Alienware area 51m r2 upgrading to rtx 2080

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  1. IveLostContact

    IveLostContact Newbie

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    So I recently got my hands on an rtx 2080 to swap in place of my 2070. Going to use PK-3 for the paste. Probably repaste the cpu as well while I'm in there. My question is other than pulling the old card out and putting in a new/repasting. Is there anything else I'm going to have to do? Should I put new pads on the gpu ram heatsinks or just reuse what's already on the gpu? I'm currantly using the 330watt and 180 psu's so I think I'm good to go there. I know the rtx 2070 is limited to 115 watts, will that limit change automatically when I plug in the rtx 2080 or do I have to do a bios update or something. I know back when I use to swap cards in desktops all I did was update drivers. Wasn't sure if these laptops worked the same way. Any and all info is appreciated please and thank you!
     
  2. Darklon94

    Darklon94 Notebook Enthusiast

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    If you got the stock thermal pads, I suggest you to Absolutelly change them, because they're usually bad ones and they are not thick enough
     
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