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A friend of mine is looking into an alienware m14x, it comes with a geforce gt 555m either with 1.5gb or 3.0gb of memory. How much of a difference will there really be with more memory on this card? According to notebookcheck.com, the card comes in a few variations, but the one in m14x has a 192-bit bus width and ddr3 memory and 144 cores at 590MHz.
Its a $100 upgrade from alienware's website, is it worth $100?

Also, how important is a quad core cpu vs. a dual core? its a $100 upgrade from an i5 2430m 2.4 GHz dual core to an i7 2670m 2.2GHz quad.
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quad core is needed badly for games like BF3, outdoor areas will choke the crap out of any dual-core, hyperthreaded or not.

And that 3gb of Vram is useless for resolutions from 1280x800 to 1920x1080. 3gb Vram is meant for super-high resolutions like 2560x1400 with craploads of AA on.

3GB makes sense for like, a GTX 580, but a GT 555m will not have the horsepower to make any use of it in the first place.

and DO NOT get Gddr3, always get Gddr5, the bandwidth is cut in half going from Gddr5 to Gddr3, and creates a bottleneck. In fact, this is how they seperate low-end card from higher-end card.

And, those alienwares are overpriced, go for Asus or Sager Clevo laptops here:
http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-clevo-sager-notebooks-ct-95_51_162.html

whats your friend's budget? take a look at the Sager 8130, it's cheaper than alienwares by like, $250 with same specs.

ON the other hand... This may sound stupid, but if he got like, a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac, they're coming out with a Vidock that allows you to plug in an external GPU, like a 560 Ti for example...

Not completely portable, but sort of a hybrid between laptop and desktop.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ViDock-Thunderbolt-PCI-Express-ExpressCard-Hubert-Chen,13201.html
Edited by ChronoBodi - 11/3/11 at 11:34pm
     
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Originally Posted by ChronoBodi;15566031 
quad core is needed badly for games like BF3, outdoor areas will choke the crap out of any dual-core, hyperthreaded or not.

And that 3gb of Vram is useless for resolutions from 1280x800 to 1920x1080. 3gb Vram is meant for super-high resolutions like 2560x1400 with craploads of AA on.

3GB makes sense for like, a GTX 580, but a GT 555m will not have the horsepower to make any use of it in the first place.

and DO NOT get Gddr3, always get Gddr5, the bandwidth is cut in half going from Gddr5 to Gddr3, and creates a bottleneck. In fact, this is how they seperate low-end card from higher-end card.

And, those alienwares are overpriced, go for Asus or Sager Clevo laptops here:
http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-clevo-sager-notebooks-ct-95_51_162.html

whats your friend's budget? take a look at the Sager 8130, it's cheaper than alienwares by like, $250 with same specs.

ON the other hand... This may sound stupid, but if he got like, a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac, they're coming out with a Vidock that allows you to plug in an external GPU, like a 560 Ti for example...

Not completely portable, but sort of a hybrid between laptop and desktop.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ViDock-Thunderbolt-PCI-Express-ExpressCard-Hubert-Chen,13201.html

This entirely. I agree with every point.
     
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Hmm, a lot of good info Chrono but the sagers I'm seeing on that site are quite lacking, at least in the 14" form factor which is what we're interested in. In the larger form factors I see there are definitely some nice options for a good price, but the alienware seems like the best performance you can get in the smaller form factor.

Also the 555m only comes with ddr3 in the alienwares, unfortunately.

Edit
The vidock is very interesting, but the mac would be a dealbreaker.
I see it also works with an expresscard, do you really see the full potential when using an expresscard slot?
Edited by MME1122 - 11/5/11 at 7:40am
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Exprescard is too slow, thunderbolt would equal to pci~e x4, which makes it about 95% as fast as pci~e x16.

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As an owner of a M14x, IMO the only upgrade worth getting is the $100 extra for the quad core I7 CPU. skip all other upgrades. I totally agree with the first responce to your question. I don't think anyone on this forum is going to tell you to buy an Alienware laptop because you can get more for your money elsewhere. I picked one becuase it is nice, it was an upgrade from my home build, I wanted the light up keyboard. But if I didn't have my heart set on an alienware I would have asked the forum for help building a laptop from Sager.
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I believe the 3gb gpu is for the wireless monitor, I really would like it if they would do 570 with the extra memory for the wireless monitor. Or even a review for what wireless is capable of. I Like the idea of plugging into a monitor with a bigger gpu for hotel gaming on the road and have the full resolution. The thing alien-ware its done right to last, it just seems that 14" is the perfect size. They have the dell and samsung super thin but temps from the higher end gpu's would probably melt the pc, so its cool they took the 14" route. To get some gpu power to follow it seems like it would be a system well worth the money.
Yup nothing on wireless hd content, quick search on the net, I thought that sounded cool, even if its not super HD gaming. Work wise spreadsheet etc. 14" laptop eye relief. No you tube nothing on it seems crazy, I guess the money stacks up there with the laptop receiver and monitor receiver, all the goodies that go along with it.
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