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post #321 of 2139
Can someone try attache couple 40x10 mm fans in the back(above the usb)and give us temps results (determine the air flow first!)

And as the guys said above with the cover open.
Edited by FstokA - 3/10/15 at 1:45am
post #322 of 2139
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Can someone try attache couple 40x10 mm fans in the back(above the usb)and give us temps results (determine the air flow first!)

And as the guys said above with the cover open.

That could assist in air flow a bit as it may pull some air out of the case.

Actually not a terrible idea.
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post #323 of 2139
Yah I think the results should be interesting.
I just watched on alienware youtube that you can upgrade wifi module with mini pcie port. ...
this is brilliant IT HAS MINI PCIe port now you can hoc an external GPU let's say titan z !! With 16 gb ram, i7 cpu and discontent the internal gpu to save power for the cpu. ..I just went mad
Uncover the fan and mod your way with h100 cooler ....

Caution : do your search before attempting any of what i said .
Edited by FstokA - 3/11/15 at 2:18am
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Yah I think the results should be interesting.
I just watched on alienware youtube that you can upgrade wifi module with mini pcie port. ...
this is brilliant IT HAS MINI PCIe port now you can hoc an external GPU let's say titan z !! With 16 gb ram, i7 cpu and discontent the internal gpu to save power for the cpu. ..I just went mad
Uncover the fan and mod your way with h100 cooler ....

Caution : do your search before attempting any of what i said .

Link? This will be an interesting watch!biggrin.gif
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Link? This will be an interesting watch!biggrin.gif

Edited by FstokA - 10/26/15 at 3:13pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rCAVLbgspg

I got excited for a second... as I thought someone actually replaced the WiFi module with something else. The fact that the WiFi module is replaceable was known for sometime already.
post #327 of 2139
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I just want to report my finding on various CPU upgrades. I recently tried several different cpus hoping to upgrade my Alpha for everyday use beyond gaming. I ran into some alarmingly high temps when running Prime95. All cpus were cleaned using ArctiClean thermal material remover and thermal surface purifier prior to being installed. I user Arctic MX-4 thermal compound.
Here are my findings:

Stock i3-4130T
Idle temp: 40-50 degrees
Prime95 load temp: 67-78 degrees

i5-4440S
Idle temp: 55-65
Prime95 load temp: 72-84

i7-4790S
idle temp: 61-68 degrees
Prime95 load temp: 76-86 degrees

based on this I am scared to go with anything over the 45watt TDP and I have decided to stick with the stock i3 for now. I really wish i had purchased the i5 model as that i5 T cpus are next to impossible to find. I know some people are running 84watt cpus but I would caution against that as even these S series haswell chips run HOT in the alpha

Eh, pish posh. CPUs are rated up to 100C or more. Apple frequently pushes the mobile CPUs to 105c and their laptops generally are reliable. I'd be more worried about damaging the power system. I'm a little confused on how it knows to down clock the CPU when there's too much draw.
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post #328 of 2139
I live in Europe so I had to import my Alpha and pay a little bit extra but I still love it, for what it is. I have the i5 version with 8GB RAM and Crucial MX100 512GB (SSD).

Arma 3
Ultra @ 1080p = 26 fps (average) but If I lower visibility (overall/objects) with just a couple of hundred I'll gain 4-5 fps, 31 fps (average).
Very High @ 1080p = 32 fps (average) but If I lower visibility (overall/objects) with just a couple of hundred I'll gain 4-5 fps, 37 fps (average).

That's not bad when you consider the components and the small form factor of just 8”x8”x3”. I prefer graphical fidelity with nice effects over frames per second so I'm fine with 30 fps.

I love my little Alpha.
post #329 of 2139
Played a little Borderlands 2 with my son who brought over the Alpha... and it played quite well. I was actually impressed. I actually think it played it better than my youngest son's computer which is a Dell Optiplex 380 (Dual Core Pentium @ 2.8GHz), with 4GB ram, Windows 8.1 and running an AMD R7-260x.
post #330 of 2139
This is overclock.net right?

When did 80 degrees become worrying for a GPU?

It's a tiny SFF case, of course temps will be that high when you overclock. I'm planning on trying some better thermal paste on mine but it's more because I'm worried about the fan failing! I'm not particularly worried about 80 degrees and neither should anyone else be in my opinion.

My 8800GTS used to sit in the 80's it's entire life. I got 4 years out of it and then gave it to a friend who only upgraded it about 2 or 3 years ago.

It would of course be great if temps were lower, but it's demonstrably acceptable to have a GPU (particularly in this form factor) running at 80 degrees.
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