2015 Razer Blade Thermals

Discussion in 'Systems' started by PEARLfirstCitrine663, Nov 21, 2017.

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  1. TL;DR - Skip first 3 paragraphs :wink_:

    [​IMG] Today I decided to open up my Blade (being that the warranty has expired since I purchased in July 2015), to clean it up. The reason for wanting to clean my machine is that I noticed the fans instantly ramping up to 100% as soon as I would open the lid from sleep or hibernate. As well as CPU and DISK always bouncing from 0 - 80 under normal load. I understand that cleaning the fans may not have fixed this, but in my particular case, it did. So I was curious as to why this was happening. Prior to opening up the Blade, I did some research to see what other fellow Bladeians were posting about their thermal issues and the causes of such.

    I decided to dive head removing the rear panel, and the first thing I noticed were my glorious heat sinks, and the massive clump of lint in each side (pics). This is the first time in 2 years this [2015 Razer Blade] back panel has ever been removed, and I've sprayed air in the fans and exhaust ports before [with minimal effect] every couple months.

    Upon installation of the rear panel and starting up the machine, something weird happened. No insta-fan cyclone. I opened the back panel back up to check that all wires were connected and everything checked out. I even went as far as to try to put load on the Blade by running 12 tabs of Youtube for 6 minutes [6 in Edge, 6 in Chrome all playing videos] to get the fans spinning. Yes I am aware that this wasn't the best test, but astonishingly enough... no mega cyclone on my table. Of course I am aware that leaving those open for longer would've surely made the fans spin wild, but prior to the lint removal, they would have spun up instantly.

    Compressed air can only remove so much. Opening your machine and removing debris will surely help stay cooler and quieter under normal load, as it did in my case.

    ***Be way of your warranty, as I believe just removing the back panel will void warranty***

    But my reason for posting is I was wondering about the design of the thermals. Why is it a solid piece of copper, rather than a copper tube with a narrow cavity with holes on either end to dissipate heat faster and move more air? And would it make any difference installing the new 2017 Blade fans on my 2015 Blade, or are they the same.
    (I am already over the fact that the way the heat sinks are attached are pretty lame)

    :big_grin_:Bonus question: is there anyway to get chroma lighting on my 2015 Blade. I am not afraid of doing surgery.

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  2. FiszPL

    FiszPL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    When you cleaned your laptop, you could also change thermal paste (& thermal pads if there are some) - you can lower your temperature for a few *C / *F.
    I've changed thermal paste in few Dell laptops (recommend Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut or if you want go cheap - Arctic Cooling MX2 thermal paste) and it's running cooler, than before.
  3. I had looked into do that actually, and read it's generally not worth it unless its been 5-10 years. But I am curious if the Blade paste gets significantly deteriorated from such heat. Thank you for the recommendation as well.
  4. FiszPL

    FiszPL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    I bet, you didn't saw too many 2-3 years laptops and it's thermal paste. Unfortunatelly most of them are not conducting heating properly, because it's more like a rock, than a thermal paste.
    And if you bought laptop in july 2015 - doesn't mean, that laptop has 2 years, it could be also produced in 2014, but it was in warehouse for few months ;)
  5. :eek_::eek_::eek_::eek_::eek_: How right you are. Thanks for the tip! I'll look into it more and see what others have posted. Any fancy tips you lend advice on?
  6. FiszPL

    FiszPL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Wow, just saw photos of Razer Blade heatsink, and unfortunatelly it doesn't have any straight surface in CPU/GPU area - only "bare" heatpipes (with gaps!) are sticking to CPU/GPU. So I'll recommend put also thermal paste in these gaps OR buy a thin copper plates to dissipate heating.

    There's also thermal pads on GPU vRAM, and I'd also change it for example for Phobya thermopad xt. BUT before that, I'd measure the height of old pads, and buy exact height Phobyas (it's really important!). These thermopads have great heat dissipation (7w), but they're harder and less flexible, than original ones.
  7. I kind of get what you're saying, but at the same time I don't understand. What do I measure? I don't see any pads.
  8. FiszPL

    FiszPL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    In red circle (on right side) - these are thermopads, that are sticking to GPU vRAM. Before you buy a new one, you must measure the height of it.
    Too low thermopads will cause vRAM overheat (because it will not give the heating to heatsink, you will have gap between heatsink and pads).
    Too high thermopads will cause improper heatsink pressure on GPU or CPU - you might have some gap between the heatsink and GPU/CPU.

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  9. Metolius

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  10. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Yes you can re-paste it, like @FiszPL said, I saw even Blade late 2016 doing it, worth a try if you think your thermal is high.
    The Fan is different between 2015 and 2017 if you live in US, this guy repair Blade your version and I heard he has a lot spares like Fan, you can ask him if he could sell one for you.
    Yes you can add chroma setting on it by buying chroma Keyboard, like blackwidow or ornata chroma;)
  11. Thank you all very much for your input! I think I'll be looking into getting the 2017 RB14 fans for my 2015 RB14 as I contacted the guy that Joikansai linked to and he said they fit, and other posts said they move a little bit more air.
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