Ray Tracing on M18xR2 - RTX 3000 MXM Upgrade!

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  1. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    Hey everyone, for those who don't know I've been working on getting a Quadro RTX 3000 MXM GPU for my M18xR2. RTX 3000 is basically a Quadro variant of the RTX 2060 (TU106).

    The GPU I found happens to be about MXM 3.0b in layout made by ADLINK. This GPU is also available from Aetina and PNY in the exact same form factor. I chose this because it requires no mods besides INF and it provides the latest RTX features on an old platform.


    I made a video of MXM in general here including the raptor NVMe card:




    The laptop has 32GB 2133Mhz RAM, Wi-Fi6E + BT 5.2 as well. It is basically up to spec.


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    No heatsink mod needed:
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    Here's some benchmarks and pictures:

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    The longevity of the old alienwares is amazing. I don't think we'll ever see something like this again in the laptop space because of the pursuit of maximum profit rather than the pursuit of good enough profit and amazing technology to back it up.

    I understand the whole point of a business is to make money, but there's a point where enough is enough. If all laptops were like this one, we'd have much less ewaste. Not to mention a company could resell the same laptop in used condition multiple times to different buyers if they implemented a buyback program, which kind of makes the whole point of pushing BGA crap for maximum profit moot. I would think being able to resell the same product multiple times (albeit at decreasing prices each time) would be a profit driven company's dream. Not everyone wants to buy the newest stuff, so you can cater to the used market as well.

    Some of the Alienware employees must be surprised how long this model lasted.
     
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    If I can get A4000 mxm next year then this M18xR2 will have a newer GPU than my Area-51m LOL
     
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    Maxware79 Alienware died in 2014

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    Great job mate!
     
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    That's great, super good news for my M17x R4 I guess! Looks good, nice work.
     
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    Looking at the whitepaper, it seems this card may be wired for all DP only. Meaning on 120Hz display there may be no image displayed and it would only work on 60Hz displays in SG mode.

    Speculations of course, I don't have M17xR4 or AW 17 R1 with 120Hz to test.
     
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  7. M18x-oldie

    M18x-oldie Notebook Evangelist

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    That really is a wonderful project!
    Where did you source these two, the card and the velociraptor, and how much did they cost?
     
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    been awhile since i browsed this forum and you guys still deliver haha. well done on this!
     
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    RTX 3000 found on ebay, cost around $532

    Raptor card bought from @UltraGSM I think it was like $110 , originally he purchased from @Baddemichl
     
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    Yessir, mine is a 120hz eDP m17x R4!
     
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