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So, i'm planning on replacing my sigrig with an M18x using 2 6990m's and 8Gb ddr3 rest are stock specs, Any thoughts opinions? comments? i mean as it is now, 3 monitors is a gimmick, and evne then it sounds like a 6990m is faster then a GTx 460 anyway..
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im pretty sure it would beat your rig, you sure it has TWO 6990ms? i just looked at benchmarks and look at these... with 1!

Dirt 3 (2011) ultra: 39.4 fps
Crysis 2 (2011) ultra: 35 fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings ultra. - more...
Mafia 2 (2010) ultra: 79.6 fps
StarCraft 2 (2010) ultra: 67 fps Compare » With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Risen (2009) ultra: 58 fps
Resident Evil 5 (2009) ultra: 92.2 fps
Need for Speed Shift (2009): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings ultra. - mo
    
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or here

http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Rad...M.57308.0.html

your gtx460 must struggle with 3 monitors!
    
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im pretty sure it would beat your rig, you sure it has TWO 6990ms? i just looked at benchmarks and look at these... with 1!

Dirt 3 (2011) ultra: 39.4 fps
Crysis 2 (2011) ultra: 35 fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings ultra. - more...
Mafia 2 (2010) ultra: 79.6 fps
StarCraft 2 (2010) ultra: 67 fps Compare » With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Risen (2009) ultra: 58 fps
Resident Evil 5 (2009) ultra: 92.2 fps
Need for Speed Shift (2009): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings ultra. - mo
mobile 6990 has the same amout of stream processors as a desktop 6870, but with lower clocks.

So probably about equal to desktop 460
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For the love of God don't do it. You are going to lose a considerable amount of performance and will suffer a loss on your investment in the long-term. You won't have any of the upgrade options that you normally would for example. Why do you want to replace it?

Here's my experience with Alienware. Shelled out for a M15X with most of the bells and whistles back in 2009 so I had a mobile rig that was capable of gaming and doing most of my other tasks. Now keep in mind that I only sparsely used it compared to my normal rig.

First off the thing arrived with dead pixels. Not a large amount but more than enough to notice it. Of course that wasn't going to to work so I called Dell and quickly got connected to "Greg" in New Delhi whom I had to basically teach English to just so that I could tell him what was wrong. Well they sent a refurbished replacement screen and a tech came to my house to do it. He replaced the screen, booted it up, and surprise surprise the screen had dead pixels. Over the next several months I played this game over and over and it finally took me going through 7 customer services reps and their supervisors before I got someone to send a brand new screen rather than a refurbished piece of crap.

After the screen fiasco we entered a whole new episode of replacements. The first thing to go was my GPU. Cooling on these things just isn't very good and it constantly hovers around 90C on medium quality and more than likely burned itself out. Had to send it in to get repaired that time. Got it back in about 2 weeks and then it suddenly turned off one day and had to call Dell again. Turns out the motherboard went and sent it back for repairs. When I got it back a couple weeks passed and then it wouldn't power on again. Turns out the GPU went out AGAIN and had to be repaired. Got it back and then shortly there after the CPU crapped out on me and had to be replaced. Finally most of the components had been replaced in the computer and it had been gutted and reworked about a dozen times by now. Oh but wait there's more.

After all that the HDD decided to go as well and thankfully I convinced them to just send one out and I'd do it myself since I didn't wanna wait 3 days for to make an appointment for their useless technicians. As usual I got a refurbished model and it was damn close to dead when I got it. Called back and explained what happened and they sent another. Got another bad one. Finally got sent a brand new one than was working.

Flash forward to today. After numerous failures it no works rather well, but your sig rig would hands down make Alienware cry. If you want a powerful rig, upgrade your current one rather than throw your money down the hole. I assume you don't need it to be mobile.

TL;DR: Alienware is overpriced crap and you should spend that money upgrading your sigrig.
Edited by Lampen - 7/20/11 at 8:59am
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For the love of God don't do it. You are going to lose a considerable amount of performance and will suffer a loss on your investment in the long-term. You won't have any of the upgrade options that you normally would for example. Why do you want to replace it?

Here's my experience with Alienware. Shelled out for a M15X with most of the bells and whistles back in 2009 so I had a mobile rig that was capable of gaming and doing most of my other tasks. Now keep in mind that I only sparsely used it compared to my normal rig.

First off the thing arrived with dead pixels. Not a large amount but more than enough to notice it. Of course that wasn't going to to work so I called Dell and quickly got connected to "Greg" in New Delhi whom I had to basically teach English to just so that I could tell him what was wrong. Well they sent a refurbished replacement screen and a tech came to my house to do it. He replaced the screen, booted it up, and surprise surprise the screen had dead pixels. Over the next several months I played this game over and over and it finally took me going through 7 customer services reps and their supervisors before I got someone to send a brand new screen rather than a refurbished piece of crap.

After the screen fiasco we entered a whole new episode of replacements. The first thing to go was my GPU. Cooling on these things just isn't very good and it constantly hovers around 90C on medium quality and more than likely burned itself out. Had to send it in to get repaired that time. Got it back in about 2 weeks and then it suddenly turned off one day and had to call Dell again. Turns out the motherboard went and sent it back for repairs. When I got it back a couple weeks passed and then it wouldn't power on again. Turns out the GPU went out AGAIN and had to be repaired. Got it back and then shortly there after the CPU crapped out on me and had to be replaced. Finally most of the components had been replaced in the computer and it had been gutted and reworked about a dozen times by now. Oh but wait there's more.

After all that the HDD decided to go as well and thankfully I convinced them to just send one out and I'd do it myself since I didn't wanna wait 3 days for to make an appointment for their useless technicians. As usual I got a refurbished model and it was damn close to dead when I got it. Called back and explained what happened and they sent another. Got another bad one. Finally got sent a brand new one than was working.

Flash forward to today. After numerous failures it no works rather well, but your sig rig would hands down make Alienware cry. If you want a powerful rig, upgrade your current one rather than throw your money down the hole. I assume you don't need it to be mobile.

TL;DR: Alienware is overpriced crap and you should spend that money upgrading your sigrig.
This all started to happen once Dell got their hands on Alienware. I am constantly telling people to look elsewhere for gaming laptops. Hell even the old owners of the good Alienware started up their own company "Origin PC" and are already alot better than anything Alienware can push out.

He is right, don't waste your money on Alienware, go for something that will last you in the long run. If you want the quality that Alienware used to be known for, go check out Origin PC.
    
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again for the people who think of Alienware as overpriced laptops



comparing to M17xR3 w/ same specs, origin is just about the same! excepts it's 2GB RAM because origin won't provide 4gigs!

see for yourself here http://www.originpc.com/shop/pc/conf...?idproduct=650
and here http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...enware-m17x-r3
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For the love of God don't do it. You are going to lose a considerable amount of performance and will suffer a loss on your investment in the long-term. You won't have any of the upgrade options that you normally would for example. Why do you want to replace it?

Here's my experience with Alienware. Shelled out for a M15X with most of the bells and whistles back in 2009 so I had a mobile rig that was capable of gaming and doing most of my other tasks. Now keep in mind that I only sparsely used it compared to my normal rig.

First off the thing arrived with dead pixels. Not a large amount but more than enough to notice it. Of course that wasn't going to to work so I called Dell and quickly got connected to "Greg" in New Delhi whom I had to basically teach English to just so that I could tell him what was wrong. Well they sent a refurbished replacement screen and a tech came to my house to do it. He replaced the screen, booted it up, and surprise surprise the screen had dead pixels. Over the next several months I played this game over and over and it finally took me going through 7 customer services reps and their supervisors before I got someone to send a brand new screen rather than a refurbished piece of crap.

After the screen fiasco we entered a whole new episode of replacements. The first thing to go was my GPU. Cooling on these things just isn't very good and it constantly hovers around 90C on medium quality and more than likely burned itself out. Had to send it in to get repaired that time. Got it back in about 2 weeks and then it suddenly turned off one day and had to call Dell again. Turns out the motherboard went and sent it back for repairs. When I got it back a couple weeks passed and then it wouldn't power on again. Turns out the GPU went out AGAIN and had to be repaired. Got it back and then shortly there after the CPU crapped out on me and had to be replaced. Finally most of the components had been replaced in the computer and it had been gutted and reworked about a dozen times by now. Oh but wait there's more.

After all that the HDD decided to go as well and thankfully I convinced them to just send one out and I'd do it myself since I didn't wanna wait 3 days for to make an appointment for their useless technicians. As usual I got a refurbished model and it was damn close to dead when I got it. Called back and explained what happened and they sent another. Got another bad one. Finally got sent a brand new one than was working.

Flash forward to today. After numerous failures it no works rather well, but your sig rig would hands down make Alienware cry. If you want a powerful rig, upgrade your current one rather than throw your money down the hole. I assume you don't need it to be mobile.

TL;DR: Alienware is overpriced crap and you should spend that money upgrading your sigrig.
This story would be a bit more of an impact if you didn't copy and paste it into every thread that has someone mentioning Alienware in it. Not to mention that you bought the computer THEY DON'T SELL ANYMORE because it wasn't performing as intended!
     
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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DONT DO IT!
If your gonna get a laptop get atleast a Sager NP8150
Edited by jach11 - 7/22/11 at 12:36pm
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It's funny to see that there are so many people who keep bashing AW as if it were the devil himself. I'm sorry for those who had a few issues with AW. I also had some troubles with the various Dell/AW computers I have owned through the years. However, when it happened, those issues were always fixed by Dell technicians who came home and replaced the parts that were defective, or just replaced the whole pc if any hardware was found defective during the first 21 days of use - by the way, AW is the only company that sends to the customer a brand new computer in such case. In fact, other brands such as Sager, Asus or Origin don't offer the warranty that AW does, so, in case of defective hardware users have to wait between 7 to 20 days before seeing their computer again - shipping the pc to their labs, wait until they replace the parts and ship it back to the customer. I agree that both Sager and Origin make amazing computers, and I really like them. Yet, for reasons that go beyond the already great warranty that AW offers, such as aesthetic and performance, I prefer to buy AW. In my opinion, claiming that buying AW is a waste of money just shows disinformation and blind hostility.

Nevertheless, I don't actually care about brands. I just decide to invest my money where I think I can get the most of it, and so far AW has never disappointed me. The day it will happen, I simply buy something else.

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So, i'm planning on replacing my sigrig with an M18x using 2 6990m's and 8Gb ddr3 rest are stock specs, Any thoughts opinions? comments? i mean as it is now, 3 monitors is a gimmick, and evne then it sounds like a 6990m is faster then a GTx 460 anyway..
Yes, I see this as a wise decision. As you know the new M18x is a very powerful notebook, and the dual 6990 will allow you to play whatever you want maxed out for a few years. And as I mentioned above, in case you stumble in any hardware problems, after you call tech support, you can arrange for a technician to come home and fix what's wrong. The only suggestion I might have is to get only 4gb of ram, as you could easily upgrade them to 8 or 16gb buying them somewhere else, like at newegg for example, and if you can you may want to get the SSD. I can assure you will really notice the difference in performance. Once again, if getting it from Dell is too expensive, leave the stock hdd and get the SSD somewhere else at a cheaper price.

If I were you, I'd also consider the new M17x r3 equipped with the 580m. Check this out: a thorough review; built, battery life, benchies and all. Look at its performance in Crysis 2 dx11 and high res texts maxed out, with its single card.

Note: English is not my first language, so I apologize for the way I butcher its grammar.
Edited by rafix73 - 7/23/11 at 10:48am
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