New Alienware 17 (2015) - swapping the CPU

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by juliant, Feb 26, 2015.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. juliant

    juliant Notebook Deity

    Reputations:
    1,015
    Messages:
    1,409
    Likes Received:
    27
    Trophy Points:
    66
    I will try to keep it as short as I can.

    I am getting the new Alienware 17 with the i7 4710HQ; Is it possible to remove this CPU and put an alder version. I have a spare boxed i7 4900MQ which will probably increase performance in demanding CPU applications / games for about 5%.

    Maybe only someone from the Alienware team will be able to give me a concrete answer.

    Thank you in advance for your kind reply.
     
  2. MahmoudDewy

    MahmoudDewy Gaming Laptops Master Race!

    Reputations:
    467
    Messages:
    1,623
    Likes Received:
    705
    Trophy Points:
    131
    HQ means that it is soldered ... The new AW17 has both soldered GPU & CPU so unfortunately you can't upgrade/swap any :(
     
  3. juliant

    juliant Notebook Deity

    Reputations:
    1,015
    Messages:
    1,409
    Likes Received:
    27
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Whaaat?! So, if you have an 970m or 980m you cannot change them because the GPU is soldered on the motherboard?! That doesn't make any sense...
     
  4. MahmoudDewy

    MahmoudDewy Gaming Laptops Master Race!

    Reputations:
    467
    Messages:
    1,623
    Likes Received:
    705
    Trophy Points:
    131
    That's why you are much better off slapping a 980M in your current AW17 R1 than buying the questionable new AW17 :newpalm:
     
  5. juliant

    juliant Notebook Deity

    Reputations:
    1,015
    Messages:
    1,409
    Likes Received:
    27
    Trophy Points:
    66
    I called them and spoke to the supervisor. After being on hold for near an hour I was told that both CPU and GPU are interchangeable. However it is more complicated compared to the 2013 version.

    Regards.
     
  6. Th4tRedhe4d

    Th4tRedhe4d Notebook Evangelist

    Reputations:
    12
    Messages:
    450
    Likes Received:
    62
    Trophy Points:
    41
    Then they don't know what they're talking about. They can't be changed, at all. Both the CPU and GPU are soldered onto the motherboard.
     
    MahmoudDewy likes this.
  7. MogRules

    MogRules Notebook Deity

    Reputations:
    834
    Messages:
    1,375
    Likes Received:
    525
    Trophy Points:
    131
    Juliant...don't listen to what they are telling you , they are retarded to be quite honest if that is what they are telling you. Is it possible? Maybe if you have a butt load of professional soldering experience with stuff like this but for the average user these are NOT interchangeable. You will not be able to take your 4900 and slap it in this machine, I wouldn't even be surprised if it is a different socket all together. If you did try it and messed something up that would almost certainly void the warranty as breaking the solder and replacing the chip would require work not under the scope of a user approved upgrade.

    Long story short if you have not done your homework on these new machines
    • Non upgradable CPU/GPU ( Soldered to the board )
    • No 3D option as of yet
    • One HDD bay instead of two
    • M.2 mSATA instead of the non useless one that was in the R1 which carried capacities up to 1tb instead of 512GB
    • No optical drive option at all
    • It does however have the nice Alienware head power light so thumbs up for that I guess.

    Pretty much anyone you talk to is going to tell you that these are a massive step backwards compared to even the R1 which wasn't as widely adopted as the R4 due to it having the locked down Bios and crappy fan tables.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention there is also a VERY real possibility that any new Nvidia card you buy from now going forward will have a locked vBios that will prevent overclocking....there is a whole whack of threads that can be found in the forums regarding this. Basically Nvidia disabled OCing on all 800/900m series cards via the drivers and when the internet created a PR nightmare they reintroduced it but they said that all NEW cards will be locked so only the people that already have the card will have the ability to OC going forward.
     
  8. Ultra Male

    Ultra Male Super Tweaker

    Reputations:
    21,812
    Messages:
    20,864
    Likes Received:
    30,670
    Trophy Points:
    931
    It makes sense, everything is soldered in the new Alienwares so you cannot put your MQ CPU, cannot upgrade the GPU, you have less max RAM capacity (16GB only vs 32GB), the new Alienwares are a big downgrade in every category.

    PS: and please, you actually listen to anything that comes of the mouth of a Dell call center agent????????
     
    MahmoudDewy likes this.
  9. MahmoudDewy

    MahmoudDewy Gaming Laptops Master Race!

    Reputations:
    467
    Messages:
    1,623
    Likes Received:
    705
    Trophy Points:
    131
    What these fine gentlemen said. You should file an official complain because that sales rep was trying to scam you in an extremely unacceptable, dishonest & unprofessional way :mad:
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2015
    TomJGX and Ultra Male like this.
  10. MahmoudDewy

    MahmoudDewy Gaming Laptops Master Race!

    Reputations:
    467
    Messages:
    1,623
    Likes Received:
    705
    Trophy Points:
    131
    Speaking of the poor R1 fan tables :D is there anyway to control the fans using HWinfo64 without the crazy latency spikes ?
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page