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Old 14-09-2018, 04:07 PM   #1
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Aftershock MX-17 Pro Missing CPU intake vent

so i recently purchased this mx-17 pro from aftershock and so far i really am impressed on how it performs.

a few tweaks with throttlestop and my boost has become consistent and the cpu temps have improved a lot from hitting 97c to barely hitting 85c on cinebench upon reducing the voltage on both core and cache, heck my score even improved.

now on the part that confuses me, upon flipping the unit over to check the bottom i noticed that the part where the vent for the CPU intake should be is not present. groves are present but they are not vent slits like one would expect. i can clearly see the intake vent for the GPU but for the CPU? nadda!

the question is, are all mx-17 pro bottom case built like this? i rang aftershock and was told that is it "by design" which is kinda hard to believe, why would they choke the CPU intake fan "by design"? is this a batch of bottom cases that were manufactured incorrectly?

i imagined that if the vents were there, the cou temps will greatly improve.

anyone here who uses an mx-17 series care to share their finding on their bottom cases? thanks!!

here is where i would expect the intake vent should be, it lines up with the fan inside the unit

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Old 14-09-2018, 09:18 PM   #2
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I have two laptops with this kind of design, the intake grills are over the RAM and Wifi card instead.

It's to create airflow over the other components through the use of negative pressure, because when the CPU vent is blocked, the air has to take a longer path through the notebook past the other components, cooling them also.
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Old 15-09-2018, 01:30 AM   #3
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I have two laptops with this kind of design, the intake grills are over the RAM and Wifi card instead.

It's to create airflow over the other components through the use of negative pressure, because when the CPU vent is blocked, the air has to take a longer path through the notebook past the other components, cooling them also.
this would have been ideal if the design intention is indeed that. the problem with the my aftershock mx17 there are no such vents/intake slits on both the ram and m.2 slots >.<
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Old 15-09-2018, 08:23 PM   #4
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UPDATE:

i emailed their support inquiring whether i am allowed to drill the slits open, they allowed me to do so =)

looks like i will be doing some light dremel tomorrow. i dont plan on opening the slits completely from left to right, i will leave around a centimeter in the middle to reinforce "grill".
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Old 15-09-2018, 10:31 PM   #5
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UPDATE:

i emailed their support inquiring whether i am allowed to drill the slits open, they allowed me to do so =)

looks like i will be doing some light dremel tomorrow. i dont plan on opening the slits completely from left to right, i will leave around a centimeter in the middle to reinforce "grill".
Let us know if temps do improve!
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Old 16-09-2018, 12:10 PM   #6
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this would have been ideal if the design intention is indeed that. the problem with the my aftershock mx17 there are no such vents/intake slits on both the ram and m.2 slots >.<
I'm sure there's some intake vent somewhere else. Why not you show us a picture of the whole bottom?
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Old 16-09-2018, 12:21 PM   #7
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I'm sure there's some intake vent somewhere else. Why not you show us a picture of the whole bottom?
https://www.aftershockpc.com/backend...0PRO%20USP.png

3rd pic from bottom?
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https://www.aftershockpc.com/backend...0PRO%20USP.png

3rd pic from bottom?
As in with the bottom panel, I need to see the vents they suck the air in from from the bottom.
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Old 16-09-2018, 02:10 PM   #9
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My suggestion is

Check the model, should be on the laptop itself (not MX17 but Clevo's model number)
Go to http://forum.notebookreview.com and post and ask around.

Aftershock is just a local franchisee for Clevo.
Like :
Sager in America
Illegear in Malaysia

These franchisee just handle the support and warranty etc.
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