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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    Okay, I stand corrected - a refurbished m6400 (although using gf9600m, no fingerprint, no rj45, no second sata, no bluetooth) costs 325$. Still, a broken m5790 costs around 70$. Purchase of 50$ 9600m/quadro2700m is worth it.
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    I am not even sure, why you try to explain something I never asked, but never mind... Could you at least learn to use commas, or READ questions before posting answers to never asked questions? Or am I asking too much? They are NOT. They are completely different thing! Unless you load BIOS...
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    How is UEFI related at all? UEFI doesn't use any BIOS/DOS interrupts, its purpose is solely to init basic things and chainload the payload. Yes, this laptop does not have UEFI, but frankly UEFI is Intel's piece of shi-. Instead finishing LinuxBIOS, that is currenly empowering ChromeOS and was...
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    1) You post FUD. Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt. Sure, some Dell/Alienware might do a CRC on VBIOS from own BIOS. But, this precise model doesn't. 2) T7200 is pretty good dual-core CPU. Thats not i7 or i5 of Sandybridge and up, but the performance is still very sufficient. 3) I don't understand what...
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    Well, I just found 4850/70 cards, not 4650/70 cards when I posted. Be aware, that I have just limited myself to ebay.com with resellers physically residing within US. You can easily find 4650/70 cards outside of the US. They all cost 90$+ though. About HE, yes 4850/70 are HE. Unfortunately. I...
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    Tell me, how many Alienware M5790/Fujitsu Amilo Xi 15xx have you personally repaired? Or is posting FUD your main hobby here?
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    Just looked a bit on ebay.com right now and there are several MXM III-class 4850/4870 cards. Some from Asus, but with correct MXM layout; some are Alienware Master cards. All those should work. But the biggest problem beside being heat monsters, is that they are all MXM HE. Which means, you...
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    Wrong, 4650 can. Thing is - the score you linked to is 3870 X2 version. These are actually two 3870 in Crossfire. Remember 3870 Slave/Master cards? Those are they. :) You can't run them two at same time in your notebook. Tops 3870 master version will run as single card in your notebook, but it...
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    Hello! Okay I see what problem you exactly have. Let me explain in detail then: This is the only connection type your notebook will accept. Its also called MXM 1.0/2.1: MXM I, MXM II, MXM III Documented here extensively. Not only they differ in size, they also have different maximum...
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    Help choose between two and why? Thanx

    Absolutely. Unfortunately/fortunately I haven't used anything DX since my refusal to follow MS bandwagon since Vista, so my error comes not unexpected. Thanks.
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    I, personally dislike two things about this item: 1) its MXM HE. Thus incompatible. 2) manufacturer refurbished, but must be either new or used. Refurbished often means "BGA reballed". Do you want balling problem after few years again? This is MXM A. Also known as MXM 3-A. Incompatible. This...
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    Help choose between two and why? Thanx

    Hello. First, I was wrong. 8600GT has VP2 level, which corresponds to TrueVideo feature level A - basic. 5450 has full UVD2 logic, which corresponds to Fermi and up. So, for video decoding 5450 is many times better. Second, both cards are strictly OpenGL2, DX8 era level. Which means you are...
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    Help choose between two and why? Thanx

    DDR2 or DDR3 play no role, because you will not game with these. Same goes for DX, GL whatever. Really. But HD5450(UVD2) > 8600GT(VP3) means with 5450 you will have video decode acceleration support for much more formats. Low profile and fanless add-up too.
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    Hello again, blaisexen. 1) I repeat, that unlike everyone in this thread, I own and run FS Xi 1554. This machine is physical CLONE of M5790. I have same machine like you. The only things that differ are BIOS and STICKERS. They are both actually made by some OEM, I forgot which exactly. They...
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    What Mobility Video Card for Alienware Area-51 M5790(M5700i-R2)

    Hello, OP. I own a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Xi 1554 Laptop, which is physically same as M5790. I know your problem - a BGA pin array that will disconnect from board circuit after some time due to heat and will require reballing. X1800, X1900 - all are affected. This is same as Nvidia cards of that...