Alienware Amplifier + CPU question

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  1. LaptopGamingGeek

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    Hey all,

    Pardon the newbie question here.

    I think it'll be time soon to attach some life support to my 17 R4 especially as the 1080 is struggling when using it over 1080p.

    Now I wanted to ask, if I wanted to connect an amplifier with a 1080ti/titan will there be any performance degradation when:

    1. using the Laptop monitor

    2. connecting to an external display

    Also I have a 6820hk, how much time do I think I can hold off a full laptop upgrade? Or should I just upgrade now?

    Thank you all in advance!
     
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    Vasudev Notebook Prophet

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    Internal GTX 1080 should should be good enough for QHD gaming.
    Connect the monitor using GPU's HDMI port in AGA to get best performance.
     
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    Yeah, I mean it's holding up for now. I'm just wondering if the CPU will cause me an issue soon...?
     
  4. Onetwo345

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    6820hk is still a very good processor. If it's holding you back in a couple of years, you can always overclock it.

    There is no way that processor will be underpowered anytime soon. The same goes for your 1080 gpu.

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    I doubt 6820HK is under-powered. It can OC to 4.4GHz like Onetwo345 said.
     
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    Fair enough, thanks guys that put my mind at ease. I'll still upgrade my card for use on an external screen. I've overclocked my CPU to 4.0Ghz, but it tends to thermal throttle as I haven't upgraded the paste method. I should probably do that when the time comes. Thanks guys.
     
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    4.4ghz for a quick bench if your on LM and have a golden chip but no more than 4ghz for gaming with no throttling. However as others have said this is plenty for gaming for now

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    Hey all, sorry was about to pull the trigger on a Amplifier and a Strix 1080 Ti...

    But it's just occurred to me, can I even use a 1080Ti in an amplifier? (given the PSU inside)

    Also does anyone have an idea how much of the Ti's performance I'll lose, utilising this solution?

    and if I wanted to game away from monitor and just use the 17's screen, I can do that can't I? though I presume that also comes at an additional performance hit?

    Thanks again for all help in advance.
     
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    The PSU is enough but the strix doesnt fit, you cannot close the lid with non reference boards.

    If you use the itnernal screen, you will have about a 10% performance penalty.
     
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    Fair enough, it's just awesome that I can use a 1080 Ti in general and even use the internal screen if need be.

    Many thanks for that, I guess I'll get a reference 1080 Ti then.

    Thank you!!!
     
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