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. jeremyshaw

    jeremyshaw Big time Idiot

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    I quite wanted one back in the day, when I was replacing my M11x. I was looking for something a tiny bit smaller, since the M11x's form factor really endeared itself to me, so I ended up passing this unit. Looking back, I agree with @Dwarf King ,the M14x was about the sweetspot in size/power. Nothing else I got really came close to the magic of the old M11x though it seemed like the M14x put forth the best effort in its day. I really hate how thin everything has gotten. Battery, cooling, keyboard, etc are all worse as a result (IMO).
     
  2. eclipse05

    eclipse05 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Guys! I am still conflicted deep inside about getting new machine. Well... actually I did at some point few months back and sorry for saying that, but DELL 7577 is kind'a crap when compare to M14Xr2.
    I got it on ebay: https://i.imgur.com/AOUawvX.png... True Story!
    I ordered it. I waited for it. I was thrilled to unpack it. I used it... for about three hours and realized that paying that much for something new that looks cheap, feels cheap, runs cheap doesn't make sense - this laptop throttles and make as much noise as my old Alienware... :( It was 7820HQ with 4K screen... Sure... Screen was OK but everything else sucked as hell. Speakers too when comparing to Klipsh solution on M14Xr2. So... I sent it back to the seller with apologies as it was way below my expectations.

    Be or not to be? Am I a fanboy already or just a sane person and there are no more any good laptops in this world... that I don't need to take a 2nd mortgage on? I want to buy something that isn't a terrible crap. I am still thinking about M15 R4 but according to some sources it's hot garbage too.
    I don't mind laptop to be slightly thicker here and there, but why the heck companies puts powerful CPUs to let them throttle after 20 seconds?

    I still watch YT reviews from many creators, but still can't find anything that will suite me. If you're in this thread and you know or had at some point M14xR2 - can you give me some hint where to look for?
    CPU performance and good IPS 15" panel is my priority. Anything?
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2019
  3. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    If you like AW then the 13 R3 with 1060 and OLED panel is a good machine and good size too.

    Otherwise you can try the new m15 with i7-8750H and 2060 graphics.

    there are also many other gamign brands out there too compared to 7 years ago.
     
  4. eclipse05

    eclipse05 Notebook Enthusiast

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    @ssj92 Thank you for your reply. I checked out AW13 R3 and I like it overall look except those bezels :) They are huge. Anyway idea is quite good, but 7700HQ is less powerful than mine 3820QM when locked to3.60GHz. So... Replacing for something slower isn't an option as for current things that I do I really need as much RAW power from CPU as it gets.

    I know that I'am very fussy when it comes to laptops. Well... I know what I do and I know what I need. Today I started to google around for some custom build laptops and found these guys -https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk
    Never heard about them before but seems legit. I am based in Ireland so shipping shouldn't be sucha a pain.

    For now I prepared something like that. Money is always an issue and picked parts that really matter to me. I am not gaming on the laptop so 1050Ti is very sufficient for video editing and rendering. I need 2TB mechanical drive as I keep there all footage that often need to get back to - Intel OPTANE should speed-up HDD drive a bit for often used files. It has mechanical keyboard and quite good cooling (but noisy) where 8750H and actually work as it suppose to. Total Order Price €1,458.00.

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    Guys! You have any thoughts or ideas? Standard thermal paste - I'll swap it to Thermal Grizzly Krayonaut anyways ;) 16GB of RAM is kinda OK. 32GB would be petter but price is bumping up for another €120. Swapping to 1060 would cost another €90 and I don't really need it...
    Do you know any other worth considering custom laptops in UE?
     
  5. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    Where are you getting that it's slower?

    M18xR2 with 3820QM overclocked to 3.9Ghz 24/7:

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    AW 13 R3 7700HQ set to full turbo constantly:

    [​IMG]

    I understand if you had the 3920XM overclocked then it can beat 7700HQ:

    [​IMG]

    These are all my systems and personal runs.
     
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  6. eclipse05

    eclipse05 Notebook Enthusiast

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    According to Passmark 8750H is performing about 25% better. But You all know. it all depends how bad it throttles.
    I am actually thinking to upgrade it to 32GB of RAM... I was rendering my last video on Alienware and around 80% it kept crashing. Killing all crap from task manager that was running in the background worked fine to free few gigs of ram and after that I could render my project. Video was about 30 minutes long, 4K in 60FPS. Usually I don't do such a long videos, but this time I did. That's the link- https://youtu.be/6eH3uS3-HOk. Yeah... I know it's in Polish, but you get the point why I need "horsepower" with excellent ventilation! Oh... and decent screen as that video was painfully edited on M14xR2! :)
     
  7. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    I'd assume you'd trust a NBR enthusiast over a passmark rating but to each and their own. :)

    My AW 13 R3 does have thermal grizzly pads and a repaste so that might be why.
     
  8. eclipse05

    eclipse05 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Passmark prove to be solid benchmark. Cinebench have too short runs unless you keep pushing.
    That's why I like to just throw a batch video encoding. Won't throttle or won't die over a period of 30-60 minutes it's a huge plus :p
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
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