AMD RX560 MXM 3.1 card is on sale for $180 USD

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by John Carlson, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. KhronX

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    I have a DIY cooler i built with my dad, a good few years ago - a laptop-sized piece of about 1/4"-thick plywood, and bolted onto the rear edge, this mains-powered nice and quiet crossblow fan (out of some old printer or copy-machine). As a side-effect, that also raises the rear of the laptop, so it brings the keyboard to a more comfy angle.

    I "filled out" the edges with some duct-taped foam wedges, 'cause the airflow over my mouse-hand quickly became annoying, AND cold.
     
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    Cool,

    This would be ideal though:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/12-17-Lapt...686663?hash=item2edff22f87:g:OlMAAOSwBLlVI3mx

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cooler-USB...862729?hash=item41c0396b49:g:u1IAAOSwWxNYrpi8


    Btw, 4GB W5170m is available too:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-AMD-W51...574869?hash=item56a42c9dd5:g:S7MAAOSwldRZ-LGY

    A guy on this forum is using 2GB version W5170m on M4600. 4GB version sounds enticing... although I don't know if HP card will work on dell. W5170 is an upgraded M5100... just a little better spec but 4GB makes it nicer.
     
  3. KhronX

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    Maybe, but 400$ for an extra 2gb of vram (which i'm not even sure i'd have any use for with this gpu) seems a bit steep.

    The only "better spec" is the vram, otherwise it's the exact same thing.

    RX560 or bust!..
     
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    The difference comes from the +150-200MHz stock clocks the W5170M has - nothing a quick BIOS mod and overclocking can't fix (for free), so yeah - double not-worth-it.
     
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    I'd kinda-sorta question the accuracy of some of that data. Is the RX 560M (also) the cut-down version of the chip, ie. not the 1024-shader one?

    "Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon RX 560 Mobile.

    Be aware that Radeon RX 560 Mobile is a desktop card while Radeon Pro WX 4150 is a workstation one."

    Suuuuure they are :D

    Speaking of which - after seeing that Taobao card, my skepticicsm-spider-senses started tingling a bit. I then looked up some photos of desktop RX560 cards, and to my surprise / relief, the part number you can juuuuuuust make out on the die, actually DOES match between them, 215-0908004. And i quite hope that wasn't just my optimism making me see what i wanted to...
     
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    I got a 240W brick with a E-Port dock I bought on eBay (for the cost of a new 180W adapter from Dell). Seemed like a decent deal to me.
     
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    Since i live on the "other side of the pond", prices are a bit different over here. I did browse through the available offerings over here, and an E-Port dock w/ USB3 and the 240W brick is the equivalent about 80$ or so (or maybe a smidge more, including shipping).

    That being said, "straight from the manufacturer" is a sure way to make your wallet cry - just look at RAM prices...

    Can't speak for the earlier models, but at least in the case of the M4800, since BIOS A07 i believe, it'll throttle like a mothertrucker with anything less than the 180W brick these come with as stock. These Dell bricks have a small "one-wire" ROM chip in the charger, with which the BIOS ID's the type (ie. power) of charger it is, through the center pin of the power connector.

    There's a thread over on Spiceworks, i think, where this was found and discussed. Not sure whether Throttlestop can do anything about that though, i'm still on A06.
     
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