*OFFICIAL* Alienware 13 R3 Owner's Lounge

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  1. Redteam

    Redteam Notebook Guru

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    Just got a 13 R3 and I am happy to say it's working pretty well. Temps max at high 70's GPU and CPU while gaming, 2 degrees CPU core difference (out of box, have not undervolted yet).

    Had a weird problem with it refusing to connect to any site or game that required login credentials that turned out to be a problem with the Killer wifi application (?!?). The guy that sorted it out at Dell premium support was pretty on to it, no complaints there.

    I read this entire thread before pulling the trigger, thanks to everyone for the great info. I made notes as I went so here are some of the things that might be of most use to people new to the thread:

    Useful applications
    LatencyMon to understand framerate drops
    HWinfo to monitor temps etc

    Undervolting
    Thanks to ThatOldGuy for the guide:
    How to automatically undervolt in XTU without opening it
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...-under-volt-in-xtu-without-opening-it.802143/
    Download from here:
    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/24075/Intel-Extreme-Tuning-Utility-Intel-XTU-

    Thanks to Smugpanda for the links:
    Low power adapter apparently keeps the noise and heat low.
    Dell 90 watt adapter: http://a.co/hXz1U9Z
    Replacement RAM.
    Crucial DDR4 2400Mhz: http://a.co/c0N6Zpl

    Replace Wifi card if you have trouble with Killer:
    Intel 8260

    OLED burn in prevention
    Set background to solid black.
    Set the task bar to auto-hide.
    Set display to turn off after 30 seconds - 5 minutes of inactivity.
     
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  2. Fleischhaus

    Fleischhaus Notebook Enthusiast

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    OLED Ghosting

    Anyone else have this? I see these purple "shadows" or blurs, say when I drag a dark window around over a dark background, when something moves in a dark scene in a game or movie etc. It's especially noticeable on lowered screen brightness.
    It's not super bad but once you notice, you can't unsee it.

    Thanks for your help!

    P.S.: Otherwise, this thing rocks. Temps stay under 80°C under full load with the CPU sitting at 3200MHz (boost clock lowered by me) and GPU sitting at 1800MHz constantly! -150mV on CPU, -225mV on GPU. Brilliant. Also ~7hrs of battery life netflixing :3
     
  3. cn555ic

    cn555ic Notebook Evangelist

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    Wow. Undervolt of -150mv. I Never seen or heard of anyone going so high with undervolt and computer not crashing.
     
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  4. Fleischhaus

    Fleischhaus Notebook Enthusiast

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    Had a similar problem, just turning off the "advanced monitoring" thingy did the trick for me. Did Dell offer a different/better solution?
     
  5. pathfindercod

    pathfindercod Notebook Deity

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    My current 13 and the last 3 ive had handles -150 fine. Actually mt 17r4 runs at -150. Occasionally after exiting a very taxing game like BF1 it will crap out. If I remember ill drop is to -140 for BF1 only. Everything runs great at -150.
     
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    propeldragon Notebook Consultant

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    I'm undervolting at -150mv.
     
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    DaBears92 Notebook Enthusiast

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  8. BJplusMilo21

    BJplusMilo21 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Really?

    I was able to obtain a stable level of -210mv on my machine.

    The Level was determined to be stable after running realbench for 2 hours and an intel burn test for 20 minutes.

    Moving on:

    When Stress testing HWiNFO64 reports GPU Limit Power and Limit utilisation.

    These two states occur no matter if the laptop was undervolted or not undervolted.

    Do these states indicate laptop throttling? If so is there a solution to the problem?

    For more information see attached photo: GPU.
     

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  9. cn555ic

    cn555ic Notebook Evangelist

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    My old MB I could not undervolt it passed -130mv without it crashing during gaming. This new MB replacement I am
    Able to do -140mv. I Haven’t tried -150 just yet but at -140mv my core temps are lower then ever. Playing the Division for 2 hours core temps around 65c and pch at 76c. Wonderful. It is IMO the best laptop that I have owned. It is the most sturdy and rigid laptops compared to all the other offerings sold today IMO. The OLED is spectacular.


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    I tried -150mv CPU and games would crash during loading on AAA games. -140mv is stable and no crashes as my machine can only handle that undervolt.
     
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  10. Fleischhaus

    Fleischhaus Notebook Enthusiast

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