Jump to content
  • Sign in to follow this  

    Fighting the Heat in Alienware Notebooks


    killerii

    I've seen a few people asking about heat and I thought I would chime in and say a few ways to keep down the heat! There are a few ways you go about this without opening the computer, for those who aren't to sure about taking a screwdriver to their laptop it may help you. In saying that, if your fans are dirty then this will not help you at all.

     

    I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY TO ANY DAMAGE HARDWARE! ANY CHANGES YOU MAKE ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

     

     

    INCREASING THE FAN SPEED

    to control your fans use this

    http://www.hwinfo.com/download64.html

    this is a free program that alot of people use on various computers. it work on alienwares well but im yet to test ROG and MSI with it.

     

     

    its pretty simple to use

    install it and get to this page and click on the sensors button

    Picture

     

     

    then on the next screen click the small fan icon at the bottom

    Picture

     

    unless you want to manually adjust your fan between each time you play click customer auto and you can edit it from there

     

    Picture

     

    UNDERCLOCKING

    download and install NV tools it can manage fan speeds too but its not always 100% in laptops

     

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/nvidia-system-tools-6.08-driver.html

    on the left hand side, under the performance tab, select device settings

     

    nvidia-system-tools-overclock1.jpg

     

    now just slide it back in small steps until you are comfortable with the temps. remember that if your computer blue screens it DOES NOT mean your computer has been damaged. it is simply a way for the computer to avoid damage.

    adjust the slider in intervals of about 15mhz to be safe and click apply each time. 

    start on the core clock and finish on the memory. Every now and again it is good to check on your progress to see how far you need to go. (more on this later)

     

    MSI after burner is a good one too

    http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/msi-afterburner-beta-download.html

     

    msi-afterburner-userskins-foreground.png

     

    again the fan control is a bit hit and miss with it but it can control your clock speed. ass per the program above keep going untill you hit a STABLE setting you want.

     

     

    TESTING

     

    here we will look at the new GPU temps after the tune.

    MSI Kombustor is a great way to test your heat. 

     

    http://www.geeks3d.com/20150710/msi-kombustor-v3-5-2-64-bit-v2-6-0-32-bit-download-gpu-stress-test-benchmark/

     

    Kombustor.jpg

    click on stability and watch the temps. if you see any artefacts stop the test and increase the mhz by 15mhz each

     

    fur mark is the one that i use to test the heat of my alienware

     

    http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/

     

    aim for about 70-75*C.

     

    hope this helps you a bit.:hyper:

     

     

     

    PS avoid EVGA's tuning tool on alienware i have heard it can brick your LCD!

     

    CLEANING THE FANS

    Just for the sake of it ill give you a few tips on cleaning your laptops fans out.

     

    assuming you already know the basics of using a screwdriver to open a laptop ill cover a few things to help you.

    REMEMBER, IF YOU REMOVE THE HEATSINK YOU WILL NEED NEW THERMAL PASTE!

     

    compressed air is a great way to remove dust and id recommend having a can of it over a compressor. The reason being is that some compressors can fill with a bit of water and can spray it directly into the computer.

    you can spray the air into the vents and while it wont really "clean" it it may open enough room for air to pass out. i DO NOT recomend this however.

     

    after opening up the computer and removing the fan take a paint brush and clean the entire fan, get as much of the dust out as you physically can. 

    you can use toothbrushes too if you dont have anything else.

    111018r4m49phmhb29b84a.jpg

     

    make sure you clean the grill behind the fan too as that is where the dust usually builds up.

    1_body.jpg

     

    removing this dust and hair is the most important part of this clean up.

     

     

    now on to thermal paste.

    remove all the old thermal paste from the heat sink and the CPU with a dry cloth then, use isopropyl alcohol to clean the rest.

    some people seem to think that more is better but this is completely not true! if you put a large amount of thermal paste on the heatsink you will actuall have hotter temps.

    this is due to either:

    A ) the heatsink is not geting enough connectivity to the GPU as the layer of thermal paste is too thick

    B ) too much of it creates small pockets of air, these air pockets become super hot and that causes more heat on the GPU

     

    the correct amount is roughly the size of a pea

    ThermalCompoundApplied.png

     

     

    even that is boarderline too much.

     

    Dont spread it around instead place your heat sink over it as even as possible and screw it down in a pattern for an even spread.

     

    really hope this helps you and good luck!

     

     

    Continue discussion in original thread here. 

     


    • Thumbs Up 4
      Report Article
    Sign in to follow this  


    User Feedback


    There are no comments to display.



    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By michaelgqld
      Hi everyone. I have had a bit of search around but I have not found anything yet pertaining to my issue. I have an Alienware 17 R1 (Late 2013 model). It originally came with an i7 4900, a GTX780m, 120hz 3D panel with intel graphics disabled. I have just got a Dell GTX980m 8GB (BIOS 84.04.2F.00.79 - Device ID 10DE 13D7-1028 05AE) and put it in and it works fine getting into windows and running 2D. However, when I run any decent 3D the graphics constantly hits power limiter and downclocks to around 800mhz. This is confirmed to be power limit in gpuz perfcap reason and this happens regardless of temperature. Running a Unigine benchmark has actually showed the card's performance to be just lower than the 780m I replaced. Using HWiNFO64 I have found that the GPU is being limited to 80 watts. It briefly goes up to over 100 watts but drops to 80.

      Power Supply is 240 watt

      This laptop always runs off mains power and the battery only lasts a few seconds regardless of apparent charge.

      I should also mention that I have tried,
      Setting nvidia control panel power management mode to prefer maximum performance.
      Disabling Battery Boost in nvidia geforce experience
      Setting windows power options to high performance
      I have even installed a fresh windows 10 on a different hard drive and have observed the same result.

      Has anyone else done this upgrade and had no issues, are there any known fixes, is this card faulty or just not going to work correctly.

      Thanks
    • By jhsd1124013561
      Help! I created a BOS BOOT DISK and use legacy to boot in DOS.   But it is saying that "An operating system wasn't found".   I have extracted all the files (the alienware m18x r2 a11 unlocked bios) into my external hard drive (format: NTFS)
    • By MessiWessi
      Hi,
       
      I bought a alienware m17x r4 a few weeks ago. The problem is: I have noise (distorsion) on the right speaker. Had anybody in past the same problem and is it a known problem regarding this model? I feared at the beginning that the soundblaster is defect but I tested it with headphones and everything is fine. I already ordered a new speaker pair and will install it within the next weeks.
       
      But if you tell me that this problem is known and not resolvable I can save my effort.
    • By MessiWessi
      Hi,
       
      I read a lot of different threads about the maximum possible M17X R2 configuration. But after I was more and more irritated.
       
      What is at the end the best performant GPU solution (with unlocked bios and dirver mod) but WITHOUT manual fan control and such things. Because if I want to sell one day my M17X R2 I don't want to explain and force the buyer to control the GPU fan per hand.  
    • By Psycha
      Hello, I'm on an alienware m17 r4 and am trying mod my vbios for a 970m 3GB msi. I've managed to get the max boost with an increase in voltage, however I believe my voltage settings maybe unstable. When attempting to load programs capable of high gpu usage capabilities, the gpu begins to become pretty unstable. would anyone be able to provide assistance? I have both my edited and original roms as well.
       
      *update
       
      I'm not sure how to delete this thread but disregard this please. I've figured out the issue.
×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.