Alienware M14x, i7-3610QM

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  1. ThugRen

    ThugRen Active Member

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    Well I have done it. I finely broked down and order this Alienware M14x.
    i7-3610QM
    8 GB DDR3 Dual Channel
    2GB DDR5 Nforce GT 650M
    750GB with a 32GB mSATA
    BR-ROM player and +-DVD
    Its the M14X R2..

    I will get it on the 18th or 20th of this month.
     
  2. Axkingz

    Axkingz Member Guru

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    Have that laptop in my sights as well... my only concern is the heat and how good the monitor is color wise.

    But those are some great specs for a 14"!
     
  3. scoutingwraith

    scoutingwraith Ancient Guru

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    Congrats. Hope you enjoy the lappy you ordered. It is quite a spec there as well.
     
  4. kanej2007

    kanej2007 Ancient Guru

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    Fellow gurus, sorry for hijacking this thread only I wanted to ask a question as it relates to the Alienware M14X

    First of all congrats on your new purchase!

    Several months back I too ordered an Alienware M14X laptop which was bought primarily for internet/surfing, casual use & some light gaming when I'm not home or do not have access to my pc.

    Obviously it will not play titles such as Battlefield 3 or Crysis on High/ultra but will gladly play them at around 30-40fps on medium.

    However, for titles such as Doom 3, F.E.A.R, Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead & Left 4 Dead 2 it will gladly play them at 60+ fps at maximum settings...

    My question relates to the Alienware M14x laptop but since your thread relates to the M14x I didn't want to open a second thread.

    Spec of my laptop:

    i7-i7 2670QM 2.4Ghz (3.5GHz Turbo Boost)
    6 GB DDR3 Dual Channel
    3GB DDR5 GT 555M
    500GB Serial ATA (7200RPM)
    DVD+- Drive

    As you can see my laptop is similar to yours only it's the previous model.

    Problem I have is some kind of microstuttering, not in all but in many games I experience this issue.

    Gameplay is smooth one minute & the next it's not. I've tried differerent drivers but unfortunately the problem persists.

    It is not lag or a frame rate issue as I ran benchmark tests in the game to see if it was frame rate related.

    Micro stuttering occurs badly in Left 4 Dead & Left 4 Dead 2. However, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 & Counter-Strike Source who use the very same engine as the Left 4 Dead titles are silky smooth and do not microstutter.

    F.E.A.R also microstutters even though when performing the performance test I get minimum 58 fps and an average of 59fps...

    The game will play silky smooth and then stutter when turning.

    I've never had this on any previous laptop and would like to know if there's anything I can do to eliminate this microstuttering issue.

    Despite the GPU being highly overclocked the microstuttering persists...

    Thanks gurus for any advice you can offer.
     
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  5. ThugRen

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    Kainej I am new too the alienwares stuff. But I do know what can cause that problems. A few Issues could be based out of the Nvidia chipset bios, or something as simple as overlaping drivers. If You can I would say too format and start over but download the newest drivers and burn them too CD or DVD, Another issue too is the memory could be going bad or just is timing issues.. Check for Bios Upgrades for your laptop?

    now as the Reason for me getting this Laptop how upgradedable is this unit? Can I Upgrade the Video card in the future? I will keep you guys posted on how it turns out..
     
  6. Axkingz

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    As far as i know it is not possible to change video cards in laptops yourself. Maybe Alienware has some sort of upgrade plan?
     
  7. scatman839

    scatman839 Ancient Guru

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    It is possible, but dell do not use mxm cards in their laptops, you will not be able to upgrade.
     
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    Damn them DELL.. I knew that Dell buying out Alienwares was a bad was a piss poor thing for customers.. I am still amazed at how some of these better companies get bought out by the piss poor companies.. aka Maxtor getting bought out by Seagate.
     
  9. scatman839

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    Googled a little, alienware put mxm slots on their larger laptops, the 15x, 17x and 18x sport them, the 14x and 11x do not.

    But still, the 650m is a very good card.
     
  10. kanej2007

    kanej2007 Ancient Guru

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    How much better is it than the 555m?

    I'm angry at the fact I only bought my laptop several months back & now a newer cpu & gpu have been released in the very same laptop!!! :(
     

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    30 - 70% depending on the benchmark (3DMarks).
     
  12. kanej2007

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    Nice, wish I was able to upgrade my GT 555 to the GT 650.

    Whilst the GT 555 is decent it struggles to max F.E.A.R & even GTA IV is unplayable...
     
  13. scatman839

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    To be honest I thought you knew when you talked about that laptop, but I didn't understand why you were getting it.

    Just make sure you overclock the 555m.
     
  14. kanej2007

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    Haha, yeah, already done that. I flashed the bios which increases the gpu's voltage, core & clock speed.


    This was the MAXIMUM overclock I could get, any more & I get artifacts as it's unstable.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. scatman839

    scatman839 Ancient Guru

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    Memory only 985? I get it to 1020 quite easily and I don't think i'm anywhere near where the card starts to artifact.

    Or have you chosen higher gpu for less memory?
     

  16. scoutingwraith

    scoutingwraith Ancient Guru

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    Each GPU is unique in over clocking abilities.

    Monitor your temperatures on your system and see if something is not overheating. As for microstutering I had that on my m11x and I replaced the stock drivers with the newer ones that Dell had up. (mine were the optimus ones so not sure which one are yours)

    Oh and yeah in the past Alienware did use MXM technology but stopped the moment Dell bought them
     
  17. scatman839

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    They're still using them in the larger laptops, even the new ones.
     
  18. scoutingwraith

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    Really ??? Havent noticed. Ill borrow one of my friends Laptop to see if there is any in the M15x. If thats the case then thats good i guess because you can somewhat upgrade.
     
  19. scatman839

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    Yep, apparently even the 7970m works in the m15x r2.
     
  20. kanej2007

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    As scoutingwraith said, each GPU is unique with regards to overclocking abilities...

    I've overclocked everything as high as I possibly could. When running ATI tools I get Artifacts should I go any higher...

    Some people have got their GPU clocks to 850. However they've increased the voltage to stable it or they've got golden chips!

    That said, how do they keep temperatures under 80? I've seen my laptop gpu reach up to 80 and it's not heavily overclocked...

    Very true. I got the max stable overclock my gpu will allow me to...
     

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