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post #1431 of 2136
I tried Witcher 3 this morning. I'm getting a low of 29fps to a high of 43fps. Average is 30-35fps. This is on Low settings. I'm going to try tonight with an overclock on the GPU to see if I can lock it at 35-40fps, which I think is definitely playable at 1080p.
post #1432 of 2136
Did you upgrade your i3? Otherwise I don't get why your performance is so much better than mine.
post #1433 of 2136
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Originally Posted by Six-Strings View Post

Did you upgrade your i3? Otherwise I don't get why your performance is so much better than mine.

No. The only thing different on mine (from stock) is 8GB ram. Otherwise, bone stock. I'll try and pull video to add to my old Youtube channel (when I was running benchmarks on the Alpha after receiving it).

https://youtu.be/0wvExyKMFEQ
https://youtu.be/xRs_YWZL9jU

Ok, I didn't grab any video. I did overclock the GPU though, and at 1080p low settings (which still look pretty darn good), I average 32-38fps. I break into low 40s on occasion. This is outside of "training", which is where I was running this morning. I find it still quite playable at those fps.
Edited by WayTooCrazy - 2/9/16 at 4:36pm
post #1434 of 2136
Turn off all post processing for best results, the i3 version Alpha is more than enough for all games paired the weak "860m".

Its rediculous to see all the "should I upgrade" talk here. The i3 alpha is as good as it gets as far as price/performance. Upgrading costs far too much and will net a handful of frames at best, or actually lose you frames because of huge mhz hit.


Here u can see the game scales with frequency and generation not so much with cores


Here u can see that low powered cards cant handle the demand of this game at 1080p with post processing. The slowest card here...660, is faster than a 750 ti(860m)
Edited by ZL580 - 2/9/16 at 7:57pm
post #1435 of 2136
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Originally Posted by Six-Strings View Post

Did you upgrade your i3? Otherwise I don't get why your performance is so much better than mine.



Is your GPU driver up to date?

That and then you can try overclocking the GPU.
post #1436 of 2136
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Originally Posted by ibanezbass View Post

I'm using an 84w i7 in mine. The Alpha will limit the CPU to 35 - 40 watts on its own, so it doesn't really matter which i5 you buy (assuming it's Haswell based).

I ran the i5 4690T with zero issues / no throttling. Its a quad core / 2.5ghz base / 3.5ghz boost / 45W TDP. I never seen it go below 3100mhz, which is default when utilizing all 4 cores. When only using one / two cores it stays right at 3500 / 3400.
post #1437 of 2136
Hey all,

Hopefully Monday I'll be the proud owner of a certified refurbished Alpha console with I3 4170, 8 gig mem, 1tb 7200rpm drive from Dell. I went back and forth for a couple of weeks between building an itx system or buying one of these. Every time I configured an itx system I wanted the price slowly crept up to to $600. I didn't want to spend that much for a 2nd gaming system I planned to use for company and travel. Also, itx cases are still pretty bulky compared to this. Anyway, the 30% coupon off I found bringing the alpha down to $460 shipped caused me to pull the trigger.

I'm still a little concerned I made the wrong decision but I feel more confident the more I consider it. My Alienware M15 laptop I bought in 2011 (ATI Mobile Radeon 5850 gpu) can't keep you with a lot of current games. From what I read this should be able to except for maybe Arma 3. I received a Roku 3 for XMas that I thought could stream video from my NAS to my TV, it can't. Neither can the PS4 I never game on.

........Ok, I'm rambling on. Just wanted to say I'll soon be one of the club and since their isn't a faq (didn't see one) is there anything I must know and do once I receive it?
post #1438 of 2136
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Originally Posted by kornedbeefy View Post

I received a Roku 3 for XMas that I thought could stream video from my NAS to my TV, it can't. Neither can the PS4 I never game on.

Might be a setting on the NAS. I use a Synology and my Roku 3, PS4, tablet, phones, pretty much anything I have has not had any issues streaming videos, music or pictures.

Side note: Congrats on the Alpha and enjoy!
post #1439 of 2136
I have seen that some Alienware alpha owners have used the program hwinfo to increase fan speed. Unfortunately I have downloaded this program but don't have the fan icon that is necessary to up the speed.

There are no specific forums on how to achieve a fan speed increase with the alpha yet there are people doing it. I just don't get it. Any help hold be appreciated.
post #1440 of 2136
Is it possible to use a more powerful external graphics card with the alpha?
I'm guessing it's not?
Edited by THEROTHERHAMKID - 2/12/16 at 8:51am
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