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  • #55111
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    Same issue here … 128GB card. Totally not getting detected. Updated the drivers etc. Its very strange…

    #54690
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    Finished up the reworked mod as described above. Temperatures get at max 78°C with burn in tests ( and a warmer room then the previous 90°C tests ). Temperature is much more spread out over the backplate. So the results are very good.

    The bad news … cracked the glass when putting the back plate on. Yay! Small 5cm crack running near the front camera area, down. Seems to be on the “glass”, not the actual screen / digitizer. So yea… I hate how the back plate is hard to remove / deal with. This mod needed to have been done out of factory, not by end users. But yea… its a 250€ tablet. Not end of the world, only makes reselling in the future a issue.

    #54670
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    I think he put double op the CPU location. There is a instinct reaction to put a thermal pad in the cpu “cutout” in the Alu head spreader and then put a bigger one over it to cover the Alu heatsink. But the cutout is less then 1mm deep. So your pressing on the backside with that one point because of two 1mm thermal pads. Slightly annoying is a understatement 😉

    #54416
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    Yesterday opened up my Book and only one of the thermal pads was making contact with the back side ( so only around 25x25mm ). So that explains the drop in temperature but the lack of large temp drops.

    My plan has changed to make the following mod:

    Going to install liquid metal for the contact past: Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut Wärmeleitpaste
    And also ordered 20mm copper plate because the 15mm really leaves 2mm on the sides not exposed.

    So my build will be:

    1. CPU/GPU
    2. Liquid metal ( with thermal pads around the cpu/gpu cores to prevent overflow until its burned in )
    3. 20mm x 20mm copper / 1mm
    4. Maybe some past ( not metal liquid, forgot that burns Alu *lol* ).
    5. Aluminium Plate
    6. 15mm copper inside the depression ( if possible ).
    7. Big 3W thermal pad over the whole Alu plate + 7W on the center. More equal divided this time so less pressure and better contract.

    Think that will do it. 😉

    #53248
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    Yes, the old thermal pad is gone. Its some cheap and not very efficient pad. There is a clear issue given your temp and mine. Its better then default because it does not hit over 90°C but clearly its not good.

    Oeps … Now that you mention it…

    CPU/GPU -> ThermalPast -> 15 mm Copper -> [ What is missing here?] -> Alu plate -> 7W ThermalPad ( double stack on the hole and some next to it ).

    There is no thermal past between the copper & the alu. Totally forgot about it. Also going to try some other thermal past, i think the one i used is too old ( it was very sticky, difficult to spread out.

    Going to try to add cheaper 3W thermal pad that covers the whole Alu plate, instead of just concentrated on the CPU/GPU area. Think this is also creating a issue.

    Will try if i can open it up again. Really not great for the heart 🙂

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    On a side note: Reinstalling Windows 10 Pro = works perfectly. I prefer a clean OS ( to be sure there is no spy soft ). The only issue was the wacom driver, the default in the driver pack from TechTablets did not work.

    http://us.wacom.com/en/feeldriver/

    This one works perfectly. A few components ( camera’s and some intel stuff ) needed extra drivers but for the rest the Windows 10 Pro Anniversary found everything.

    #52553
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    Something like that, especially on a non-critical part, is not worth the hassle of shipping the tablet back. And you know that they will simply ship it to another customer 😉  Personally, put some glue and ignore the “glue spot”.

    And yea its a great tablet. Love the stylus ( the main reason why i picked it over the cube i9/X3 ). And the 299$ price was worth it.

    #50449
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    Sound a lot like a driver issue but normally a generic driver is supposed to run. The fact that the stylus works ( it means the watcom driver loaded ) and you can boot up to extend your display. Did you try installing the cube display driver from your extended screen? Are you running the windows 10, 1 year anniversary version? Or the “older” original windows 10.

    Other option is that possible the hardware screen connection cable got lose? There have been a few reports of people getting flickers because the connection cable became lose ( and when moving / turning, fixed or create problems ). But seeing as this started right after your reinstall points to a pure driver issue.

    I hate that the F8 does not work anymore with Windows 10 + SSD/UEFI.

    Other option is to reboot with your windows 10 install usb stick active, boot up into recovery mode and try to install the drivers from there…

    #49826
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    Its interesting looking but is it not kind of big? Here you see it filled up:

    http://www.ebay.de/itm/USB-3-1-Typ-C-Auf-4k-HDMI-USB-3-0-HUB-USB-C-Ladegerat-SD-Kartenleser-Adapter-Neu-/262494954578

    And look at the cable length… The ports are on the Cube i7’s top. It fits perfectly for a flat laptop with ports at the bottom but i think it will just dangle on the Cube i7 from its USB3-c port

    #36138
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    I’ve just contacted GearBest, they say the X2 pen is not compatible with the X3 and they don’t have any that are.

    That means they change the Digitizer, if the old pen X2 does not work anymore on the X3.  In other words, it means they made more hardware changes then only the CPU/Memory…

    #35306
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    Frankly, i personally find the i9 not bad at all. Its just you end up paying 50€ more, lose out on the 4GB extra memory and the real ( hardware point of view ) return is the USB-c / back stand that you get more. Maybe i’ll wait just for the i9 Stylus version …

    The i7 stylus is good, the price point is very good but then your back to the older 5300GPU, and i do not like the 10″ screen size ( and no back stand, single USB3 port, etc… ). For a window system a bit bigger with more flexible features is better. Like for instance the X2/X3/i9 with dual USB3/USBc, gives you the ability to simply plug in keyboard/mouse without the need to carry a USB hub around.

    Its like each system is just lacking in the perfect combination *haha*. The Acer was hitting the right spots but if they sell it at that stupid price, yea, forget about those guys.

    #35238
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    Just showing the original buy value and customs is happy. They know the game how everybody tries to under value. You did not declare a fake value, so you are in the clear from a legal point of view. If for instance you told the shipper to undervalue it and customs have proof it is, yea … then you can get a nice extra fine on top ( its called tax evasion / fraud for a reason 😉 ). But that never happens ( especially not for low value items like this ).

    If you are shipping a container with 10.000 tablets and declare it ridiculously low, yea … customs have more reason to come after you.

    DHL = Almost every freaking ( correction: Every! ) time custom taxes… no change of escaping the taxes with them. Never use them ever for shipping something you do not like to pay taxes on. Most courier companies are like that. You have more chance of escaping with snailmail ( the national postal services that take ages ) or more change they will simply accept the undervalued price.

    #35199
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    That price is for the tablet only too it seems. As it lists: Main part; power supply; Quick Start Guide Not the keyboard. So we would have to factor in another 100 to 150 more the keyboard type cover? Doubt it would be as cheap as the $45 USD I paid for my Cube i9 type cover.

    If they keep pushing those prices, then its not worth it. At 599/699€ + keyboard sure but the fact that all the sites are listing only the i5/i7 seems to indicate that Acer was using the i3’s price as “free advertisement” but they really want to sell the i5 ( 800€ version ). Franky, for that price the huawei matebook is a way better option.

    I will just order the X2 Pro or the X3 Pro and take the risk ( or try and find a second hand Cube i7 stylus ). The Cube i9’s missing active stylus is a deal breaker for me ( and more expensive for no real benefit ). Odd that there are a lot of second hand Cube i7’s but second hand X2’s Pro’s are impossible to find in Europe.

    Ps: Editor works great again 😉

    #35102
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    You do realize that the Acer is not yet for sale? That this 800€ is just some websites trying the typical pre-sale price increase. The official price is 699€ and it will show up like that when it gets on sale.

    Also the i3-6100U is running at a higher clock speed. While the TDP is higher, it just means that it can clock higher before thermal throttling. As we see in the benchmarks comparing the M3 vs i3. It also means that the 520 ( what is a 515 but with higher clock ) is able to pull a higher clock speed. Especially with a more dedicated thermal system in the Acer. No modding required… The i9 is more mod friendly but the X3 with its glue is a pain.

    The fact that you got a Cube i9 at 400€ is irrellevant for any other new buyers. At this moment its sales price is at minimum 478€ at Gear. Same with the import/tax. That is just a gamble for any person. If one gambles and they can win. But if they lose, they end up paying almost the same as the Acer but get less in return.

    You want to gamble with the tax? Buy the Acer US version at 599$ ( 520€ ), same gamble, same transport cost. Do not dismiss the Acer just because you saw a few sites that are trying the typical price increase before the product is even on the market. Its not because you got a good deal on your Cube i9, that the rest of us are in the same position. For us its already a 80€ price increase compared to when you buy.

    And what if something happens to your i9? Repair? Yea … send back to China for repair. The Acer you can have it shipped / repaired in Europe ( and you have the two year European warrenty ).

    I love the Chinese tablets but frankly, they are getting way to expensive compared to the previous generation. One can eat a lot of bitter for a cheap price but when those prices are a lot higher ( normal buying )… It opens up the door for more tradition manufactures competition like Acer.

    #34893
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    Frankly, also doubting a lot between the Cube i9 & X3 pro.

    The Cube i9 has the advantage of the kickstand, the USB 3.1 port ( what opens up a lot of options ) and the more easy way to mod the tablet ( no glue to remove ). But has 4GB less memory and no active stylus support compared to the x3. And the price … not counting the promotion that some people ordered with, there seem to be a 70 a 80 euro price advantage for the X3.

    Both are great tablets but there price ranges are both surprising high ( for the X2 what is just a upgraded version ). Frankly, i find they both are pushing into Dell/HP/Asus tablet price ranges ( especially when one need to deal with shipping costs & import taxes ).

    #34892
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    Is the X3 different then the X2 in regards to the memory? On the information its quoted as “8GB of dual channel DDR3 RAM”. In other words, is the X2 running in single channel?

    Is strange that there is not a single device out there yet. Especially from when it was anouned and it being just a upgraded X2… So far i do not see a lot of difference besides ( CPU changed = pin compatible, memory = probably same pin compatible just double density and then the SSD what is nothing strang as the X2 also had a 128GB version ). In other words, at first glance it seems they simply drop in replaced a few components and slammed a much bigger price tag on top.

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