Successful MXM GPU Upgraded Laptops

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by sicily428, May 21, 2017.

  1. yrekabakery

    yrekabakery Notebook Deity

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    Why? It's an underclocked Tonga chip (R9 380X). 970M is faster and uses far less power.
     
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    970m is realistically that much faster, around 10%, and its usually far cheaper than one. TBH I might check it out
     
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  4. donovan20055

    donovan20055 Newbie

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    I upgraded my Clevo P157SM-A graphics card to a MSI 1070 finally got tired of the 880m GTX.
    Here are the 3DMark 11 after and before pics I ran the 1070 with +200 core clock in MSI afterburner (The 115W power limit is my bottleneck).
    The card I got was MXM 3.1 hardware rev 1.2 with SLI connector missing/removed from eBay.
    I had to remove some of the bottom case like in this example picture.
    The heatsink required a little work but if you test fit it'll be pretty easy to figure out. I used liquid metal since I was concerned about heat but so far the temps are better than the 880m GTX which also used liquid metal. When I was doing 3DMark 11 benchmarks I didn't exceed 70C.

    Operating system is Windows 10 64bit with UEFI enabled, bios is Prema Bios 1.03.11PM v2.
    When installing Nvidia driver 398.36 I had to modify this line %NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.65A3.1558% = Section086, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1BE1&SUBSYS_65A31558 to this %NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.5281.1558% = Section086, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1BE1&SUBSYS_52811558 along with adding NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.5281.1558 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070" to the [Strings] section of the nvcvi.inf file. I think the line I edited was for the Clevo P650HS.
    GPU-Z picture.

    Thanks to the information I've found/read on this forum and other places I was able to do this with minimal difficulty.
     
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  5. sicily428

    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

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    Please, create a dedicated thread/guide about your upgrade and post here a link. Thanks
     
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    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

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    Hi @woodzstack ! Do you have modded HS for that clevo?
     
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    donovan20055 Newbie

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    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

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  9. woodzstack

    woodzstack Alezka Computers , Official Clevo reseller.

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    We mod the heatsinks ourselves if possible, and sometimes I can get them directly modified from others as well, if you need, for the most part if you have the simple tools needed you can always do it yourself too.
     
  10. sicily428

    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

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    Hi Woodzstack! I was talking about the laptop of this user
    He owns this configuration:
    Schenker XMG U705 (Clevo P770ZM) : i7-4790S - 970M 6GB - 2x8GB DDR3-1600MHz
    LG display 75Hz LP173WF4-SPD1 eDP 30 pin

    is that heatsink compatible with a MSI Gtx1060?
     
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