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Suuuuure!

Let me run some benches for you !

Oh...

wait...

where's my m17x?!?!?!?

That's right, sold.. interested in some HP benches ? :)

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I'll be posting some soon after i finish my clean install of windows. In the mean time to set a basis for benches please post what benches we are all looking for here. 3Dmark, PCmark, Sandra Soft, Everest, WEI, HWinfo32, Prime Benchmark Function and so on

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I'm finally going to repaste tonight and tweak my retention mod. Then I'll install the 11.2 + CAP and run some benchmarks though I doubt I'll ever get my GPU clocks as high as stam since he's got some golden shower samples.

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I doubt I'll ever get my GPU clocks as high as stam since he's got some golden shower samples.

i will use this quote if I ever decide to sell my R2 LOL (I will leave the shower part out though LOL)

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nice!

how are your temps ?

Not that great actually, the retention mod doesn't last for long I might have to redo it in a couple of weeks... I was shocked when I saw how fast the temperatures exceeded 100C... the wprime 1024m run was right after I had performed the retention mod with room temperatures, the superpi with external cooling

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wow, that sucks.

I sold my AW but i really wanted to try a copper mod on the CPU.

My logic is that since the contact between the CPU and the heatsink is not very good, we do retention mods, so why not put a thin copper shim between the cpu and the heatsink ?

That will increase the pressure between the heatsink, the shim and the CPU thus allowing for better heat transfer and since copper is an excellent heat conductor i believe that might work and if it does it is much safer than the retention mod (1 mobo + 1 940xm already garbadged)

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wow, that sucks.

I sold my AW but i really wanted to try a copper mod on the CPU.

My logic is that since the contact between the CPU and the heatsink is not very good, we do retention mods, so why not put a thin copper shim between the cpu and the heatsink ?

That will increase the pressure between the heatsink, the shim and the CPU thus allowing for better heat transfer and since copper is an excellent heat conductor i believe that might work and if it does it is much safer than the retention mod (1 mobo + 1 940xm already garbadged)

Given the opportunity I will explain my point of view on that matter.

The reason we use thermal paste and we don't apply the copper directly to the CPU die is because the surfaces are not completely flat so they don't make perfect contact, therefore we don't have the maximum heat transfer, thermal paste fills those gaps, but if we add an extra layer of copper between the CPU die and the heatsink, for the reason mentioned above we would have to apply an extra layer of thermal paste between the copper and the heatsink, the more the gaps we have to fill and the more the thermal paste we apply, the less heat we dissipate, so it wont be that efficient compared to the retention mod with only the absolutely necessary amount of thermal paste between them which is only one layer. (as a general note, excessive amount of thermal paste will increase the temperatures instead of lowering them, it is there to fill the gaps, not to replace the metal contact)

What would be more efficient to do, is to somehow channel the heat to the chassis of the laptop since it is from aluminum, or I was also thinking to apply thermal pads between the heatsink and the magnesium cover (there is a point that those two are almost touching each other).

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i still got a gut feeling it will improve temps... wish i had tried that before i sold the R2

i think that the extra pressure would compensate for the double thermal compound layering (top and bottom of the copper shim)

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i still got a gut feeling it will improve temps... wish i had tried that before i sold the R2

i think that the extra pressure would compensate for the double thermal compound layering (top and bottom of the copper shim)

Well any extra pressure on the die, makes it equally dangerous to the retention mod.

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Well any extra pressure on the die, makes it equally dangerous to the retention mod.

sure but half a mm shim is nothing compared to the pressure applied but the retention mod.

It literally torn my motherboard when i overtightened the screws last time

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sure but half a mm shim is nothing compared to the pressure applied but the retention mod.

It literally torn my motherboard when i overtightened the screws last time

yeah right now I am with only the 2 screws, but every time I was tightening them a bit further I was wondering when I would hear the crack...:54_002:

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I think TurboTalon found a better way to do the retention mod. He used the normal heatsink without the c-clip change and just applied washers at the bottom to create more tension. That way you can use all 4 screws and still perform the mod using the same steps (e.g. tweaking the screws torque while watching prime95 on screen).

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I actually took a desktop heatsink, cliped a small copper shim from it, and tried what Mike is discribing, and didn't see any improvement temp wise. Though maybe somone else could have differant results, I'd be willing to give it another shot.

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I actually took a desktop heatsink, cliped a small copper shim from it, and tried what Mike is discribing, and didn't see any improvement temp wise. Though maybe somone else could have differant results, I'd be willing to give it another shot.

Try the washer method that turbotalon did and see if you get improvements. I might do it today.

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As far as benches, here is what I have. A lot of them are going to need to be rerun as they can still be pushed further. Most we rerun with out any retention mods, so I'll be rerunning them now that the mods are done. If I ever manage to find time. I think my favorite benchmark of all of them is the PCMark Vantage benchmark as it is a system assesment of the entire notebook, and simulates a lot of real work senarios. I also need to run 3DMark11 when I get some time. Moving in to a new apartment in a month, and got a two bedroom, so I can have a computer room :D

DR650SE's Alienware M17x R2 Benchmarks.

GPU Benchmarks

5870M Dual GPU

3DMark Vantage: P19838 Marks

3DMark06: 23720 Marks

3DMark05: 31672 Marks

3DMark03: 80002 Marks

3DMark2001 SE: 50975 Marks

Unigine Heaven DX9: 1459.12 Marks

Unigine Heaven DX11: 927 Marks

AquaMark: 168065 Marks

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5870M Single GPU

3DMark Vantage: P11163 Marks

3DMark06: 18040 Marks

3DMark05: 27381 Marks

3DMark03: 50893 Marks

3DMark2001 SE: 52426 Marks

Unigine Heaven DX9: 1295.37 Marks

Unigine Heaven DX11: 466.95 Marks

AquaMark: 191609 Marks

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CPU Benchmarks

i7 940XM:

CPU-Z: 4261.03MHz

Pifast: 21.72sec

SuperPi 1M: 10.311sec

SuperPi 32M: 9Min 47.669sec

wPrime1024: 4Min 59.305sec

wPrime32: 6.958sec

i7 920XM

CPU-Z: 4248.15MHz

Pifast: 21.33sec

SuperPi 1M: 10.223sec

SuperPi 32M: 9Min 40.636sec

wPrime1024: 3Min 44.858sec

wPrime32: 6.599sec

i7 Q720M

CPU-Z: 3406.38MHz

Pifast: 26.16sec

SuperPi 1M: 12.449sec

SuperPi 32M: 11Min 17.821sec

wPrime1024: 6Min 39.918sec

wPrime32: 12.870sec

i5 540M

CPU-Z: 4102.03MHz

Pifast: 23.03sec

SuperPi 1M: 11.404sec

SuperPi 32M: 10Min 36.138sec

wPrime1024: 7Min 3.307sec

wPrime32: 13.221sec

i5 520M

CPU-Z: 3850.45MHz

Pifast: 24.98sec

SuperPi 1M: 12.448sec

SuperPi 32M: 11Min 26.697sec

wPrime1024: 8Min 18.406sec

wPrime32: 15.691sec

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Referance Clock Benchmark for M17x R2

178.35MHz on FSB of i5 540M

Full System Benches

PCMark04: 11364 Marks

PCMark05: 18577 Marks

PC Mark Vantage: 18181 Marks

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I have to find sometime to install the 11.4 beta drivers from ATI and run a couple of benches, damn I wish I had a device to slow down time around me LOL

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