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Update Graphics Card  Alienware 17-P18E/i7-4910MQ/32GB Ram/500GB HDD/R9 M290X 2GB/18"/W10/B

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Hello all,

Very new to this whole laptop upgrade etc scene so will appreciate all advice.

I have an Alienware 17-P18E/i7-4910MQ/32GB Ram/500GB HDD/R9 M290X 2GB/18"/W10/B, I am having trouble using Adobe Premier as it says the drivers are out of date - I cannot update the driver as it then says the graphics card is out of date all together. 

My question is 2 fold:

1. I was wondering if it is possible to update the graphics card which currently is an: 

Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600  

AMD Radeon R9 M290X

2. Assuming I can upgrade it, whats the most up to date spec/generation I can do it with? 

Thank you all



Antworten • 2

Howdy GSN91,

Your system seems to be one of the original Alienware 17 (R1), which means that upgrading your GPU is possible, as it is on an MXM module.  You can see your various upgrade options here:,263,0)Alienware_17.  However, from what you describe, you may be able to solve it simply by uprading your GPU drivers, which you can do here:  When you install these, do not do a clean install, and install right over the top of your current drivers.  There is a custom module that is needed by yoru system to enable graphics switching, if you install these drivers clean, you will lose the abilitiy to switch between your GPUs.  Good luck!

Rich S.


It's not too hard to upgrade the GPU on the 17 R1 but it's best to do it with the 120Hz display. Since you have the AMD card then you'll have the 60Hz. You can upgrade to a 980M reasonably easily but you'll need a modded NVidia driver. If you want to go for a 1060 or 1070 then you'll need an unlocked BIOS as you need to change the video mode to get the card to work or you can upgrade your display to the 120Hz. 

People have also been experimenting with MXM RTX cards with some success. There is word that an MXM 3.0b RTX 2080 Super card will be released later this year and there's every chance that it will also work in these older machines. Your CPU will bottleneck a card like this but it's still going to give you a huge boost over the GPU's from 2013/2014 that came with these laptops.