Aw m18x R2 Dual 980m SLI upgrade!!

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Peter, Nov 12, 2014.

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  1. vulcan78

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    Hi, I'm a bit late to this thread, are you doing the PEG to IGFX trick? If not your poor performance is directly related to that.

    Also, you say 9k one card? Are you running the default vbios? I went from 10 to 11.5k GPU going from default vbios to Prema's vbios. The latter essentially completely removes the default vbios throttling behavior, "boost" etc.
     
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    Hello,

    did you try the GTX 1060/1070/1080 (single and in SLI) upgrade ? We can find some on Taobao. Is it even possible to do the upgrade on a m18x R2 ?
     
  3. vulcan78

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    No, 980M is the end of the upgrade path for M18x R1, R2, and AW 18.
     
  4. Infinaris

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    Might be a bit sad that 980m is the highest that it can go but even at that it gives our machines a good 2 or 3 more years of really good gaming. Fact is my own m18xr2 might last another 2 or 3 years at max settings with the current hardware I got in it now at which point I'll either replace it with something from eurocom or that BGA CPU/GPU thing will die off and laptop manufacturers will start using higher quality parts again which alot of us people want.
     
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    Well in the end, laptops are not really like modular desktops. And well, average market now is thin and light laptops so that's why many are going for BGA crap.
     
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    False. 980M will work in the M18x R2 and Alienware 18 but not in the M18x R1. 880M is the best the M18x R1 can do
     
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    Thanks for the clarification. :)
     
  8. GodlikeRU

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    Yeah but better use 780M in M18xR1 as a lot ppl reports problems with some of 880Ms.

    If you miss additional 4 gigs of vRAM then, you know. No risk no fun ;)
     
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    Or... upgrade all the choice bits to make it an R2 and then go 2x980s. But to be honest, I would have gone another route in hindsight... soldered chips or not.

    Just saying...
    Homer
     
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    Too costly to get R2 motherboard that is limited to maxwell only
     
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