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2018/05/24 16:30:43 (permalink)
I'm one of the many who recently purchased the SC15 on sale and have been enjoying messing around with it (clean Windows install, undervolted, updated BIOS, the usual). Not sure if others are in the same boat, but this baby runs hot. I'm seeing CPU and GPU temperatures in the 50s on idle, and they top out at 80 while gaming. I know these are safe temperatures, but I was considering trying my hand at re-pasting to bring that down a bit. 
 
Has anyone here done this successfully? I've built my own desktops, so I'm familiar with process in that regard, but I've never opened up a laptop before. However, this particular model doesn't seem especially popular, so I can't find any tutorials on YouTube. Should I even bother? I'm in Canada and I'm not particularly concerned about the warranty. It would cost an arm and a leg to send back for an RMA, especially given that they don't have a Canadian depot, but I knew this prior to ordering it and am fairly certain I didn't get a lemon (knock wood).
 
I'm mainly curious how easy/difficult it is. I've checked tutorials for other gaming laptops and it seems like a pretty simple afternoon project. 
 
Any input is appreciated!
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    kaneorotar
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/24 22:55:33 (permalink)
    I have only tried upgrading the RAM and SSD, which means taking off the bottom cover and removing the motherboard.
     
    The first step is to take out all visible screws on the bottom cover (including 2 under the pad).
     
    Then, please be very gentle with the plastic snaps when prying open the bottom cover because they are likely the weakest components in the entire laptop. (I broke 2 of them the 3rd time removing the cover )
     
    Once you get to the inside, just remove another set of screws (most with triangle markings nearby) and unplug all the cables (be aware that the right speaker cable connects to the motherboard from below)
     
    Before you are able to lift the motherboard, you will need to rotate the screen hinge a little so that the pipe at the top right corner of the board can be released.

     
    That's the farthest I've gone. I suppose re-pasting is only one step away (by removing all the screws of the fans and heat-sink)
     
    Good luck!
    post edited by kaneorotar - 2018/05/25 21:20:17
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/25 00:45:59 (permalink)
    If you download Intel xtu and undervolt the cpu by 115 or so you will not go over 80c in games. Also you can hit f2 to enter bios and disable turbo boost to decrease Temps even more. I have been messing around with these options and seeing how much of a performance loss you get. I'm not seeing very much if any at all when disabling turbo boost. In all the games I have played I have not seen the cpu get near 100% usage.
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/25 18:34:30 (permalink)
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    I have only tried upgrading the RAM and SSD, which means taking off the bottom cover and removing the motherboard.
     
    The first step is to take out all visible screws on the bottom cover (including 2 under the pad).
     
    Then, please be very gentle with the plastic snaps when prying open the bottom cover because they are likely the weakest components in the entire laptop. (I broke 2 of them the 3rd time removing the cover )
     
    Once you get to the inside, just remove another set of screws (most with triangle markings nearby) and unplug all the cables (be aware that the right speaker cable connects to the motherboard from below)
     
    Before you are able to lift the motherboard, you will need to rotate the screen hinge a little so that the pipe at the top right corner of the board can be released.
     
     
    That's the farthest I've gone. I suppose re-pasting is only one step away (by removing all the screws of the fans and heat-sink)
     
    Good luck!




    You said you have only "tried" upgrading the RAM and SSD. Does that mean you were successful at upgrading the RAM on the reverse side of the motherboard? If so, are there actually 4 DIMM's as indicated by the manual with 2 of them being empty?
     
    How hard was the whole process would you say? I'd personally be nervous disassembling it to that extent.
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/25 19:48:13 (permalink)
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/25 21:06:05 (permalink)
    Nice guide though, the SC15 is difficult to take a part like the MSI GS series.  thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/25 21:13:16 (permalink)
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    You said you have only "tried" upgrading the RAM and SSD. Does that mean you were successful at upgrading the RAM on the reverse side of the motherboard? If so, are there actually 4 DIMM's as indicated by the manual with 2 of them being empty?
     
    How hard was the whole process would you say? I'd personally be nervous disassembling it to that extent.




    Yes, the upgrade was successful, with some sacrifices (two plastic snaps).
     
    And as you can see in my updated original post, only 2 DIMMs are available. I think the manual didn't make it very clear.
     
    As I've mentioned, the hardest part for me was the removing of the bottom cover without breaking the plastic snaps. Just be careful when you are connecting/disconnecting the cables and everything should be fine.
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/25 21:20:58 (permalink)
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/25 21:22:35 (permalink)
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    post edited by vistarshook - 2018/11/14 07:56:27

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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/26 04:21:02 (permalink)
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    You said you have only "tried" upgrading the RAM and SSD. Does that mean you were successful at upgrading the RAM on the reverse side of the motherboard? If so, are there actually 4 DIMM's as indicated by the manual with 2 of them being empty?
     
    How hard was the whole process would you say? I'd personally be nervous disassembling it to that extent.




    Yes, the upgrade was successful, with some sacrifices (two plastic snaps).
     
    And as you can see in my updated original post, only 2 DIMMs are available. I think the manual didn't make it very clear.
     
    As I've mentioned, the hardest part for me was the removing of the bottom cover without breaking the plastic snaps. Just be careful when you are connecting/disconnecting the cables and everything should be fine.

    That is disappointing that the manual implies there are 2 open dimm slots, ohhh well, 16GB will suffice.

    I was worried about breaking the bottom cover as well when I tore it open to replace the HDD. The 2 front corners were the hardest to pop open.
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/26 14:06:56 (permalink)
    Many thanks to all for the feedback. I couldn't run PUBG without crashing at with a -0.120 undervolt, so I currently have it down to -0.100. 
     
    Will leave things alone for now. Might look into a cooling pad instead. 
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/30 08:40:30 (permalink)
    for what it is worth, I have a nice cooling pad.  No undervolt and I do not crash in heavy games of Wildlands
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/05/30 12:32:57 (permalink)
    I have mine undervolted .100 an idle 35 to 38 Celsius with a spike up to 45 to 48 Celsius very rarely,then under load I just ran intel tuner stress test and it never got above 75 Celsius.I also played Skyrim for 2 hours an it peaked at 78 celcius but average 72 Celsius with ambient temperatures at 72 degrees fahrenheit.I love this laptop!
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/06/02 11:46:08 (permalink)
    Nice teardown post.  Thank you.  I won't be doing that unless I some day wanted to upgrade to 32GB.
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/06/13 08:44:40 (permalink)
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    I have mine undervolted .100 an idle 35 to 38 Celsius with a spike up to 45 to 48 Celsius very rarely,then under load I just ran intel tuner stress test and it never got above 75 Celsius.I also played Skyrim for 2 hours an it peaked at 78 celcius but average 72 Celsius with ambient temperatures at 72 degrees fahrenheit.I love this laptop!



    Do you happen to live in an igloo in Alaska??? 35C???? Ambient temperature should be like 60F? Share your secrets! Ambient temp here is 78-80F, without undervolt, CPU PACKAGE and GPU get up to 99 and 74 respectively under FPU + GPU stress test in AIDA64. With undervolt, CPU PACKAGE and GPU get up to 89 and 74 respectively under the same stress test and same ambient temp. To repaste or not repaste? I also have some CPU coil-whine, do any of you have any coil-whine?
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/06/15 07:42:25 (permalink)
    So after optimizing my GPU to performance levels an altered color settings this laptop is sharp an colorful as can be.I revolted back to normal settings .000 an idle 46-50 Celsius an stress peaked to 81 Celsius  then undervolted .100 stressed again an idle the same minimum but peak at 74 now with ambient temps (inside ac is always set to 72 degrees Fahrenheit).I feel i have maxed my laptop at the moment with whats supplied to me an feel very blessed that i haven't had an problems like others have had.I assume i have won the laptop lottery with these temps ect an if anything changes i will inform the community with updates,thanks have a good afternoon.
    post edited by chuckbilly - 2018/06/15 08:54:25
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/06/15 12:28:37 (permalink)
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    So after optimizing my GPU to performance levels an altered color settings this laptop is sharp an colorful as can be.I revolted back to normal settings .000 an idle 46-50 Celsius an stress peaked to 81 Celsius  then undervolted .100 stressed again an idle the same minimum but peak at 74 now with ambient temps (inside ac is always set to 72 degrees Fahrenheit).I feel i have maxed my laptop at the moment with whats supplied to me an feel very blessed that i haven't had an problems like others have had.I assume i have won the laptop lottery with these temps ect an if anything changes i will inform the community with updates,thanks have a good afternoon.

    My laptop before the fan bearing died, I’d get 66-71 Celsius for max temp on cpu and gpu. The sc15



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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/07/09 08:22:47 (permalink)
    Thank you for these details and photos! I have removed all the visible screws on the bottom panel but can’t figure out how to remove the pad to get to the screws underneath it. How do you do this? Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
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    Re: Has anyone re-pasted their SC15? 2018/11/12 21:17:49 (permalink)
    You dont remove the pad to get the screws out. Where the screws are there is a + cut out that you stick the torx bit thru to remove the screws. The screws dont come out from the pad.

    Also the person that wrote the teardown instructions forgot to mention that the required bit or torx screwdriver size needed is a t6.

    It's fairly easy to do and just like the write up I also broke like 2 or 3 plastic tabs, its inevitable to not break them.

    Just take your time and pay attention to what you are doing and everything will go well.
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