Alienware 17 R1 GPU Upgrade

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Baqir, Mar 31, 2020.

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  1. mpechura

    mpechura Notebook Enthusiast

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    Could you hint exactly where I can get a 330w for $USD 40? Cheapest I see is for $AUD150.

    I need one
     
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    This computer has 4 ram slots. Which one were populated by default when you bought the computer back then? The one under the keyboard I assume? And 2 free slots under the computer with easy access for ram upgrade? Thanks
     
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    keepna it's not clear who you're asking but I've got a 17 R1. It's 32 gbs of RAM. Attached is the picture of the insides with the bottom panel taken off.

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    Sorry. I wasn't asking anyone particular, just wondering which ram slot are 1,2 and 3,4. I think those under keyboard are slot 1,2 and those under the laptop (your photo) are slot 3,4.
     
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    If you want it to go dual channel test it semi disassembled which ones work in pairs. Right now I have two RAM sticks on it under the keyboard, and if I remember right the sockets are actually paired across the motherboard. But to confirm I suggest testing with keyboard unscrewed.
     
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    So i have questions about thermal pads which size should i use 0.5mm or 1mm
     
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    So hey brother i have some questions
    Which thermal pad should i use 0.5 mm or 1mm on 780m and also 0n 980m
    Moreover, if i use 980m pulled from alienware 18 will it work on AW17R1 with bios A13 i can't upgrade because i don't have a battery and after i am done with modding i can disable Optimus mode right? I have 60hz display so is it fine for 980m do i need to change headsink it's already a 3 pipe
     
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