Mx18 R2

I've got Alienware mx18r2 factory standard no changes made.

It has played everything I've ever thrown at it till today it couldn't run Valhalla. Is there an upgrade option to be able to get to the power needed for Valhalla or am I dreaming... I know I can get a desktop but I'm kinda attached to this as at the time of buying I saved up 2 years for it around the expense of a single dad lol things take a while as I come second to her.

Ive never looked into upgrades so if me saying Valhalla is laugh worthy please be gentle as I'm the level just before noob right now

Thanks

Craig
 

MattyB

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Hello. Yes the graphics card is replaceable on the M18x R2 and usually the GTX 1070 is the best upgrade for price/performance. I’ve never played the game you mentioned though so you’re best to check the recommended specs. You are probably best off selling the laptop to invest in a desktop but it’s such a good laptop that it’s hard to let it go
 

Slagr

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Hello. Yes the graphics card is replaceable on the M18x R2 and usually the GTX 1070 is the best upgrade for price/performance.
What makes the 1070 the best price/performance choice? The 3940XM bottlenecks it at 1080p. Are you using a higher resolution external monitor? Are there bemchmark comparisons for 980m vs 1070, both of which should be bottlenecked at 1080p?
 

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What makes the 1070 the best price/performance choice? The 3940XM bottlenecks it at 1080p. Are you using a higher resolution external monitor? Are there bemchmark comparisons for 980m vs 1070, both of which should be bottlenecked at 1080p?
I've never tested the 980M or 1060 in my R2 so I can't show you any benchmark scores in comparison. With my 3920XM and the 1070 I believe I last got around the 12500 mark in Firestike but it's been a while since I've benched. From what can see online the 1060 mobile version gets around 10000-10500 and that was with an 8750H. You're probably going to get a 15-20% boost with the 1070 but I'd love to see an apples for apples bench with a 3920XM. 1070 prices may be more that 15-20% above that of a 1060 but at this stage of the laptops life you'll want to get as much performance as you can, if you don't want to give up on the laptop, just as long as the price difference isn't extreme.
I just use the laptop display.
The 3920/3940 can compete quite well with a 6th gen CPU especially when overclocked.
 

Slagr

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I've never tested the 980M or 1060 in my R2 so I can't show you any benchmark scores in comparison. With my 3920XM and the 1070 I believe I last got around the 12500 mark in Firestike but it's been a while since I've benched. From what can see online the 1060 mobile version gets around 10000-10500 and that was with an 8750H. You're probably going to get a 15-20% boost with the 1070 but I'd love to see an apples for apples bench with a 3920XM. 1070 prices may be more that 15-20% above that of a 1060 but at this stage of the laptops life you'll want to get as much performance as you can, if you don't want to give up on the laptop, just as long as the price difference isn't extreme.
I just use the laptop display.
The 3920/3940 can compete quite well with a 6th gen CPU especially when overclocked.
Cool. I'll test out some benchmarks and OC myself soon. Although I'm wondering if the peak performance with the 1070 is worth having to deal with Optimus vs the 980m being able to be used exclusively.
 

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Yeah it's a pain in the a$$ but i think it's worth it. I have heard that the power throttle issue can be fixed but you have to remove a motherboard component and then you risk killing your board. Apparently one guy managed to do it but he went through 4-5 boards trying.
 

Slagr

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Yeah it's a pain in the a$$ but i think it's worth it. I have heard that the power throttle issue can be fixed but you have to remove a motherboard component and then you risk killing your board. Apparently one guy managed to do it but he went through 4-5 boards trying.
I'm pretty good with an iron but that's not a great track record. If I can sneak my mobo into work I know someone there who can desolder anything. If it's BGA I'm out.