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Pleased to kick off an owner's thread for the Dell Precision M6700.

 

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  • Release date: July 24, 2012
  • Intel 3rd-gen CPUs ("Ivy Bridge")
  • Up to 32GB DDR3 memory
  • NVIDIA Kepler Quadro GPUs (K3000M, K4000M, K5000M)

This machine is near and dear to my heart, serving as my personal daily driver for nearly a full decade.  It is highly tinkerable!  With a MXM GPU slot, you can fit in a Maxwell GPU like the Quadro M5000M or GeForce 980M with little trouble, bringing it forward a few years in terms of graphics performance.  (Pascal and Turing GPUs are also feasible, but with more work required.)  With an mSATA slot and the ability to install a 2.5" SATA drive in the optical drive bay, you can fit in up to four SATA SSDs.  The system was released at the tail end of the Windows 7 era, but received a BIOS update adding support for Windows 8 features like UEFI seamless boot and UEFI secure boot.  It still works great with Windows 10 today.

 

NBR owner's thread

System review by Bokeh

Quadro M5000M upgrade thread

Quadro P5000 upgrade thread

NGFF Wi-Fi upgrade thread

Precision M6700 driver RSS feed

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Dell Precision 7770 (personal)

  • Intel Core i9-12950HX ("Alder Lake"), 8P+8E
    • 8× P cores ("Golden Cove"): 2.3 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading
    • 8× E cores ("Gracemont"): 1.7 GHz base, 3.6 GHz turbo
  • 128GB DDR5-3600 (CAMM)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 16GB (DGFF)
  • Storage:
    • 2TB system drive: Samsung 980 Pro, PCIe4
    • 24TB additional storage: 3× Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB, PCIe4 (Storage Spaces)
  • Windows 10 (Enterprise LTSC 2021)
  • 17.3" 3940×2160 display
  • Intel Wi-Fi AX211 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth)
  • 93Wh battery
  • IR webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

 

Dell Precision 7560 (work)

  • Intel Xeon W-11955M ("Tiger Lake")
    • 8×2.6 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading ("Willow Cove")
  • 64GB DDR4-3200 ECC
  • NVIDIA RTX A2000 4GB
  • Storage:
    • 512GB system drive (Micron 2300)
    • 4TB additional storage (Sabrent Rocket Q4)
  • Windows 10 (Enterprise LTSC 2021)
  • 15.6" 3940×2160 display
  • Intel Wi-Fi AX210 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth)
  • 95Wh battery
  • IR webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

I purchased this Dell Precision M6700 Intel i7-3940XM 3.0GHz 256G 16GB DVDRW Quadro K4000M W10PRO

in Feb 2018, only to get the cpu for my m18xr2, it now has a i7-3840QM, a GTX 970 or GTX 980, I switch for testing and comparrison, a ST9750420AS in secondary and ST9500423AS in the optical drive bay. Where would I fit the fourth? I am looking to install a Quadro P4000 after I get a GTX 1080 for my m17xr4. Not sure how to make the P4000 work in the M6700. I am very happy with the M6700, I like that it can be worked on upgraded and replaceable components, not giving it up as far as I can see

 

Alienware M18x R2 i7-3920xm-16GB DDR3-Quadro P4000  Alienware M17x R4 i7-3940XM 16GB DDR3-1866 Quadro P4000

Precision m6700 i7-3840QM - 16.0GB DDR3 - GTX 970M     Alienware M17x R4 i7-3940XM 32GB DDR3-1600 GTX 680M 120hz 3D
Precision m4700 i7-3610QM-8.00GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz-K2000M

GOBOXX SLM  G2721-i7-10875H RTX 3000-32GB ddr4(Gave to my Wife)

 

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Hello I hear a p4000 mobile works on m6700 with a vbio from notebook forums. I flash it with that bios using pcie 1x adapter on desktop pc with windows 10. I follow the steps for flashing and I see post where they used linux to flash. I install it and no post from after powering. Not sure what missing the bios file is a bin I did research  where they say rename the bin to rom cause they are the same. Not sure if it's the screen cause I upgraded screen lvds to edp 120hz it have no options for nivida optimus with the quadro m4000m haven't flash from hp to dell bios yet. It did have the option on the lvds screen. Is there something I need to enable or disable in bios? 

 

 

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Optimus only works with an LVDS display in this system.  If you have an eDP display, Optimus cannot be used and the option is hidden in the BIOS setup.  The eDP display will be connected to the NVIDIA GPU and the Intel GPU will be disabled.

 

Quadro P4000 can work in the Precision M6700 with a certain vBIOS applied.  @TheQuentincc, you had it working, right?

 

7 hours ago, aldarxt said:

Where would I fit the fourth?


There is a mSATA port (looks like full size mPCIe) so you can install an mSATA SSD as the fourth drive.  I believe these are available in capacities up to 2TB.

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Dell Precision 7770 (personal)

  • Intel Core i9-12950HX ("Alder Lake"), 8P+8E
    • 8× P cores ("Golden Cove"): 2.3 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading
    • 8× E cores ("Gracemont"): 1.7 GHz base, 3.6 GHz turbo
  • 128GB DDR5-3600 (CAMM)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 16GB (DGFF)
  • Storage:
    • 2TB system drive: Samsung 980 Pro, PCIe4
    • 24TB additional storage: 3× Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB, PCIe4 (Storage Spaces)
  • Windows 10 (Enterprise LTSC 2021)
  • 17.3" 3940×2160 display
  • Intel Wi-Fi AX211 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth)
  • 93Wh battery
  • IR webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

 

Dell Precision 7560 (work)

  • Intel Xeon W-11955M ("Tiger Lake")
    • 8×2.6 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading ("Willow Cove")
  • 64GB DDR4-3200 ECC
  • NVIDIA RTX A2000 4GB
  • Storage:
    • 512GB system drive (Micron 2300)
    • 4TB additional storage (Sabrent Rocket Q4)
  • Windows 10 (Enterprise LTSC 2021)
  • 15.6" 3940×2160 display
  • Intel Wi-Fi AX210 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth)
  • 95Wh battery
  • IR webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

 

Previous

  • Dell Precision 7530, 7510, M4800, M6700
  • Dell Latitude E6520
  • Dell Inspiron 1720, 5150
  • Dell Latitude CPi
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My M6700 was working perfectly fine with the P4000 and eDP display, I don't remember when I used Optimus. The only thing "needed" is UEFI only, otherwise you need to wait 90sec for the legacy oprom to be skip each boot.

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Desktop / I7 12700K @5/4GHz 1.24v / MSI Z690 Edge Wifi DDR4 / 32GB DDR4 B-die @4100c15 / RTX 3080 EVGA XC3 Ultra
Precision 7550 / I7 10875H @4.3GHz all-core / 32GB DDR4 2933MHz / Quadro RTX3000 6GB @80W / 15.6" UHD 60Hz 10bits DCI-P3 HDR400 600nits / NVME / 95Wh

PM ME if you want to sell an RTX A3000/A4000/A5000 or RTX3080 for Dell Precision 7560/7760

 

I was the one that run an overclocked I7 3920XM @4.2GHz all-core in a M6700 with 32GB 2133MHz DDR3L, a Quadro P4000 and a 4k eDP display (also did dual internal display)

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like you say i have to wait 90 sec turns out it works the whole time it was first installed😓 all i need is mod the drivers.

1 last things i want to ask. have you guys have issues having the lid not locking when u close it? cause i have that issue. wonder u guys found way to fix it? 

Thank you 😀

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1 hour ago, Nowan said:

have you guys have issues having the lid not locking when u close it? cause i have that issue. wonder u guys found way to fix it? 


There’s a paper clip sized metal bit thing inside the latch for the hooks to clip onto.  It can come loose (…and get lost…) when you are taking the palmrest off.  One of mine broke so it only latches on one side.

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Dell Precision 7770 (personal) • Dell Precision 7560 (work) • Full specs in spoiler block below
Info posts (Dell) — Dell Precision key postsDell driver RSS feeds • Dell Fan Management — override fan behavior
Info posts (Windows) — Turbo boost toggle • The problem with Windows 11 • About Windows 10 LTSC

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Dell Precision 7770 (personal)

  • Intel Core i9-12950HX ("Alder Lake"), 8P+8E
    • 8× P cores ("Golden Cove"): 2.3 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading
    • 8× E cores ("Gracemont"): 1.7 GHz base, 3.6 GHz turbo
  • 128GB DDR5-3600 (CAMM)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 16GB (DGFF)
  • Storage:
    • 2TB system drive: Samsung 980 Pro, PCIe4
    • 24TB additional storage: 3× Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB, PCIe4 (Storage Spaces)
  • Windows 10 (Enterprise LTSC 2021)
  • 17.3" 3940×2160 display
  • Intel Wi-Fi AX211 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth)
  • 93Wh battery
  • IR webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

 

Dell Precision 7560 (work)

  • Intel Xeon W-11955M ("Tiger Lake")
    • 8×2.6 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading ("Willow Cove")
  • 64GB DDR4-3200 ECC
  • NVIDIA RTX A2000 4GB
  • Storage:
    • 512GB system drive (Micron 2300)
    • 4TB additional storage (Sabrent Rocket Q4)
  • Windows 10 (Enterprise LTSC 2021)
  • 15.6" 3940×2160 display
  • Intel Wi-Fi AX210 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth)
  • 95Wh battery
  • IR webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

 

Previous

  • Dell Precision 7530, 7510, M4800, M6700
  • Dell Latitude E6520
  • Dell Inspiron 1720, 5150
  • Dell Latitude CPi
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Yeah this line and the old HP workstations were really great for diy upgrades. I had no problems putting in several mxm cards up to the 980m, screens, kb etc. Once you get the hang of it theyre not too bad to dis/re assemble. If I wasnt a gamer I would have got another one but the 980m spiked in price to where it was not great for the perf level vs. a budget 2060 laptop a couple years ago. Still great non gaming desktop replacements.

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Attached are "working" vbios for Quadro P3000, P4000, and P5000 card.

The P3000 was tested on a M6800 (should works on M6700 too), the P4000 was tested on a M6700 (should works on M6800 too) and the P5000 was tested on both M6700 and M6800.

VGA Bios Collection: Dell Quadro P3000 6 GB | TechPowerUp

VGA Bios Collection: Dell Quadro P5000 16 GB | TechPowerUp

Presumably there is also a 86.04.2E.00.0C vbios for the P4000 that might make it boost higher than 1250MHz but it's not yet to be found.

 

In any case you really should enable UEFI and disable the legacy oprom (by forcing only UEFI), otherwise you might wait like 2 min before something shows up on the screen like with my M6700 and P4000.

 

Also a Quadro RTX 3000 (equivalent to 2060) from HP which is very similar to the MXM standard (need some heatsink modification) was working in a M6700

Dell Precision M6700 : Nvidia Turing (RTX) card discussion thread | NotebookReview | NBRCHIVE

Presumably both RTX 4000 and RTX 5000 with vbios 90.06.26.00.0C and 90.06.26.00.0D should works too, the RTX 3000 was running the 90.06.26.00.0B vbios attached in the post below

 

edit : FLASH VBIOS USING CH341A WITH 1.8V ADAPTER, IT'S SO MUCH EASIER AND QUICKER

Dell_Quadro_P4000(mobile)_86.04.2B.00.02.bin

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Desktop / I7 12700K @5/4GHz 1.24v / MSI Z690 Edge Wifi DDR4 / 32GB DDR4 B-die @4100c15 / RTX 3080 EVGA XC3 Ultra
Precision 7550 / I7 10875H @4.3GHz all-core / 32GB DDR4 2933MHz / Quadro RTX3000 6GB @80W / 15.6" UHD 60Hz 10bits DCI-P3 HDR400 600nits / NVME / 95Wh

PM ME if you want to sell an RTX A3000/A4000/A5000 or RTX3080 for Dell Precision 7560/7760

 

I was the one that run an overclocked I7 3920XM @4.2GHz all-core in a M6700 with 32GB 2133MHz DDR3L, a Quadro P4000 and a 4k eDP display (also did dual internal display)

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16 minutes ago, TheQuentincc said:

@Aaron44126 might be able to recover the HP.RTX3000.zip file in page 6

 

Here it is.  All of the NBRCHIVE attachments are present, they were just renamed "index.html" as part of the archive process (on my list to fix up... eventually).  Using "Save as" and naming them appropriately will get you the file.

 

Anyway, thank you for digging these up.  These vBIOS images are valuable for anyone looking to upgrade Precision M6700 or M6800 with a Pascal GPU.

HP.RTX3000.zip

 

* Added @TheQuentincc's post to the "Precision key posts" page under GPU upgrades.

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Dell Precision 7770 (personal) • Dell Precision 7560 (work) • Full specs in spoiler block below
Info posts (Dell) — Dell Precision key postsDell driver RSS feeds • Dell Fan Management — override fan behavior
Info posts (Windows) — Turbo boost toggle • The problem with Windows 11 • About Windows 10 LTSC

Spoiler

Dell Precision 7770 (personal)

  • Intel Core i9-12950HX ("Alder Lake"), 8P+8E
    • 8× P cores ("Golden Cove"): 2.3 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading
    • 8× E cores ("Gracemont"): 1.7 GHz base, 3.6 GHz turbo
  • 128GB DDR5-3600 (CAMM)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 16GB (DGFF)
  • Storage:
    • 2TB system drive: Samsung 980 Pro, PCIe4
    • 24TB additional storage: 3× Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB, PCIe4 (Storage Spaces)
  • Windows 10 (Enterprise LTSC 2021)
  • 17.3" 3940×2160 display
  • Intel Wi-Fi AX211 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth)
  • 93Wh battery
  • IR webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

 

Dell Precision 7560 (work)

  • Intel Xeon W-11955M ("Tiger Lake")
    • 8×2.6 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading ("Willow Cove")
  • 64GB DDR4-3200 ECC
  • NVIDIA RTX A2000 4GB
  • Storage:
    • 512GB system drive (Micron 2300)
    • 4TB additional storage (Sabrent Rocket Q4)
  • Windows 10 (Enterprise LTSC 2021)
  • 15.6" 3940×2160 display
  • Intel Wi-Fi AX210 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth)
  • 95Wh battery
  • IR webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

 

Previous

  • Dell Precision 7530, 7510, M4800, M6700
  • Dell Latitude E6520
  • Dell Inspiron 1720, 5150
  • Dell Latitude CPi
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On 6/17/2022 at 4:29 PM, TheQuentincc said:

Attached are "working" vbios for Quadro P3000, P4000, and P5000 card.

The P3000 was tested on a M6800 (should works on M6700 too), the P4000 was tested on a M6700 (should works on M6800 too) and the P5000 was tested on both M6700 and M6800.

VGA Bios Collection: Dell Quadro P3000 6 GB | TechPowerUp

VGA Bios Collection: Dell Quadro P5000 16 GB | TechPowerUp

Presumably there is also a 86.04.2E.00.0C vbios for the P4000 that might make it boost higher than 1250MHz but it's not yet to be found.

 

In any case you really should enable UEFI and disable the legacy oprom (by forcing only UEFI), otherwise you might wait like 2 min before something shows up on the screen like with my M6700 and P4000.

 

Also a Quadro RTX 3000 (equivalent to 2060) from HP which is very similar to the MXM standard (need some heatsink modification) was working in a M6700

Dell Precision M6700 : Nvidia Turing (RTX) card discussion thread | NotebookReview | NBRCHIVE

Presumably both RTX 4000 and RTX 5000 with vbios 90.06.26.00.0C and 90.06.26.00.0D should works too, the RTX 3000 was running the 90.06.26.00.0B vbios attached in the post below

 

edit : FLASH VBIOS USING CH341A WITH 1.8V ADAPTER, IT'S SO MUCH EASIER AND QUICKER

Dell_Quadro_P4000(mobile)_86.04.2B.00.02.bin 512 kB · 8 downloads

Hi! I mention this comment because I'm new and don't know how to mention a profile hahahaha

Quenticc, I see below this comment that you overclocked your M6700's cpu, did you modified the bios?

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On 11/5/2022 at 1:33 AM, Antagram said:

Hi! I mention this comment because I'm new and don't know how to mention a profile hahahaha

Quenticc, I see below this comment that you overclocked your M6700's cpu, did you modified the bios?

Same principle as this :

https://brendangreenley.com/undervolting-2020-dell-laptops-like-the-vostro-7500-and-more-tips-to-improve-thermals-battery-life-and-speed/#cpu-undervolt

but with core ratio instead of the overclocking lock, you NEED to make your own M6700 IFR file

 

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Desktop / I7 12700K @5/4GHz 1.24v / MSI Z690 Edge Wifi DDR4 / 32GB DDR4 B-die @4100c15 / RTX 3080 EVGA XC3 Ultra
Precision 7550 / I7 10875H @4.3GHz all-core / 32GB DDR4 2933MHz / Quadro RTX3000 6GB @80W / 15.6" UHD 60Hz 10bits DCI-P3 HDR400 600nits / NVME / 95Wh

PM ME if you want to sell an RTX A3000/A4000/A5000 or RTX3080 for Dell Precision 7560/7760

 

I was the one that run an overclocked I7 3920XM @4.2GHz all-core in a M6700 with 32GB 2133MHz DDR3L, a Quadro P4000 and a 4k eDP display (also did dual internal display)

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