StripeySnake Posted February 23, 2022 Share Posted February 23, 2022 Per the request of mattyb3, and area-51 ALX over on the dell forums, I'll be moving my posts pertaining to Alienware over here from now on. With that out of the way, here's what happened. I recently did an extremely low budget build for a friend based off of the m17x R2. Initially, I specced it out with 16gb DDR3, a 940XM CPU, and a GTX 660m I had lying around. While the 660 is kind of impressively good at being a display adapter where there would have otherwise not been one, it's performance leaves something to be desired. Because of that, a few days ago I tested my own Pascal Quadro p4000 that I currently have in my own M17x R4, in the M17x R2. While the internal RGBLED display did not function at all, when I disconnected the display, and attempted to use the HDMI port, I got a display output and successfully booted into windows. It should be noted that the M17x R2 lacks integrated graphics, so that display output HAS to be coming from the GPU. Since I was booting off of stock windows drivers, I got no temperature readings, so I shut it off quite readily in order to ensure the safety of my Quadro. This won't be the end of the story however, as I might be getting one of those elusive zotac 1080's for my M17x R4, and if I do, I'll be selling the Quadro to my friend for his R2. My plan for installing it is to first use an LVDS controller board, and an old R4 screen I have to connect the HDMI port to the internal display. From there, I'll simply boot into windows, and then grab the GPU instance path, then shut it off, and .inf mod the drivers on a different system before transferring them to minimize the risk of cooking the GPU. Cooling will be a bit of an issue, as the R2 is only designed for 75 watt cards, but I did see an old forum post about getting a 100w AMD card to run in the 60's with extremely thin thermal paste and high mounting pressure. This bodes well for the p4000, as it's both not particularly power hungry, and actually seemed to fit perfectly under the stock heatsink for the r2, something the 660m doesn't do. I'll keep yall updated if I go on to the next stage of the project or not. P.S. Have a picture of my P4000 for the heck of it. 1 1 OWNED: 14 R1 - 4710MQ @ 3.6 Ghz, hd 4600, 12gb DDR3L 1600 Mhz JANKTOP IV Mini-ITX Laptop - R5 2600X, 16gb DDR4 3000 Mhz, RX 5700 XT - (ONGOING) Under my wing: 15 R3 - GTX 1060 6gb, i7 7700HQ, 16gb DDR4 17 R4 - RX 470 8gb i7 6700HQ, 16gb DDR4 M17x R4 - 3630QM, Quadro P4000, 16gb DDR3L 1600 Mhz M17x R2 - i7 920XM @ 3.4 Ghz, GTX 770m 2gb, 16gb DDR3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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