Owners of some Alienware M17x gaming laptops are complaining about unplayable frame rates due to CPU throttling. Apparently, the CPU power is stifled on GeForce 280M SLI machines, when the two GPUs draw more than a certain amount of power.
The claims, which are being investigated by Alienware owner Dell, affect those who purchased an Alienware M17x with the Core 2 Extreme QX9300 CPU and dual Nvidia GeForce 280M SLI options, expecting the best portable gaming experience at the time.
Sadly, that's not what they appear to have received. Disgruntled owners have taken to the Notebook Review Forums to gather information about the flaw, which has not yet been officially confirmed by Dell, complaining about poor in-game performance.