*OFFICIAL* Alienware 17 R4 Owner's Lounge

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

  1. Papusan

    Papusan TURDBOOKs Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    You will most likely lose enhancements and fixes for the AGA amp.
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...ll-13-15-and-17.770323/page-468#post-11052637
     
  2. mihaispd

    mihaispd Notebook Enthusiast

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    I dont use AGA at all. From experience i know that for now, the bottleneck for this system is the CPU, even if overclocked at 4.0 all cores.
    Dont want to use a higher performance then this 1080 cause the processor isnt keeping up.
    Maybe try to downgrade even to a previous bios? :D
     
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  3. SquatchTech

    SquatchTech Newbie

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    Hello from Northern Arizona. New 17R4 owner here. Just picked up this beast with a GTX1070. It's replacing an old ASUS ROG 17 GTX660.
     
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    gorets555 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have bought the laptop with 7820hk and gtx 1080. It is on the way to me.

    Currently what is the best way to lower CPU temperature on aw 17 r4?
     
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  5. MogRules

    MogRules Notebook Deity

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    repasting with a thicker thermal paste ( the heatsink had some issues in this model ) and undervolting. DO NOT upgrade to the newest BIOS when you get it if it has not already been done. The latest BIOS locks out undervolting, so if you want to use that don't upgrade the BIOS.

    If the BIOS has already been upgraded then you can look at the BIOS downgrade procedure to roll it back so that you can undervolt it again.

    OCing without tuning the heatsink is probably going to lead to overheating, unless you got a really good factory unit.

    I would just start with undervolting, see where that gets you, and go to repasting if that isn't enough.
     
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    gorets555 Notebook Enthusiast

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    What do you think about using thin copper shim between cpu and heatsink?
     
  7. MogRules

    MogRules Notebook Deity

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    I am not a fan of the idea, but if you have a really bad heatsink then you may need to consider it if you don't want to replace the heatsink and or don't know how to balance the one you have. I have read of people using shims and having good results, so it's not impossible, but I don't have any personal experience with it. Your in the right place though, I imagine there are a few people around here that have at least tried it.
     
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  8. cope123abc

    cope123abc Notebook Evangelist

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    Dude, i have the same model.

    Bought the solid copper heatsink from eBay it wasn't cheap but covers the PCH too, and it's really well-engineered and very heavy.

    Max GPU temps - 60 under 100% load for 2 hours.
    CPU - 70 with 4.2 locked across all cores.
    PCH - 60 max under load now

    both sitting on Thermal Grizzly LM

    Zero VRM throttling and running 180watt GPU bios.

    All cores are now within 2 degrees of each other

    cost me £180 with shipping
     

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  9. ADDpillz

    ADDpillz Newbie

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    I ordered this exact copper heatsink off ebay and its currently on its way to the states. Did you have to change out the pads that came with the copper heatsink to fit your GTX 1080/7820hk? I have the same model and also looking for a much more robust heatsink.

    Thanks!
     
  10. cope123abc

    cope123abc Notebook Evangelist

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    I just went straight in with K5 pro instead of the thermal pads, they can cause too much of a headache with alignment and thicknesses.

    Sometimes people get lucky other times they don't.

    You will be not disappointed, the HS was really epic for the 17 r4.
     
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