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  1. Hello, Well it depends how crazy you are Upgrade will cost you around 1k$ or little more (GPU + PSU + screen), and you'll get something like this in benchmark: 14k FS score So first bench your laptop with the 980, see what the improvement will be, and think if it's worth the upgrade or not.
  2. Hello, Yes almost. I think such an upgrade can cost around 1k$, but for this price the M17X R4 was turned into a real beast laptop. Right now I sold some parts to build a desktop rig. It's not only a matter of money, but mostly it needed countless hours searching, testing and working on it before it worked.
  3. You're welcome, I hope it can help!
  4. Hello, I was using ICD7 so maybe using liquid metal can help but I don't think it can solve thermal issue alone. M17X R4 was not designed to cool down a 120W or a 150 W TDP GPU, so all the cooling has to be improved, not only thermal paste but the whole heatsink, especially if you want to upgrade to a 1080. You'll need to work on fan, DIE plate, copper stripes and radiator, everything will have to be modded. No I can't make any measurement since I sold some of the stuff I was using to build another project I'm working on right now. I'm having more fun building projects than playing with it, I managed to reach my goal which was to get over 14k FS score. Only thing I can tell you is 330W PSU was mandatory to get full performance of the 1070, or there was a PSU bottleneck and I couldn't get full CPU and GPU load at the same time. Instead of Ebay, search Taobao and you'll find interesting things, such as this one: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.15.ebb2eb2IIfArd&id=546741719542&ns=1&abbucket=5#detail Be aware that 1080 without power connector are SLI ones, and are usually performing less better than standard ones so maybe it could be interesting to get electrical scheme of the power connector, and build a power source. You project seems really interesting, here are may main advices: -try to source your GPU on Taobao, it will save you money because 1080 MXM are very expensive and you'll need money for other components -3940xm is not so much powerful compared to the 3840qm, and it can get very hot when overclocked. I think 3840qm is the best choice for the CPU -building a modded heatsink is mandatory, you'll need to get a 1080 heatsink so you can use the DIE plate and the VRMs plate, with copper stripes from the stock heatsink (maybe you'll have to add other copper stripes) and stock radiator or bigger radiator if you find one which can fit in. Get ready to use a torch, it will be very hard soldering job. -create your own thread, this is a huge project and you'll need advices from the whole community, there are lot of people with great computer knowledge here -get ready to spend countless hours searching, testing and building before it will work With a 1080 you could reach over 18k FS score, it could be a good target!
  5. Hello, Best way for soldering heatsinks is using a torch. Problem is heat will be transmitted everywhere very quickly, and as you heat one side other side will unsolder. To avoid this, I'm putting half of the heatsink in water as I heat up the other side with a torch. This is pretty hard to do. You can also use product like arctic silver thermal adhesive, but solder has much better thermal conductivity.
  6. I don't see any other reason than PSU bottleneck which could explain that: -GPU load average value while gaming stays around 70%, not reaching 100% (this is why GPU temp is so low, with 100% GPU load it would be higher) -FS combined score is lower while physics score is higher when overclocking the CPU Also, 240W PSU doesn't mean the system will run smooth until above 239W power draw. Power limit alert will appear before. I had just the same kind of problem. If you know someone who have a 330W PSU, just ask him if you can give it a try, it would be the easier way to check. But it's really looking like a PSU problem.
  7. You're at a point where you have to make a choice. If you keep the 240W PSU, overclocking the CPU will produce extra amperage draw, so GPU performance will decrease. Best way to fix this is upgrading the PSU to a genuine 330W Dell PSU so you can OC your CPU and enjoy your GPU performance in full load at the same time. 3740QM is perfectly overclockable by the way.
  8. I don't know about the game you're playing, but you can notice that your GPU load is around 60% to 70% while you're gaming. I'm not sure if this is a normal behavior with this game, I guess this is more likely because you're hitting PSU limit. What is the GPU load when running Firestrike combined test? If it's not close to 100%, it means you're hitting 240W PSU limit, I had same problem with my 1070 which was bottlenecked by the PSU. If your game needs both high CPU load and high GPU load at the same time, you may hit PSU limit when gaming, while you still have good graphics score while benchmarking since CPU is not at full load.
  9. Also, keep in mind M17x R4 and M18x R2 are very different. There is much room inside the M18x R2, which helps for better cooling and fresh air flow. Heatsinks and radiators are not the same too. M18x R2 was designed to run with an extreme CPU and 2 GPUs in SLI, while M17x R4 was made for 45W max CPU TDP, and a single GPU.
  10. Hello, Thanks @Brian for promoting my thread! And thanks guys for the feedback! Pascal cards also work on M18x R2, thanks @aaronloveweed for the great share, see here: https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/11472-msi-gtx-1060-mxm-successfully-working-on-alienware-m18x-r2-another-socket-victory-against-bga-crap/ My top FS score so far with the M17x R4 is just over 14k: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/19888925 wich is really overkill for such a 2012 laptop A few things to know about this upgrade: stock 240W PSU is a bottleneck, to get GPU fully performing while benchmarks or gaming it's mandatory to use a 330W PSU. But then, at 100% load GPU is getting boiling hot. I'm working on cooling this stuff by adding more copper stripes on the heatsink, and maybe modding the radiator and the fan. I'll give some news once it's done. You can find more details on the full thread: https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/11378-msi-gtx-1070-mxm-successfully-working-on-alienware-m17x-r4-another-socket-victory-against-bga-crap/
  11. Hello, This is a really good score, it's an awesome upgrade. You're close to the top FS scores with a GTX 1060 (notebook): http://www.3dmark.com/search#/?mode=advanced&url=/proxycon/ajax/search/gpu/fs/P/1106/500000?minScore=0&gpuName=NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Notebook) Also your temp is very low, so no problem for OC. Do you have more technical informations about the fact that SG mode is not compatible with SLI? There were so many people saying that pascal cards would never work on the M18x R2 since it would work only with eDP display. Now you have shown it can be done, then maybe we can go even further with a SLI of pascal GPUs? Anyway, the 60 Hz screen would still be a bottleneck but this is very interesting...
  12. It seems pretty good, with same CPU and same GPU you're close to @Prema score on a Clevo P150EM: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/10795610 Also, temps are low so you can easily try a little overclock to improve your benchmark results, but your 1060 seems to perform well.
  13. You can use HWinfo, and MSI Afterburner which will also allow you to overclok or underclok GPU.
  14. The 1060 should appear as Microsoft basic display in device manager. This is where you have to install driver with modded inf.