RichStom
1 Nickel

Re: Alienware Area-51 ALX upgrade

What video card do you currently have with the factory motherboard and processor?  I have a rx480 8gb but I can't play for more than 20 minutes due to the pc randomly crashing.  I think the cause is from the mobo/processor and if so I will also need to replace mine.  Best of luck to yours.

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Elfiwolfe
2 Iron

Re: Alienware Area-51 ALX upgrade

I have a Radeon R9 295X2.  Had to make some changes to the fan combo and cutting my own screws to mount it in the top area to be next to the CPU radiator.

To work with the Alienware power supply you have to combine 3 power rails into 2 power rails to feed the card.  On paper it is barely within spec at max power of the card.

I ended up getting a Cass-Ole power cable assembly and replacing the power supply with a Corsair atx 1500

Alienware: Area-51 ALX
Processor:
Intel Core i7 975 Extreme @ 3.33GHz
OS: Windows 7 Professional, 64bit Windows 10, 64bit
HDD: 3 x 1.5TB SATA-II, 7200rpm, 32mb cache HDDs
Memory: 12GB Triple-Channel 1333MHz DDR3
Graphic: 2x ATI 5970 XFX R9 295x2
Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Mouse: Microsoft Sidewinder Razor Naga
Keyboard: G15 : AlienwareTactX
Media Card: 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Optical Drive: 6X BD RW
Power Supply: 1.1 1.5KW Power Supply

Alienware: M11 Netbook

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Tesla1856
6 Gallium

Re: Alienware Area-51 ALX upgrade

Nice.

 

So, you are still running the stock motherboard in your Area51-R1?
You got your AWCC running satisfactory on Windows-10/64bit ?


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Elfiwolfe
2 Iron

Re: Alienware Area-51 ALX upgrade

Still running the stock motherboard.  Took me 30 days to get the right drivers found/installed for everything but the Intel Raid.

I'm not certain that AWCC is reading the CPU temp right.

I would need to use the intel program to stress the CPU and see if the radiator fan speed changes.  If it does not may bypass it and use the motherboard CPU fan header to run the CPU, or use a corsair fan controller.

On the plus side.  Under win10 the CPU radiator fan has never gone nuts to max power and stayed that way for hours.

Alienware: Area-51 ALX
Processor:
Intel Core i7 975 Extreme @ 3.33GHz
OS: Windows 7 Professional, 64bit Windows 10, 64bit
HDD: 3 x 1.5TB SATA-II, 7200rpm, 32mb cache HDDs
Memory: 12GB Triple-Channel 1333MHz DDR3
Graphic: 2x ATI 5970 XFX R9 295x2
Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Mouse: Microsoft Sidewinder Razor Naga
Keyboard: G15 : AlienwareTactX
Media Card: 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Optical Drive: 6X BD RW
Power Supply: 1.1 1.5KW Power Supply

Alienware: M11 Netbook

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Elfiwolfe
2 Iron

Re: Alienware Area-51 ALX upgrade

Or possible use a program like Speed Fan

Alienware: Area-51 ALX
Processor:
Intel Core i7 975 Extreme @ 3.33GHz
OS: Windows 7 Professional, 64bit Windows 10, 64bit
HDD: 3 x 1.5TB SATA-II, 7200rpm, 32mb cache HDDs
Memory: 12GB Triple-Channel 1333MHz DDR3
Graphic: 2x ATI 5970 XFX R9 295x2
Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Mouse: Microsoft Sidewinder Razor Naga
Keyboard: G15 : AlienwareTactX
Media Card: 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Optical Drive: 6X BD RW
Power Supply: 1.1 1.5KW Power Supply

Alienware: M11 Netbook

GSA 11 Information Technology Specialist

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Tesla1856
6 Gallium

Re: Alienware Area-51 ALX upgrade

Elfiwolfe wrote:

I would need to use the intel program to stress the CPU and see if the radiator fan speed changes. 

I'm sure I sound like a "broken record" will all my posts, but checkout OCCT. It provides Prime95-like work for the CPU and Furmark-like work for the GPU ... concurrently if you wish.


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Elfiwolfe
2 Iron

Re: Alienware Area-51 ALX upgrade

the AAWC thermal controls are not adjusting the system fan according to CPU temp.  1179-1183 rpm no matter the temp.

lets see.

CPU gets hots.. CPU and motherboard know that.  They should tell the CPU fan to speed up.  The daughterboard captures this information and passes it on.  CPU radiator fan speeds up.

Somere where in this chain there is a failure.

I should be able to bypass the daughter board go right to the motherboard CPU fan 1 header with the radaitor fan.  they are both 4 pin standard pins as far as i can tell.

Alienware: Area-51 ALX
Processor:
Intel Core i7 975 Extreme @ 3.33GHz
OS: Windows 7 Professional, 64bit Windows 10, 64bit
HDD: 3 x 1.5TB SATA-II, 7200rpm, 32mb cache HDDs
Memory: 12GB Triple-Channel 1333MHz DDR3
Graphic: 2x ATI 5970 XFX R9 295x2
Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Mouse: Microsoft Sidewinder Razor Naga
Keyboard: G15 : AlienwareTactX
Media Card: 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Optical Drive: 6X BD RW
Power Supply: 1.1 1.5KW Power Supply

Alienware: M11 Netbook

GSA 11 Information Technology Specialist

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Tesla1856
6 Gallium

Re: Alienware Area-51 ALX upgrade

Elfiwolfe wrote:

the AAWC thermal controls are not adjusting the system fan according to CPU temp.  1179-1183 rpm no matter the temp.

lets see.

CPU gets hots.. CPU and motherboard know that.  They should tell the CPU fan to speed up.  The daughterboard captures this information and passes it on.  CPU radiator fan speeds up.

Somere where in this chain there is a failure.

 

Just so you know ... the radiator fan doesn't speed up until the CPU gets kinda hot. However, it should hold the CPU's temp under about 75c. At least, that's how it works on my Aurora-R1, which is a similar MIO-Board, stock Asetek Liquid-Cooler, and general arrangement.


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Elfiwolfe
2 Iron

Re: Alienware Area-51 ALX upgrade

.. and I should check the physical layer first as well.

Ie wire from motherboard to ? then to GPUFAN board then to fan.

Fan runs so GPUfan board to fan is there.. just need to check the cable from motherboard to ?

Alienware: Area-51 ALX
Processor:
Intel Core i7 975 Extreme @ 3.33GHz
OS: Windows 7 Professional, 64bit Windows 10, 64bit
HDD: 3 x 1.5TB SATA-II, 7200rpm, 32mb cache HDDs
Memory: 12GB Triple-Channel 1333MHz DDR3
Graphic: 2x ATI 5970 XFX R9 295x2
Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Mouse: Microsoft Sidewinder Razor Naga
Keyboard: G15 : AlienwareTactX
Media Card: 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Optical Drive: 6X BD RW
Power Supply: 1.1 1.5KW Power Supply

Alienware: M11 Netbook

GSA 11 Information Technology Specialist

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Tesla1856
6 Gallium

Re: Alienware Area-51 ALX upgrade

You said above "Liquid cooling passed" in Dell 32bit Diagnostics. That should test the pump, radiator fan, and ability of the system to cool the CPU under heavy loads.
 
Hard to understand how it could not be working in Windows, unless your drivers are screwy.  


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