*OFFICIAL* Alienware m15 Owner's Lounge

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  1. etern4l

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    That's amazing. What BIOS version are you running?
     
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    I'm on the 1.6.2 BIOS. I'm sure if you do the same test you'll see the same results. I used Intel XTU to monitor the voltage during the test.
     
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    I'm on 1.6.2 too. Very similar behaviour with the Support Assist tests - about 30s of action above 45W (55W in this light test), then it falls back to 45W. TS is showing 28s as Turbo Boost Time Limit. Perhaps XTU is showing some bogus numbers, could you double-check using HWINFO?
     
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    Are you doing something special on 9750H 2080mq m15? Because a lot reviewers and users reporting like this.
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    So come in my conclusion, that any thin light categories like M15 should do extra repasting, padding on no power limit condition.
     
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    "But it’s the CPU temperatures that are seriously crazy, with the m15 hitting 99 degrees during a Watch Dogs 2 gaming session. Any time a laptop is up around that 100 degree mark, you’re going to get throttling."

    As per the excerpt above, these appear to be unhelpfully reported as max temperatures, which have no significant bearing on the overall experience, since these temperatures are only reached during Turbo Boost. Average temps would be far more relevant. However, yes, the laptop needs to be undervolted and repasted for optimal performance. Following that temps in games are nowhere near max 99C.
     
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    So you’re getting good gaming temperature with no amplifier limitation and Turbo Boost on on stock thermal paste? Not like this users reported?
    Here’s recent Oled review from mobiletech, that’s high 90ish areas on physical test.
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    I had the 8950HK. I had it repasted with Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut + Fujipoly Extreme Thermal Pads from HIDevolution and I undervolted the CPU by -125mV to keep the temps in check.
     
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    I was getting good enough temps with just undervolting (no thermal throttling), but Kryonaut helped further. Obviously, that's not to say every single unit is fine. That user's report looks quite unfortunate - notice the very uneven core temps. A bad repaste perhaps? Arctic Silver didn't quite cut it? Some heatsink issue?

    I can believe the m15's CPU would run into the 90Cs during the physics test part of Firestrike out of the box (not clear what the ambient temp was BTW). Thermal throttling only kicks in at 100C though.
     
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    For reference, here are my m15s temps on a cooling pad in XCOM2 on max settings (CPU is -160mV):

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    This is my 2070 Max-Q on stock voltages/no OC:
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    Hope these are OK :)
     
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    On that temperature it’s fine. Idk the game but here’s my 8750H 1070maxq playing shadow of the tomb Raider, with tdp lock to 35 watt. On 45+ tdp it’ll be 100% 90ish, i prefer cooler Temperature than more performance. I don’t limiting the core clock still hit 3,9 averaging 3,5 on long session.
     

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