Rade986
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Alienware Graphic amplifier for M17 R3

Hello,

My laptop is getting a bit old (bought back in 2011), but the processor and memory is still good. What I would like to upgrade is my graphic card. Now, I was thinking putting something as powerfull as Nvidia 1060-1080 on it. I do not know if this is compatible?

Does anyone have any info on how can I upgrade my graphic card on this setup?


Thank you.


My configuracion is:

Processor : Intel Core i7 Processor 2670QM (2.20Ghz, 6MB, 4C)
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Display : 17.3in WideHD+ (1600 x 900) WLED LCD
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Webcam : Intégrée 3,0 mégapixels Webcam HD
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Resource DVD : Alienware M17xR3
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Ship Accessory : Southern European Docs
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Memory : 8192MB (2x4096) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
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Disques durs : 750Go SATA (7200tr/min)
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Optical Drive : Blu-Ray Disc (DVD+/-RW + BD-ROM) Drive including software
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Power Supply : Alienware 240W AC Adapter
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Power Cord : Euro 250V
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Battery : Primary 9-cell 93W/HR LI-ION
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Carry Case : Not Included
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Carte graphique : 1,5Go GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
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Haut-parleurs : Non inclus
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Gaming Software : Steam Gaming forum and download application
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Bluetooth : European Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth Card
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Wireless : Europe Killer Wireless-N 1103
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RE: Alienware Graphic amplifier for M17 R3

Hi,

This is the 17XR3, this system is not compatible with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier.

Officially supported the highest card you can get will be the GTX 580m and unofficially it will be the GTX880m.

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Game7a1
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RE: Alienware Graphic amplifier for M17 R3

Unofficially, the m17xR3 can support up to a GTX 880m. The GTX 900m series doesn't work in the m17x R3.

Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold)  | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)

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Rade986
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RE: Alienware Graphic amplifier for M17 R3

Hi, Game7a1 and Alienware -Eimy, please describe unofficially?

Does that mean: oh it will work no prob;

or

Yeah you have 50/50 chance of burning your laptop to a crisp?

Because, as far as I undestand, GTX 560m is running on 75W, while the 800s should be running on 100W. That means that i need a different heat sink or something?

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Game7a1
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RE: Alienware Graphic amplifier for M17 R3

No, it means that Alienware didn't test it, but community members did.

It is likely that you'll have to change the heatsink for the new GPU. And I'll recommend you get the GTX 780m as the GTX 880m is just an overclocked GTX 780m with some... technical problems.

I suggest you go the notebookreview's Alienware forum (the m17x subsection) to find full details on how to perform the upgrade.

Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold)  | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)