Aurora R9 heating issues

TC1984

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Jan 25, 2020
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So I just bought my first alienware product, the Aurora R9. It was, as far as gaming goes, a massive upgrade from what I used to own. I have owned it for about three weeks now and have very little to complain about, in fact, only one thing to complain about, but it's a pretty big thing. The graphics card is a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER and the processor is Intel Core i7-9700 base clocked at 3.00GHz.

So recently, I have been playing the Witcher 3 and have noticed the fan getting really loud while I am playing, even for 10-20 minutes. I downloaded MSI Afterburner to track my temps and usage percents and what I found is that my GPU usage hovers around 40-50% and only gets up to about 75C regardless of graphical settings, which is what I would expect from a high end GPU like this. The issue I am having is with my CPU. Also regardless of graphical setting, that usage can be anywhere where between 40-90% and it jumps around constantly. Also its temperature stays at about 80C and frequently rises above 85C.

Maybe I just don't know how computers work but I simply can't understand why running a game at such a low quality with these spec would cause any amount of overheating. I have read that this computer has overheating issues to due to low quality fans and I know the obvious answer there is to upgrade, but I wonder if there could be another solution. Thanks in advance and I'm sorry if I left out any important details, I'll happily oblige if you ask.
 

ANT

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Aug 23, 2015
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Congrats. on nice rig. 75c and 80c! That's burning up, did you mean Fahrenheit? If those are Fahrenheit temps than it may be fan/software issue. I have had that problem with my old rig. It was the Alienware FX.
 

Reg72

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Jan 5, 2021
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Hi
I also have the R9 but mine was the 2060 super version.
The machine came with the Air cooled cpu ( 9700 non K)
Since my purchase I have replaced quiet a lot of parts because the machine was just to noisy and hot.

Cpu cooling is now the Corsair H60 AIO. I used a corsair ML120 Pro non LED fan in the top of the fan cage and then added the radiator bellow it.
The AIO comes with a 120mm SP fan and I used this also on the radiator to create a push / pull sandwich.

The lower front intake fan was replaced with a Corsair ML120 non led no pro fan.
I moved the HDD cage to the floor of the case allowing me to add a Second intake fan in the space it used to live in.
I secured this with industrial Velcro. Same fan as the lower intake.

The PSU in mine was the 460watt stock unit and I decided to replace it with a Corsair RM650 as I was going to replace the gpu.

Gpu was eventually changed to the MSI RTX 3070 x2 ventus.
Its a non blower card but I have found zero heat issues with the card after a bit of set up and tweeks.

AIO is set to 81%
Top fan and front fans is set to a custom curve set to a max rpm of 82% to match the corsairs max rpm ceiling.
I have it at 25% up to 55C and then the curve start to be more aggressive up to the max 82%.

Gpu I have set a custom fan curve and also I undervolted it a bit to help keep thermals where I was happy and not effecting its performance.


The highest temp I have seen on the gpu is 70c when running Cyber punk on max settings for a couple of hours.
The Cpu I have never seen go over 62c despite playing badly optimized titles like star citizen that uses 60% cpu all the time.

Hope some of this is of use to you in your heat issues.