Going to upgrade 7970m to 980m on M17x R4- 980m 7970m

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Ziggydi, Mar 24, 2018.

Tags:
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Ziggydi

    Ziggydi Notebook Enthusiast

    Reputations:
    12
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    16
    It's summary from the other thread (Copy Paste:))
    "
    Whoever is following the thread and for anyone who may consider it as help.

    Now finally I have completed the installation of the card. Eventually I had to send back 980M because of code 43 that couldn't be resolved. Thanks to @woodzstack who was trying to help me as much as possible on PM, he even asked me to send him a card to look after and sort out. Unfortunately there was to point to do it as the cost would be very high. So.. I have been refunded for 980M from China and bought 1060M from @woodzstack for very reasonable price. The card came within 5 days from Canada to Ireland. I have put the card in run modded drivers and the card worked nearly perfectly. The only thing was it wasn't switching (Optimus switching problems) so all games were using Intel HD4000. The problem was in drivers or rather modding the drivers. Again @woodzstack have sorted for me and sent me nicely modded inf file. After that is switching great. I've been testing the card for last 4 days and all games running on high or ultra settings with 60fps capped. Firestrike result is around 9400pts.
    Summary that may help anyone who want to upgrade their m17xR4 to 1060M.

    My system is running on Win 10 Pro with FullHD 60Hz (non 3D) screen, i7-3630QM, 16GB Ram, 512GB SSD + 2TB HD and now with 1060M 6GB. The nVidia drivers I have downloaded from nVidia website 397.31 (latest for this moment) and run with modded nvcvi.inf by @woodzstack which enables Optimus to switch easily. The Driver must be installed witth DSE disabled and run as Administrator.

    I hope this will help someone.

    And yet again big thanks to @woodzstack who was a great help and support. Very easy to communicate and helpful.
    "
    @Raidriar thank you for initial help and good word
    @aconix You were absolutely right about 1060M, less hassle better performance but a bit more expensive
     
  2. woodzstack

    woodzstack Alezka Computers , Official Clevo reseller.

    Reputations:
    1,196
    Messages:
    3,491
    Likes Received:
    2,586
    Trophy Points:
    231
    yeah but it's worth the extra, all things considered, best value for the buck so to speak !
     
    MogRules and aconix like this.
  3. aconix

    aconix Notebook Enthusiast

    Reputations:
    5
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    6
    I told you @Ziggydi, I study very carefully about this topic lol I was about to do this upgrade but I had some extra expenses =/ but I hope I can make it next month...I can't even play Dead rising 4 with the 675m

    I'm happy that you are satisfied! You have a powerful machine now, better than most of the laptops around the market with huge prices

    Enviado do meu Huawei Mate 10 Pro através do Tapatalk
     
  4. Nishit Srivastava

    Nishit Srivastava Newbie

    Reputations:
    5
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Hi, I'm looking to upgrade my alienware which has AMD 7970m to GTX 1060. @Ziggydi I read through your post and wanted to know if your system running fine with the upgrade?
     
  5. Nishit Srivastava

    Nishit Srivastava Newbie

    Reputations:
    5
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Hi @woodzstack , I wanted to seek your help to identify the best GPU upgrade for 7970m Alienware m17xr4. Can we talk on PM? Thanks
     
  6. Ziggydi

    Ziggydi Notebook Enthusiast

    Reputations:
    12
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Hi

    It's working great for last few months thanks to @woodzstack .
    Gamewise playing Alien on ultra capped at 60fps, Wtcher 3 maxed(except hairworks) capped at 60fps (7970m at medium on averegae 15-20fps), now playing deus ex mankind at high (not ultra) 25-35fps, all games at 1080p native resolution
     
    Nishit Srivastava and woodzstack like this.
  7. woodzstack

    woodzstack Alezka Computers , Official Clevo reseller.

    Reputations:
    1,196
    Messages:
    3,491
    Likes Received:
    2,586
    Trophy Points:
    231
    well nice, good to hear your enjoying it.
     
    Nishit Srivastava likes this.
  8. Nishit Srivastava

    Nishit Srivastava Newbie

    Reputations:
    5
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    6
    That's wonderful and thanks for your reply. Did you need to buy a new heatsink or any other stuff apart from GPU? I'll buy a thermal paste and GPU, that's my understanding from reading and researching thus far.
     
  9. Nishit Srivastava

    Nishit Srivastava Newbie

    Reputations:
    5
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    6
    @woodzstack could you please me help me with a card as well? GTX 1060 for Alienware m17x r4 running 7970m at the moment. Thanks
     
  10. Ziggydi

    Ziggydi Notebook Enthusiast

    Reputations:
    12
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    16
    No need for a new heatsink but you have to modify 7970m with a dremel. I have used a drill with dremel tips but it was painful and took me about 2hrs. With dremel would take probably 30mins (rotation speed). Ask @woodzstack for the thermal paste and pads and I'm sure he will make a upgrade kit with everything you need. get quality paste/pads. My card usuly dont exceed 70deg.
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page