Windows 10 Drivers [M18xR2]

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Homer S, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. MagicMike

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    I see. Are you using HWInfo?

    What you are seeing is exactly what I saw after installing my MSI 1070.

    At first it seemed like a setting issue, or a driver issue, but in the end I got all those settings right but throttling wouldn't go away...

    So as I eluded to earlier what works for me (although takes a few attempts sometimes) is this which includes Mr.Fox's sleep / wake trick:

    * save my current HWInfo settings to preserve my fan tables
    * reset HWinfo preferences
    * restart hwinfo and when prompted disable the compal EC sensor
    * go into settings and disable EC support, and restart hwinfo again
    * when prompted disable Dell EC sensor, let hwinfo start, and then close it down entirely
    * then go into power settings, and change the time the machine goes to sleep to 1min
    * wait 1 min and let it fully go to sleep
    * after two minutes wake it up with the power button
    * you can open hwinfo now
    * fire up 3d Mark and it should work fine
    * I then normally tick EC support again, restore hwinfo settings, with my fan tables, OSD and what not

    Now this may sound like I have been lucky, but I guess I have been lucky at least 10x times so far, latest time has been today...

    It is something to do with the EC sensors. I will let the more technical people explain:)

    Hope this works for you too!
     
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  2. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    Try this.make sure laptop is plugged in and don't remove it during any of this:

    1) Go into BIOS and set to IGFX and boot into windows

    2) Click Start>Restart

    3) Boot into BIOS and switch to SG

    4) Boot into windows and try now
     
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  3. MagicMike

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    I hope it works for Homer, it didn't for me unfortunately...
     
  4. Homer S

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    Tried both and this one seems to have worked. Updated scores:

    Time Spy Stock.png Fire Strike Stock.png

    Homer
     
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    Excellent news, glad ssj92's method worked for you!

    Edit:
    Actually, what's the max power the GPU drew during the test?
     
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  6. Homer S

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    You are going to make me register that thing aren't you! Can I pull up the previous run? If I double click on the file, it opens 3dMark but it doesn't seem to bring up the results.

    Homer
     
  7. MagicMike

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    Haha no lol, I meant via hwinfo, I thought perhaps you had it open when running the benchmark. I dont think the results page on 3d Mark shows power draw but I may be wrong.

    I just wondered how much beyond the stated TDP of 105W your card will go. Mine is meant to max out at 115W but hwinfo showed it reach 135W in the 3d Mark benchmark.

    What were your temps too if you dont mind sharing?
     
  8. Homer S

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    I'll do some digging. I want to get the right heat sink in there first. Since I know the card works now, I'll use the one that was on the 980M. I am working out if I have to modify it at all based on what I did to the other one for the 1070.

    Homer
     
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    Thanks, I also wonder if I should have bought the standard mxm one like you did, TDP mod it and get even better performance than my MSI card, but avoid having to mod the mxm port itself...its too late now I know lol but just curious.
     
  10. Homer S

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    Here is a repeat with some sensors going. Max 115W @79C
    Time Spy Stock GPU.png
    Homer.
     
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