Alienware m17x R4 GTX1070 mxm successful upgrade

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Handale30, Oct 19, 2018.

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What would you rather have?

  1. Alienware 17 R3 6700HQ GTX1070

  2. Alienware M17x R4 3820QM GTX 1070

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  1. 2CPU

    2CPU Notebook Consultant

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    So are there other drivers to try or anything? I now read that HDMI works on the 17x R1 w this card.
     
  2. Handale30

    Handale30 Notebook Guru

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    Just to update you guys with the performance and reliability of the Zotac 1070 and the new physics score from the 3940xm OC
    4.3 / 4.2 / 4.1 / 4.1ghz both liquid metal cooled and NO fan mod.

    3dmark score.jpg
     
  3. TheReciever

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    Cutting pwm wire with m14x R2 will probably yield better Temps for your highs, best to make a switch though so it's not full bore all the time.
     
  4. Handale30

    Handale30 Notebook Guru

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    Yup, well those temps are with heavy OC, even higher than the level3 BIOS one. When I run the cpu at its normal speed or overckock 1 it stays in the 70's. but I purchased that fan with a green sticker that is supposed to be plug and play, waiting for it to come. lets see how that goes.
     
  5. Xachary

    Xachary Newbie

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    Handale,
    Thanks for the great thread! I have an original M17X r4 with an AMD 7970m on Win7 I’ve been thinking about updating. I have a lot of experience upgrading old towers in my youth (new hardrives, memory, GPUs) but I’ve never worked on a laptop, or done anything with heat sinks or thrermal tape. My goal is to have a great up to date gaming laptop. Is it worth it to upgrade, or should I just invest in a new laptop. I love the Alienware, but I’m just don’t know if I’m capable enough to do a full upgrade.
     
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  6. M18x-oldie

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    When you have a 7970m then you have a 60 Hz Display, none of the 10xx cards will run on that, you'd have to upgrade that to a 120 Hz display.

    I'd say just do it, CPU power of that generation is still decent enough imo.
     
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  7. TheReciever

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    It's only daunting the first time, after taking apart a laptop a dozen times it's like tying a shoe. Watch a breakdown if you need to for the first couple of times then after that your good to go.
     
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  8. Xachary

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    To upgrade from the AMD 7970 to the GTX 10xx, does that require any physical mods? I.e cutting boards/chassis and such?
     
  9. Grant B Gibson

    Grant B Gibson Notebook Deity

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    It may require a heatsink mod depending on card and you'll need a 120HZ screen
     
  10. 2CPU

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    If you already have the screen then I would say go for it. Otherwise just buy a new generation laptop.
     
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