Is support for the p8** series dead?

Discussion in 'Sager and Clevo' started by EverNight, Jun 4, 2021.

  1. EverNight

    EverNight Notebook Enthusiast

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    Right so I bought a P870tm "laptop" in early 2018.

    As far as I can tell, the platform entered production sometime in 2015 - 2016. It looked reasonably future-proof at the time so I sunk a considerable amount of money in it.

    I've since sunk some more money into it with expenses for various spare parts.

    Following the recent cluster headache I had with a worn out / broken part, it became relatively clear that this platform is essentially past it's prime.

    Reasons for freaking out:

    1. Spare parts are increasingly difficult to come by. Especially in Europe. I'm not sure this is because of covid or not, but I had to order spares from China since pretty much everywhere else was out of stock.

    2. MXM SLI cards. Buying this was a mistake. I barely use the second one. Nevertheless, the new series nVidia MXM cards don't come with SLI or whatever they named the current generation gimmick. + driver support = dead.

    2.5. GTX and RTX MXM cards are not cross-compatible and require different heatsink and infrastructure.

    3. LGA1151 is practically dead.

    4. I've contacted numerous "big-name" resellers about getting spare parts for this thing and they haven't replied.

    Lurking around this forum I came across mentions of " aftermarket parts " for heatsinks and whatnot. I'm pretty sure I saw a guy cut a massive hole in his laptop in order to fit a bigger heatsink... so there's hope?

    I find myself thinking " oh, I can spend a couple of grand on this high performance desktop ... but then again I already sunk a car's worth of money into the laptop so I might as well buy spares for a while " ... and it kind of freaks me out since I could wind up spending ridiculous amounts of money keeping this thing alive with overpriced spare parts instead of moving on.

    Is this accurate? Am i freaking out over nothing? What do you guys think?​
  2. Blacky

    Blacky Notebook Prophet

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    For spare parts contact Clevo repair centres. The one in Germany will answer via email, the one in the UK you will need to call via phone. I got spare parts from them for my old P177SMA.
    You can also get spare parts from eBay and AliExpress.
    You can generally find spare parts for Clevo laptops for many years after they pass their prime. I still found for my M570TU 2 years ago and that's a model released in 2008.
    However, resellers will dump all their spare parts to refuse once a platform goes EOL.
  3. Meaker@Sager

    Meaker@Sager Company Representative

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    End if a certain breed and you did join fairly late in the platform.

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