Diff between AW18s?

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by R.Jay, Mar 6, 2019.

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  1. R.Jay

    R.Jay Newbie

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    Noob here and I have a quick question...
    I’m aware that the AW18 only available for 3 years (2013-2015) with diff graphic cards each years. Beside that, are there anything else diff? I read somewhere the 2015 is more exclusive because it was limited edition, was it true?
    Also, I read here and noticed people mention about the R1,2,3 or Viking. I ordered mine on July 2014 with 860m SLI. Can you guys tell me which version I have?
    I probably sound super dumb rn but please don’t roast me lol.
     
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    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    @Raidriar ?

    Im going to venture on not much difference other than GPU's but I never spent much time looking over the AW18 much.
     
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    No difference, all motherboards are prone to failure. Early versions came with DMC slot intact, later versions removed it altogether. The "limited edition" Alienware 18 was just for 970M/980M factory equipped models that came with special heatsinks for them, but the rest of the machine is identical to earlier Alienware 18s, nothing special about them at all.

    OP your model is Alienware 18 "Viking", sometimes called Alienware 18 R1 (there is no R2 or R3). You may be confusing with M18x R1 and M18x R2, two entirely different machines.
     
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    The "special edition" AW18 was one sold with 980M SLI. It just has an updated BIOS, nothing special about it besides the fact it was sold from the factory with 980M SLI.

    Alienware M18x aka R1 (2011) was sold with 2XXX Sandy-Bridge CPUs and 5XXM GPUs , can be upgraded up to 880M SLI

    Alienware M18x "R2" (2012) was sold with 3XXX Ivy-bridge CPUs & 6XXM GPUs. This is also the AW that was considered to be the best from AW by many of us. It has been able to use 2x330w AC Adapters and upgrade up to 1070 or 980M SLI using a modified BIOS. This one was also known by the name "Avenger"

    Alienware 18 ("R3" in some places, "Viking" model) [2013] This was sold with 4XXX Haswell CPUs and 7XXXM/8XXXM GPUs. It was later sold with 980M SLI as well. This is the least reliable of the three 18" models due to AW heading to a more mainstream market. This model can also be upgraded to 1070 just like the M18xR2 with the latest unlocked BIOS. Although with the latest official BIOS you can run 980M SLI.

    Since you have 860m SLI you have the Alienware 18 "Viking"

    @Raidriar beat me to it by 1 second
     
  5. Rengsey R. H. Jr.

    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    The Special Edition is the one that have the GTX 980 DT SLI MXM :D
     
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    R.Jay Newbie

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    Wow, thank you so much for all the answers guys. Glad I asked the question cuz I just learned a lot more about the machine just now lol. I love this laptop and don’t wanna sell it since it’s been with me for years but it’s starting to have a hard time to handle certain games now. Do you guys think they will bring back the 18in laptop in the future? I guess my best option rn is to upgrade the GPU to 980m but not sure how risky it might be
     
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    No more 18”, area51m is the successor now
     
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    I have the Area-51M now along with my M18xR2 still.

    I will say Area-51M is a good laptop, needs a bit tweaking but runs well.

    Build quality is great
     
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    @ssj92

    Is the 17.3" screen actually larger than your conventional 17.3 laptop due to the thin bezels or it's still a 17 inch screen?

    I love the 18.4 inch screen on my old Alienware 18

    Also, this is an OLED panel? I've never an OLED panel? How different is it than regular panels?
     
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    Amazing blacks and colors, great response times. Really the only downside is the risk of burn in, very $$$ to make, and lower lifespan than traditional LED backlit panels
     
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