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M18x R2 GPU2 custom blanking plate.


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For the small amount of people that bought an M18x R1/R2 new from Dell and only ordered one GPU, the GPU2 space was filled with a fan grill blank and an MXM blanking plate in order to maintain the support under the keyboard and block off an unused vent. P/N: A10C09 and A10C11.
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Those blanks are hard to find (for me in Australia anyway), as I have upgraded to a single RX 480 4GB card, there is flex on the right side of the keyboard due to having no GPU2 leaving a big empty space.

So I made a dummy MXM GPU plate from some scrap plastic which allows the right heatsink to be mounted as normal maintaining the keyboard support and keeping the GPU2 parts with the system so they don't get lost somewhere.

Some pictures. Making use of a broken X bracket. The slot end is a V shape so it only rests on the slot without touching/compressing pins.

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Scrap laptop lid.
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I was going to add supports to emulate the original blank plate but decided the heatsink was better.

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Alienware M18x R2: i7-3740QM | RX 480 4GB
Alienware M17x R4: i7-3720QM | GTX 1060 6GB | 120Hz
Alienware Aurora R5: i7-6700K | GTX 1080 SLI | 64GB RAM
Alienware X51 R2: i7-4790 | ASUS GTX 1070 Turbo

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Really clever and clean Johndill. Next step is to attach the spare heatsink to the CPU heatsink and see if it can the CPU temps, not that I've ever had a problem with my 3920XM. 

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Alienware M18x R2 - i7-3920XM - GTX 970M - 16GB 1866Mhz DDR3L - Samsung 970 Evo with MXM to NVMe Adapter - Custom Delft Blue

Alienware M18x R2 - i7-3840QM - GTX 680M - 16GB 1600Mhz - Custom Yellow     Alienware M17x R3 - i7-2760QM - GTX 580M - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

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On 1/27/2022 at 1:49 PM, Maxware79 said:

Really clever and clean Johndill. Next step is to attach the spare heatsink to the CPU heatsink and see if it can the CPU temps, not that I've ever had a problem with my 3920XM. 

Thanks. 🙂 I had a look through my scrap bits & pieces but didn't find an old laptop heat pipe that fits. But I do think that could be possible. 🙂 

Have you seen this thing before? Fully built in water cooling loop with pump. 😄 
https://www.theverge.com/2012/3/23/2896443/asetek-liquid-cooling-laptop-overclocked-alienware-m18x

 

 

Alienware M18x R2: i7-3740QM | RX 480 4GB
Alienware M17x R4: i7-3720QM | GTX 1060 6GB | 120Hz
Alienware Aurora R5: i7-6700K | GTX 1080 SLI | 64GB RAM
Alienware X51 R2: i7-4790 | ASUS GTX 1070 Turbo

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11 hours ago, rocas said:

This one looks very interesting, I can see a water inlet & oulet on there too. 🙂 

Alienware M18x R2: i7-3740QM | RX 480 4GB
Alienware M17x R4: i7-3720QM | GTX 1060 6GB | 120Hz
Alienware Aurora R5: i7-6700K | GTX 1080 SLI | 64GB RAM
Alienware X51 R2: i7-4790 | ASUS GTX 1070 Turbo

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Yeah I remember seeing that video years ago, pretty cool idea. Pun intended 

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Alienware M18x R2 - i7-3920XM - GTX 970M - 16GB 1866Mhz DDR3L - Samsung 970 Evo with MXM to NVMe Adapter - Custom Delft Blue

Alienware M18x R2 - i7-3840QM - GTX 680M - 16GB 1600Mhz - Custom Yellow     Alienware M17x R3 - i7-2760QM - GTX 580M - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

Alienware M17x R2 - i7-720MQ - GTX 460M - 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 - 1920x1200 RGBLED   Alienware X51 - i7-3770 - NO GPU - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

Alienware Area 51 ALX - i7-975 Extreme - GTX 980 - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3   Alienware Aurora R2 - i7-3770K - GTX 670FTW - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 

Alienware Aurora R4 ALX - i7-3930K - GTX 1060 - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3        Alienware Aurora R4 ALX - i7-3930K - GTX 670FTW - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

 

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