Aw m18x R2 Dual 980m SLI upgrade!!

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  1. Peter

    Peter Notebook Evangelist

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    Finally!!! Alienware M18x R2 with Dual 980M SLI

    Here are some basic steps to upgrade Alienware M18x R2 to Dual 980M SLI successfully. This configuration only tested Windows 8 or 8.1, it will not work with Windows 7.

    1. Before replacing card, go to system Bios (keep your old graphics card inside system or not any graphics card installed). Then click on Boot tab, UEFI = Enabled, Legacy ROM = Disabled. F10 to save bios and Exit. After then turn off system.

    2. install Single or Dual 980M.

    3. Now system will post. You will get text on screen something like, Checking devices, can not find boot device press any key to restart.

    4. You will need to create bootable UEFI windows 8.1 installation USB flash drive.
    Rufus is a small utility that creates bootable USB flash drive for Windows 7 or 8. What makes Rufus different is that it offers 3 different partition scheme to target the system type, such as those UEFI based computers. You can make a bootable drive that can directly boot off on a UEFI computer without turning the Secure Boot off. It’s free

    1. Plug in USB flash drive,

    2. Launch the program. Since it’s portable, you can simply just download and run it.

    3. Check the option “Create a bootable disk using: ISO Image“, and click the icon next to it to pick up the ISO image file.

    4. Select “GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer“.

    Before you click Start button, check to make sure the settings are selected to similar like Figure


    5. Click Start, and dont stare (it will only take few min :D). take out USB drive when done. :)

    5. Connect USB flash drive to system and press power button, now you will able to Install windows 8.1.

    6. That's all you need to do you to do.

    I do specially thanks to @godfafa for procedure. @Mr. Fox Actually your suggestion about UEFI was correct, if we did more research on it then we can able to achieve it early. Also credit goes to @j95, @svl7, @Prema, @Cloudfire(specially to keeping struggle Alive :)) And finally @GTO_PAO11 for Cheering :p.

    I will update more when i get time to do.

    Drivers

    Check below link for modded Nvidia driver INF V344.75.

    344.75 nvdmi

    Gaming

    Crysis 3 @ very high settings, AA = TXAA med. (2xT 1) and AF = 16x. Around 59 - 84 fps




    Assassin's Creed Unity at Ultra settings, AA = MSAA-4x, 60 - 78 fps.




    Battlefield 4, Ultra Settings

    Benchmarks

    3dMark primary tests,

    Fire Strike: Score 13255, GPU 18735, Physics 10615, Combined 4700
    Sky Diver: Score 29593, GPU 53782, Physics 10211, Combined 19395
    Cloud Gate: Score 26604, GPU 94531, Physics 7569
    Ice Storm: Score 156462, GPU 363563, Physics 52263

    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3940XM,Alienware M18xR2


    Heaven 4.0 benchmark, Preset = Extreme



    3DMark 11

    Graphics Score: 24584 || Physics Score: 9470 || Combined Scor: 8525

    http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/9100903


    GPU comparison at stock between 780m SLI, 880M SLI, R9 M290X SLI and 980M SLI

    3DMark11 720p Performance GPU comparison at stock between 780m SLI, 880M SLI, R9 M290X SLI and 980M SLI.


    *Notebookcheck review data of 780m SLI, 880M SLI and R9 M290X SLI for reference.

    Known issue

    None :)

    Dual 330W PSU mod.












    Random Pictures

    After almost waitin for 2 weeks today i got 2 x 980M yeahh i was so happy today afternoon.
    20141112_171129.jpg
     
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    Cloudfire (Really odd person)

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    You are experiencing the same as godfata and the gang from Techinferno. Both R2 and AW just doesn't want to cooperate with the new Maxwell cards. Argh so frustrating. Can you access BIOS btw?

    One thing I'm curious about is whether using GT72 980M vbios would help. Probably not but it could be worth a try. Just make sure both have the same VRAM amount and I take no responsibility for a bricked card
     
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    n=1 YEAH SCIENCE!

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    I propose we add (work in progress) to the thread title so people don't get heart attacks. Even though I don't own an Alienware nor have any plans for upgrading my Clevo, I still got excited and then was hugely let down lol.
     
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    Peter Notebook Evangelist

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    Actually i dont know details about current bios version on these cards. But i believe that both are Clevo cards. Honestly dont wann blindly flash bios without knowin its current version and got NO Warranty on these cards. I dont know after turnin ON system it wont let me to inside bios, just black screen and annoyin beeps.
     
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    im sorry about thread title, i thought someone could help me out.
     
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    This is so weird.
    What is stopping it from booting???? Does it check for some secret code inside the Dell vbios and only proceed once that is found? Does it go over the vbios and if it finds Optimus there it refuse to go further because M18 doesn't support Optimus?

    I just wish Prema, SVL or anyone else with knowledge of these things could help us out :/
     
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    Might be some low level code in the vBIOS that checks certain I/O requirements that the R1/R2 are failing
     
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    I know it has just spoiled by evenin:( Basically when i press power button, after few seconds screen stays black and annoyin 8 beeps. I tried one card at a time, both and with SLI cable. i think it does go to vbios, cosz 8 beeps are related to graphics card.
     
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    yeah m18x system wont recognise this graphics card. I think if we could edit graphics card ID as 780m, hence it may detect by system. :confused:
     
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    8 beeps is what Dell calls LCD failure. What it really is, is the inability of the M18x to initialize the 980M to drive the display.
     
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