m17xr2 GPU upgrade

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  1. TR2N

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    Hi all,

    My 8 year old clevo 7970m gpu died in the m17xr2. (pixelatted vertical lines and 3d locks up)

    What would be the best card to buy today?
    I read that clevo cards gives native fan control whilst other brands have no fan control.
    So do i buy:

    clevo 7970m again?
    clevo 8970m?
    or clevo 680m?
     
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    If my knowledge of the subject is still up to date, the Clevo 8970m is still the best option for the card.
     
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    I cant view it but if I am permitted to drag another member out of retirement one more time @Raidriar may be able to point you in a better direction.
     
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  6. TR2N

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    Thank you @Raidriar
    Just purchased! Yay :)
    Q/
    Will it load up to windows desktop when first installed or will I have to do a blind flash when it arrives? No worries found answer
    M17x R2 8970M Crossfire Upgrade

    Also where can I get the modded vbios ?
    A/ in same thread lol



    Kudos.
     
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    If you are able to still use but just with lines and no 3d, why not use atiflash in DOS with one GPU in primary slot and one in secondary slot?

    Unless this isn;t possible?
     
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    I have the 4870m in there now; the 7970m won't post into windows anymore; its dead.
    I could do that method you state, thanks, never thought about it doing the flash that way.
    :vbthumbsup:

    We will see what actually happens when it arrives and whether the clevo vbios on it works.
     
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    isn't GTX 680M a better upgrade than HD8970 ?
     
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