Install gtx 980m on alienware 17 r1 (2013)

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  1. mario mennella

    mario mennella Notebook Enthusiast

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    hi guys, i have an alienware 17 r1 year 2013, my current configuration is:

    core i7 4910qm
    gtx 780m
    60hz full hd display
    psu 240w
    bios A17

    I wanted to buy the gtx 980m gddr5 8gb, I was wondering if it worked properly and the processes to follow, such as how to modify the drivers and where to find them, and how to flash the vbios if necessary and where to find it. can someone help me please? thank you very much for your patience!
     
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    @Ashtrix would likely be able to point you in the right direction given enough time and patience :)
     
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    Thx friend!!
     
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    Baqir Notebook Consultant

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    hey i just did install 980m month ago on 17 r1 i can help
     
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    Really?? Please!
     
  6. Baqir

    Baqir Notebook Consultant

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    so you can buy the GPU GTX 980 8GB either from ALIEXPRESS OR EBAY whichever is comfortable for you go for it and then you need to follow the following steps i have attached the stock Vbios for dell alienware 17 r1 tested no power throttling and i have also added nvdmi.zip for the drivers 446.14 just replace this file in display.driver after extracting the setup using winrar in any directory then disable the driver signature by holing shift while restarting manually then Press 7 and then open setup and install the driver you will get a pop up install the driver anyway just click install and you are good to go



    As for Vbios flash i have attached nvflash that i used on my 980
    1st backup your old bios from gpu z it's pretty easy

    unzip in anywhere and place the Vbios in the directory then open cmd using the address bar just type cmd and you will get cmd on your screen afterwards follow these steps

    disable gpu in device manager and then

    nvflash -6 GM204.rom


    after that
    after a moment
    press Y to continue
    again Y

    and don't do anything at that point just wait for flash to complete
    and then enable the gpu in device manager and restart

    as for drivers after replacing the file you can install the drivers as mentioned above do it before the vbios or after as per my testing it doesn't make any difference.
     

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    nicacapo Notebook Enthusiast

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    Mate Wouldn't you think is worth upgrading to 1060/1070?
     
  8. Baqir

    Baqir Notebook Consultant

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    it is then you would need heatsink with 5 pipes and moreover better paste , pads and new psu 330w and a better cpu otherwise there is no point to go with 1060/1070 with processor stuck at 3.5 ghz
     
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    Mmmm right now I have the 1060 install not with the 3 Pipe Heatsink, but with the 2 pipes one. Without any issue at all gaming, the highest temp registered were 75 degrees. With the 240 PSU should run fine.
    I came from an 765m and I'm multipling framerates per 2.
     
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    The core runs cooler the other parts not so much. Moreover i guess for 1070 330w
     
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