Razer Blade (2016) - Thermal Paste Re-Application (Tut)

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  1. Hey guys

    A while ago I re-applied thermal paste to my laptop, and it had some pretty great results (Check out my results table here), so I thought I'd make a quick tutorial how to do it ;)

    Before I get started this will void your warranty, so proceed so with caution, and I'm not responsible if you break your system

    Let's go



    Supplies Needed
    1. Thermal Paste (I recommend Arctic silver 5)
    2. A torx T5 Screwdriver
    3. A Phillips head screwdriver
    4. Something to apply the thermal paste
    5. Something to remove the current thermal paste (Alcohol or Arctic 5 remover)
    6. A brain

    1. Remove bottom cover of razer blade using torx screwdriver, the back will easily come off after removing the screws highlighted.

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    1.5 REMOVE THE BATTERY RIBBON CABLE. I forgot to take a photo, but make sure you do this so you don't zap yourself or risk breaking your laptop.

    2. After opening, you will see 6 springy phillips head screws. Unscrew them.

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    3. Carefully lift out the heatpipes, I suggest lifting one end, then pulling up slightly, then pulling up the other end. The entire thing will eventually come out, but it took quite a pull to get it out.

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    4. Once removed, apply thermal remover to a rag or cotton wool bud, and rub off the current thermal paste. Do the same thing with the surface purifier if you have any. Repeat this step to the thermal paste left on the heat pipes.

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    5. Re apply your own thermal paste, I really butchered this part but it's better to use too much than too little. I recommend doing a small X for the CPU and a larger X for the GPU.

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    5. Place the heat sync back on, I recommend putting one side in, then lowering it down. Don't lift it back up and check how you've done, this can cause bubbles in the paste. Just trust it, it's pretty hard to screw up.

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    6. Screw the heat sync back on, and screw the cover back on.

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    6. Pray it turns back on :wink_::big_grin_:

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    7. Profit

    (Next tut will be on modding the BIOS to undervolt and increase FPS, so stay tuned bois)
     
  2. vistar

    vistar Active Member

    The next time you open up your RB, can you measure all the thermal pad thickness? I opened mine a while back to repaste with kryonaut and forgot to measure the original thermal pads, and used K5 pro instead, but it gets messy. The next time a repaste i want to put thermal pads instead of k5 pro, but it will be a pain figuring out which sizes and where without the original configuration.
     
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  3. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Thanks for sharing the experience! I’ll do it next year after out the warranty, your guidance is marked. My Blades (2017 14) gaming performance and heat still okay especially after getting the Core, though without core it’s still Hard to reach over 85 (AC Origins is an exception).
     
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  4. Yeah man for sure, and I'll probably try apply the paste a bit better xD
     
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  5. Firebat246

    Firebat246 The One

    Interesting that you had to re-paste to get the desired results. I just under volted and am able to game without any thermal throttling/unreasonably high temps.
     
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  6. Mandy85

    Mandy85 New Member

    Please share your Bios undervolting How-To.

    I‘ve undervolted my Razer blade with XTU. But if i try to undervolt in BIOS (Core and Ring) it does not affect the CPU Voltage... Voltage checked with CPU-Z.

    Thanks in advance!
    Manfred
     
  7. JungleBeast99

    JungleBeast99 Member

    The best applying method for laptops is spreading.Processors without IHS(laptops) - spreading method, with IHS(PCs) - X-method. But you have to know how to spread it and it has to be very thin layer. Puting too much paste isnt very good but since you face better results than the stock paste and you are satisfied everything seems okay.
     
  8. What's your ambient temperature? I live in Aus and currently it's average about 33 Celcius, which brings that laptop heat up a lot

    From my experience, I've done X, pea, line and an average spread. And none of them are really noticeably better than the other.

    Sure thing man, will do. Give me a couple days

    So I take it you've modded your BIOS, and gone to the undervolting tab in the bios and changed the offset to -100 or something?
     
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  9. Mandy85

    Mandy85 New Member

    Hy, thanks for your quick reply.

    I´m in Advanced Setup >Overlocking> Core> Präfix changed to [-] and Offset voltage to 135.
    Same done for RING.

    I also tried uninstalling XTU, i thought this will affect the bios setting, but it doesn´t change anything.
     
  10. That seems to be fine, try check if it's undervolted with throttlestop. That will show you all voltages
     
  11. Mandy85

    Mandy85 New Member

    Ok, I will Try.

    But CPU-Z reported no (BIOS Mod) undervolting --> 1,127V
    Undervolted with XTU CPU-Z show -->0,987V
     
  12. vistar

    vistar Active Member

    did you set the overclocking feature to enabled?

    Also voltage mode to Adaptive?
     
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  13. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Heat in laptops could be because of bad thermal paste, so it’s also lucky factor, yes you’re doing right repasting yours to get better temperature. On Summer last year we (Germany) have also similar temperatures as yours (30~35) but my Blade 14 was stay max 81 Celsius with Undervolting...Only after AC Origins showed up, it brought my CPU temp to 90, but still no throttling on Blade 14, only on my stealth with 7500U CPU, I’ve to close all apps to be able to maintaining no throttling.
     
  14. Mandy85

    Mandy85 New Member

    Yes, overlocking feature has to be enabled, otherwise i can remember, that i won´t see the option to change the voltage..
    Yes, adaptive not override..
     
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  15. Nice, so many blades come out of the factory with faults and errors that barely any of them are 100% perfect, I've met people who get 10k firestrike score out the box, and people who only get 8k. Same thing with heat, many people get 80C max and others get 105C max. You seem to have a pretty good model.
     
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  16. vistar

    vistar Active Member

    Not sure then why it is not sticking on yours. When you uninstalled XTU, did you set the profile back to default?
     
  17. Does it say you've undervolt in Throttlestop? It should be in one of the tabs, and it will display all voltages in the top right
     
  18. Mandy85

    Mandy85 New Member

    Yes, of course, before uninstalling i set the profile in XTU to default.
    One thing, thats quite interesting: XTU stated in the "default" Row the same Core voltage offset as i set at the Bios.
    But if i set to default, the voltage raise to 1,1xxV

    No, i´ve not yet installed TS. All Changes i´ve done was at Bios...

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    For Clarification...
    Active is my profile in XTU (just to test) Prposed is the value, if i set to default.
    Default row are my settings from Bios...
     
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  19. Firebat246

    Firebat246 The One

    I was considering he may have just had a bad paste job. That's the most likely scenario based on the results. Obviously if you gaming in a room that's 30-35c it's going to effect things too.
     
  20. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    I remember playing outdoor and beside pool at very hot day on last summer definitely min 30C, but anyway that was on Battery so no thermal issue at all.
     
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