GPU upgrade options: Alienware 17 R1 (Dec 2013)

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  1. sspiff

    sspiff Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just found this while searching eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/164840541903

    This seems like a good value, and a standard size MXM card. But I obviously don't know much about these things, so I thought I'd post it here to double check if it would be a good pick.
     
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    @ssj92

    Do you have any experience working with that card? listing states a server pull but also looks like the "Dell" 1060, maybe just needs a vbios for video output?
     
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    Should work fine in Optimus and eDP laptops. vBIOS might not be needed but there is a P3000 Dell vBIOS so shouldn't be an issue.

    However, at that price, it's better to buy the P4000 I bought: https://www.ebay.com/itm/402159522478?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&var=672099467772&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

    Performs maybe tiny bit better than 1060 but cannot be overclocked. Temps are amazing since it's a Quadro: https://www.3dmark.com/fs/23908504
     
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    Oh thats a nice find, thanks for sharing
     
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    sspiff Notebook Enthusiast

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    Sadly that one does not ship to my country.
     
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    sspiff Notebook Enthusiast

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    Isn't that a 100W card? Would that work with my 2 heatpipe heatsink and 180W power brick?
     
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    sspiff Notebook Enthusiast

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    I set up a forward shipping service. So I can order the P4000. Could you please confirm whether or not you think the card would work with my 180W, 2 heat pipe laptop?
     
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    It will work fine. The P4000 runs cooler than my 1060 did.
     
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    sspiff Notebook Enthusiast

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    Bit the bullet and ordered.

    A bit scary ordering from an account with 22 rating and that claims that the item comes without any guarantee that it works or the right for a refund.

    But I believe eBay and PayPal don't allow that kind of thing unless the post is explicitly listed as broken.
     
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    Just a heads up, you'll need to get the 240 watt PSU even for the GTX 1060 upgrade. That part is a 100 watt card. If you use the 180 watt PSU with it, it will power throttle and you'll get the same performance as if you were on battery power even though the 180 watt PSU is technically enough. I experienced this when I upgraded to my GTX 1060 and the issue went away when I plugged in a 240 watt PSU.
     
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