Been having heat issues with Razer Blade Pro 2016 (GTX 1080) for a while. Would get warm and fans would speed up just installing stuff; had to play games at medium settings; would shut off at 4K and high settings after about 30 minutes.
Out of warranty and was told by Razer it wouldn't be cost effective to have them look at it. Also decided to put in a fast 2TB SSD instead of the stock 2x 1TB RAID0 install while I had the thing open.
Well aware of the risks of LM installs, have done one other LM install, followed the dozens of tutorials on the subject to mitigate risk, etc. Not an expert, but aware of what I am getting myself into.
Even though this is a 2016 model these pictures of a 2017 are the same:
- Disassembled the laptop making note of where all of the screws and connectors went
- Used 99% alcohol to clean the old thermal paste (which didn't look like it was spread well) off the dies and heatsink
- Silicone Conformal Coating: on the contacts/capacitors around the GPU and CPU; let it dry for a few hours
- Super 33 Electrical Tape: apply tape around the dies also covering the contacts/capacitors
- Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut: tiny drop spread between CPU, GPU, and leftovers on heat sink
- Install the new SSD
Moment of truth... Turn it on it works, however...
Let me start off by saying, I know this laptop very well. I know perfectly well how hot it should be to the touch vs fan noise and thermals.
- First thing when booting up the fans are at almost max, but the chassis is very cold to the touch... more than usual
- Install Windows, update, install drivers, install HWINFO64
- All this time the fan is humming and it is cold to the touch, never gets warm
- The fan did get quiet a few times, but then would speed up for no reason
- Turn on HWINF64 to see the thermals: GPU is idle at around 70C and CPU is idle around >85C
- It will drop for a few seconds to < 20C, fans will get quiet, and it will shoot back up... just sitting there
- I know these temps are not accurate because it would have shut off and I'd barely be able to touch the chassis where the CPU, GPU, and heat sink are... I've been through this several times in the past at lower temperatures than HWINFO64 is indicating
- Again, it is extremely cool to the touch
It goes without saying something is up. I'm looking for suggestion on how to resolve it.
Maybe the CPU actually is getting that hot, but isn't touching the heat sink properly and isn't distributing heat to the heat sink and therefore chassis making it feel cold to the touch. Is this a possibility?
I'm going to take it back apart and I'll submit pictures of my actual work.