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Hey guys,

My sig rig Alienware's GTX 260m is dying. Playing SUPER non-demanding games such as Civ III, Empires Dawn of the Modern World, or the earliest Dawn of War games, it will display a solid red or gray or black or tan colored screen. It seems to happen more in DirectX9 games, but Just Cause 2 and a few other more modern titles also crash it. I've RMA'ed with Dell three times now and spend over 24 hours total on their tech support line. They're useless and won't help. They insist it's not hardware and now I'm out of warranty and out of luck.

I've tried Windows 7, XP, and Windows 8. I've tried every single rollback driver as far back as Nvidia has them as well as the latest greatest drivers they make. I have disabled and enabled every setting regarding power savings, clockspeed, voltage, everything. If it can be adjusted, I've adjusted it. No help. I've taken it apart, blown out the heatsink with compressed air, reapplied TIM and check load temps. No overheating. Never going above 72 degrees. And then suddenly CRASH. And most of the time severe artifacting even when it IS working. Things have gotten so bad that Windows 7 won't even recognize that the card is there and I'm solely on Win 8 because about half the time it recognizes it. If it doesn't, I click restart and pray it picks it up.

So I want a 460m like this one to replace it.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Alienware-M17x-R3-CN-0VDV04-VDV04-GTX-460M-1-5GB-Video-Card-Test-OK-/230857792380?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item35c0325b7c
Yeah I know. Ouch. It's $170. REALLY poor price/perf ratio here. If anybody knows of where to get a cheaper one, I'm all ears.


TL;DR: My 260M has a hardware fault for sure, is slowly dying, and needs to be replaced. I'm looking for a good deal on a 460m and I'm also wondering about heat/power issues if you have any insights.
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Well, I hate to break it to you, but that 460m is going to be about as cheap as you can get for a replacement. On the bright side, it's a huge increase in performance over the 260m. As long as you get a standard shaped MXM 3.0 card, it will be an easy, drop-in replacement in the M15x. The power supply included will have no trouble powering the new card. If you wanted to go with something like a 6970m or 7970m, you might have power issues, but the 460m doesn't use all that much more power than the 260m you're replacing. Now, as for heat, it will run hotter than the 260m. You need to make sure you reapply the thermal paste well when you change GPUs. You will have to replace thermal pads as well. To be honest, I'm not sure whether they come with the GPU. That would definitely be something to figure out before you buy it. Once you get it in there, it's as easy as installing the drivers.
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Well, I hate to break it to you, but that 460m is going to be about as cheap as you can get for a replacement. On the bright side, it's a huge increase in performance over the 260m. As long as you get a standard shaped MXM 3.0 card, it will be an easy, drop-in replacement in the M15x. The power supply included will have no trouble powering the new card. If you wanted to go with something like a 6970m or 7970m, you might have power issues, but the 460m doesn't use all that much more power than the 260m you're replacing. Now, as for heat, it will run hotter than the 260m. You need to make sure you reapply the thermal paste well when you change GPUs. You will have to replace thermal pads as well. To be honest, I'm not sure whether they come with the GPU. That would definitely be something to figure out before you buy it. Once you get it in there, it's as easy as installing the drivers.

Thanks for the reply. I'm guessing the thermal pads are what cool the card's VRM's? I'll see if I can find some more before I order another mGPU.

Though, there are some $350 580's that look tempting... who knows what kind of power draw those monsters have though. redface.gif
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The 580m will draw too much power. 

 
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The 580m will draw too much power. 

I had a feeling they might. So you guys think that the 460m is prolly the most powerful GPU that will meet my form factor, heat, and power requirements?
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I'm kind of in the same boat you are, using an M17x with a 260m and I'm starting to get artifacts and full system crashes more and more often every day. Looking to upgrade the gpu but I have no idea how to tell if the card will work with this model..and I'm unsure on the cooling matter too...most of them don't come with a heat sink and i'm not sure if the one on my 260 would do it. Any of you guys know a bit about laptop gpus and want to shed some light on this?
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The 460M is a very nice GPU, but Support is just "Ehh" on BF3. Everything else is pretty smooth, and 170 is the lowest I have seen that card at. I say go for it.
Wanted to add, on my G53, all I have is 2 Heat pipes (I think) and a few fins, I think it will handle the Heat. Plus it clocks surprisingly very well, and mine never goes higher then 75C.
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