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post #141 of 256
Hi Guys,

I'm more and more interested to buy an Alienware Alpha R2 biggrin.gif
I think I will buy one in few weeks.

I already have an Alienware 13 and the Alienware Graphic Amplifier (AGA).

So someone spoke about the performance reduction with the Amplifier. So it is partially true but it is not mainly due to the PCie connection. It is linked to the processor.
In the case of the Alienware 13, it is a low voltage CPU so the CPU is not enough for a high power GPU.
I give you two links of the reviews of an Alienware 13 (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Alienware-13-GTX-960M-Notebook-Review.142854.0.html) and Alienware 15 (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Alienware-15-Notebook-Review.136667.0.html) with the AGA.
The first one (Alineware 13) is limited by is CPU while the other one (Alienware 15) is less limited.

Moreover, I agree that the AGA does lot of noise. It is only coming from the front fan.
So I have changed the fan following these instructions : http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19618258

Now it is perfect and I can play without any noise smile.gif

I hope it will help you if you would like to change your fan in your AGA !
post #142 of 256
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Originally Posted by megt View Post

Hi Guys,

I'm more and more interested to buy an Alienware Alpha R2 biggrin.gif
I think I will buy one in few weeks.

I already have an Alienware 13 and the Alienware Graphic Amplifier (AGA).

So someone spoke about the performance reduction with the Amplifier. So it is partially true but it is not mainly due to the PCie connection. It is linked to the processor.
In the case of the Alienware 13, it is a low voltage CPU so the CPU is not enough for a high power GPU.
I give you two links of the reviews of an Alienware 13 (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Alienware-13-GTX-960M-Notebook-Review.142854.0.html) and Alienware 15 (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Alienware-15-Notebook-Review.136667.0.html) with the AGA.
The first one (Alineware 13) is limited by is CPU while the other one (Alienware 15) is less limited.

Moreover, I agree that the AGA does lot of noise. It is only coming from the front fan.
So I have changed the fan following these instructions : http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19618258

Now it is perfect and I can play without any noise smile.gif

I hope it will help you if you would like to change your fan in your AGA !

Hi and welcome😀

Thanks for the info and links. That reminds me of an R2 review I read that stated the same as you are saying..about the cpu limiting the AGA performance. They recommended an i7 cpu.
post #143 of 256
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Originally Posted by Magnusson2004 View Post

Hi and welcome😀

Thanks for the info and links. That reminds me of an R2 review I read that stated the same as you are saying..about the cpu limiting the AGA performance. They recommended an i7 cpu.

Yeah I see better CPUs are recommended but it's kind of incredible how good an i3-6100 is with a Titan X.


https://youtu.be/RXZWLz7enm8
post #144 of 256
I will add that this R2 (i7) handles 4K h.265 files like a champ. Independence Day (31.GB 60Mbps Bitrate) runs flawlessly with about 40% cpu used.

*Yes, I bought the disc smile.gif
post #145 of 256
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Originally Posted by ATWTech View Post

I will add that this R2 (i7) handles 4K h.265 files like a champ. Independence Day (31.GB 60Mbps Bitrate) runs flawlessly with about 40% cpu used.

*Yes, I bought the disc smile.gif

That is awesome!

So can be used as an htpc also😊
post #146 of 256
Have any of you had any issues with the fans..mainly gpu fan going crazy?
post #147 of 256
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Originally Posted by Magnusson2004 View Post

Have any of you had any issues with the fans..mainly gpu fan going crazy?

What do you mean by "crazy"? I've had it go full power at times and they're loud but my headset blocks the noise of it.

Also have an Amp + 1080 coming so can't wait to see how this beast performs.
post #148 of 256
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Originally Posted by ATWTech View Post

What do you mean by "crazy"? I've had it go full power at times and they're loud but my headset blocks the noise of it.

Also have an Amp + 1080 coming so can't wait to see how this beast performs.

Wow cool with a gtx 1080..serious stuff:)

Well, just the gpu fan that spun loud and hard 5 minutes in to AC unity and also Gta v...and kept on a good 6-8min after. Until it reached 47 celsius according to GPU-Z..then it stopped
post #149 of 256
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Originally Posted by Magnusson2004 View Post

Wow cool with a gtx 1080..serious stuff:)

Well, just the gpu fan that spun loud and hard 5 minutes in to AC unity and also Gta v...and kept on a good 6-8min after. Until it reached 47 celsius according to GPU-Z..then it stopped

Hm. I suspect Unity would he a big PITA performance wise/fans but GTA V I didn't think would. What was the GPU temp while running them? Mine seems to kick in when I'm going full load installing games/etc and when it hits 82c.

Also, no shutdowns lately if any guests are reading. Saw a few posts on the sub reddit worried about overheating/shut downs/ mentioning me and I didn't want to be some whistle-blower haha
post #150 of 256
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Originally Posted by ATWTech View Post

Hm. I suspect Unity would he a big PITA performance wise/fans but GTA V I didn't think would. What was the GPU temp while running them? Mine seems to kick in when I'm going full load installing games/etc and when it hits 82c.

Also, no shutdowns lately if any guests are reading. Saw a few posts on the sub reddit worried about overheating/shut downs/ mentioning me and I didn't want to be some whistle-blower haha

In Unity while gaming normally it can hit 82c..but in menu's it hits 84-86c. In Gta V it's also max 82c.

82C seems to be the sweet spot all around.

But no glitches, artifacts or shutdowns. Maybe the lil' monster just wants to cool down.
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