Downgrading from AW15 to AW13?

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by JDawggS316, Sep 2, 2015.

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  1. J.Dre

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    The base Alienware 15 outperforms the best Alienware 13 by approximately 20%. The Alienware 13 is not as weak as I originally thought it would be. If you need something highly portable, I recommend the Alienware 13. It's built very well and handles games better than other 13" laptops within the price range.

    The R2 has a better battery. I'd wait for that. Performance-wise, the R2 is not going to be much better.
     
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    Do you know if the Aw 13 R2 with the Graphics Amplifier (GTX 970) will suffer a decrease in performance due to the 6500U?
     
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    The 6500U and 5500U are identical in regards to performance.
     
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    I wonder how big of a bottleneck the 6500U and 5500U will impose on the Amplifier. I've heard even with a GTX 970 paired with an AW 13 there's a 15-20% decreased in the 970's full performance.
     
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    He doesn't show FPS, but it's definitely playable. Take his report of FPS with a grain of salt. :p
     
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    My brother now owns an Alienware 13. Its really light and nice but I still love my Alienware 14.
     
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    That's a lot of work you put in, thank you
     
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    It was the same reasons why I got my 15 with a dual core. You definitely don't need an i7 for the next 2-3 years if only gaming is concerned.
     
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    i5, i7... usually misnomers. An i7 5500u feels more like a mobile i3/i5, just like how a mobile i7 feels more like a desktop i5: better to check for features, rather than relying on the name. Dual core is an acceptable compromise, but can't perform miracles. Quad core matters when you want to punt bad console ports with raw CPU power, run games at 60fps, multitask while gaming, or have a high-end GPU in the GA and don't want it going to waste. Assuming the dual core isn't significantly faster / overclocked that is...
     
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    Well I do have the GA with the GTX 970. So you're saying the quad core vs dual core argument lends itself heavily to the quad core just because I have the GA?
     
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