Alienware 17


Alienware 17 (Mid 2013) 17.3-inch FHD Display

  • Graphics: Upgradeable MXM 3.0b; single GPU
  • Processor: socket based 4th generation Intel CPU (up to 4910MQ)
  • AC Adapter: 180W standard for 75W GPUs; 240W is required for 100W GPUs
  • VGA Heatsink: standard 2-pipe (75W); 3-pipe (100W) is required for 100W GPUs
  • O/S Supported: Windows 7 and 8x and 10
  • BIOS Required: A14 (unlocked)

    GTX 9xxM series >>> Windows 8.x and Win 10 only

    Windows 7 is not supported

    AW 17 non-3D 60Hz and 120Hz (BIOS A14)
    System must be running in Optimus mode.
    120Hz only supported using Windows 8x/10 in UEFI Mode
    60Hz is fully supported in Windows 8 and Windows 10

    AW 17 3D 120Hz (BIOS A14)
    120Hz only supported using Windows 8x/10 in UEFI Mode
    3D Vision is not supported

  • To use the 10 series cards you must be running in Optimus/Hybrid mode. You must also use the modified heatsink for both the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070.

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    Apr 11, 2017

    Thank you, Eurocom.ca, for delivering exactly what I wanted and needed, in literally less than 24 hours for the standard shipping option!

    So, the GPU saga is over, and now I quit smoking when my pouch of American Spirit runs out sometime tomorrow. There's one more thing I want to say about the company that sold me the GPU, and I can't find a better place for other people to find this.

    I bought my GTX 970M upgrade for an Alienware 17 from Eurocom.ca. I was skeptical of the company, because I read mixed reviews about them, and their website seemed slightly backward, but maybe forgivable for a small company. (I know what small business Web development looks like.) I just finished a basic stress test, followed by a bench mark, followed by a more rigorous "burn-in," and I'm very happy with the results.

    When I was considering buying the card, I wanted to talk with a sales representative. I emailed their sales department in the middle of the night after coming home to a burnt-out GTX 860M that day, and they emailed me back before I woke up for work the next the morning. I was on the phone with a sales rep. before 10 AM that morning. He was very helpful and patient with my questions, He told me they have a 30 day return policy, when I asked. He actually asked me if I was confident in my ability to do the installation without trying to up-sell me install services or unnecessary accessories, and he made feel a lot better about buying from the company. I asked him if there were any "gotchas" to look out for the installation, and he noted that I was already buying the bigger heat sink, and that I needed a bigger AC adapter that they didn't sell, but I should be fine beyond that. I placed my order that morning, with the standard shipping option, and it arrived literally less than 24 hours later, with an extra set of heat pads. (Just use the one set, by the way.) I bought the AC adapter from a different company, and I had to wait til today to get the adapter to install the card.

    Everything I needed for the installation except a screwdriver (and a scissor to open the static resistant packaging) was in the box. The heat sink had pads attached already in exactly the right configuration. The company had produced a number of very helpful, clear, specific, yet concise, installation videos. Between the pad placement on the heat sink and the videos, anyone who was reasonably careful could have done the installation adequately. After the stress tests, it's clear that I got the installation right, on the first attempt.

    The company also provided drivers, with instructions. Windows automatically installed an ancient Nvidia driver for me, then I looked at Eurocom's drivers. They were unsigned modifications of the Nvidia drivers, (as advertised, with instructions for installing unsigned drivers,) but they are also only less than 3 months old. It's only been a matter of hours, but the driver install was basically painless, and it works great, so far.

    Thank you, Eurocom.ca, for delivering exactly what I wanted and needed, in literally less than 24 hours for the standard shipping option. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase, particularly because you made the installation painless for someone who had done a number of computer upgrades, but never replaced a laptop GPU before. If they have compatible upgrades for your machine, I'd recommend you to buy from them anytime.