1070 gtx in an m17x r4

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  1. etienne51

    etienne51 Notebook Guru

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    Very nice results you got there!

    On my side I'm still waiting for my card... which should have been delivered by now. Except, the shipping company told be a couple days ago that they are "trying to locate my package, so they can resume the shipping process as quickly as possible". That's definately not reinsuring... :(

    The copper heatsinks for the CPU and GPU has been shipped.

    I'm eager to hear about the differences in temperature between the alu/copper 5 pipes heatsink you have right now, and the full copper one. It should help quite a bit more I guess.
     
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    etienne51 Notebook Guru

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    Okay great news, I just got my MSI 1070 from @woodzstack!

    [​IMG]

    I had a few issues fitting the thermal pads, with some of them not touching the heatsink. I always had issues with GPU thermal pads. I remember the same thing happened with my 980M upgrade a few years back. I always feel like the pads that comes with the card does not match the stock heatsink...

    [​IMG]

    Anyway, I plugged the card in, tried to boot the laptop and... It worked right away! :D I was expecting a bit more fiddling with the BIOS settings, but everything went smoothly.

    I modded the latest NVIDIA 391.01 driver by editing "nv_dispi.inf".
    Code:
    [NVIDIA_Devices.NTamd64.10.0...14310]
    %NVIDIA_DEV.1B81%           = Section118, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1B81
    
    [NVIDIA_Devices.NTamd64.10.0]
    %NVIDIA_DEV.1B81%           = Section118, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1B81
    
    [Strings]
    NVIDIA_DEV.1B81 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070"
    These 3 lines were replaced by the following.
    Code:
    [NVIDIA_Devices.NTamd64.10.0...14310]
    %NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.057B.1028% = Section118, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1BE1&SUBSYS_057B1028
    
    [NVIDIA_Devices.NTamd64.10.0]
    %NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.057B.1028% = Section118, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1BE1&SUBSYS_057B1028
    
    [Strings]
    NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.057B.1028 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070"
    But I guess I could simply have added these 3 lines at the end of each section, keeping the 3 other ones untouched. But it worked for me that way, after trying different things.

    [​IMG]

    I thought I'd try a benchmark, see how it performs. I launched Fire Strike. Unfortunately, for now I'm having heavy throttling. It goes up to about 70-90fps for like 3sec, then it drops to around 20fps for 10sec or something. Then it goes back up again, to 70+, for 3sec and down again.

    So I checked a few things:

    1. Using HWMonitor, I checked the GPU temperature, the maximum was around 66°C, and the fan wasn't even spinning fast.

    2. I read about a BIOS setting, "Adapter Warnings", so I disabled it, but no luck here.

    3. I have a Belkin Conserve Insight that I used to check the power consumption at the wall socket. The laptop swings between 45 and 55W on idle, on the desktop, depending on usage. On Fire Strike it goes up to 195W when I have 70-90fps, then it drops to 105W when the fps drops. I have the 240W adapter, so I guess there is definately room here.

    I don't know what's up. I'm thinking maybe the thermal pads? Any ideas?
     
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    woodzstack Alezka Computers , Official Clevo reseller.

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    NVidia settings itself ?
    Power management issues maybe.
     
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    etienne51 Notebook Guru

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    Ok, thanks. Let me check that.
     
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    woodzstack Alezka Computers , Official Clevo reseller.

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    Those are better then Tornado F5 scores, all things considered. That's crazy.
     
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    etienne51 Notebook Guru

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    No. If that's the setting you meant, it did not change a thing, sadly.

    [​IMG]

    EDIT: I modified the global setting of course.
     
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    woodzstack Alezka Computers , Official Clevo reseller.

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    We modify the NVCVI.INF though, not the NV-DISPI (we used to modifiy the nv_dispi file... maybe this is the difference?)
     
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    etienne51 Notebook Guru

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    Well, that's worth a try. I'll be back in an hour, and I'll check that.

    I will also try to do a better job with the thermal pads, use the ones from my 680M or maybe a waterblock I have around, unused. I'll see what I can find.
     
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    woodzstack Alezka Computers , Official Clevo reseller.

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    mod this into the NVCVI

    Or just edit one section for each while searching for 1BE1.. I think you know this part well enough.

    But how come you did the DISPI.inf instead ?
    You still had to disable DSE of course right ?
    Did you read instructions somewhere saying for the latest driver, 391.xx use the nv_dispi ?
    Sometimes method changes and someone spots something and we all sort of pick up on it, so thats why I am asking.
    happens about once a year.

    [NVIDIA_Devices.NTamd64.10.0...14310]
    %NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.057B.1028% = Section118, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1BE1&SUBSYS_057B1028

    [NVIDIA_Devices.NTamd64.10.0]
    %NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.057B.1028% = Section118, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1BE1&SUBSYS_057B1028

    [Strings]
    NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.057B.1028 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070"
     
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    woodzstack Alezka Computers , Official Clevo reseller.

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    By the way, I have those complete copper ones too, for the GPU, but they are not made from the greatest copper, and they are rough, and need to be lapped to be smooth, and still need to be modified on two edges or three I forget.

    So take that little advice, get your polishing dremel going and polish it to perfection and cutting where you need, and should be good to go, from my experience.
     
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