970m M15x!

Discussion in 'Alienware M15x' started by EepoSaurus, Dec 8, 2014.

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  1. EepoSaurus

    EepoSaurus Notebook Evangelist

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    Hey guys! I did it. Honestly it wasn't hard. I had a previous install of windows 7 ultimate that I had installed my 8970m and 780m with and I just kept that OS and installed the 970m. It booted right up and I installed 344.75 drivers with a modified .inf with no issue. I ran benches and immediately ran into some issues but I fixed it with nvidia inspector it for some reason was locked at 30 fps and I set it to no limit which immediately fixed my throttling.

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    stock clocks 65c max temp 170 watt consumption

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    +135 core and +150 mem 70c max 190 watt consumption
    not much improvement

    No throttle and no problems so far. This so far is the perfect upgrade for the M15x and it doesn't even have a proper vbios yet. It blows my old 780m and 8970m out of the water with no power problems at all. If anyone has any questions or needs any help just let me know.
     
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    fatboyslimerr Alienware M15x Fanatic

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    I want one!
     
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    lastOne Notebook Guru

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    Where did you get it? And how much did you paid for it?

    ... because it looks very sweet ;)
     
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    King of Interns Simply a laptop enthusiast

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    I wouldn't say it blows them away. My 680M can practicially reach 8800 if I OC it like crazy!

    780M should be able to score 9000 points no problem. OC I am sure it will outperform it. Still for a card that is far weaker than the 980M it is impressive that it beats the 880M stock for stock.
     
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    Cloudfire (Really odd person)

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    Let us know when you reach almost 10k in Graphic score :p
     
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    King of Interns Simply a laptop enthusiast

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    Haha when I upgrade to a 980M or amd next gen card. M15x already beat 10K with a 880M in the hands of SVL 7.

    970M is impressive don't get me wrong but it only just about beats the potential Kepler can deliver. For 500 dollars I want more. Besides with today's poorly coded/ported games raw horsepower seems to count for less....
     
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    With a modded vbios 780m I was drawing too many watts at a slight overclock and it would trip my power supply and shut it down. I think it's because the 780m is very power hungry. You are right with the 680m as far as being able to crank it up but that's with a heavy overclock which is a lot of strain and wear after sometime not to mention the heat. A 4gb version 680m is a great upgrade to the m15x but with 6gb and the power draw at 80 watts the 970m is the right card in my opinion. The 980m may be better but I was concerned with heat as I use this laptop in my lap and apparently some of the guys on techinferno are having an issue with power. Under the heaviest load I hit 76c which is crazy compared to the 780m at 93c and the 8970m at 94c under heavy load. Another thing to consider this is essentially a canibalized card at the moment. It has no true support for dell machines and has a stock clevo vbios and it's putting up these numbers with no modifications like my 780m had. Lastly this card under the heaviest load draws 190 watts max from the socket my 780m would draw 260 watts sometimes. It's not the biggest and the baddest but neither is the M15x in this case it was about a fitting upgrade not overkill and burning myself with a laptop. I have more money than sense sometimes and I may pick up a 980m one day but honestly the 970m is perfect.

    I bought this card from RJtech. It came with a full heat sink attached sporting a nice set of fitted thermal pads which you just transfer over to the stock m15x heat sink and a clevo back plate which will work great in our machines just don't lose those screws(I lost them o_O) The total cost with 2 day shipping to me was $471. Anybody wanna buy a great condition 8970m? :D
     
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    King of Interns Simply a laptop enthusiast

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    Wow that is hot. The 970M does sound very cool. My 680M runs cooler at 68C at high OC but I have extensively modded the cooling. It won't sit on my lap that is for sure haha.

    I can't wait for more tests. I am itching to upgrade but I also want to wait for AMD...
     
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    I haven't heard anything about new amd cards. If a dell vbios ever gets released we may actually see some truly impressive tests.
     
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    jexu Notebook Enthusiast

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    Congratulations I think is the first person to do so.

    You've tried to play a game? Would be great to know your impressions and / or upload a video to youtube to see it in action.

    Displayport -Works well? I mean to have a second monitor and audio.

    Can you explain a little more about the problem of 30 fps and how it has managed to fix it?

    Thank you very much, was eager to watch a 970 in the little alien. Very happy.

    regardss
     
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