Alienware 15 FHD or QHD?

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by Kamzan, Feb 2, 2015.

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  1. Mentaromega

    Mentaromega Newbie

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    I have the 4k GTX980m 16gb configuration, and I can only say that the 4k monitor is _amazing_. I have been working on an old Alienware 15 1080p display for years, so I feel I have a very good side-by-side comparison, and the 4k monitor wins hands down. You will need the Windows 8.1 scaling support (without scaling, things get unreadable), but once you have it, you will NOT want to go back to 1080p. Especially not once you have the oooh-aaah experience when you download and view the first true 4k pictures on the net.

    Gaming-wise I have no problem going 4k either. What you need to be aware of: Once you start playing in 4k, you can (and should) turn off antialiasing completely. The high resolution renders almost all jagging stairwell effects unnoticeable, and the resulting picture feels much more sharp and contrasted than the antialiased versions. Also, you gain some significant fps gains. For example, while playing World of Warcraft, I consistently stay above 40fps for a very smooth performance with an amazing look. Will try some more games soonish.

    Initially, I only bought 4k in order to be able to watch 4k videos which will become the norm in 1-2 years, but it seems that even gaming is not out of the question for it, once you properly adapt the settings.

    Awesome!

    Now if only the speakers weren't such a terrible disappointment (slaps Klipsch)...
     
  2. T2050

    T2050 Notebook Deity

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    Using HWinfo or similar software, what is the model number of the panel?
     
  3. Mentaromega

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    This is what HWinfo tells me about the monitor:

    Monitor Name: Sharp [Unknown Model: SHP1430]
    Monitor Name (Manuf): LQ156D1 [DELL P/N: T41VN]

    No serial number.
     
  4. DeeX

    DeeX Liquid Hz

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    Anyone else with the UHD screen? How is it? I have had 2 exchanges for issue unrelated to the screen and I can tell you so far of the two 1080p screens I have had .. they both had horrible ghosting. This is compared to old M17,,m15..m14 and AW14 IPS screens.. I hear some people say their 1080p screens have no ghosting but this was 2 for 2 with ghosting. I was thinking of getting a 4k screen just to see if this would resolve the issue.

    Also people with 4k have you tried 1080p resolution? How does it look? Good still or blurr?
     
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    DeeX Liquid Hz

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    Just wanted to add something that might matter. I had recently had exchanged a system from a 1080p to a 4k system. While I had both systems I did some testing and found out some interesting info.
    I have also a 240w adaptor and a 180w.

    I installed a game (World of Warcraft WOD) and I pulled up the FPS monitor. It was locked at 60 FPS with the 240W adaptor in.
    The current scene was nothing too demanding and AA was off in the settings.
    I unpluged the adaptor. The FPS dropped to about 25 - 30 FPS while on battery as expected.
    Then I tried the 180w. To my surprise the FPS only went up to about 45 and the game seemed more blurry.

    The reason why I figured this matters is the understanding of the PSU. I assumed that people were asking for a 240w PSU because under tremendous stress the system with throttle at some max breaking point. Well this seems to not be the case. It seems just having the 180w psu plugged in causes the the framerate to drop. I will look at the clocks of the cpu and gpu and see if anything changes and post back here.
     
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