Dell M6700 with GTX 980m upgrade, Windows 10?

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  1. spacebar311

    spacebar311 Notebook Enthusiast

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    What’s the cheapest quad core for this laptop also where do I get a battery
     
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    spacebar311 Notebook Enthusiast

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    so where do i get 980m drivers FOR the alienware card
     
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    Hi!

    I've a M6700 (k4000M) like the OP. I found a GTX 980M of a Clevo P751ZM Notebook. Is this Card compatible with my Dell?

    Card details:
    N16E-GTX V2.1 4G / 6-77-P15SL-D02-G
    Vbios: 80.04.3E.00.01

    Thank you :)
     
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    hertzian56 Notebook Deity

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    Just go get the nvidia ones on their website. You'll most likely have to modify the inf file once you extract the driver download with 7-zip. For Dell laptops it's the nvdmi.inf in the displaydriver folder. There are inf modding guides here and elsewhere if you need to do that.
     
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    Should be almost all of them are, I've read on here that the HP cards are the ones to def avoid. But clevo, msi, alienware are fine. Aetina is fine but I don't think they ever made a 980m. I had a k4000m in an m6700 as well and it is a beast of an overclocker if you can find an unlocked vbios and figure out how to flash it, got it to a firestrike equivalent of an 680m/870m. It most likely won't be a plug and play though, you will most likely have to modify the nvdmi.inf file in the driver package using notepad. I think 980m is the 13d7 and 1028 is Dell, 153F1=optimus on, 053F1=Optimus OFF, so something like PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_13D7&SUBSYS_153F1028 you'd have to replace that in there.
     
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    Hi @hertzian56 thank you for your response!

    I don't like the idea of overclocking the GPU in a Laptop :D.

    I will try to get clevo, msi or alienware 980M. Is there any step by step instruction for such an upgrade?
     
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    Yeah on normal laptops heavy ocing is a problem but an M6700, esp w an xm cpu like I have, is as good as the dedicated gaming laptops are when it comes to cooling. Quadros are gimped by nvidia as well, mine never got above normal temps and it's free upgrade instead of buying an 870m/680m which are still over 100 bucks on eb! I have posted the unlocked vbios up here I used and it worked like a charm, using msiab +390 core and +729 memory it screamed. Flashing is a nervy thing at first but this worked for me. Ofc w a stock 980m you'll get more than 3x the firestrike score in it's stock state. 2820 stock k4000m, 9300 stock 980m. My k4000m was around 4600 oc'd.

    -I recently did get a 980m myself and install it, works great. I'm not sure what brand it is, it's blue so my guess is alienware since the gpuz screen had dell as the vendor. It's not too hard physically to swap it out but is time consuming and there is a LOT of screws to keep track of, you'll need some new thermal grease, I used arctic silver 5 off eb for like 6 bucks, I recommend some tweezers too since those screws are small, plenty of room and light and a lot of just taking it slow not rushing. The problem w the m6700 is that you have to take out the fans to get the heatsinks out, then you have to take out the cpu heatsink before you take out the gpu heatsink, it's a pain, the m6800 fixed that. Also be very gentle taking out the keyboard/palmrest bc they are plastic and you don't want warping same with the connectors just be gentle. I'd look up youtube videos and ofc search the forums here. I think partspeople has some videos too but I think they're up on yt too.

    As for the inf modding I went through this in the m6700 forum here recently w a 970m so you can look that up, got some help from people here and it worked out well. I am not able to install the card without optimus turned on though, not a fan of optimus. I'm not ocing the 980m bc it's hard to find an unlocked vbios now since it's so old and the stock performance of a 980m is all I need. I do oc it lightly with msi ab +135 core, +200 memory no problems never gets over 70c playing outer worlds 1080p. Based on my light ocing 970m that's like 200-300 extra benchmark points in firestrike, nothing amazing. That'd be like gtx 780 or gtx 1650 desktop card score in firestrike.

    -Note: I'm still on win7, win10 might just do the driver install it for you w no inf modding, no idea though
     
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