First Benchmarks of a D900F Running a Mobility Radeon 5870!

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  1. HeavenCry

    HeavenCry Notebook Virtuoso

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    Hey guys, as you may have heard i bought a Mobility 5870 pulled out of a W870cu and ive got around to modding the heatsink, so now i have in my hands a fully working D900F with a Mobility Radeon 5870!

    Since i will change my signature, i have to put this down for later...
    The specs of my Clevo D900F:
    17" WUXGA 1920x1200 Matte Screen
    Mobility Radeon 5870
    Intel Core i7-950 @ 3,33GHz with Turbo Boost
    6GB DDR3 RAM 1333MHz
    Intel X25-M G2 SSD
    2x Seagate Momentus 7200.3 250GB (Raid0)
    BD-ROM Optical Drive
    Arctic Cooling MX-3 on CPU & GPU

    The thread at my first attempts, when i only had a borrowed card and didnt want to cut up my heatsink, since that one was too expensive to buy, can be found HERE.

    The parts that i cut off (info on what had to be cut is also in my previous thread) were actualy soldered on with some silver solder (infact most of the heatsink has that solder), and when i started cutting, they heated enough to just fall off, so my work was infact really easy - all i had to do was to polish the surface where the solder was. I positioned the pads according to the 5870 layout, put the heatsink in and made sure it has enough pressure on the card for the thermal goo (mx-3) to spread and the pads to have good contact.
    I installed the drivers and looked at the temperatures, and voila!
    Its idling at a perfectly nice temperature, and as youll see it also doesnt get toasty after all the benchmars i ran!
    *Please note that i used Fn+1 at some benchmarks to see and to demonstrate to you the difference between letting the fans go auto and making them go to full speed during testing. Should be noticable at which i used it and at which i didnt, but if you want i can write that down too.
    *Also, ambient temperature in my room while doing these tests was 28.4C, so thats something to note too.

    Now remember, i am doing this as a comparison to the gtx 280m (that i ran at stock clocks for a gtx 285m - with my modded vbios that i am using) and also to compare to the new gtx 480m that was only tested with a desktop cpu like this so far, so we have a pretty fair comparison.
    The benchmarks of the gtx 480M can be found HERE.

    Now for the pictures & benchmarks:

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    Modded heatsink.

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    Parts that were taken off.


    GTX 280m on D900F running at 285m stock clocks (using custom vbios) benchmarks album (note that it was overclocked only during tests so gpu-z shows only clocks i set in my vbios, i forgot i have to take screenshots before i revert clocks):
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    Mobility 5870 running at stock clocks in my D900F benchmarks and temperatures album:
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    *Update: Furmark Xtreme burning test tops out at 93C after 13 minutes and doesnt go over that after (ran it for 30 minutes).

    *Update: Per request, Vantage overclocked at 800/1100.

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    As you can see, the 5870 performs considerably better than the 280m running 285m clocks (pretty much the same as having a gtx 285m since theyre identical cards, only difference being the clocks and memory timings), and performs just as well at dx 9 or dx 10 benchmarks than the gtx 480m (ironacally got the EXACT same score in Vantage, and ALMOST the exact same fps for Crysis), but lacks behind a bit when tesselation is enabled, but considering the already unplayable fps at those games that the 480m has the lead, it really makes no difference and at least in my oppinion, buying a 480m instead of a 5870 is a waste of money (not to mention the 480m also runs hotter and eats up much more power).

    This is it for the benchmarks for now, since this laptop is getting a new owner very soon, so if you will want more, you will have to ask him (cant disclose yet who it is, since i do not know if he wants the attention or not, he can speak up himself if he intends to).
     
  2. The Revelator

    The Revelator Notebook Prophet

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    Very interesting and illuminating. Man, that 950 is power hungry under load. +Rep for the project.
     
  3. Aikimox

    Aikimox Weihenstephaner!

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    Great job!
    No other comments needed, IMHO ;)
     
  4. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla The eye is watching you

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    Great job HellCry :)...
     
  5. HeavenCry

    HeavenCry Notebook Virtuoso

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    Anyone else considering this modification for their D900F now ^^?
     
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    very nice! any chance of seeing some vantage runs?
     
  7. Aikimox

    Aikimox Weihenstephaner!

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    It's there among the pics ;)


    @HellCry,
    Yeah, I'd consider it 100% if had a D900F.
     
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    Plus+ for you man awesome, i wish and i hope the buyer does the same thing and see some more benchmarks. I would love to have a D900F.
     
  9. Aikimox

    Aikimox Weihenstephaner!

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    For some reason I thought you were the buyer... ;):p
     
  10. HeavenCry

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    Updated with furmark xtreme burning test and ive played DDO on max settings with max aa and af for 3 hours now and the temperatures there topped out at 77C to also have a comparison at actual gaming.
     
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