M17x r3 680M compatability

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by BlakeE450, Jun 21, 2012.

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  1. j95

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    A12 Bios F2 GPU switch function.
     
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    But Dell sell the R4 3d with 680m . Why on R3 3d the 680 not work for 3d ?
     
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    Is this from within Windows or what? I haven't found anyone really describe it. If it is still in the bios then it isn't really helpful.

    Because it is set within the system bios exactly which cards are supported for the 3D screen. The R4 has the 680m listed but since the R3 never officially got any of the 6XX cards then it doesn't have any of them listed. I guess this is why svl7 might be able to fix it, since he could insert the new card ids into the older bios.
     
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    Just reporting in, I installed my Dell 680m today. It was a bit of an adventure, had to modify the INF myself since the laptopvideo2go INF did not seem to work.

    Got it all installed, here is a benchmark NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-2760QM Processor,Alienware M17xR3 score: P6697 3DMarks

    Scored roughly 5800 graphics score stock, flashed a vBios to bump it up to 850 and scored 6800 graphics score. On the R3 there does not seem to be any throttling, at least not in 3DMark 11, it sits at 850 constantly. In the future I might try another bios, but I really don't want to overvolt and I think 850 is nearing the top of stable at stock voltage. Plus, the only way I can OC is to flash, so if I end up with an unstable flash it could be a problem.

    So far Optimus is a no go, though I bet it is a weird INF issue. I might pursue it more in the future, but right now the card works and it is still possible to manually switch between PEG and IGP.
     
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    Nice scores, which vBios?
     
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    Attention to anyone who is planning to upgrade to GTX 680M, please hold back and check out the GTX 680MX
    GeForce GTX 680MX | GeForce
     
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    The Dell 680m - 850 base - 889 boost.zip by svl7. On the R3 there is no boost, so base is what you sit at when gaming. Some people said it might do 900 at stock voltage, but I don't know if it is worth it. It is already plenty fast and I really don't want to flash an unstable OC.

    If you always wait for the next great thing you never get anything. The 680mx won't hit until the new year (certainly won't be widely available until 2013), by then you are a few months from the 700m cards, then when the 700m release you are a few months from 700mx, then those release and holy what we are a few months from 800m, etc.

    Plus, the 680m to 680mx is basically the desktop 670 to 680, and many people actually preferred the 670 for lower temps and better overclocking.

    Benchmark Results: 3DMark 11 : GeForce GTX 670 2 GB Review: Is It Already Time To Forget GTX 680?
     
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    Anyone get the 680m in a 3d R3 with OC to work yet?

    Cant believe they made the R3 3d unupgradable. Alienware/dell you are terrible and awful at the same time.
     
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    Idea Storm
     
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