Alienware M11x Notebook Review @ HH

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  1. JMike

    JMike New Member

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    Hi Phat,

    The heaviest workload I have put the machine under other than gaming is listenin to iTunes while web surfing and answering emails on MS Outlook.

    The gaming I have done on the system is World of Warcraft (meduim settings) in that game I have been averaging around 30-65 fps but I havent tried any tweaking yet (having too much fun). The other game I have tried on it is Left for Dead. I havent measured the fps in that game yet but it plays fantastic!

    I have played and streamed a 720p HD uTube video of the Blue Angels to my 60in Pioneer Plasma TV. No hicuupos or problems whatsoever. The vid was gorgeous!

    I think how games play are completely subjective opinions and are, of course, based on in game settings. So, I decided to try something a little more objective. I have done some 3DMarks06 testing on the machine in various configurations. I used the basic 3DMarks06 vs. 1.2.0 download that is free. The resolution is fixed at 1280x768 unless you buy the program. Temperatures were measured with Core Temp vs. 0.99. Bus freq and FSB freq was measured with CPU-Z. My ambient room temperature was 21C. All tests were ran 3 times and averaged. My system has 4 gb RAM, 320 GB hard drive, and the ulv su-7300 processor. Below are the results I got:

    No Overclock with the mother board graphics:

    3DMarks06 Score: 683
    SM 2.0 Score: 219
    SM 3.0 Score: 263
    CPU Score: 1122
    cpu temperatures: 32-43C
    Bus Freq: 200 mhz
    Rates FSB Freq: 800 mhz
    Cpu Freq: 1300 mhz

    No Overclock with the Nvidia Graphics

    3DMarks06 Score: 5583
    SM 2.0 Score: 2617
    SM 3.0 Score: 2748
    CPU Score: 1146
    cpu temperatures: 38-53C
    Bus Freq: 200 mhz
    Rated FSB: 800 mhz
    CPU Freq: 1300 mhz

    OVERCLOCK with the Nvidia Graphics

    3DMarks06 Score: 6431
    SM 2.0 Score: 2981
    SM 3.0 Score: 3027
    CPU Score: 1418
    cpu temperatures: 39-53C
    Bus Freq: 266.7
    Rated FSB: 1066.7
    Cpu Freq: 1600 mhz

    It is interesting to me that the 3DMarks06 website show the CPU freq as 1733mhz and my feeling that is incorrect.

    By contrast, my 17 inch Gateway gaming laptop posted these specs at 1280x800:

    3DMarks06 Score: 9212
    SM 2.0 Score: 4283
    SM 3.0 Score: 4288
    CPU Score: 2053

    I hope this data helps to take some of the objectiveness out of the opinions here.

    Still, I must say that I am very satisfied with this purchase.

    Regards,

    Mike
     
  2. phat_11

    phat_11 New Member

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    Mike,

    Thanks for your precious input. Highly appreciated. I think I will be getting one soon, I am just waiting for the Asus product that I hope it will be available in Europe at the end of the month (just hoping). I have decided to have a powerful "ultraportable" for my main computer, so performance and portability (even at home) is crucial. The m11x seems to be perfect. I am not a big gamer on pc since I got the Xbox, so it is mainly my wish to be able to do mostly all with optimum performace on the m11x. I guess the mission can be accomplished. But guys if anyone had the opportunity to use the beast with common heavy tasks, your input will be appreciated. (for ex. Quictime videos, graphic software...)
    see ya around

    Greets,
    Phat
     
  3. Neshi

    Neshi HH's cuddly Blue Bear

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    any info on the temperature of the video card itself.. as that is what you were overclocking right?
     
  4. Stuart_Davidson

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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    I contacted Alienware the other day (a couple of weeks ago) and asked them why on their european (UK) site they will only allow selling of the systems to only holders of UK credit cards. I mean, what the fuck? So europeans other than british, who want to buy one, have to move to the UK, live there, get a UK credit card, then buy the system? lol
    What a fail!
     
  6. basho

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    I love my Alienware M11x! The idea of playing games on a machine that I can also fit in my every-day bag is heaven. I did a full review with pictures, stats and a full suite of tests at Dell Alienware M11x review | Outside Context

    I am open to answering any questions you may have :)
     
  7. blibbax

    blibbax nahm8

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    That seems lame at first glance, but actually it's pretty impressive for a net top. I was running a desktop with that kind of score not too long ago, and it was fine for most games.
     
  8. phat_11

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    It definitely seems ok for games. I am just hoping that it will be ok for heavy duty stuff (hd streaming, video files where you can't use gpu acceleration etc...), but I kinda have the feeling that it will be ok too :)
     
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    Still waiting for that Crysis vid cstaats...lol
    it would be amazing if it could play it with decent frame rates.
     
  10. Freeride600

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    for you wondering about crysis, this screenie was on all high settings, no AA, and 1280x720. :D that was about the average fps.. although it did dip into the high teens.

    [​IMG]

    I just played the demo... thru several times. lol. :bleh: imo it's pretty playable. i also dropped the res down to 800x600, and all very high settings was playable. sorry, no fps...
     
  11. cstaats

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    Hey all,

    Sorry I've been absent the last week or so. I started a new class in school and I've been busy with that (information security.)

    Here's a link to my website of some Far Cry 2 benchmarks. Settings used are at the top of the page.

    Far Cry® 2 Benchmark Report

    Cheers,
    Charlie
     
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    iPlayer Filled with noobsauce

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    I saw some vids on youtube with people running SC2 beta just fine.

    And btw the m11x seems to be the most popular model du jour.
     
  13. ridinkidonk

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    Hey there!

    Like a fair amount of other new users to this site, I just had to sign up myself to tell you guys that this was definitely the best review of any product I have ever read. It was comprehensive, gave exact information and was what we all needed to see and hear. I tip my hat to you! I really, really do.

    I have one question about this system, though; I have read throughout the pages of this discussion and seen that if you are only really going to be gaming and/or web-browsing on this thing, that 4GB of RAM is a viable option. That is mostly what I would be doing, along with working with Excel spreadsheets for work and Word documents as well... but because this system gets shipped with the 64-bit operating system software, would it be better to get the 8GB RAM instead? I don't do a massive amount of Photoshopping or any thing, but I HAVE done that sort of thing before and would like to futureproof my purchase if I were to get this laptop. I am considering the M15x as well, but I don't think I want to spend that much on some thing and that it probably weighs too much for my preference anyway.

    So essentially, what I am asking is that should I get the 8GB RAM because of the 64-bit OS (for it will most definitely utilise it if it is there whereas the 32-bit counterpart can only use the 4GB RAM anyway (or so I heard)) or should I save some money and stick with the 4GB RAM because I may not need it?

    Thanks again, I have now fallen in love with this website and it's community. ;).
     
  14. Trusteft

    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    If saving money is important enough, then get the 4GB version. There is no reason to get 8GB now. If in a couple of years you need 8GB, chances are the laptop will be obsolete enough to have to buy a new laptop anyway.
    Save your money.
     
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    Thank you for the prompt response, I will save my money and go with the 4GB option ^^.
     
  16. Rockpaste

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    Hello!

    I just joined up to ask a question about this machine. I couldn't find the answer and I apologize if I missed it.

    I just ordered it from Dell, and I was curious about the SSD drive vs the basic 7200 RPM.

    I'm a casual gamer (some WoW, mostly RPG's) and I basically bought this machine because I was looking for a netbook "type" with some balls.

    Should I go back and get the SSD? What benefit will it get me?
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    Performance wise you should be just fine with a 7200 drive. Battery wise, some people say SSDs are better for it, others say it is the same. Either way, the battery wise change will be too small to matter.
    What matters I guess in your case is if you want to move the laptop while it is operational. For example if you are in a bus and want to play a game while you travel in it, or in a car/taxi, etc. In that case the SSD will provide safety for your data and it should be ok with any sudden movements.
     
  18. Stuart_Davidson

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    The SSD will also give you faster boot times and generally snappier OS performance... not sure if thats worth the extra money for your purposes though. Everyone is different.
     
  19. Rockpaste

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    Hello!

    Just wanted to write back and thank you for your input. I decided not to upgrade to the SSD. Just got it today, and wanted to give a quick review.

    I love it. It's slick, looks great.

    Weight isn't bad at all. It fits comfortably in my "murse" and the extra few pounds are hardly noticable.

    The machine is extremely well built, and I don't fear taking it around with me. (some of the netbooks I've played with feel like they would collapse in a strong breeze)

    Boots up really fast. This is my first experience with Windows 7. I'm not sure how much that helps matters, but still. Really fast.

    Came with Portal, played around with it and was extremely happy. I was looking for balls, and that's what I got. Even if you're not a gamer, This is a powerful system

    I bought the better chip, one upgrade on the drive, and 4GB of ram.

    A few cons:

    I'm no architect, but I feel that the screen size vs the casing could have been utilized better. They could have made the screen another half inch bigger IMO.

    Some of the screen size is replaced by an obnoxious "ALIENWARE" trademark right under the screen. I had to turn this off as it was invasive and annoying. I know, minor complaint.


    Only thing I would have changed had I done this over again is go with the grey casing as opposed to the black.

    Thanks again for your input!
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2010
  20. rorohanga

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    guys..
    which one better, asus g51vt FR or new alienware m11x??

    do you think alienware m11x is worth it for 2 years??
     

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