GTX 1060/1070/1080 upgrade on m18x R2

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by yokotsumo, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. Raidriar

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    apparently, if I read correctly, woodzstack managed to get a 1060 working in the Alienware 17 over LVDS, though he was forced to use optimus. I don't see why M18x and Alienware 18 users cannot do the same, though we will be limited to one card and have to deal with optimus.
     
  2. Mobius 1

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    I thought that Ivy was the last gen to support LVDS? Or did Alienware use an eDP to LVDS converter to use the cheaper 60Hz panel?
     
  3. triturbo

    triturbo Long live 16:10 and MXM-B

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    Weighing things, I think that the HDMI-In would be far superior way to make it happen than crOptimus - the input lag should be the same or better, you wont heat-up the CPU unnecessarily, it still requires a lot of modding, but once done it should be the real deal.
     
  4. vulcan78

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    At this point I would just add an e-GPU + GTX 1060 and be done with it (assuming one has an external display).

    GTX 980 performance for under $200 with none of the insane heat issues (980M).
     
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    What if you connect e-GPU GTX 1060 to internal display by HDMI-IN?
     
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    Woah, is this going to heat up like the old thread when the 980m, was first tried in the AW18? That was really an exciting time.
     
  7. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Undefiled BGA-Hating Elitist

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    You would end up spending too much money and ultimately have something that probably won't be as good as a new machine. A P870DM2 (single 1080) or P870DM3 (1080 SLI) with 6700K would run circles around it. Another option if you want something smaller would be a Tornado F5 (since 1080 and 7700K are coming to that model in December). All great options with nice build quality, sockets and slots. No worthless BGA feces. @woodzstack might be able to help with selling you one of those instead of a GPU upgrade.

    Time Spy: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/16323683

    Sky Diver: http://www.3dmark.com/sd/4409392

    Fire Strike: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/10791313

    3DMark 11: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/11774652
     
  8. J.Dre

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    Seeing as the Alienware 17 R1 "Ranger" is capable of being upgraded with the MSI MXM version of the Pascal 10-series chip gives hope for the Alienware 18 being upgradeable (the Maxwell version). However, Alienware has gimped their systems so much since 2012, I would be hesitant experimenting, unless you have a very fluid income. You are bound to run into issues... And may even brick a card or motherboard. It's uncharted territory.
     
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    Is this possible?
     
  10. vulcan78

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    I can't believe your benchmarks dude. That's insane for a laptop.
     
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