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FAILING GPU Alienware 17 R3 2015 - GeForce GTX 970m

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I have a Alienware 17 R3 2015 - GeForce GTX 970m 3Gb, rigth know is failing and i want to be prepaired (Im in costa rica, 3 yo Laptop, i have no waranty), so... I was looking to upgrade to a GeForce GTX 970m 6Gb but i dont know if is compatible? I know for a fact that is not soldered on... 

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Howdy,

I had an Alienware 17 R3 with the GTX 970m 3 GB card, and it was definitely a soldered GPU.  The only upgrade path was to use the Graphics Amplifier port on the back (sometimes called a 'caldera port') and a supported desktop GPU.  The Alienware 17 was the last one that had a GPU in an MXM slot that could be upgraded.  If you have the older model, which was an Alienware M17x R3, then you would also have an MXM, but I don't think those shipped with 970ms.  You can use this site to explore your options, and actually purchase them too: https://eurocom.com/

Good luck!

Rich S.

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Well i had to disamble my laptop to make shure of what where you saying, and you where rigth... my gpu is soldered out to the motherboard...., i gues muy solution will be to sell or improve with de graphics amplifier, thanks for your time!!!

LinkRS said:

Howdy,

I had an Alienware 17 R3 with the GTX 970m 3 GB card, and it was definitely a soldered GPU.  The only upgrade path was to use the Graphics Amplifier port on the back (sometimes called a 'caldera port') and a supported desktop GPU.  The Alienware 17 was the last one that had a GPU in an MXM slot that could be upgraded.  If you have the older model, which was an Alienware M17x R3, then you would also have an MXM, but I don't think those shipped with 970ms.  You can use this site to explore your options, and actually purchase them too: https://eurocom.com/

Good luck!

Rich S.

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I have that very same machine , Alienware 17 R3 6700HQ 16gb memory Gforce 970m. I swapped the SD drive with a samsung 950 pro and a samsung 850 evo for linux , no issues  . It is still running great with no issues.