Alienware 18 r3 nvidia gtx 1070m

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Mortercowy, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. TheReciever

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    They sell regularly for 328 with make offer options on ebay now. Might be able to pull off 300 for a 980m as a buyer, either way, its a healthy chunk off the 1070 investment for sure.
     
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    if you see my sig i had an alienware m17xr2 back in 2012 i think and i was amongst the first to crossfire 2 x 7970m there.
    after that i was the first i think to put an gtx 965m mxma in an elitebook 8570 .

    so now i want to again do something new with the R4 ... thinking about an 1080 ;-) u think its possible? an msi one? i will take care of thermals ...will probably insert another heatsing and fan in there somewhere like i did in the elitebook . i think there is enough room in the R4 dvd drive space :)
     
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    It's not possible without modification.

    The mxm port on alienware can't feed the 200w it needs to function in 3d loads, power throttling will occur.

    However if you splice a power connection off the DC jack to feed a 1080 with a supplementary power port it may well work with a 330w AC adapter.

    It has been tried in both the R4 and the Ranger with various 1080 cards with mxm only power and has failed to become a successful upgrade.

    The theory above is just my supposition from watching the other members here attempt to do the very same upgrade.

    Much like the modification done in Germany to get the 980 DT working in the Ranger.
     
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    It's not worth the effort, Alienware 18 motherboard is fragile enough as is with el-cheapo power delivery components being used.
     
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    so the only hope for something faster than a 1070 is the 2070 if the mxms will be compatible and if they only need 125W
     
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    I guess, but the price commanded by another new MXM GPU with marginal performance increase will likely not be worth it.
     
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    well reviews show like a 25% fps gain from 1070 to 2070... so its not marginal
     
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    Power draw is just as much as the 1070
     
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    I'd have to see those numbers, but I expect it to be double the price of the current MXM 1070 option when it becomes source-able. Which is pretty normal with new cards.

    We would be waiting a long while to see them in MXM format I bet though, but I would love to be proved otherwise for sure.
     
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    desktop camparison 1070 vs 2070... its impressive
     
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