M18X r3

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Michael_bg, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Michael_bg

    Michael_bg Newbie

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    Hello,

    I have bay my M18 in the end of 2015 and hi work still fine but in some games
    i see the picture slowing down and i need some time to decline resolution.

    Inside the M18 is one intel 4700MQ whit 880M in SLI. working whit Win 7.
    I'm here because i realy need some advice and propostion to make my choice
    to upgrade my M18 or maybe to bay new one.

    For upgrade i've been thinking to take two 980M for SLI and maybe to change
    the processor whit one 4940MX.
    The real problem is how much time i cant use this configuration when we
    know that the games is moving faster then drivers upgrade.

    I am realy very grateful for any help and i want to take the good decision.

    (I'm sorry if i offense some one whit my english but i wrote not so frequently
    and is not my native language)

    Thank you
     
  2. Danishblunt

    Danishblunt Notebook Virtuoso

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    Two 980M's would give you a significantly bigger boost in terms of performance. They would be on par with a GTX 1070 (if the games supports it properly), you could also go for a single GTX 1070 and save money + get the performance in every game. However I'm not 100% sure about the compatibility so I'll drag an alienware nerd into here.

    @Raidriar
     
  3. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    You'll be better off with 980M SLI compared to any other configuration for now since it has native support.

    For CPU try looking for a 4930MX if you can find it cheaper. 4940MX were known to be bad bins compared to 4930MX.

    980M SLI should be able to play most games at 1080p maxed out. You can always wait until the end of the year to see if any of the new laptop cards (1160, 1170, etc.) fit in the AW18 and work.
     
  4. ColaMonster

    ColaMonster Notebook Consultant

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    in my opinion the gtx 1060 is like the perfect card for 1080p gaming, especially for the price of a 1060 vs 980m, sli 980m, or 1070 performance, since technically the best youll get out of your screen most likely is 60hz 1080p. if your connecting to an external monitor, probably go 980m or sli 980m, (since I think you can use gsync then right?) but if its just the laptop gaming, I dont see a large point in burning all the extra money if your not getting much out of it.

    can never go wrong with processor upgrades though :3
     
  5. Michael_bg

    Michael_bg Newbie

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    Hello,

    Thank you all this really help me to see more clearly about what we can still do whit old M18.
    Talking about 1060 we are still whit single card whit much lower performance from the sli 980M.

    Also for the last generation cards whe are not sure whit compatibility process , still need moded bios
    and right screen.
    I see some 1080M from the Ebay in MXM 3.0b but not sure is this cards can work int the M18
    even Dell dont make it whit last M17 generation.(fake picture ?)

    The last M17 Alienware whit 1070M proposed is more expensive that the old M18 whit 980M.
    at the time.
    The price of 1080M laptops is more than abused but this can still dont change
    my mind to bay one desktop computer.

    Waiting ....
     
  6. ColaMonster

    ColaMonster Notebook Consultant

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    @woodzstack Sells 1060's that work in the 18 with LVDS, just need modded bios and modded drivers.

    and yes 980M sli performance is much higher then a single 1060, there is wasted power there, and alot of games dont like SLI these days.


    Unsure about 1080's in the m18x, i think it has too much power draw and are too big, but the 1070 works, as posted by another member just recently with instructions on how to do it :)
     
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  7. woodzstack

    woodzstack Alezka Computers , Official Clevo reseller.

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    yup
     
  8. MobileArtist

    MobileArtist Notebook Deity

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    If I'm looking to buy an 18X (R2 or R3) on the used market is there anything I need to look out for both positively and negatively?

    Does R3 have a brighter display? Are there reliability issues with certain models or configurations?

    Thanks
     
  9. ColaMonster

    ColaMonster Notebook Consultant

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    From what ive read, and personal experience, People seem to vote for the R2. From what ive read they have better audio, runs cooler because the R2 has proper fan control, whereas the 18 you cant really control the CPU fan without cutting power to the GPU fan, and a few different qwirks, but I do like the body and looks of the 18 better, and im still trying to figure out better cooling options for the 18 :)
     
  10. MobileArtist

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    Were you speaking of th 17 inch? There is an 18X R2 and and 18X R3, correct?
    I definitely want an 18.4 inch display.
     
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