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Woah ff12 looks pretty on extra settings...

I need to figure out why when im playing either ff12 or ffx it has some weird skipping issues like frames just drop when i go to menu and or wandering larger regions...
Its really weird...

Just watched game of thrones and yup on a high from it...
now on a better high because im going to try and inject sweetfx with pcsx2 some how in some way but dont think it will work haha
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Oh yeah the m14X's gpu die is soldered to the board, the m14X is probably going to be the same. it might be an alienware specific chip though so who knows.
Alienware has made some really weird ass graphics cards in the past. Like their GTX 555 GDDR5, and their GTX645, and their current GTX660s are not the same ones you can pick up else where, they are only alienware specific.
Their GTX660 has 1152 cuda cores over the standard GTX660's 960. It's rather odd, but alienware has always done some weird crap.

Yeah, if the GPU wasnt soldered on and used the MXM 3.0b standard then it would be a hot buy for me, but alas we cant have everything we want. I suppose I could still perform the heatsink modification on it, it just kills me that I cant do anything with it and forced to replace it when the GPU becomes dated. I believe the CPU is still able to be upgraded though which I suppose is a plus...
    
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Yeah, if the GPU wasnt soldered on and used the MXM 3.0b standard then it would be a hot buy for me, but alas we cant have everything we want. I suppose I could still perform the heatsink modification on it, it just kills me that I cant do anything with it and forced to replace it when the GPU becomes dated. I believe the CPU is still able to be upgraded though which I suppose is a plus...
Yeah the current alienware laptop motherboards use the PGA sockets. The new ones will use the new chip's socket. hopefully its not a BGA soldered chip on the new M14X.

Actually now that you mention it the m14X is such a small formfactor machine, its even smaller than the 15.6inch machines, its really quite small for what it is.
The MXM slot is kinda hard to put into that system.

But the new alienware laptops are bringing back the aluminum body, along with the new IPS panels and hopefully the same professional audio set ups. Another reason you should go for a new alienware is their newer motherboards have the sound recon3di and theyre equiped with klipsch audio speakers. The current M17X has HDMI In, i hope the carried that over to the new ones.
I say wait for the new systems, the aluminum body would be an easier paint surface to start with anyways. thumb.gif
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Im not really big on most of the bells and whistles, just for how much life and productivity I can get from my machine. If they have standardized MXM 3.0b and upgradeable CPU then I am sold on that alone, damn 13-14" form factors are always missing those crucial needs of mine lol

I tried looking around for more information but I guess they havent been officially released yet? Just a couple of leaks showing Windows 8 T.T, that can always be reformated though or it would be nice if they let you choose the OS to ship it with before purchasing
    
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Im not really big on most of the bells and whistles, just for how much life and productivity I can get from my machine. If they have standardized MXM 3.0b and upgradeable CPU then I am sold on that alone, damn 13-14" form factors are always missing those crucial needs of mine lol

I tried looking around for more information but I guess they havent been officially released yet? Just a couple of leaks showing Windows 8 T.T, that can always be reformated though or it would be nice if they let you choose the OS to ship it with before purchasing
I'm pretty sure the new 14 will be a soldered gpu chip. its more efficent for cooling and stuff like that if they do that. It will probably be a standard cpu PGA socket. We'll see tonight when alienware drops their e3 news at 8:30
Alienware has been holding out on their haswell laptops because of E3, they have a big annoucnement keynote coming up so i suspect their laptops are part of some big ass event theyve got planned.

Im excited to see a major PC vendor at E3 finally. this is big freaking news honestly.
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OK, just checked out this build log after reading your advocation of gaming laptops on another thread. I've never been afraid to open up a laptop and upgrade and tinker with one for better performance, but I've never done it with a brand-new $2000 one right out of the box. I'm impressed. +1 for you.
     
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OK, just checked out this build log after reading your advocation of gaming laptops on another thread. I've never been afraid to open up a laptop and upgrade and tinker with one for better performance, but I've never done it with a brand-new $2000 one right out of the box. I'm impressed. +1 for you.
Eh its not much different messing with your purchased parts off newegg outta the box. Once you've had the experience(with 2 other laptops and several desktops over the years)its really nothing.

the heatsinks and parts are all pretty similar, I mean if you watched the video I did It live in one go thumb.gif
Fun stuff.
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I did watch the video, and yes, it's really not that hard. But you'd be surprised (or maybe not) how many people, even OCN'ers, cringe in fear at the idea of cracking open a laptop, even an old one, and doing anything under the hood. I've even advised people on how to speed up their old laptops on here with a simple drop-in upgrade, and they don't want to "risk" doing it, even if someone who's "risked" it for more than a decade years tells them it's OK.

What's fun for me is taking someone's underperforming prebuilt computer, laptop or desktop, ordering a few parts, and then returning it to them two or three times faster than it had been before. And sometimes they're so grateful that you get rewarded quite well for your efforts.

Anyway, great job with the Alienware.
     
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I did watch the video, and yes, it's really not that hard. But you'd be surprised (or maybe not) how many people, even OCN'ers, cringe in fear at the idea of cracking open a laptop, even an old one, and doing anything under the hood. I've even advised people on how to speed up their old laptops on here with a simple drop-in upgrade, and they don't want to "risk" doing it, even if someone who's "risked" it for more than a decade years tells them it's OK.

What's fun for me is taking someone's underperforming prebuilt computer, laptop or desktop, ordering a few parts, and then returning it to them two or three times faster than it had been before. And sometimes they're so grateful that you get rewarded quite well for your efforts.

Anyway, great job with the Alienware.
I've spent my life with PCBs and windows, its always been a passion of mine, but when I couldn't own a desktop anymore I moved right to gaming rig laptops. I love how epic they are and most people don't even realize it.
Overclocking? check
maxed graphics? check
Crystal clear full res screens? Check

And someday soon i'll be running eyefinity off of it biggrin.gif

I duno after working with laptops after a while its pretty much become apparent laptops aren't really different, they have some extra parts and smaller wires and special cases. That's about it.
Its lots of fun tearing them down, cleaning them up, putting them back together, and seeing what kind of overclocking and hardware they can support.

The only draw back of a gaming laptop is how expensive they are, and if you don't get an alienware laptop you're pretty much admitting defeat to upgrades.
MSI, ASUS, and many other laptop builders will void your warranty for tearing them down and repasting or doing upgrades via a non vendor.
But alienware? They don't care, they know better than to restrict warranty service like that. You can tear down and rebuild an alienware laptop a hundred times and they don't care. Alienware loves it when people send it pics of mods and customizations to alienware desktops.
Its great.
I was really disappointed when I heard about MSI voiding warranties for tinkering :/
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