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Upgrading my MSI GT70 with an Alienware GTX 780m possible? or HD 8970m

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So heres my question, basically I have a MSI GT70 laptop currently with a GTX 675m GPU inside. Now I have been wanting to upgade this GPU for awhile (Which is very possible) with something along the lines of a GTX 780m or the likes.

So I came across one on ebay for 320 bucks for a GTX 780m with 3gb GDDR5. The problem is that its a Dell Alienware Version of the GPU from a M18XR2. So I am curious if this card will only work in another Alienware or if it does not matter (Or what I would have to do in general to make it work with my MSI laptop). This is the best priced one and I just cannot seem to find much information pertaining to Alienware cards because most of the time the Mobile GPU's seem to work on anything, but I have not see nif the GPU strictly from Dell will also be that way.


My next question is (Mostly if the top one does not work) will putting an HD 8970m work in that machine. I know I would have to swap the heatsink for it as well, but im curious if the laptop would detect switching from Nvidia to AMD since this laptop standard does not have an AMD option (Only the GX series does AMD). I had only heard one rumor that someone had some trouble putting an HD 7970m inside a GT70 but never anything definitive.


ANyone who can help shed some light on any of this, I would be really appreciative. I have been working on laptops for quite some time and replacing parts, but I have never thought about till now upgrading a GPU on one.
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I'm not totally sure about the GTX 780m bro but what about the GTX 680m? Its essentially the gtx 670 with 1344 cuda cores downclocked and also was made for your laptop the MSI GT70 model.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?N=100006550%2050001312%20600359133&IsNodeId=1&Submit=ENE

Also found this on ebay not sure if it'll fit but I compared the picture to the MSI GT70 one and it looks to be the same card...


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Nvidia-Geforce-GTX-680M-Alienware-M18Xr2-M17xr4-Laptop-Video-Card-680M-2GB-/281290369294

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MSI-GT70-Genuine-GPU-Video-Card-NVIDIA-GTX-680M-4GB-DDR5-MS-1W091-NFA150-M00-/360802483623
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I'm not totally sure about the GTX 780m bro but what about the GTX 680m? Its essentially the gtx 670 with 1344 cuda cores downclocked and also was made for your laptop the MSI GT70 model.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?N=100006550%2050001312%20600359133&IsNodeId=1&Submit=ENE

Also found this on ebay not sure if it'll fit but I compared the picture to the MSI GT70 one and it looks to be the same card...


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Nvidia-Geforce-GTX-680M-Alienware-M18Xr2-M17xr4-Laptop-Video-Card-680M-2GB-/281290369294

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MSI-GT70-Genuine-GPU-Video-Card-NVIDIA-GTX-680M-4GB-DDR5-MS-1W091-NFA150-M00-/360802483623

Yea, I was also looking at the 680m because I knew this model did take it, however the reason I had thought going for the 780m was because of the 320 dollar price point for a 3gb model. Those cards you posted also say for the Dell Alienware laptops so is it safe to assume that there is no lockout from Dell OEM GPU's when working on other machines?
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Yea, I was also looking at the 680m because I knew this model did take it, however the reason I had thought going for the 780m was because of the 320 dollar price point for a 3gb model. Those cards you posted also say for the Dell Alienware laptops so is it safe to assume that there is no lockout from Dell OEM GPU's when working on other machines?

I've used Dell GPUs in Clevo laptops in the past, so I don't think the GPUs themselves are locked down.
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I've used Dell GPUs in Clevo laptops in the past, so I don't think the GPUs themselves are locked down.
Ok cool, well then another question, I can't seem to find anywhere else a listing for an Nvidia GTX 780m with 3gb GDDR5 memory inside. Have you ever seen one before because it just occurred to me that the standard memory inside that gpu seemed to be 4gb.

I can't even find it on alienwares website?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Alienware-M18x-nVidia-GeForce-GTX780M-3GB-GDDR5-Video-Card-HW6C9-/291107626041?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item43c75ddc39

After looking at this card over and over, I keep seeing this look just like the PCB and layout of a GTX 770m which does have 3gb. This must be a typo and it actually is a GTX 770m since it seems the 780m always starts with 4gb as far as I can tell.
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