: M17X R4 : Desktop GTX 980 : 120Hz Screen :

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Rengsey R. H. Jr., Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Rengsey R. H. Jr.

    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    I will have this weekend testing/figuring this out.

    Any thoughts on this or i'm wasting my time?

    Edited: Interesting that the GPU will work in DISCRETE mode using EDP screen , but will get 8 BEEPS using LVDS screen.

    * Card is running perfectly fine in PEG and on the 120Hz Screen. I can start doing benchmark once i got the heat sink to properly sit on the GPU. maybe by tomorrow.
     
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    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    Which desktop 980?

    Should work fine as far as I know.
     
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  3. Rengsey R. H. Jr.

    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    The MSI GTX 980.
     
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    Without power connector right? Don't you have two? lol, one for the M17xR4 and one for the M18xR2? LOL

    It should be fine. Just use the 330w PSU. Should work in PEG mode hopefully. I think you said PEG didn't work with that card in M18xR2?
     
  5. Rengsey R. H. Jr.

    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    Yes, the card won't work in PEG in M18X R2. We can lay to rest that the M18X R2 can never run anything higher than GTX 980m in PEG. The M17X R4 / AW 17 R1 are the king of the throne.

    Noted: GTX 980 Desktop and higher requires EDP Screen to run PEG.
     
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    Well 980M SLI > 980/1060 & = 1070

    So until we get fully working 1080, M18xR2 should still be king LOL

    I'm still curious why 980 SLI didn't work in PEG mode on M18xR2. It should work fine, maybe need different vBIOS?

    I kinda wanna get a M17xR4 but none of the upgrades I'd do would be worth it since I can do 1070 in my M18xR2.

    If we can get a 2070 or 2080 RTX MXM style card, M17xR4/AW 17 R1 will have been able to upgrade basically 5 generations of GPUs (6XXM to 2XXXM)
     
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    Interesting. The only laptops they where used in AFAIK (GT80) had LVDS, not eDP
    Also, 980>980M SLI unless you can find something that still scales with SLI. I'd imagine that it also be on the same level as a proper 1060 unlocked MXM.
     
  8. Rengsey R. H. Jr.

    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    All along , me and everyone else thought that it was LVDS. so now it's proven wrong. When I couldn't get it to use PEG in M18X-R2 , i knew something was up with this GPU, and only on SG mode.
     
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    Interesting but it doesn't make sense though. 980M & 980 share the same GM104 chip. Even @Khenglish installed a 980 core on a 980M board.

    I still wouldn't want to rule it out unless we've had access to other vBIOS.

    I'm pretty sure the panel in the MSI was LVDS. I think the motherboard did use a converter though for newer GPUs like 10 series.
     
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    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    I tried a Clevo and a MSI VBIOS. Only Clevo was able to give out a display, while MSI bios gave 8 beeps.

    The chip on the desktop GTX 980 is GM204 not GM104.
     
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