General Notes on the Dell Alienware 17 R5:
Base unit came with GTX1060 6gb, M.2 Sandisk 2280 128Gb, 1Tb 2.5″ Hard drive…
Quick comparison to an older unit, no dual HDD option, no DVD/Burner drive, less USB drive slots, no SD card slot, but lots of newer VR friendly options, faster CPU and faster/more current GPU
Benchmark results, see this link,
M.2 upgrade device that worked for me – in Slot 2:
WD Black M.2 2280 500Gb PCIe nvme [$129]
Note – Sandisk V-Nand will NOT work for Slot 2
Slot 3 is M.2 2240
More to come, pics, and videos
Dell Emc Windows 10 recovery usb image download link
Using the software Superposition Benchmark – click here to download.
For CineBench – click here to download the free benchmark software’
Compared with my custom main workstation PC, using a dual card 8Gb GTX1080 and 4Gb GTX970
With same workstation, just with the GTX1080 8Gb card
From above, it seems my main PC as l have researched is limited a bit when a 4Gb GTX970 is in it.
Also note the processor is much older, compared to that in my new laptop below.
Below is the Alienware 17 R5 Results
Updating to the latest cuda development toolkit on Linuxmint 18.1 [with a GTX 1080+970]
First, update to R390 Driver
sudo dpkg -i cuda-repo-ubuntu1704-9-1-local_9.1.85-1_amd64.deb
sudo apt-key add /var/cuda-repo-9-1-local/7fa2af80.pub
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cuda