*OFFICIAL* Alienware 13 R3 Owner's Lounge

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  1. cn555ic

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    @propeldragon

    The new placement of the thermal pad seems to show some minor reductions in temps of GPU. CPU showed no improvement and it can be the fact I have this thermal pad in the GPU side. Will have to add one to the other side when I get a chance but this trial and error is costly! The Gelid pads are not cheap and I must have wasted a sheet or two already :(. Although my testing shows minor temp reduction in GPU and PCH chip, it still seems to work. I placed a double layer of 2mm gelid pad vertical on the left side of heatpipe making contact on all 3 pipes straight down to the location where the pch chip is and then slightly curved towards the bottom which makes contact with the metal part of the cover. You will understand when you turn the cover over. There is a expose aluminum rectangle shape near where the pch chip is when you place lid on. It is near the plastic icon where it shows it’s a warning of HOT.

    The thermal pad is placed along the yellow lines in the picture below. I am seeing GPU drop about 1-2c degrees and pch temps seem to be lower too by that same margin possibly more. I am going to place another one on the other side but this one will go Further.

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  2. Marksman30k

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    Blue pads are thick 4mm+ pads placed over the 3 heatpipes running on top of the GPU and CPU. The heat is wicked to the mesh and eventually dissipates in to the panel. This has an added effect of increasing the cooler mounting pressure thereby further improving temperatures.

    The Red are also 4mm pads except they interface at the NVME drive area (top slot) and the VRM area of the GPU that shows through the plastic shroud (the one with pictures of squiggly lines). However, these pads I placed are softer and have thermal paste to not interfere too much with the mounting pressure on the motherboard. The purpose of this is to wick heat from the NVME drive and the GPU VRMs to the base plate.

    I do know the system works really well because the fans pretty much never spin up and the base panel + mesh gets quite hot to touch.

    I doubt this system will net you much temperature gains on load but it is extremely effective at improving the passive thermal dissipation when the fan is off.

    As a further refinement, when my warranty expires, I'm going to cut away some of the plastic shrouding on the base panel and use copper shims or old heatpipes (salvaged from other laptops) to make the transfer process more efficient.
     
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    At first I thought that was a thermal pad on the outside lol.
     
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    There is definitely some reduction in GPU and PCH temps. When playing “The Division” my GPU always hits 72c after about an hour play. After adding the thermal pad GPU never goes above 70-71c but the pch the temps have dropped significantly to 62-64c. About 3-4c
     
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    EDIT: This is now fixed in clean install of 1809 with Nvidia 411.70 and latest 24.20.100.6286, Intel Graphics finally correctly shows some utilisation in games.

    I used the link below to install 1809.
    24 hours into testing, not one problem.

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/windows-10.762434/page-527#post-10800115

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    I was talking to my wife and kids about my laptop setup during dinner and my wife started abusing me and called me a nerd with my gaming setup! She said what you need more fans! I have in total 9 fans working to keep my laptop cool!!! It works awesome! Lmao

    Laptop cooler pad 5 fans
    Laptop GPU and CPU fan
    2 Opolar LC06 vacuum fans

    :) :)

    I let my son play “Just Cause 3” for couple of hours. The game is a blast for blowing up stuff! Look how cool the temps are;)


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    ^ LOOOL ))))))
     
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    Totally unfair fans. :p
    Maybe AW fans must be increased to 5 for better cooling.
     
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    To be fair Vasudev. The best fans other than the ones inside the laptop are my Opolar vacuum fans. Simply stated it works period and I recommend it to anyone. Other then the added fan noise I would not game on my computer unless they are on, otherwise regular web surfing I don’t use them. My desktop computers last for years and years and no issues because they run cool. I honestly feel now that my 13r3 runs this cool it will last much longer. The keyboard use to be hot to touch and now after all the modifications and fans, it just tad warm to touch.
     
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