    Thank you :)
     

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