Vqmp Posted March 29, 2022 Share Posted March 29, 2022 After more detail so can upgrade laptop which has one broken graphics card 😞 Alienware M18x R2 Processor: i7-4940MX CPU @ 3.10GHz, 3200 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s) Mem: 32gb Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M (broken) See mattyb3's comment lower down, but now would like a bit more detail to can pass on to PC hardware guru who has taken laptop apart before and renewed the thermal greese and the heat to dramactically drop. Sounds like 1070 or 1080 would give great performance and 1060 not much. Questions would replacing both graphic cards with 1060 require any addition things (fans, power) as above but for 1070 as above but for 1080 can i have old 880m card and say 10?0 in non-sli mode? any links to what is needed, ideally uk sites! mattyb3 has said The 1060 and 1070 are very similar upgrades, you just need to try and get the standard MXM 3.0b form factor. Some cards have a different shape and are hard or impossible to physically fit into the laptop. There aren't too many 1080's that will fit. The Zotac and Aetina versions are the only ones that fit and have the GPU die in the right place for the heatsink. They also require more power than the MXM slot can provide to get the full performance. The 1060 is only slightly more powerful than the 980M while the 1070 is a good jump up. It all depends what you can find for a decent price. The problem with the 980M is that most of them come out of China and they are 'clone' cards. Basically made in peoples garages so the quality is poor and they don't tend to last long. A single 1060 is far better than dual 880M's as SLI support has pretty much ended with most games these days. No, you can't SLI 1060's in the 18. You will need to flash the unlocked BIOS to run the 1060 as it has to be in SG mode (Switchable Graphics / Optimus) to run the card. SG mode means SLI isn't possible. Also, most 1060's don't tend to have SLI connectors on the PCB. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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