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M14x Battlefield 3 Perfomance & Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Alienware 14 and M14x' started by gamba66, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. dragonx254

    dragonx254 Notebook Geek

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    I noticed without turbo boost, a 4-5 FPS increase, actually (with the same settings as with turbo boost).

    So it really doesn't affect BF3 or Crysis 2, at least to me. And you can always overclock the GPU to compensate if it does.
     
  2. alroar

    alroar Notebook Consultant

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    maybe the throtteling between the turbo-boost and default is downing the frames a bit. seen that issue on a thinkpad, as long the cpu is on turbo its good, but the throtteling seems to hit the bus somehow.

    maybe you can recreate that effect if you limit the cpu max. power in the windows energy settings to about 80% or smthng. or force it to run at 100% all the time there.


    update: just tested it on my m14x, cant reproduce that. if i disable boost, i feel like loosing around 2-5 frames
     
  3. creagan1

    creagan1 Notebook Geek

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    I tried turning the turbo boost off and got minimal change in my FPS performance. We shouldn't have to turn off turbo boost to have the game work better. Alienware laptops should be working better default we shouldn't have to tweak them like this.
     
  4. tehdewm

    tehdewm Notebook Guru

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    While I agree completely, having a windows machine, especially a gaming one is usually about tweaking. Macs are meant for right out of the box perfection. I have never used a windows pc I felt was perfect right out of the box, (though m14x did come close with such little bloatware)

    It would be nice to have it at its prime and full force when you buy it though. If someone really needs that though, they are called consoles :p
     
  5. creagan1

    creagan1 Notebook Geek

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    I'm calling Dell this week for them to replace my m14x. I had my heatsink/fan replaced the tech also repasted thermal temps on my heat sink, gpu and CPU. It's still get 99-100C high tempatures. I find it very VERY annoying that other people have no issues, but even I have a well ventilated room/fan with a 2fan cooling system underneath my laptop. I'm sorta kinda pissed/annoyed lol.
     
  6. speedkillz89

    speedkillz89 Newbie

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    Question for BF3 for the MX14, I want to get the MX14 here in a few days but i wanted to know if these specs are good enough for bf3

    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM 2.0GHz (2.9GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English edit
    WIRELESS CARDS Intel® Wireless-N WiFi Link 1000 a/g/n 1x2 edit
    MEMORY 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz edit
    HARD DRIVE 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s edit
    LCD PANEL 14.0" High Def+ (900p/1600x900) with WLED backlight edit
    WIRELESSHD OR MOBILE BROADBAND None edit
    INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE 8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Slot Load Optical Drive edit
    SOUND OPTIONS Soundblaster® X-Fi™ Hi Def Audio - Software Enabled
    VIDEO CARD 1.5GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M using NVIDIA Optimus™ technology

    will i need a better video card or is this not good enough to play bf3?
     
  7. speedkillz89

    speedkillz89 Newbie

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    Question for BF3 for the MX14, I want to get the MX14 here in a few days but i wanted to know if these specs are good enough for bf3

    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM 2.0GHz (2.9GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English edit
    WIRELESS CARDS Intel® Wireless-N WiFi Link 1000 a/g/n 1x2 edit
    MEMORY 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz edit
    HARD DRIVE 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s edit
    LCD PANEL 14.0" High Def+ (900p/1600x900) with WLED backlight edit
    WIRELESSHD OR MOBILE BROADBAND None edit
    INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE 8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Slot Load Optical Drive edit
    SOUND OPTIONS Soundblaster® X-Fi™ Hi Def Audio - Software Enabled
    VIDEO CARD 1.5GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M using NVIDIA Optimus™ technology

    will i need a better video card or is this not good enough to play bf3?


    and if you could show me your youtube vidoe my account is speedkillz89 or email me at gawdun@hotmail.com
     
  8. Kristofer

    Kristofer Notebook Guru

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    This video is done without fraps to avoid the drop in fps while this video is done with fraps and is a lot easier to watch. Looks good to me, especially for alpha. With a little GPU overclocking and further software development (i.e., drivers, the game itself), I expect BF3 will run very smoothly.
     
  9. dragonx254

    dragonx254 Notebook Geek

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    You could play on low or so. The beta is out, and it runs fine, but they said the beta is only like "Medium" graphics of the actual game. It's recommended to have a GTX560 or above (the m17x has that).
     
  10. Veritechz

    Veritechz Newbie

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    LEGEND!! Thanks so much CGSDR.

    Finally found some drivers with System Check that works, after weeks of looking.

    Is this something Nvidia has changed, or is there a special part of their site I need to look?
     
  11. revdiesel

    revdiesel Notebook Evangelist

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    I cant stand to play games under 1080p res since I have gamed with 1200p for so long. Anyway I was able to run the game at 1080p exported to my desktop monitor from the M14x. It was at 1080p Ultra settings with 30-45fps. I will post some screenshots later.
     
  12. revdiesel

    revdiesel Notebook Evangelist

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    <a target='_blank' title='ImageShack - Image And Video Hosting' href='http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/696/img2494vn.jpg/'><img src='http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/5749/img2494vn.jpg' border='0'/></a>

    I ended up turning anti aliasing up and anisotropic filter up and it didn't make much difference in my FPS. I had a OC of 740/1482/1031, Turned turbo mode off.
     
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    revdiesel Notebook Evangelist

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    Also. Does anyone know the difference antialiasing deferred makes? I have turned it on and off to different settings and haven't noticed the change visually or for my FPS. Thanks
     
  14. squeeb

    squeeb Notebook Enthusiast

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    Interesting. I swear I noticed a slight FPS increase dropping from 1600x900 to 1366x768, with a mix of medium - ultra settings (using the beta nvidia drivers they dropped for bf3).

    Whats the bottleneck on the M14x for this game in your opinion? I'm running the stock clocks, with the i7-2630QM.
     
  15. Super Octet

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    revdiesel Notebook Evangelist

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    Running at 1080p is alot different than the other 2 m14x screen's. It takes alot more.

    And the GPU is the bottleneck. But if you don't game at 1080p on an external monitor/TV etc.. then you can run the game at high no problems
     
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    tyler27 Notebook Consultant

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    running with everything at the highest settings and overclocked at 830-850mhz and it plays very nice and smooth
     
  18. sti4thewin

    sti4thewin Notebook Guru

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    are those safe overclock settings?? what program do u use?
     
  19. tyler27

    tyler27 Notebook Consultant

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    evga precision and you must have the custom unlocked bios with the gt555 voltage increased, it runs quite stable
     
  20. CGSDR

    CGSDR Notebook Deity

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    You're welcome, glad I could help :) anyway, I think that is the only site where they offer a modded .inf file for the false system check. however as for those that's release on the 285.xx Series will might not be needed the modded .inf anymore. Take those Betas version for e.g

    I'm not sure with Evga precision, but for MSI Afterburner, you dont need to unlocked the BIOS or whatsoever to OC the GT555M, because I did it with MSI Afterburner OC it from the stock to 720/1440/1100 (Core/Shader/Mem) got around between 50C ~ 65C, and with MSI Afterburner, it is even easier to OC because all you need to do is to slide the slider on the GUI, and click on Apply and it's done.
     

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