Possible GPU upgrade for Precision M4600

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by garmac, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. Aaron44126

    Aaron44126 Notebook Virtuoso

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    DDR5 will be standardized in 2018, but won't be hitting PCs in mainstream until 2019-2020 (or later ... DDR4 was standardized in 2012 and did not appear in mainstream until 2015). Usually your performance bottleneck is somewhere other than memory speed. I don't think that it is going to suddenly cause the M4600-M4800 machines to become "junk"... They'll still work just as well as they do right now.

    There's always something faster around the corner... That's the rule of computing.

    I'm more interested in RAM doubling again in capacity so that we can have 128GB in a mobile workstation. I'm starting to use multiple VMs a lot more. This is something that could actually potentially happen next year.
     
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  2. John Carlson

    John Carlson Notebook Consultant

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    128GB ram would be amazing.....

    We have 16GB P5000 graphic card now but the one which uses it looks like a monster laptop.
    https://www.msi.com/Workstation/WT73VR-7RM.html#hero-overview

    No way you can carry something this thick in a backpack...
    We need to wait until they manage to cram it into a thinner & lighter laptop.
     
  3. iieeann

    iieeann Notebook Evangelist

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    To me this is not qualified as workstation because of no docking station. I so hate this type of laptop where i have to open the lid to press the power-on button and close it back every single time, plus the hassle to plug/unplug the cables when moving from one place to another.
     
  4. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    I just ordered a replacement battery, 240w PA-9E, and usb Sound card for my m4600. With this I should be able to push 1100/1500 daily on my m5100, maybe even higher we will see when I get it. I couldve gotten less watts but I figured if I continue with the m4800 later it would come in handy then.

    Im going to just sell the P157SM I bought recently, Ive had for a week now and still dont use it.
     
  5. John Carlson

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    Just a quick reminder for you all looking to upgrade M4600, M4700, M4800.

    http://www.laptopbatteryexpress.com/KJ321-Dell-97-Whr-9-Cell-Lithium-Battery-Slice-p/dell-121.htm

    This slice battery works for Dell M4600, M4700, M4800.
    It can extend your battery life by 7 hours.
    It has 8000+mAh inside.

    [​IMG]

    I found this is a real practical solutions for people on the go.
    Even newer laptops from Lenovo, MSI, Asus don't offer something like this....

    If you're already using 9 cells, this gives you another 9 cells so total 18 cells on the go.
     
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  6. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    battery cant supply full power, at least not mine so not really useful to me personally

    Very neat though

    Lastly I added 4TB of HDD storage so im rolling 5.75TB now :)
     
  7. Aaron44126

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    Indeed, it's not just you, maximum power draw from the battery is 100W.
     
  8. TheReciever

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    It wouldnt surprise me if I can pull near 200w at full system saturation. I allow almost 100w to the m5100 iirc but my 150w brick couldnt handle it in actual games when the CPU was also being pushed.

    Got a 240w on the way to remedy that.
     
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    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    reflashed my card to accept 93w after getting my 240w brick and now I get a score of 731 on Valley Extreme HD preset
     
  10. carljarrett

    carljarrett Newbie

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    Hi all,
    Thanks to everyone for all the info. I bought an AMD M5100 to replace my Quadro 1000M, and it seems to work for the most part, however, the drivers are messed up. It recognizes it as a Radeon product, and it performs poorly in OpenGL. In fact, I did a FPS test within Rhino3D with the basic Windows Display Driver installed, and get twice as good framerate than with the AMD drivers installed.

    Does anyone know how to get the 4600 to recognize what card it actually is? I've tried half a dozen different variations of the drivers and none of them recognize the card is installed and actually install the drivers. When I manually try to install the drivers, they fail as well. The only way I can get any drivers to install is via Windows update, and the Radeon drivers.

    Thanks!
     
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