Dell could offer "GPU upgrade kits" for M18xR1 (and perhaps other models, e.g. M17x)
The new generations of upper top class of both AMD and Nvidia cards are coming and many of us, M18xR1 owners, would like easily and without stress upgrade our laptops with the newest GPUs without the necessity to either replace them with brand new R2 or worry and stress about aftermarket upgrades and matching extra parts.
I am hence proposing the idea of M18x GPU upgrade kit.
An M18xR1 kit like that could include:
2x GTX 680M card
2x 680M heatsinks
1x SLI cable
2x 7970 heatsinks
1x Crossfire cable
+ necessary BIOS updates
Introductory write up:
A lot of M18xR1 users upgraded their machines using top notch hardware meaning not only the most powerful GPUs to date, e.g. AMD 6990 Crossfire or Nvidia 580M SLI, but also RAM, SSD drives, WLAN cards and so on just few months ago, and the vision of either replacing their R1 with R2 or not being able to upgrade selected components (i.e. GPUs) becomes quite dreadful. We don't want to re-order and wait for weeks for new laptops, at the same time trying to sell our current R1 on 2nd hand market. We are fine with our M18x. We just need new GPUs for them.
This becomes especially interesting as M18xR2 offers pretty much nothing R1 didn't offer, yet what I would like to rock 680M SLI this summer. Hence, I came with the idea of "a GPU upgrade package" Dell could offer to its M18xR1 customers.
A package like that could easily be ordered in the same way Alienware's optional hardware is (e.g. TactX mouse or AW2310 display) and thus, we don't have either to buy components from shady ebay shops or negotiated for hours the purchase of new cards with Dell representatives on Dell hotline (please note that most Dell reps don't know much about Alienware and customers are often given misleading or simply incorrect information).
I hope the "upgrade package idea" can be discussed further, in any terms.
Status Update: Please see the comment from Francisco_S for further details. We will be limited in what information we can share during this process. Thank you for posting!