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post #31 of 256
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Originally Posted by spoonablehippo View Post

Looked into it. and apparently is something called "coil whine" and quite common/normal.

I let it stress test at full load for around half hour, and the noise has stopped :-)

lol breaking it in biggrin.gif
post #32 of 256
how about 3dmark firestrike score??

wanna know before O.C. score and after O.C. score smile.gif
post #33 of 256
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how about 3dmark firestrike score??

wanna know before O.C. score and after O.C. score smile.gif

Your wish is my command biggrin.gif

post #34 of 256
Hi,
I'm really interested to buy a Alienware Alpha R2 (if my GF agrees biggrin.gif ) and I would like to know if you have a graphic amplifier.
I have already one with my Alienware 13 and I would like to know if using the GA, the fan noise of the Alpha will be lower.

Otherwise, between the CPU and GPU fan, which one does the most of noise ? If it is the GPU, it will be perfect fore me !
post #35 of 256
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Originally Posted by megt View Post

Hi,
I'm really interested to buy a Alienware Alpha R2 (if my GF agrees biggrin.gif ) and I would like to know if you have a graphic amplifier.
I have already one with my Alienware 13 and I would like to know if using the GA, the fan noise of the Alpha will be lower.

Otherwise, between the CPU and GPU fan, which one does the most of noise ? If it is the GPU, it will be perfect fore me !

I don't have the graphics amplifier, but as it is 95% of the fan noise is from the GPU.
However the R2 is noticeably louder when idling then the R1
post #36 of 256
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Originally Posted by spoonablehippo View Post

I don't have the graphics amplifier, but as it is 95% of the fan noise is from the GPU.
However the R2 is noticeably louder when idling then the R1

Great, it is what I was thinking !

Now I just have to convince my GF, it is more complicated !
post #37 of 256
Hey guys smile.gif

I bought an Alpha R2 a week ago and it's great, but i have a big question/roblem:

The fan is extremly loud, when i'm playing. For example: When i'm running WoW on high/ultra settings, the fan is so loud, that the sound of the game is drowned by the fan noise.
The Alienware Command Center doesn't have the Thermal Control, Speedfan doesn't list any fans, HWInfo doesn't show the fan controll button. mad.gif
Is that normal? And why can't I control the fans?

Thanks in advance.
post #38 of 256
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Originally Posted by KyotoSan View Post

Hey guys smile.gif

I bought an Alpha R2 a week ago and it's great, but i have a big question/roblem:

The fan is extremly loud, when i'm playing. For example: When i'm running WoW on high/ultra settings, the fan is so loud, that the sound of the game is drowned by the fan noise.
The Alienware Command Center doesn't have the Thermal Control, Speedfan doesn't list any fans, HWInfo doesn't show the fan controll button. mad.gif
Is that normal? And why can't I control the fans?

Thanks in advance.

I've noticed this too! Very loud, and even when idling on the desktop the fan is very audible.

There will be no fan controls. The Alpha is not your traditional PC, more like a games console in it's design in that there are no thermal variables! Dell/Alienware know exactly what hardware is inside and the cooling system and fan speeds have been set accordingly to keep that specific set of hardware within it's safe thermal limit.
During testing, the GPU in my Alpha R2 reached 82 degrees, which is fine, but if you lowered the fan speed then obviously it's going to get hotter and could be damaged.

The loudness of the fans is the trade off for having a 960 in such a small form factor I'm afraid :-(
post #39 of 256
post #40 of 256
Also received my R2. What an amazing small box.

Stays fairly stable at 82 degrees (Celsius) when gaming, with the fans blaring away.

Got the standard wifi Intel 3165...will an upgrade to 8260 be any better for downloading? (I know it depends on my router, but just a general thought).

Any ways to tweak this wonder box? I have the i7-6700t version, with 8gb ddr4 and 256gb M.2 and 1tb SSHD for storage.

I was considering getting rid of my custom built itx pc which I have in my living room, if I got happy with this AW box. I have an EVGA 980ti sc acx in it at the moment, but was thinking about getting the AW graphics amplifier also. Still trying to figure out what will suit me best.
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