Alienware M17x R4
17.3-inch FHD Display

Alienware M17x R4 (Early 2011)

  • Graphics: Upgradeable MXM 3.0b; single GPU
  • Processor: socket based 3rd generation Intel CPU (up to 2960XM)
  • 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: A12

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

    Windows 7 is not supported

    Alienware model M17x R4 LVDS 60Hz Optimus (Hybrid)
    System must be running in Optimus mode.
    120Hz only supported using Windows 8x in UEFI Mode
    60Hz is fully supported in Windows 8x

    Alienware M17x R4 eDP 120hz Discrete
    120Hz only supported using Windows 8x 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.
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    How do I verify Optimus is turned on in my Alienware M17x R4?
    May 21, 2015

    Before installing your New GPU, make sure you are running in optimus mode.
    Go into device manager and verify that there are 2 cards listed.
    One being the intel, and the other being your current card.
    If you DO NOT have both listed, press FN+F7, and they system will request a reboot.
    Then they both will be there.

    How do I find the Hardware ID in my Alienware? I need it to load the correct drivers.
    Sep 01, 2016

    The drivers are based on the specific Machine ID of the system.
    To find your Machine ID please do the following:
    1/ Go to Device Manager
    2/ Select the GPU (in Windows 7 it will be listed as “Standard VGA Adapter”, in Windows 8.x or Windows 10 it will be listed as “Microsoft Display Adapter”)
    3/ Double click on it and select the 3rd tab labeled Details
    4/ Select the second item from the drop down menu labeled Hardware IDS
    5/ The end of the second line will list the machine ID, as the last set of numbers.

    Who do I contact to get some help with my Alienware Notebook upgrades?
    May 30, 2015

    If you have any questions or would like some assistance with your upgrade, please fill in this Support Request Form and our Support team would be happy to assist you!

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