Alienware 18 WIN 10

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  1. Mr.K-1994

    Mr.K-1994 Notebook Consultant

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    Your machine with one GPU, eg: GTX 880M will do fin for a couple more years since it's on par with the GTX 1050 or more.
    SLI is dead.Even NVIDIA abandon their creation and so does games companies.
    By the way,will you keep the AW around?
    I remembered that you have to follow this guidelines for the upgrade to work,though I am not sure it's your AW model:,266,0)Alienware_18_R3
    Please respond!
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  2. Awhispersecho

    Awhispersecho Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't know. I still like SLI and quite a few games I play support it. COD series, Battlefield, they are just a couple of big name series that up to now still support it. There are tons more and I honestly think I only have 5-10 games that don't support it. Even some of them you can force SLI using profiles from other games. I've done that with Anno 2205 and going from 45-60 frames when maxed out to 75-90 frames when using SLI makes a huge difference. Sure seems worth it to me.

    I think I've gotten really lucky with my 18. My 980m's run great and scale well together, I have zero problems with the fan profile and never have throttling as they rarely go above 82C, when they do they'll max out at 85C (that's when the jet engines kick on) , and have never seen 90C even when on max performance. I have been planning on getting a desktop recently and decided to wait for the new GPU's before pulling the trigger. But regardless of how powerful the new ones are, I still plan on getting dual cards and running SLI whenever possible.
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  3. Aroc

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    You did link the correct Alienware model from Eurocom. Actually, the Alienware 18 has TWO MXM slots for dual graphics card, and mine are BOTH populated. So it has two not one GPU.

    Alienware 18 (R3) (Mid 2013)
    Graphics: Upgradeable MXM 3.0b; 2x slots; supports SLI and CF; up to 100W per GPU
    If the Fire Strike and Fire Strike Graphics scores are anything to go on, GTX 880m SLI scores (9,111 & 11,817 respectively) comparable to GTX 1060 (11,038.5 & 12,816 respectively), not the GTX 1050 (5,451 & 6,042 respectively), when SLI is working and SLI is scaling well. I often see +96% scaling with mine (Hitman, etc) or worst case +60% (Assetto Corsa).

    GPU, Fire Strike, Fire Strike Graphics
    GTX 880m SLI, 9111, 11817
    GTX 1050, 5451, 6042
    GTX 1060, 11038.5, 12816

    SLI is or at least was supported in a lot of games released in the last few years. That's enough for me right now. Although for me, this point is moot because I have a Eurocom Tornado F5 with a single GTX 1070 and I almost exclusively game on it. The whole Eurocom computer cost about what a GTX 980m SLI upgrade would have cost, and I got i7-7700 CPU out of the deal, plus a host of other niceties:
    + modern M.2 storage slots
    + better Linux support
    + eDP display panel with aftermarket replacement options (120hz option, 4k option, etc)
    + faster DDR4-3000 memory support
    + double the max ram (64GB v. 32GB)
    + upgrade path to coffee lake processors
    + MSI BIOS and MSI vBIOS, for the potential for smoother upgrades, we'll see ....
    + turbo fan button
    + 330W AC Adapter
    + all in a chassis about half the weight of the AW18 (6 lbs v. 12 lbs)
    To address your last question, will I keep the AW18 around? Probably I will. If nothing, with 2x1TB RAID0, 32GB RAM maxed out, and fast quad core i7, the AW18 makes a nice Hyper-V host or a nice VMware host for running a full lab of virtual machines. Though, for gaming, I tend to play games published between 1990 and 2005. REALLY old stuff. I got the Sierra On-Line games pack as well as a few others very inexpensively:
    Kings Quest Collection (DOS),
    Police Quest Collection (DOS),
    Gabriel Knight Collection (DOS),
    Zork (DOS),
    Phantasmagoria (DOS),
    Star Craft (1997, DOS),
    War Craft II: Tides of darkness (1995, DOS),
    Doom (1993, DOS),
    Doom 2 (1994, DOS),
    Quake (1996, DOS),
    Return to Castle Wolfensten (2001, Windows)
    Life is Strange (2015, Windows),
    99Vidas (2016, Windows)
    I like playing these games on the 18.4 inch monitor on the AW18, even though they are all ancient games and hardly tax the system at all. The intimacy afforded by the 18.4 inch panel close up, it really gets me into these old games! I also have these games loaded on an old Dell Precision M6400 mobile workstation (17 inch, 2.8 GHx dual core, ancient 2008-era GPU) and my wife loves it for much the same reasons.

    The AW18 is overkill compared with the Dell Precision for what I use it for. Should I keep it? Maybe not. Not because it's SLI. But because I still might be able to get a little money out it, then put that money into my desktop build.

    Normally, I game with my Eurocom i7-7700k GTX 1070 attached to my living room TV, with a Roccat lapboard (mechanical keyboard) and a Razer mouse from my recliner chair or from the sofa when I am playing a modern game.
    I looked at the NVIDIA site, and saw a big list of games out in the last few years that were SLI capable. I recognized a bunch of them and played quite a few of them.

    SLI - GeForce Gaming, 31 pages of games

    That's a lot of games. Enough that I stumbled across many on Steam by accident rather than seeking out SLI-capable titles.

    To try understand your POV, as well as others on this forum who parot the same SLI is dead now line, I did a search.

    Reddit | The state of SLI (on the games of 2017)
    3D Center | SLI and Crossfire suitability of current game titles on a low level (2017)

    only 1 out of 25 titles support SLI. To be honest, most of these titles do not interest me, and many I hadn't even heard of. The funny co-incidence is, the one title that does, it Prey, and it is SLI. Though to be fair, I have played Rime. However, I played it on the Playstation 4, since it was a short game and free with my Playstation Plus account.

    Also to be fair, Far Cry 5 is SLI aware, but only on Windows 10 with a DX12 card, which the GTX 880m I understand is not. But fortunately I had the foresight to get a new laptop (2017), so I do not have to play FC5 on the AW18. For a couple years (2015-2017) the AW18 allowed me to play any game, new or old, with ultra setting and 60+ frame rates on 1080p panel (comparable to GTX 980m or GTX 1060). So the it has served its purpose. Now the Eurocom fulfills that role.

    I will probably stay single GPU while I'm on 1080p. I may go SLI at 4K, if and when I go 4K for monitor, but so far I understand that takes GTX 1080 SLI or GTX 1080Ti or some sort of Titan. That also assumes that SLI is not dead. I'm not so certain we've proved that it's dead or not dead. Perhaps, it is both simultaneously dead and not dead and all we have to do is look into the box? Lucky for us, NVIDIA is releasing its new 11-series soon. ;)
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2018
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  4. Biotic

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    Do you still have that AW18?

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