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Alienware M11x R3 Laptop Review

by Stuart Davidson - 19th April 2011
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Alienware M11x R3 Laptop Review

Specification and Methodology

M11x Revision 3
Intel Core i7-2630UM
NVIDIA GT540M - 672/900MHz with 2GB DDR3
2x4GB DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24-1T- Hynix
750GB 7200RPM Drive - Seagate

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
DirectX 9.0c/10/11 (November 2010)
Forceware 267.21

3DMark 2011 Professional
PowerDVD 10 Ultimate Mark II
Adobe Master Collection CS5
Cinebench R11.5
Google Chrome
Arcsoft MediaConvertor 7
Flash 10.2
SiSoft Sandra
Dragon Age 2
Total War: Shogun 2

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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