AlienWare M14x R2 [Still Alive in 2018, 2019]

Discussion in 'Alienware 14 and M14x' started by eclipse05, Sep 17, 2018.

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Do you still have, had or maybe wanna buy M14x R2?

  1. Yes, I am still using it.

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  2. I had one, sold it.

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  3. No, never had.

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  4. I am thinking to buy one.

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  1. eclipse05

    eclipse05 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Recently I started a thread regarding new BIOS update that fixes Spectre problem. It can be found here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/alienware-m14x-r2-bios-a15-march-2018.822996/
    As I don't want to off topic there too much I'm starting a new thread for all M14xR2 users out there. Let's say it's a little tiny tribute to this machine as it deserves it :)


    On previous thread I was asked about M.2 drive and cooling down capabilities (please go to the BIOS thread first). This is my answer:
    M.2, but only 42mm drives fits there. Something like this SSD: https://goo.gl/TSqucF. Need to remember that this port doesn't support NVMe drives. Only "slow" SSDs up to 600MB/s :)

    Heatsink is fully sufficient to cool down 3820QM even when locked to 3.6 GHz. Only TDP is a wall. For first few minutes it's 51W but after that and under full load on all cores with no breaks it goes down to 45W. Then clocks on 8 threads are jumping between 3.3 - 3.5 GHz.
    I am using my laptop as a workhorse and it's unkillable. I left it for about 3 months to convert all my 4K video library from H264 to HEVC using handbreake (It was about 800GB of videos)
    Only left screen slightly opened as there was some heat coming out through keyboard too. During that time I broke one AC adapter and overheated second couple of times - when this happens need to unplug it for few minutes and then it's ready for another portion of tortures. M14x R2 is still a best :cool: Under full load hottest core is around 67-72C and CPU package up to 80C.

    Underneath I added some risers to allow for better air circulation:
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    Lately I was thinking about upgrade as I hate screen in my AlienWare. I am content creator and also making some tech videos for YouTube. I have a full desktop with 32" 4K screen with Ryzen 1800X, but I am using laptop a lot when I'm away. Few days ago I bought Dell 7577 with 4K screen and 7700HQ. To be honest... wasn't happy at all. I used it for few hours and it's disappointing when comparing to M14xR2. I sent it back. CPU was slower and it throttled under full load. Build quality and overall look seemed like a cheap laptop bought from Tesco / Walmart. No offence to anyone who uses 7577, seriously guys, don't! Dell 7577 has excellent 4K panel and it's thinner, but AlienWare is way higher standard and looks like a spaceship... old spaceship :) Oh! And a sound quality! M14xR2 has exceptionally better speakers. This was one of the biggest reasons why I didn't want 7577.

    Below few pics of my old friend :)
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  2. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    Get the 1600x900 screen. The full assembly brand new cost me like $50 on eBay. It's wayyyyyyy better than the 1366x768 display.
     
  3. xKilXlerx

    xKilXlerx Notebook Guru

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    I dont know about the Alienware M14x R2 but I agree that it is a beast. And what is its current display. 1366x768 one?
     
  4. eclipse05

    eclipse05 Notebook Enthusiast

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    It is 1366x768 but it can't be swapped for 1600x900. Pins are different - it won't work. If it would I will have it done already :(
     
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  6. eclipse05

    eclipse05 Notebook Enthusiast

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    If I had known it two year back... :confused: Although, it's still something worth consideration even though I was thinking to swap it for something like 15 R3...

    I've found something like that: https://www.ebay.ie/itm/New-Dell-Al...249298?hash=item4aecf7e692:g:02kAAOSw2s1UxjyY
    It is still TN panel, but does anyone know how it compares to the 1366x768 one?
     
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  7. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    I bought the whole assembly:

    https://www.ebay.ie/itm/NEW-Dell-Al...495224?hash=item3fa72a1f38:g:xScAAOSweuxWT3xC

    1600x900 display is much better than the 1366x768. Colors are better, it's sharper, etc.
     
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