Unlocked Bios or not? AW17 R1 1070/1080

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  1. razor0601

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    Hi, I bought a AW17 R1 with an I7-4700qm and a dead 860m. Bios is A15 and Screen FullHD 60Hz. I want to upgrade to a Zotac ZBox GTX 1070 or 1080. Do I need an unlocked Bios or not?
     
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    Unlocked BIOS makes it easier but its not required.

    I think you should be able to downgrade to A14+ but I havent personally done it so I am not sure on that side of things.
     
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    What thereciever said. Down-grade for sure.

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    Ok, then I will try plug and play
     
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    I didnt say it was plug in play either. The details matter.
     
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    Is there also an unlocked Bios above A14?
     
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    You would have to ask @javers but I dont really recommend it, spectre / meltdown fixes lose about 10% performance
     
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    Ok, I try to downgrade if the cards don’t work.
     
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    Do the research its not plug in play by any means if you arent going to use SG mode.
     
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    A Little Update. The Zotac GTX 1080 arrived yesterday. The card was shown in the Bios as Nvidia GFX. But to fully test the card I have to modify the chassis and the Heatsink.
     
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