*OFFICIAL* Alienware 13 R3 Owner's Lounge

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by katalin_2003, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. propeldragon

    propeldragon Notebook Evangelist

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    You can fit 1mm thermal pad under the ssd for sure. I haven't tried one before but it could be worth the try. Anything can be modded ;)
     
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    jace888au Notebook Geek

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    Unfortunately the shops around here won't allow refunds/exchanges without incurring some kind of restocking fee so I'm not too eager to experiment.

    That being said, I opened up my 13R3 and noticed there is at least some gap of a mm or two... and then looking at the specs for the Samsung 970 Evo 2TB, it says maximum height is 2.38mm for all drives including the 2TB > https://www.samsung.com/semiconduct...msung_NVMe_SSD_970_EVO_Data_Sheet_Rev.1.0.pdf. This is interesting because 2.38mm is also the same height as my current stock Samsung PM981 500gb drive > https://gzhls.at/blob/ldb/4/b/7/f/63615517d004b8ee7452f4f76469c7129df9.pdf

    I also looked at photos on the Toms Hardware review of the 970 Evo and it looks like the back of the 2TB drive is thin? Or are these stock photos of the non-2TB models which are single sided? https://www.tomshardware.co.uk/samsung-970-evo-ssd-review,review-34313.html

    Any thoughts?

    EDIT: After re-reading the reviews, maybe the 970 Evo is actually a single sided! It's the Intel 760p 2TB which is double sided... so I guess this has made my choice easy! Samsung!
     
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    I can confirm that for a single sided SSD (Toshiba XG5 512 Gb, Samsung 970 PORK 1TB) a 1 mm thermal pad of full SSD-length (pretty much incompressible) fits under without any extra pressure on SSD during re-assembly.

    But, I am sure that 1 mm thermal pad makes contact with SSD and plastic/copper sheet under.
     
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    I use a really fat almost 2mm thick thermal pad underneath my Samsung 960 Pro 512gb (which has a pretty fat copper sticker on the underside) with no issues.
     
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    Is it Arctic pad? Or some other compressible pad?

    I ask, because I have Gelid 1.0 mm pad there, and Gelids when cold, they are pretty hard to compress, especially on large area such as whole length of heat-sink.
     
  6. TheReciever

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    So basically 2667mhz is the best for the platform? Just find a kit with the best timings?

    I'm looking to pick one of these up in a month or so, picked up a second job so kinda lookin to splurge on something in the future.

    More of a day to day machine than the primary machine (I have the Ranger for that)
     
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    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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  9. hans12321

    hans12321 Notebook Consultant

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    Mr. Fox's advice won't work for me. If the flash is successful the slider should be there. As i understood the tutorial from Mr. Fox is more for unlocking the voltage slider which isn't possible with pascal notebook as far as i know. Unfortunately i don't own the aw 13 anymore. With my zephyrus m the slider is working perfectly. Keep in mind that you need to do a driver clean install after the vbios flash to make the changes to apply!
    I didn't knew that at my first attempts.


    Edit: you can still use the tdp editor to hard set the tdp.

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    @hans12321

    Thanx a lot. After flashing 1060 to 115W, was your GPU hitting power limit as much compared to before?

    Example: I run 1060 @0.812V 1702MHz +400mem stable on stock fan curve and all is under 70C. But, sometimes I see power throttling in OSD at 85W resulting in temporary GPU down-clock by 1-2 bins.

    My question is that if I flash 1060 to 110-115W, this power throttling should disappear?

    I am very interested in this, as my laptop runs very cool when gaming, CPU and GPU is far under 70C, with really occasional spikes (hot room) in Metro Exodus and BF5 only to 72-75C.

    Were there any negative side effects running 1060 at max. power of 115W? Like e.g. sudden re-starts, in-game stuttering, driver crashes, battery drain while connected to power, power supply getting too hot, sudden GPU and /or CPU down-clocks beacuse of BD Prochot (e.g.too hot VRMs) etc.?

    Thank you in advance ... this is VERY interesting indeed.

    I have thermal headroom of 22C for GPU (70C now vs. 92C Dell thermal throttle limit) and for CPU running 3400MHz on all cores maybe a bit more than 25C. , also taking into account that the heat-sink is shared.
     
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