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Thermal issues alienware m17xr2

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hey all! 

I'm new here so I don't know if this topic has been discussed in the past so forgive me if it's a repeat. 


Here's the subjuect. 

I have an older Alienware m17xr2.


i7 840

16 gigs 1600 mhz ram

500 gig ssd

gtx 680m with a modded bios from svl7 which works insanely well and gave new life to the 680m


my issue is thermals. 


I have the gpu fan speed maxed out, a laptop cooling pad and I even used liquid metal thermal grease.

I can't stop the GPU from throttling. 


my gpu is overclocked to 1045 on the core. I've tried even going down to 1000 on the core. no luck.

I know alienware has crappy thermal solutions but I was wondering if anyone had any tips or tricks to help this issue. 

I know letting it run at stock would eliminate the thermal issue. but the that would be the difference between 35-40 fps in games to 50-60 in games. 


any help would be appreciated.


Thanks and sorry again if this was already discussed




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