Eurocom Now Selling GPU Upgrades For Existing Laptops With GTX 980M and GTX 970M Optionsby Brett Howse on February 10, 2015 5:10 PM EST
Today Eurocom announced some interesting news. They are now selling new upgrade kits for existing laptops which feature a MXM 3.0b graphics card. This will let owners of older laptops, who are not interested in a complete upgrade, obtain the power of the new Maxwell 2 based GPUs from NVIDIA in their laptop.
MXM, or Mobile PCI Express Module, is a standard graphics interface for low power and small form factor systems, and was introduced to make it easier for OEMs to integrate a GPU into a system. They feature up to 16 PCIe Gen 2 lanes, up to a 256 bit memory interface, up to 4 dual mode Display Ports with HDMI support, in a standard package.
Although not inexpensive, it will allow customers to get some extra mileage out of their laptop, especially with the major improvements in performance we have seen with the Maxwell 2 based GTX 980M and GTX 970M. And overall while MXM was designed to allow just this kind of upgradability, it's actually fairly rare that we see upgrade cards released in this fashion, so it's nice to see this upgrade offered.
The kits come with all of the required hardware to make the swap, and each kit is tailored to a specific laptop make and model. Obviously this will only apply to systems that utilize MXM 3.0b card for the GPU.
If you are not afraid to open up your laptop, and you are looking for a graphics boost, you may want to check out the kits which can be found at Eurocom’s site.
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Meaker10 - Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - linkThe 980M and 970M have been particularly compatible so no vbios flash is needed and all P150 and P170 systems share the same heatsink (EM, SM and SM-A) so these "kits" are all the same stuff between those generation of systems, the same goes for the P3xx system generations.
As such you can buy cheaper kits for less from the likes of RJtech and powernotebooks.
Meaker10 - Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - linkDamn no edit button:
$450 (Minus what you can get for the old card) to go from an 680M/870M to 970M is a pretty good deal and cheaper than a new machine by a long way.
Ludnorc - Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - linkCan I upgrade my Alienware M18x R1 to a GTX980m? Anybody know?
Khenglish - Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - linkAlienwares have a strange bug where the 970m and 980m only work in PEG (direct dGPU display output with iGPU disabled) with UEFI boot selected. UEFI boot is not available on the m18x R1, which means that you cannot do PEG, so you cannot do SLI. One card will work in optimus mode though.
c0V3Ro - Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - linkHow can I find if my note is MXM? Has a 730M 2GB.
Meaker10 - Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - linkIt wont it it's a 730M, it's too low end, only select higher end systems use it.