Undervolting Area-51m, help needed

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  1. OneOuts

    OneOuts Newbie

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    Hello all,

    I have recently purchased an Area-51m (9900-non-k, RTX 2080).


    I have run a few stress tests, and I would like to try decrease the CPU temps, as they are in the mid 90s. I have read that it is possible to undervolt non-k chips, but at the moment the AWCC voltage controls are locked, and XTU is not able to apply an undervolt.


    I have built my own PC before, but this is my first attempt at adjusting clocks and voltages. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. Fire Tiger

    Fire Tiger Notebook Evangelist

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    I'd give ThrottleStop a try, use the guide below from @B0B below, its a different CPU but the steps etc. are the same and should hopefully help shave off a few degrees.

     
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    You can follow the procedures of this guide. All thought you won't be able to play with the multiplier much, the undervolting portion is still valid.

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/alienware-area-51m-undevor-and-overclock-guide.830857/
     
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  4. OneOuts

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    Thanks for the replies!

    I was using throttlestop, and was having some success. I tried using both adaptive and static offsets.

    Up to about -0.125V I would see some reduction in voltage after the turbo boost expired (turboboost seems to override the voltage limits), but there must be some limit that prevents the core voltage from dropping below 1V.

    This did have some affect on the temperature, as i got stable temps around 84C running Realbench.

    I also looked at adjusting turbo time limit. My thinking was that in games I would want 1-2 cores turboing as long as possible to give the best performance. After a few trials, I left it at 300 sec.

    Unfortunately, the next day when I tried to shut down, the screen went blank but it would not power off. After A hard shut down, I could not log into windows without BSOD.

    I did a fresh install of windows, but I am still trying to get AWCC to work again (nightmare), will try again after work.

    I am also worried that I need to reset the throttlestop offsets in the BIOS, if anyone know if this is necessary please let me know!

    A bit nervous to try throttle stop again, but may do it again when I get some time off work.
     
  5. Papusan

    Papusan JOKEBOOK's Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    ThrottleStop doesn't write code into Bios!

    Be sure you don't run ThrottleStop on Windows start up (scheduled tasks). Rather make it start at log on. With similar problems later you can go into Windows safe mode and remove the TS INI file in the TS folder (remember where you extract it), then reboot. Next time you boot up into Windows... ThrottleStop will start up all over again with clean default settings.

    How to... Easiest way come into safe mode on Windows 10 when you experience problems.

    Or you can use one of the 4 profiles as startup with stock voltage for testing purposes.
     
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