P870DM3 - Looking To Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Brian Santini, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. Brian Santini

    Brian Santini Newbie

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    Hey. First time here and was just browsing these forums until I finally decided to contribute.

    I bought my notebook from OriginPC. It's basically:
    -i7 6700k
    -64GB Ram
    -GTX 1080 SLI
    -512GB m.2 raid 0 (x2 256gb)(operating system)
    -4tb ssd raid 0 (x2 2tb)(storage)
    -wireless card ac1535 or something. (killer wireless)

    Just wondering if there are upgrades aside from the storage. Like a better cpu or better gpu (couldn't find netbook gpus ANYWHERE)
     
  2. bennyg

    bennyg Notebook Virtuoso

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    Mobile RTX 2080 is very expensive and swings between a downgrade, sidegrade or upgrade on a per game basis depending on sli support for the 1080s. It is more efficient though.

    You can rather easily upgrade the CPU to a 6 or 8 core, but cooling needs improvement to make it worthwhile. Modding the P870TM cpu heatsink to fit is possible, but not simple. The bios is custom and unofficial too. I have a 9900K in mine but I wouldn't recommend it without serious cooling modding. The 8700K/8086K or 9700K are more suited.

    If your ram is 2133mhz you may see a few % improvement to 2666 or faster.

    It depends on whether you just have the general itch or there's something that you are specifically dissatisfied with.
     
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    Vingard Notebook Consultant

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    This begs the question of whether the "upgradability" of these laptops is more marketing than reality.
     
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    bennyg Notebook Virtuoso

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    It's not as cost effective or universal or official as we might like... but history has proven it is definitely reality for these 2016 models, three straight generations of Intel CPU upgrades will never ever happen again.

    Clevo also can't forecast things like that in advance, product cycles are too short and things change too quickly and too secretly at the hardware manufacturers. Even something like confirming an upcoming product retains the same socket would be breaching NDA/confidentiality with their partners. And nobody's going to be stupid enough to make official promises of upgradeablility after the legions of dissatisfied buyers and the fiasco that was (and still is) MSI's trade-up program.
     
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  5. senso

    senso Notebook Deity

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    But Clevo could make official BIOS instead of end users relying on hacked/modded BIOS from third parties, its not a 1k $ laptop, they could give half a crap about system support, but like all others, its sell and forget.
     
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    bennyg Notebook Virtuoso

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    True, I am never going to disagree that Clevo HQ support sucks and they seem chronically unable and/or unwilling to fix certain ongoing obvious issues like their Control Centre trash software, and leave things in the hands of resellers.

    Prema did engineer a bios for 9900k support in the DM3 and KM but the board has a power limit that affects stability under heavy overclocked use, so it was not distributed through Prema partners. So there are hardware reasons underlying some decisions too. Many of the Z170/Z270 desktop motherboards choke even worse when a 9900K demands things of their designed-for-quadcores VRM.
     
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    kingofswag187 Notebook Deity

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    It's likely intel holding them back, otherwise other desktop motherboard vendors would likely have done this.
     
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