XPS 15 9560 owners thread.

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  1. NYalex

    NYalex Notebook Enthusiast

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    i'm just in pursuit of speed, however small the gains are for the money.

    honestly, almost no one needs an i7 7700hq or an nvme drive. a quad core i5 is more than enough along with a sata ssd.

    but who cares?

    i just want to get the most of out my xps, money be damned.

    i will be repasting with kryonaut and then adding thermal pads into the VRMs and on the heatsink where the cpu and gpu are.

    already undervolted the cpu to -0.120mv, i gain about 5-7 degrees compared to stock. but the key thing was maintaining longer period of boost.

    after about an hour of prime95, the cpu consistently stayed at a multiplier of 32 vs 27-28 on stock voltage. it would do x 34 for short periods.

    temp wasn't very dramatic, only about 5 degrees cooler. hopefully repasting and adding some thermal pads in the VRMs will help.

    it sux that every laptop i've had in the past 5 years i had to repaste the damn TIM. i have yet to see a good application of thermal paste in any of the laptops i've owned so far.
     
  2. _sem_

    _sem_ Notebook Evangelist

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    Problem is, the XPS is expensive but you pay for the looks; some of those christmas tree monsters with the same chips may actually perform better because they have some more heatpipes and fins inside, and they are less sensitive to bad paste (though all use the same print method in production).

    Careful with the pads on the heatsink. It has been shown by many that quality pads on the VRMs alone can send too much heat to the backplate so that things get worse in the long run. The heatpipes and fins with good paste actually do take enough heat away from the two (no direct throttling reported by many), it is mainly the VRM heat causing power limit throttling.

    - iunlock's mod seems to be the best method to date, by adding extra "fin surface" above the VRMs and redirecting some cooling air over there - but is kinda involved and partly non-reversible. It may not be the only and the simplest possible solution so you can consider different variants, but mind that iunlock obviously did try quite a few simpler things.

    - 3 layers of Arctic 1.5mm pads on the VRM mosfets is an easy option that works to most (with undervolting both + repasting + disabling CPU turbo and limiting quality settings for games)

    - recently there is another relatively simple idea with a thin pad sheet (.5mm) "bridge" from the mosfets to the heatsink above the CPU&GPU but not touching the backplate - but serious tests of this haven't been reported. Mind a copper "bridge" might transfer heat better, but might also cause shorts if not isolated and fixed properly.
     
  3. NYalex

    NYalex Notebook Enthusiast

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    very good points, thank you.

    i'll report back with results when i finally get it done over the weekend
     
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    insidemanpoker Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi all,

    What's the most current best advice for a clean install of Win 10 on my Dell XPS 9560?

    I've never done this before and am afraid of bricking my machine or not having the right drivers loaded on a USB. I can't just do this with the factory image on the computer by using Windows Reset function?

    Is this a perfectly good walk through if you don't recommend the Windows Reset function? https://www.reddit.com/r/Dell/comments/5qe3oh/how_to_fresh_install_on_xps_15_9560/

    Any particular things, issues, or novice errors to look out for when doing this?
     
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  5. NYalex

    NYalex Notebook Enthusiast

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    just follow the instruction on the link you provided, that is the proper way to do it
     
  6. NYalex

    NYalex Notebook Enthusiast

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    not like anyone is going to care, but for the few that do:

    updates:

    XPS 15 9560

    Pictures:

    https://imgur.com/a/VqG6UAL

    1) To answer my previous question, DDR4 2666mhz is supported on bios 1.9.4. i'm using kingston hyperx 2 x 8gb ddr4 2666mhz cas latency 15.
    as you can see on the pictures, bios displays correct speed of ram, also cpu-z displays correct speed @ 2666mhz.

    2) Swapped stock Killer 1535 wifi card for a Intel 9260. Night and day difference, no more random drops, connects instantly when waking up the laptop. Very satisfied with the $30 i spent on it.

    3) I cleaned and repasted both cpu and gpu thermal paste with kryonaut.

    4) undervolted cpu (i7-7700hq) by -0.120mv.

    5) MSI afterburner to create a custom voltage curve for the gtx 1050. currently @ 0.95 volts @ 1700`1784 depending on how hot it gets. does throttle down to 1700 after a long gaming session.

    6) added thermal pads to some of the VRMs as seen in the pictures.

    7) #3 to #6 = cpu stays around 75 degrees after 1 hour of prime, multiplier goes from 30`38. Definitelly some throttling still, but as you know prime95 punishes the heck out of the cpu. GPU fared a lot better, it stays under 70 after 1 hour of unigine heaven.

    8) installed a white carbon fiber dbrand skin. The key to perfecting this is PATIENCE, which i don't have. you can see the results of little patience, it doesn't quite aling on the bottom panel. but i don't care, i just want to protect my laptop from scratches. it looks good enough for me.

    I think i might repaste the cpu + gpu again, i only applied ever so little.
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2018
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