AW17: Latest best graphics upgrade that supports 120hz

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  1. lingenfr

    lingenfr Notebook Guru

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    Several years ago, I purchased all of the parts to upgrade my AW17 and never did. I am finally ready. I upgraded the memory a few weeks ago, so I got a general idea of the teardown to that point. I've purchased everything except a graphics card and an mSATA drive. So my questions are:

    1) What is the most current/capable graphics card that will preserve the 120hz/3D?

    2) Is there a noticeable performance gain by replacing the mSATA with a faster and/or larger one? If so, is the upgrade simply a HW swap and the OS takes care of caching or is there something more complex to the upgrade?

    Thanks.
     
  2. uugui shi

    uugui shi Notebook Consultant

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    1) the GTX 1070 is the best confirmed upgrade for the GPU until someone tests the RTX 5000, there are two versions of the GTX 1070 that work well on the ranger but one of them requires modding of the case
    2) it depends on what you are using the mSATA for (OS vs Caching), as far as I know the mSATA will have the same maximum speed as the SATA SSD so the upgrade would be in size if you need more storage but no real perfomance boost.
     
  3. TheReciever

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    You will lose 3d with anything beyond stock options
     
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  4. lingenfr

    lingenfr Notebook Guru

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    So if I have the 770M, the 780M would be it? If so, it looks like about $180. Not bad, but will I notice any difference?
     
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    Yeah would be it.

    For games of its Era you will see more difference but in today's climate the differences will likely be smaller not in terms of percentage but overall fps. Is 3d a must for you? There is much better if the 120hz is your calling. 980m/1060/1070 being the usual choices.
     
  6. lingenfr

    lingenfr Notebook Guru

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    I have used the 3D exactly once. I expect I will opt for the 1070. I have been googling and have not found anyone selling them so far. I will keep searching for sources.
     
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    @Rengsey R. H. Jr. I think had 2 for sale recently in the marketplace.

    That and they are available via ebay pretty consistently as well
     
  8. lingenfr

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    Thanks. I reached out to Rengsey. It is not really clear from reading the posts I found. Do I need to mod the heatsink/cooling to replace me 770 with the 1070?
     
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    A guy here in Australia is selling two MSI 1070's on eBay for $550AUD ($375USD) each. Pretty hard to beat that price from what I've seen. The modding is the only thing putting me off grabbing one.
     
  10. lingenfr

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    I saw those. Rengsey's price is a bit better if it works out. Thanks.
     
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