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Hello guys,

did anyone tried or maybe have some more knowledge about installing mxm card from Tesla to m18xr2? I read some comments and discussions on other forums but there is really not enough info to decide if it's worth the effort.

This is the exact model of the card:


I read that someone made it work, performance is similar to 970m or even 980m but there are issues with drivers and locked vbios. It would be great to have some insight from you, since i learned so much from the old forum.

Price wise, i could get this card for a cost of happy meal, and mu current setup is 6970m in SLI

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If you want Tesla P106m to work you absolutely need modded BIOS to force SG mode

Then you want to mod nvidia drivers, otherwise card will be detected as 3D accelerator.

Performances are alright (around 2200pt on Time Spy with i7 4700mq) -in between 970m & 980m-


Plus side is clearly the thermals as temperature on burn is around 70°C on MSI GT70, and 60° on Alienware 17.

Down side is locked bios & no turbo boost (card stays at 1200Mhz) thus the low performance compared to 1060 gtx 6Go (around 3400pt on time spy).


I tested them in MSI GT, Alienware 17 & M17X, DELL Precision M6700 & M6800, HP Zbook 17 G2... On MSI & Alienware everything works (even hdmi / DP) but on precision & Zbook you will not have any output on external (as hdmi & DP are routed directly to mxm) except for VGA out (routed to IGP).


On your m18x R2 you might get something better like RX480 (90€ on Ali), s7100X (60€ if lucky draw on ebay) or 1060 / 1070 / 1080 (expensive options...)

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I installed this card in Alienware 18 with a bios mod, there is nothing interesting in it, 1060 or 1080 is better..

Alienware M18 R1 : Intel Core i9 13900HX | nVidia RTX 4090 16 ГБ | 32 ГБ DDR5

Alienware Area-51M R2 : Intel Core i9 10900K @ | nVidia GeForce RTX 2080 super 8 ГБ | 64 ГБ DDR4 2993 МГц | x2 NVMe емкостью 1 ТБ.

Alienware 17 : Intel Core i7 4900QM @ 4.1 ГГц | nVidia Quadro RTX 3000 6 ГБ | 32 ГБ DDR3 1600 МГц | 2 Samsung 860 Evo 500 ГБ (Raid).


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I know there are better cards. However if you could get it for 15$ it can be a great deal and quite an improvement from 6970. Is there an unlocked bios available anywhere? If there would be at least an option to adjust core/mem speeds then we would get just a bit crippled 1060 version.  

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I never managed to get one working. Maybe I got a dud but the system wouldn't detect it at all in a 17 R1 or M18x R2 in SG mode. I assumed this was because of the type of card it is but if others managed to get it working then I probably got a bad one. 

Alienware Aurora R15 - i9-13900KF - RTX 4090 - 32GB DDR5 

Alienware M18x R2 - i7-3920XM - GTX 970M - 16GB 1866Mhz DDR3L - Samsung 970 Evo with MXM to NVMe Adapter - Custom Delft Blue  

Alienware X51 - i7-3770 - NO GPU - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3  Alienware M17x R3 - i7-2760QM - GTX 580M - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3

Alienware Area 51 ALX - i7-975 Extreme - GTX 980 - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3   Alienware Aurora R2 - i7-3770K - GTX 670FTW - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3 

Alienware Aurora R4 ALX - i7-3930K - GTX 1060 - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3        Alienware Aurora R4 ALX - i7-3930K - GTX 670FTW - 16GB 1600Mhz DDR3


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yeah most probably a dud card, as the P106M is detected as 3D accelerator, and not standard VGA adapter.

It only needs inf mod and it's alive, but as I said, performance is quite low as the core freq is limited to 1200Mhz and there's no turbo boost whatsoever

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