M18x R1 Tear Down Video: Ivy Bridge CPU Heatsink and 7970M CrossFire Upgrade

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Mr. Fox, May 31, 2012.

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  1. turilo

    turilo Notebook Geek

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    That was an awesome video my friend! you still have them older video cards by chance and want to sell? lol im currently on a single GPU the Nvidia 675m GTX, was curious what results id see on having a dual GPU set in this baby. I also have a 3720QM unlocked CPU i want to throw in this compared to the stock 3610qm, im sure ill see some benefits hopefully
     
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    Mr. Fox BGA Filth-Hating Elitist

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    Thanks for the compliment. I don't have the 7970M cards any more. I don't recommend them for a number of reasons, but that would certainly be a great deal more horsepower than a single 675M. I would recommend adding another 675M for SLI rather than going to 7970M CF. That would be comparatively inexpensive and a more reliable product, although not quite as powerful as dual 7970M. Better yet (if your wallet can afford it) would be an upgrade to 680M or 780M SLI.
     
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    turilo Notebook Geek

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    Hmm 780m sli would be a killer upgrade but definitely the wallet wouldn't like that one lol Maybe ill look for a second 675m GTX for now to SLI her up for now and maybe see how that goes. Also want to look into getting one of them 3 pipe CPU heat sink, where you recommend parts like this, Ebay perhaps?
     
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    steviejones133 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    675m SLI would be a nice upgrade for you and would be fairly cheap. 680m SLI would, in my opinion, be the very best 'bang for buck' right now....

    As for a triple pipe cpu heatsink, I have one available if you are interested. You can either PM me or take a look at my 'For Sale' thread here (gpu's have gone, unfortunately):

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/com...i-bridge-oem-extreme-edition-triple-pipe.html
     
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    Get the 3-pipe heat sink from Brother Steve. After his is gone, anyone that wants one should first try to order one directly from Dell/Alienware rather than eBay.
     
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    steviejones133 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Triple pipe CPU heatsink bought and paid for by turilo - reference: http://forum.notebookreview.com/com...bridge-oem-extreme-edition-triple-pipe-3.html Post #31.

    Thanks mate - it'll be on it's way to you tomorrow. :thumbsup:
     
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    turilo Notebook Geek

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    I'll be looking forward to putting that baby in this beast! Thanks again for the sale! and to Mr. Fox for the advice and great teardown tutorial :thumbsup:
     
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    turilo Notebook Geek

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    @steviejones133 Triple pipe CPU heat-sink received today! Great packaging job m8! and speedy delivery! thank you sir :thumbsup: Oh and my IC Diamond Thermal paste came at the same time i ordered! couldn't have worked out better hahaha
     
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    is it still required to modify the drivers if you go with the 680m or 780m on the m18x R1? i know the 7970's are plug and play and i lean towards that setup but with having experienced the 6990's on this machine, i really hate amd driver support.
     
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  10. reborn2003

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    Yup you will always have to mod the INF for newer Nvidia GPU driver installs on the Alienware M18x R1. This applies to both the GTX680M and 780M GPUs. I am currently running dual 780M GPUs in my M18x R1 rig! :thumbsup:

    Also you are right if we download the mobility AMD GPU drivers we never had to mod anything to get them to install.

    Cheers. :)
     
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