X7200 with SLI GTX 680m - how it works, Impressions, Benches

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  1. Tirenz

    Tirenz Notebook Evangelist

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    So finally I got my 2 GTX 680m´s from One.de - they were not too expensive if you compare to other companies, so I am very satisfied.

    Since the first benches of the GTX 680m I thought of upgrading to the 680m´s - my 485m´s were ok til then, because overclocked to 675m GTX clocks they came very close to them.
    But since the GTX 680m were about twice as fast as a 580m, I just had to try :D.

    I was not the only one, and we kept asking resellers in different forums if it were possible to upgrade. No one knew for sure. Eurocom to this day tried to mod the Bios to get SLI to work properly, while a single GTX 680m runs without problems.
    The problem with SLI is that there isn´t a button showing up in the nvida control panel to enable it, no matter what modded driver or vBios were used.

    The user Myrsprett then just did it and bought two GTX 680m, you can read the whole story here:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/sag...689439-x7200-panther-2-0-nvidia-680m-sli.html

    After some reasearching about enabling SLI, we found that there is a user named anatolymik who has not only invented Hyper-SLI, but found a solution for the M17Rx users to use GTX 580m who had the same problem of not showing up the "enable SLI" button.
    And he had modded some drivers for different SLI-options, but with the last modded driver 301.42, it didn´t support the GTX 680m yet.
    So Myrsprett finally found a trick to install the modded driver, as he changed ID´s to make the driver installation think he has a GTX 580m.

    After that I knew that now I can buy two of them and they will work... :D

    So I did, and if you want to, this is the only solution found so far to enable GTX 680m SLI on a X7200:

    The heatsinks for GTX 485m/ 580m fit for the GTX 680m! They really do! So there is nothing to worry about ;).
    After you installed both GPU´s, they will show up as "nVida VGA card" in your BIOS. Don´t worry, the start up screen looks a little teared, but after that, you have a normal boot screen!
    Download the nvidia driver 310.70 from their site.

    Windows will detect both of your GTX 680m´s as Standard VGA cards. Download 310.70 from the nvidia site.
    Since the X7200 does not officially support GTX 680m, you can use an modded inf from laptopvideo2go, and it will install the driver. Or you can use Sirana´s inf mode guide as described later in this posting.
    However, to enable SLI you need to first delete all nvidia drivers! Use "driver sweeper" to be sure there is nothing left of old installations! Otherwise it may or may not work ;).

    When everything is correct and the driver 310.70 is installed, reboot!

    Now you can download now the patch from here (310.70):
    Index of /DifferentSLI
    Extract it and run "install.cmd".

    After that, reboot!
    And NOW after rebooting is finished, Windows will say that this system is ready for SLI! You can now go to the control center and enable it finally!
    I tested and played til now without a single crash, which is better than with my "original 6970m x-fire" cards that WERE supported ;).

    Depending on what vBios you have on your GTX 680m´s, it may throttle your gpu. There are a lot of new vBios on the net. Just try out
    http://forum.techinferno.com/genera...-editions-modified-clocks-voltage-tweaks.html

    Now you are ready and able to to use SLI in your X7200!
    Temps are amazing - though I had to repaste one of the cards, it got a little hot (up to 86° Cel.), but that was due to the fact that I wanted to test it so badly that I just didn´t do a good job the first time ;).
    So now they stay under 80° (most of the time not hotter than 76°).
    Utilisation seems to be pretty good.

    The GTX 680m works with that SLI hack without problems, so why is it not officially supported! It´s a shame on Clevo that they do NOT support it.

    That said, it´s time for some Benches. Some Benches were taken before the new driver 310.70 came out, at that time we had to trick to believe it´s GTX 580m, so don´t ask yourself why, that was the reason ;).


    3DMark11 - stock clocks
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    3DMark Vantage (P)
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    Heaven Benchmark 2.5
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    New 3DMark (2013), stock clocks:
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    Catzilla Benchmark, stock clocks:

    Kitty:
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    Cat:
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    Tiger:
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    Unigine Valley, stock clocks:

    Preset: Basic
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    Preset: Extreme HD
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    Lost Planet 2 - highest settings
    Test A
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    Test B
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    Mafia 2 - highest settings, PhysX off
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    Dirt 3 - highest settings
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    Dirt Showdown - highest settings
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    F1 2011 - highest settings (2012 has some bugs and can´t detect my resolution, til it is fixed, benches may be not accurate...)
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    Overclocking benches:
    All benches were made by the max settings I could do without getting errors. Sometimes the CPU is overclocked, too, you can see that in the screenshots...


    3DMark Vantage overclocked:
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    3DMark 11 overclocked:
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    3DMark (new 2013) overclocked:

    Icestorm:
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    Cloud Gate
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    Fire Strike
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    Catzilla Benchmark overclocked:

    Kitty:
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    Cat:
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    Tiger:
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    Unigine Valley overclocked:

    Preset: Basic
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    Preset: Extreme HD
    [​IMG]



    SIRANAS INF MOD GUIDE for GTX 680m

    Here is a little guide for all who want to install the newest drivers; you just have to mod them to make them fit the X7200.
    Remember, this has NOTHING to to with SLI - it´s only for one card, at this point!
    Sirana was so kind and made a very good guide, and here it is:
     

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  2. MrDJ

    MrDJ Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    thanks for posting.
    so you are now running 680sli
    why is gpuz and a couple of your benches showing it as a GTX 580M and also your 3dmark06 score is even lower than my single 680 which i get a score of between 22000 and 23100
    your vantage score is about 10000 higher though :D
     
  3. Tirenz

    Tirenz Notebook Evangelist

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    GTX 580m is shown because I tricked the driver to believe it´s GTX 580 in in the infs, because it´s an older driver who doesn´t support GTX 680m, but the only one modded so I can use SLI ;).
    And yes, the 3DMark06 is strange, but it was before. With my GTX 485m, I always had the same points, even when I overclocked them - other scores went up, but not 3DMark06. I reinstalled it one time, didn´t do it. So I just live with it ;).
     
  4. sirana

    sirana Notebook Deity

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    Sooo glad you got it working!
    I also can confirm the 680M is recognized as "nVidia VGA Card" in the BIOS. In my case I only need to add my Hardware-ID's to the driver .inf to pass the compatibility check. If anyone needs to know how to do it, I could add some screenshots.
    As for overclocking, most vbios's I tried are throttling for me. The only one that did not was this one, but after I quit a 3D application and launch another one the Core and Memory are stuck at 324... so I just stick with Svl7's Clevo vbios that at least allow me for 836/2200 in games.

    So yeah any x7200 owner can officially pull the trigger to get his machine on the next level ;)
     
  5. Tirenz

    Tirenz Notebook Evangelist

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    Yes, I´m glad, too... ;) :D

    Interesting with the different vBios... since I just got my cards yesterday, there still is a lot to test... :D

    Maybe showing some screenshots is a good idea, there are a lot people I believe who don´t know how simple it can be ;).
     
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    Amazing good job dude :D
     
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    jaybee83 Biotech-Doc

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    its threads like these that make nbr just awesome! :D happy for all x7200 owners out there :p

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
     
  8. sirana

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    How to mod the Driver guide incoming. You could include it in your OP!

    Step 1
    Go to the path were you extracted the driver and enter the folder "Display.Driver".
    1.png

    Step 2
    Open nvcv.inf with an editor.
    2.png 3.jpg

    Step 3
    Find the following section:
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    Step 4
    Go to Device Manager, right click on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M and select "Properties". In the opening window, go to the "Details" tab, and switch to "Hardware-IDs" in the drop down menu.
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    Step 5
    Back in the nvcv.inf: Scroll down to %NVIDIA_DEV.11A0.
    Create a new line with the following, and edit it with the info of your Device Manager:
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    --> Step 6 next post, because I may only insert 6 attachments per post.

    //Edit: Done
     
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    Step 6
    Go back to your Device Manager, and instead of "Hardware-IDs" in the 680M Properties, now select "INF SECTION" in the drop down menu.
    Edit the line of Step 5 with this number.
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    Step 7
    Copy your new edited line and insert it in the next section:
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    Step 8
    Last but not least, our Device shall be known as 680M! Therefore Search for "680M" or just scroll down almost to the end and find this section.
    You need to create a new line and edit it with your Hardware-ID's, this time seperate it with dots i.e. 11A0.7200.1558 =
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    Step 9
    That's it! Save and exit the nvcv.inf file and click on the Setup.exe, and enjoy a successful compatibility screen :)
    11.jpg
     
  10. DR650SE

    DR650SE The Whiskey Barracuda

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    3DMark06 is CPU dependant that's why your scores are the same. Remember its designed to push a 2006 computer

    Sent from my Samsung Captivate/ICS CM9 via Tapatalk.
     
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