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Upgraded GPU to R9 M290x

Discussion in 'Alienware M15x' started by MZWiZard, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. bartuc66

    bartuc66 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Will it ever be possible to give this video card native fan control (even in theory)? I've been wanting to buy this card, but I don't wish to deal with the noise that blades spinning 4.5K rpms will generate.
     
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    Raidriar Notebook Prophet

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    no. the Clevo/dell EC is simply not compatible with the hardware on this card. Only cards that will work are the MSI 8970M/R9 M290X 2GB version and the Dell 7970M or Clevo 7970M V1.2
     
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    bartuc66 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Has anyone tried installing an AMD m390x (W7170m)? There is one currently being sold on eBay. How do I know if an MxM card is compatible with LVDS?
     
  4. King of Interns

    King of Interns Simply a laptop enthusiast

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    Not yet. It holds promise although it is likely to be a hot card. Even if it does support LVDS (you will not find out without testing it) 980M+ levels of heat will make it a very tricky card to run stably in the M15x. Not just from a thermal perspective but also current. The M15x MXM circuits were not designed to withstand 130W-150W TDP cards. As such the power it limited to around 130W beyond this you will get crashes, freezes and generally risk damaging the card. This is why 970M is a good match up. It runs under 100W tdp thus having plenty of headroom even under heavy load or a decent overclock.
     
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