First Alienware 17!

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Pcwizkid1994, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    You can upgrade to pascal just fine via SG mode with the unlocked bios. But many prefer peg mode (dgpu) as it yields more performance and less potential issue dealing with the Intel HD as the middle man.

    The price for the laptop is not bad at all. It's "old" but far far from capable. I use mine as my DTR and handles everything I throw at it just fine. Been playing monster hunter: world with high resolution texture pack maxed at 1080p averaging 60 fps. Sometimes dips to 45 fps with crazy amount of fanfare. I'm still running my cpu at 3.4ghz until I take a vacation and finish my project to cool it.

    Still running 115w tdp as well. With 130w I think I can maintain around 1700ghz core or so. Normally runs 1886ghz on less intensive titles like overwatch at 120fps frame limit only using 50 percent of the gpu.

    It's a labor of love type of machine but I love it and have no reason to part with it. Might even be able to use the rtx 5000 down the line who knows.
     
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    Maxware79 Notebook Evangelist

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    "Might even be able to use the rtx 5000 down the line who knows."

    This is the dream!
     
  3. Pcwizkid1994

    Pcwizkid1994 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Is there modding you have to do inside the machine to get a 1060 or 1070 to fit? What does an unlocked bios do? I saw one post on here talking about it but did not see much about installing it or what benefits you get from it.

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    The only thing unlocked bios ever does for any machine is more control. Which is needed once your diving into aftermarket upgrades.

    Just makes the whole process much smoother.

    Any 1060 will fit save for clevo, and most 1070 will fit without mods except for the msi 1070.
     
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    I have to upgrade to the 120hz screen tho right?

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    For PEG? yes, Pascal doesnt support the LVDS based 60hz panel in PEG mode, you can get it to work in SG mode but its not my preferred method.
     
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    How close is a 1060 to being drop in and go if I upgradr my screen? And do you know if these are the right 2 new heatsinks I would need?[​IMG]

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    The first one is right but the card is only 80w standard. So you could mod the heatsink you have, I had to use a copper shim on my 1060 as the core sits lower than the 1070 does (and other GPU's like 780m) I dont know if that is the case for all 1060's or just the one I had. I sold it and moved to the 1070 as its a much better card for my uses.

    The second heatsink is wrong, thats for the 18.4"

    Other than modding the INF file, it should be good to go.
     
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    Jealous? Anything of the sort, $400 for a Haswell i7 and a kepler based GPU isn't great, and considering the insane prices of MXM card's, he should have just got a straight 1070 laptop off eBay or so.
     
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    None of those yield the same potential however.
     
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