Originally Posted by KyotoSan
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.
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 :-(