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Hi, all


My m15x has a new career as a (jenkins agent) build box and (min spec) testing rig. That said, I'd like to re-GPU it because the ancient firepro isn't bringing much to the table.


I have a (unmolested) 970m on hand but I seem to recall the m15x not being great at powering it (like, back to pinmod and messing with toggling stealth mode territory). At one point I had a 970m with an undervolted vbios in there (maybe SL7s work?) but it was still a "mess with it every time you're about to do something graphically intensive", which I'd like to avoid for this.


Were there other, less flaky/troublesome, options? I noticed m3000ms on ebay for... not much. Anyone mess with those?


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I'd run the 970M. I am currently running a 980M and while I can't use it to its full potential, it runs faster than anything else I can throw in here. 


970M should work better since it uses less power. You can try undervolting it 

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