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Still have my 8 year old AW18 880m SLI in use for work. 

Bought it new, silly me but still love it!

Wanted to upgrade it a few years ago but not much hardware was available back then except CPU.

Through this forum I had seen the times had changed! 🙂

 

Started with the cpu, upgraded the 4900MQ to an 4940XM just last week and unlocked the bios.

Now I want to upgrade to a 1060 (for now, RTX3000 later).

Got it for € 150, so couldn't let this one go.

 

Does the 880M 100w heatsink fit on the 1060 without hassle?

Or do I need to take out the dremel?

 

I'm an old retired overclocker, but the bug has bit me again 🙂

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Gamer said:

Still have my 8 year old AW18 880m SLI in use for work. 

Bought it new, silly me but still love it!

Wanted to upgrade it a few years ago but not much hardware was available back then except CPU.

Through this forum I had seen the times had changed! 🙂

 

Started with the cpu, upgraded the 4900MQ to an 4940XM just last week and unlocked the bios.

Now I want to upgrade to a 1060 (for now, RTX3000 later).

Got it for € 150, so couldn't let this one go.

 

Does the 880M 100w heatsink fit on the 1060 without hassle?

Or do I need to take out the dremel?

 

I'm an old retired overclocker, but the bug has bit me again 🙂

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

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loving the way u take care of ur classic machine, keep it up 🙂

 

best to post pics of both the new and old cards, as well as the heatsink. that way we can figure out where it might not fit.

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just a quick listing of all the heatsinks I found for M18x R1/R2 an A18:

M18x R1 LEFT       NV  75W AT0 FM00 30F0 // 00TYGV - 3 pipes
M18x R1 LEFT   AMD 100W AT0 FM00 70F0 // 0Y8T9Y - 3 pipes
M18x R1 RIGHT AMD 100W AT0 FM00 A0F0 // 029NC1 - 3 pipes
M18x R1 RIGHT     NV  75W AT0 FM00 80F0 // 05DWH3 - 3 pipes
M18x R1 RIGHT    NV 100W AT0 FM00 C0F0 // 0Y3WC7 - 3 pipes

 

M18x R2 LEFT  AMD      100W AT0 MI00 10F0 // 0V4NXK - 3 pipes
M18x R2 LEFT  NV           75W AT0 MI00 20F0 // 0KY4VY - 3 pipes
M18x R2 LEFT  NVGTX  100W AT0 MI00 80F0 // 0KC5GV - 3 pipes
M18x R2 RIGHT NVGTX 100W AT0 MI00 90F0 // 077YMM - 3 pipes
M18x R2 RIGHT NV        100W AT0 MI00 60F0 // 0Y48TK - 3 pipes

 

A18 LEFT  NV      75W AT0 UN00 F0C0 // 0P4P1Y - 2 pipes
A18 LEFT  NV      75W AT0 UN00 50F0 // 0YX4KF - 2 pipes
A18 LEFT  NV    100W AT0 UN00 10C0 // 0HTXFC - 3 pipes
A18 LEFT  NV    100W AT0 UN00 D0C0 // 0R5NKT - 3 pipes
A18 LEFT  AMD 100W AT0 UN00 B0C0 // 0MPF9H - 3 pipes
A18 LEFT  GTX 970     AT0 UN00 H0F0 // 0WJ75M - 2 pipes
A18 RIGHT NV     75W AT0 UN00 70F0 // 0H3P03 - 2 pipes
A18 RIGHT NV     75W AT0 UN00 G0C0 // 07P34C - 2 pipes
A18 RIGHT NV   100W AT0 UN00 G0C0 // 0NHGJM - 3 pipes
A18 RIGHT NV   100W AT0 UN00 E0C0 // 0NHGJM - 3 pipes
A18 RIGHT AMD 100W AT0 UN00 C0C0 // 0H3KKT - 3 pipes
A18 RIGHT GTX 970     AT0 UN00 I0F0 // 0HJJ21 - 2 pipes

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Question, for the Alienware A18 + MXM 1070 from MSI, which heatsink is the right one?

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  • Laptop 3 : Alienware 18 - 16gb RAM - 2x GTX 980m => 1070 - Velociraptor MXM => M.2 + 1TB NVME SSD
     
Spoiler
  • Alienware M18x R2 - 16gb RAM - 2x AMD 6990 => 2x980m - 512 HDD
  • Alienware M18x R1 (dead) - 16gb AM - 2x GTX 780m - 512 HDD
  • Alienware M17x R2 (red)
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This is the heatsink I have.

A18 LEFT  NV    100W AT0 UN00 D0C0 // 0R5NKT - 3 pipes

 

So I guess to clear some space, need to flatten the areas marked in red?

 

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Made the changes, installed the card but the laptop doesn't turn on.

No beeps or anything, card dead?

 

Thx.

 

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Nah, with that heatsink you need to dremel the whole middle area in green, hence why people have suggested to use AMD heatsinks :

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  • Main rig : ROG STRIX X299-XE GAMING - I7-9800X @4Ghz - 32gb RAM - RTX 3800TI - lots of NVME SSDs - Windows LTSC 2021
  • Laptop 1 : Macbook Pro 16" 2021 - M1 Pro - 1TB - 32gb RAM - 16 core GPU
  • Laptop 2 : Macbook Pro 16" 2019 - i9 - 1TB - 32gb RAM - 5500M
  • Laptop 3 : Alienware 18 - 16gb RAM - 2x GTX 980m => 1070 - Velociraptor MXM => M.2 + 1TB NVME SSD
     
Spoiler
  • Alienware M18x R2 - 16gb RAM - 2x AMD 6990 => 2x980m - 512 HDD
  • Alienware M18x R1 (dead) - 16gb AM - 2x GTX 780m - 512 HDD
  • Alienware M17x R2 (red)
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  • 2 weeks later...

I'm assuming you mean that Windows completely freezes up and you need to do a hard shutdown. Whenever I've had this happen it's been a hardware issue with the GPU, unfortunately. 

Keep an eye on the GPU temps leading up to the lock

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I can install a driver with NVCleaninstall, but it doesn't state in GPU-Z it's a 1060 but Nvidia grafics device.

Benching the card isn't a problem, but after reboot, lockup again.
So card works.

https://www.3dmark.com/fs/28412600

 

When I look up the card with GPU-Z, it's a 1060 mobile and a 1060 Max-Q

Need to figure out what's wrong, I guess it thinks it has dual personality 🙂

 

Just installed the keyboard, so I can easly change between cards, for now.

 

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1 hour ago, Gamer said:

You lost me with section 18, what is this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

As in this line on the .inf file "%NVIDIA_DEV.1BA0.0551.1028% = Section138, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1BA0&SUBSYS_05511028" this happens to be section 138 but I never thought about changing the sections other than what was already in the .inf. Well if I want to learn something new just stick around here. HAHA!

I had to edit spelt nif inf getting my games mixed up LOL

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