Alienware m15 r2 + AGA with rtx 2080

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  1. Kamzan

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    I got alienware m15 r2 with i7 9750h and rtx 2080 maxq on his way to me. Im wondering how much performance will i gain if i add an alienware graphics amplifier with rtx 2080 connected to an external display ? Will it run close to desktop performance of an rtx 2080? i understand that the rtx 2080 maxq in the alienware m15 r2 runs close to an rtx 2070 desktop performance
     
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    I find the performance of the 2080 Max Q in games to be around 2070 and 1080 desktop cards. Synthetic benchmarks are quite different though, but in game FPS right in line.

    For the money required to buy a 2080 and AGA I think you will be very disappointed in the performance differences. AGA doesn’t bring you 100% of the card performance due to bandwidth limitations so you won’t get full 2080 performance bringing you down to little return on your investment.

    What games do you play?
     
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    Battlefield V, witcher 3, world of warcraft, ghost reckon breaking point, red dead redemption 2 when it comes out.
    Had the alienware 51m which was a beast but had an issue with the display and was heavy to travel with, so decided to go with the m15 r2.
     
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    Don't have any of those to test, but here's a look at Division 2 performance I did to decide what settings to use on my external monitor S3220DGF (Dell 165HZ). I still can't decide between 1080P on high (which happens to be faster than the 2070 desktop card by 4.4% and less than 5% behind the 2080 desktop card) or 1440P on high which is 1.2% slower than a 2070 desktop card.. Results for other cards pulled from here https://www.tweaktown.com/articles/8944/division-benchmarked-20-graphics-cards-tested/index.html

    I know results vary widely by game, but this is my favorite game and the only one I did this in depth look at. The 2080 MQ can OC a little bit, but I didn't get more than a couple frames here and there, nothing substantial.

    When running on the laptop itself (4K OLED) I run 1080P Ultra since I'm limited to 60Hz / FPS anyway and it looks gorgeous.

    2080MQ Benches.jpg

    Division 2 2080 MaxQ.jpg
     
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    thanks, looks like impressive performance for the size, im guessing 4k playing the division 2 etc is out of the question even with Egpu with an rtx 2080
     
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    Unless you play lower settings 4K isn’t quite there yet. Even a desktop 2080 is below 60 FPS on Ultra or High settings. Division 2 needs to be played with high quality graphics!
     
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    this is great info thank you. I too have the oled w the 2080 max q and the i7. Are you getting these scores w hdr enabled on the oled or is this with hdr disabled? Division 2 is my primary game as well. I really enjoy the lighting the hdr in division offers but I take a serious performance hit when enabling it. I’m curious of your experience with division 2 and hdr. Thanks much!
     
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    You might get the improvement you seek when Ampere arrives
     
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