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Alienware M17x Laptop


by Stuart Davidson - 24th August 2009
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Specification & Testing Software


Intel Core2 Extreme CPU Q9300 @ 2.53GHz
2x2GB  Hynix DDR3 – 1333 9-9-9-24-2T
2x Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M 1GB
nForce 730i SLI Chipset
2x 500GB Seagate SATA Hard Drives in Raid 0 (931.52Gb)
Optiarc AD-7640 DVD-RW Drive
Vista x64 Home Premium With SP2 (Updated from SP1)

GeForce Driver 190.38 (Updated from version 179.85 using the DH Nvidia Mobility Modder)
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
Photoshop CS4 64-bit
Cinebench R10 64-bit
Adobe Media Encoder CS4
Easy CD-DA Converter
Sisoft Sandra Business Pro
Black Magic Disk Speed Test
Everest Ultimate
Crysis: Warhead
RaceDriver: Grid
Left4Dead
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
Far Cry 2
PowerDVD 9
CoreCodec
Badaboom
vReveal

M17x Dimensions:
Width 406mm/15.98inches
Depth 321.2mm/12.65inches
Maximum Height 53.7mm/2.11 inches
Weight: 5.30kg (depends on Configuration)

After receiving the M17x the system was respawned to ensure a clean factory build was in place. All Windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drive was 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.

DriverHeaven does not use benchmark scripts. We play the games for long periods of time on various levels and report any unusual findings we see. Then we record with FRAPS across several in game levels recording the averages. This is real world testing and is just how you guys will experience the game.  Occasionally we might throw in a time demo as a further comparison, but we will note it.
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