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Old 28th Oct 2009, 08:43   #1
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Alienware M17x Gaming Laptop Review

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/lap...aptop-review/1

Alienware has introduced its new chassis design with the M17x - it's all choppy angles and aluminium outer shell. The result is one of the most attractive gaming laptops we've seen yet. With a powerful dual-core CPU and GeForce GTX 260M graphics, is this the best gaming laptop ever?
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Old 28th Oct 2009, 09:14   #2
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Loving that the GTX 260M is secretly a 8800GT, nice rebranding by nvidia. Oh and you should've done a Street Fighter 4 benchmark! It's in the screenshots and I bet it could have achieved 60fps in that.
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Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit...

Vista... It comes with Vista!?
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Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit...

Vista... It comes with Vista!?
This refers to the O/S the laptop was tested with. Obviously as 7 is out now, Alienware will be selling it with that instead.
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Lol....

2000 for the privelege of running Crysis at 20fps.....

'More money than sense'....comes to mind, if you buy one of these.
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Lol....

2000 for the privelege of running Crysis at 20fps.....

'More money than sense'....comes to mind, if you buy one of these.
Perhaps but you have to admit it looks damn sexy, reminds me of that new Lamborghini Murcielago or the F-22 Raptor
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The link to the CustomPC benchmarks goes to the bit-tech.net homepage, with a little CustomPC announcement box. Not to a download.

Just thought I'd let you know.
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Already seen the custom pc review of this a while back. Personally i don't see the point in these types of laptops and for the price i would rather get a i7 desktop rig and then with the change get the new i7 dell studio 15 or something for on the move. Though i guess the alienware looks cool in the asthetics department.
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Why-o-why havn't we seen more 'gaming' laptops with the mobility HD48xx series GPUS?

The HD4850m in my Advent 6555 is superior to the GPU in this laptop yet I paid under £950 for the entire laptop. My screen resolution is lower but, crucially, as its a gaming laptop with a relatively underpowered gpu (by desktop standards) it actually makes sense (as games like Crysis are playable with decent detail settings).

The Alienware looks ok (although its considerably fatter than my MSI based Advent) but the price is just ridiculous.
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This refers to the O/S the laptop was tested with. Obviously as 7 is out now, Alienware will be selling it with that instead.
Just shy of 2000 you should at least expect to have Ultimate rather than Home Premium

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Perhaps but you have to admit it looks damn sexy, reminds me of that new Lamborghini Murcielago or the F-22 Raptor
I think more Audi R8
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Is that an error or am i reading it wrong ?

Laptop looks a bit too square for me.
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The link to the CustomPC benchmarks goes to the bit-tech.net homepage, with a little CustomPC announcement box. Not to a download.

Just thought I'd let you know.
Cheers, changed the URL.
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Old 28th Oct 2009, 13:06   #14
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I hardly see the worth or the point.
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I don't see the point either, but perhaps the tests was a little few... I mean crysis is a sucker for power on any system, how about testing left 4 dead 2 (or 1 since the demo of 2 is delayed until oblivion), counterstrike source, red alert 3 and similar games people will actually play. I mean, nobody EVER bought a laptop to play crysis? (Edit: and testing crysis on this machine doesnt give a clear picture of what power this machine has, test nfs:shift and some never titles)
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excuse me i dont want to waste cash on a OLD graphics card the 260M is just a renamed 9800 GTX series that is also a renamed 8800 GTX series :P

Geforce GTX 260M = not a GT200 chip
Geforce GTX 280M = not a GT200 chip
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I hate to be the one to do this but why oh why do you give the custom pc benchmark scores in points? It's just completely useless in my opinion and doesn't give an indication how much better at something one piece of hardware is, I used to love bit-techs hardware reviews and could never say a bad word but this is happening a lot more often and just doesn't give an idea of real world performance. I know this is marketed at a gaming laptop and IMO the gaming benchmarks were fine but giving stuff like points for video encoding, image editing and multitasking just seems completely useless to me

Benchmarks with points aren't a good way to show performance, look at 3DMark, just because one card scores higher than the other doesn't mean it's gonna perform better so I always skip those parts of reviews. I get the feeling I'm gonna end up skipping parts of upcoming reviews if it's always like this T_T
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excuse me i dont want to waste cash on a OLD graphics card the 260M is just a renamed 9800 GTX series that is also a renamed 8800 GTX series :P

Geforce GTX 260M = not a GT200 chip
Geforce GTX 280M = not a GT200 chip
Yup they are all G92 based, hence my post above querying why we don't see more of the HD48XXm series in these class laptops.

Of course I could go into how retarted the mobile lineup is from nVidia but I can't be bothered.

All I will say is:

9800mGT - 96 shaders
9800mGTS - 64 shaders

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there are many laptops with Moblity HD 4800 series cards, just that some OEMs are just stupid to put old tech (or got paid)
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One thing, why Vista??
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