AW14 attempting to upgrade gpu

Discussion in 'Alienware 14 and M14x' started by EepoSaurus, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. EepoSaurus

    EepoSaurus Notebook Evangelist

    Reputations:
    240
    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    299
    Trophy Points:
    76
    I have an alienware 14r1 with a 765m. Its been a great little laptop and honestly is still able to do everything i ask of it. I got this crazy idea to remove and reball the gpu from an aw15r1 and put it in place of the 765m. The gpu is a 965m and also uses 2gb of vram like the 765m. Of course it is rwo generations newer but this is for science. I know that i likely will end up with 2 dead motherboards but i am curious as to what would happen. I am having a company do the work for me and i will report back. More than likely it wont even turn on and if it does the bios for both the motherboard and the video card will likely not play nice with each other but hey nothing ventured. Wish mes luck my dudes. I already have the 15r1 board and will be shipping both out tomorrw.
     
    FastMover and triturbo like this.
  2. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

    Reputations:
    1,121
    Messages:
    2,435
    Likes Received:
    2,547
    Trophy Points:
    181
    Wow! Good luck! For science! :cool:
     
  3. Raidriar

    Raidriar Notebook Prophet

    Reputations:
    1,135
    Messages:
    4,564
    Likes Received:
    2,896
    Trophy Points:
    231
    I think this would have been capable of the chipsets were from the same generation. The layout probably changed between Kepler and Maxwell so I really advise against killing two good boards. A case mod to stuff the 15r1 board into the 14 is probably more feasible
     
  4. FastMover

    FastMover Notebook Consultant

    Reputations:
    54
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    41
    If this works.... Wow. That will be an avalanche of good news. I feel though that this is impossible. There may be way to many internal conflicts between the Kepler structure and the Maxwell. Pins on the BGA layout may not even be the same anymore. Pin # 47 may now be a data transfer line as opposed to a 5V line or something similar to that.

    The variables are too great. You would need to compare the PCB schematics side by side and ensure that both BGA arrays were the same. And chances of Dell giving you those schematics are as likely as you running a GTX 1080 on a Nintendo.

    I wish you luck though, and if it works I will personally paypal you 50$, cus ya know that would be awsome.
     
  5. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

    Reputations:
    243
    Messages:
    1,473
    Likes Received:
    773
    Trophy Points:
    131
    Any progress on this project? I like the science :)
     

Share This Page