The Overpricing of high-end individual laptop GPU card kits

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  1. ContourFul

    ContourFul Newbie

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    Hi!

    I've been looking at DIY laptop GPU install kits around the net for a couple months now. I have a Clevo P177sm, and I want to install a 980m, but when I first found this opportunity, the price was too damn over the ceiling, and it hasn't changed a penny since. For instance:

    https://www.amazon.com/Nvidia-GeForce-Upgrade-Alienware-m17xR4/dp/B00U93V5LG
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00U962D00/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Clevo-P570W...629515?hash=item1c79af820b:g:97AAAOSwZkJUUmEw

    I'm not a market expert, but I do know that basic fact that when a newer, better product comes out - in our case the new Notebooks using Nvidia's 10 series somewhat cutting edge GPUs - the prices of the old products consequently go down. And these upgrade kits for the 970m and 980m aren't new now, they came out at least two years ago now. And yes, laptop GPU hardware upgrade kits may be a different and smaller part of the market, but it should still be affected, because that older technology is getting kicked out of consumer's interests. So, I'm here to ask your opinion, that will ever these individual high-end notebook cards get cheaper, and so worth the wait, or because of it's so separated and unique attribute and low sales number, it will stay around that price until the manufacturer stops producing them?
     
  2. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    You're missing one crucial part. Standard GTX 10-series MXM cards don't exist. So by all accounts, the standard 980 MXM is still the best you can get.
     
  3. ContourFul

    ContourFul Newbie

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    Well, you're right. Maybe I was in fantasy world thinking that one day hardware upgrading could get reasonable and worth the price. But I would be interested to see the popularity of GTX 10 series notebooks in numbers. Maybe they have already extruded the 900 series, considering that the upgrading crazies will always buy the new hardware, and well, the living in western countries are good enough to offer those pearls now, but I'm really getting into some economic **** too much
     
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    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    You don't get what I am saying. Upgrading to a 10 series card is nearly impossible as Nvidia no longer produce standard MXM cards. The only ones in existence are a few custom designs that only fit certain laptops.
     
  5. ContourFul

    ContourFul Newbie

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    I understood this, I just added my own comment for further conversation.
     
  6. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    Laptops are more commoditized than ever. I totally get the argument against soldered components, but at the same time, for the $600+ you would spend on a 980M, you're halfway or more to a brand new system with a less power-hungry GPU that meets or beats the MXM one for performance.
     
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    ContourFul Newbie

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    And that is the big big problem, and making notebook upgrading more easier and broader availabe could help this, and that's what I wish, so I don't have to keep up with new system's horrible prices
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    A quad core i5 with a GTX 1050, 8 GB of RAM and 1080p screen can be had for less than $900. Thats more computer than 98% of users need. Enthusiasts are a subset of a subset of the overall market and the market isn't trending that way. I'm not trying to defend what's happening but it's reality. What you want is not going to happen.


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