Alienware M18x Laptop Review

7. Software / BIOS9. Platform Benchmarks


Alienware M18x Laptop Review

Specification and Methodology

M18x
Intel Core i7-2720QM
2x GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB – 675/625MHz
6GB Samsung DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24-1T
Seagate 750GB 7200RPM drive

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
DirectX 9.0c/10/11 (November 2010)
Forceware 267.64

3DMark 2011 Professional
PowerDVD 10 Ultimate Mark II
Adobe Master Collection CS5
Cinebench R11.5
dBpoweramp
AIDA64
Google Chrome
Arcsoft MediaConvertor 7
Flash 10.2
SiSoft Sandra

Fraps
BulletStorm
Dragon Age 2
Total War: Shogun 2
Badaboom

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

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