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Originally Posted by Rektifying View Post

Nice. I too upgraded from the stock i3 to an i5. I went from the 4130T to the 4690T. I ended up paying $195 though... You got a good deal. The 4690T is a Quad Core, 2.5GHZ Base, 3.5GHZ Boost, 45W TDP. I seen a nice bump in my benchmarks and also in real world usage.

My Cinebench score was 485, not much higher than yours. Here were my results.

Initial I was gonna get the i3 4170, but all that changed as you said it was a 55w cpu. Then I thought maybe the 4690t, the $200 price tag isn't motivating so 4670t it is. If anybody is interested,I got my cpu from this guy, and you could try your luck offering him a price under 120. Maybe he'll take it. He's legit and ships really fast. I got it in less than 3 business days.
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Hi

With the current discussion on modifying the Alpha case for cooling, is it plausible to take the components out of an Alpha and put them into another case?

This could possibly then help with cooling, etc.

Totally aware that one of the best things about the Alpha is the form factor and size, but wondered whether this is do-able?

Cheers

The board is not itx it's a custom size made by dell. Will be hard to find a case to match the ports.

I ordered a fan off Amazon Will take 1-2 weeks as I'm in Australia. I'll test this fan first and see if it lowers temps before I hack into my case. Will let you guys know my results.
post #1373 of 2136
anyone have any luck with a larger power brick? really wanna know if this prevents throttling
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A couple of ideas I have been kicking around and wanted to see if anyone else has tried them:

Lower spec VR: I wanted a good laugh, so I ran the 3dmark fire strike benchmark. Knowing full well beforehand that the graphics in the Alpha are short of minimum for an Oculus Rift (which I've seen recommendations of a score in the neighborhood of 9200+ from the fire strike benchmark), it did get me thinking, has anyone tooled around with any VR headset with their Alpha? OSVR for example has the vague "any mid-range gaming PC" instead of stated minimum requirements. I wonder what sort of lower spec experiences the Alpha could be capable of, but since I do plan on ordering a Rift, and a newer graphics card for my ATX pc, my VR budget doesn't really have a lot of room for experimenting with a lot of different solutions myself.

Battery power/12v dc power supply: Exactly like it sounds like. Since the power supply going into the alpha is an external power brick, I was thinking it might be a good candiate for being powered by either by a battery, or by a 12v power outlet like you might find in a car, boat, or RV. I've got a couple of applications in mind, but nothing so important that I had to run out and make it happen.

Interestingly enough, a search for alienware alpha and VR brought me to https://www.zerolatencyvr.com/, which apparently used the alienware alpha as a platform for it's experience. Source: https://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/press-releases/2015-08-12-alienware-joins-forces

That makes me hopeful for some level of VR experience and battery power being possible with the system.
post #1375 of 2136
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Did you notice the TDP was set to 37.5 watts in the vBios? I bumped mine to 45 watts to try to keep it from hitting the power wall at one point, but then I got nervous about damaging the power system. I'd be curious if the bigger power supply would allow you to bump the GPU TDP to 50 watts and give you the much needed headroom for overclocking.

I also have been trying to figure out a way to edit fan control. The high temps are killing power headroom. I attempted to modify the motherboard bios, but couldn't find a way to kick the fans up earlier. I'm considering moving to a water cooler.

Is this the stock vBios you are talking about? If so, I didn't realize the GTX 860M only consumed 37.5 watts. That is 82.5w usage between my CPU (45w) and GPU in my Alpha. I probably could have gotten away with the 4690S, being it was only an extra 20w. Bringing it to 102.5w. I don't believe the motherboard, ram, SSD, and fans would consume 30w.
Edited by Rektifying - 1/28/16 at 10:29am
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Is this the stock vBios you are talking about? If so, I didn't realize the GTX 860M only consumed 37.5 watts. That is 82.5w usage between my CPU (45w) and GPU in my Alpha. I probably could have gotten away with the 4690S, being it was only an extra 20w. Bringing it to 102.5w. I don't believe the motherboard, ram, SSD, and fans would consume 30w.

Yes the stock TDP is set to just under 38w. Keep in mind that's TDP not actual power, but I believe they should be close.
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post #1377 of 2136
I figured I would stop in and update on my Alpha. I have owned my Alpha for going on 4 months now. It is my primary / only PC. It has been performing flawlessly and I have had zero issues with it. It definitely meets all of my needs. My Alpha is configured with the following:

Windows 10 (Clean Install)
i5 4690T (Quad Core / 2.5ghz Base / 3.5ghz Boost / 45w TDP)
16GB RAM (2 x 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1866 Timings @ 9-9-9-24) (Alpha defaults ram to 1600, no way to change it)
GTX 860m (Core Clock +135mhz / Memory +500mhz)
Intel 3160AC WiFi + Bluetooth
Samsung 850 Evo SSD

Monitor:
AOC i2367FH 23" 1920x1080 IPS Display (5ms, HDMI, Built in Speakers, Matte Finish, Ultra Slim Bezels)

Accessories:
CM Storm Keyboard and Mouse
Razer Kraken USB Headphones
Razer Sphex Desktop Skin / Mouse Mat
Steam Controller


I ended up selling the i3 4130T and I gave my little brother the stock 4GB RAM Module.

I was originally going to purchase the mid-range Alpha with the i5 but at the time I was able to purchase the base model for $380.00. It was cheaper to go this route and upgrade the CPU myself, especially considering I could then sell the stock CPU. Also, the stock i5 Alpha comes with the 4590T which is 2.0ghz Base / 3.0ghz Boost. I feel the extra 500mhz base / 500mhz boost speeds that the 4690T has is a pretty big increase.
Edited by Rektifying - 1/28/16 at 12:23pm
post #1378 of 2136
So, I totally forgot to mention that my little brother also ended up with an Alienware Alpha.

My little brother REALLY liked my Alienware Alpha. I remember when I got it back in October that he mentioned "maybe Mom will get me one for Christmas". He is a freshman in High School and would definitely benefit from having his own computer anyways. So when last Christmas was coming around my Mom asked me what she should get him for Christmas and mentioned that he wanted his own computer. I told her the Alienware Alpha, hands down. When she seen the price, she was all for it.

When I was getting it all setup for him so my Mom could wrap it up, I remembered "oh yeah, I still have my stock 4GB RAM module from my Alpha". So I upped him to 8GB. It worked out perfect because Alienware was still using the same ram so they are identical. I also swapped out his 500GB 5400RPM HDD for a Seagate 1TB 7200RPM HDD. I figured he was going to need it for games. He only uses two programs on his Alpha, Google Chrome and Steam. He primarily games on it obviously. I will never forget the look on his face when he unwrapped it. He looked right over to me and said "Thank You Kyle!". It was so funny because it was his main gift from my Mom, she paid for it. He just knew that I am the reason he got it. I am the family techy / technician. (Literally)
Also, when she asked me about a keyboard, mouse, and headset I checked Best Buy / Amazon and the stuff I bought was still the same price. So he has the same keyboard, mouse, and headset that I do. He is using his Alpha on his 32" 1080P TV and he as no complaints to say the least.

His birthday is coming up in April and I think I am going to upgrade his CPU to an i5 to future proof him a bit. He is all about gaming and with more new titles requiring a quad core I don't think it would be a bad idea. I want to get him the same i5 that I have, the 4690T. Only problem is, that it went up from the $195 that I paid to $275! I could always give him mine though, being I keep wondering how the 4690S would perform in the Alpha. I have plenty of time to think about it.

I am wondering if games that require a Quad Core would recognize an i3 as one. An i3 appears as a quad core in device manager being it is hyperthreaded and has 4 logical cores.

P.S: I converted him to PC Gaming from Console Gaming unintentionally. Ever since he got his Alpha, his Xbox 360 has been sitting in his dresser drawer. He had me list it on craigslist for him so he can sell it. He is going to use the money to buy steam cards... lol
Edited by Rektifying - 1/28/16 at 12:30pm
post #1379 of 2136
Sorry for all of the posts, but I came across the BEST Vesa Mount available for the Alpha. It is specifically made for it. You can use it to wall mount your Alpha, mount your Alpha to the back of your VESA compatible monitor, or even mount your Alpha under your desk.

http://www.amazon.com/HIDEit-Alien-Alienware-Console-Mount-Pc/dp/B014ECWAN4/ref=sr_1_22?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1454012550&sr=1-22&keywords=Alienware+Alpha
post #1380 of 2136
Made an account just to post this listing as well for a i5-4690T,
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-CM8064601561613-SR1QT-Core-i5-4690T-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3-50-GHz-/181981357719?hash=item2a5eef2697:g:CiYAAOSwZG9Wisko
490 available

I purchased one from him I made an offer around $140 I think to test the waters but then they said the lowest they would go with the counter offer was $162.00 so you might can try your luck around that number! (I ended up doing the $162.00 offer because it was cheaper than the starmicro link posted at $215.00)

Since I have a new account/new poster my Alpha specs are,
http://i.imgur.com/d71RzGu.jpg

What are the temps others are getting using the 4690T?

*Edit
Here is a picture of my setup currently,
http://i.imgur.com/DCwkC8j.jpg
Edited by r4nd0m4n0n - 1/28/16 at 3:33pm
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