*OFFICIAL* Alienware 15 R4 Owner's Lounge

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  1. tom_mai78101

    tom_mai78101 Notebook Consultant

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    I daresay this is an exclusive issue for Alienware 15 r4.

    How do I enter ALT Codes without the numpad?

    I need to create or type out the ESCAPE character (ASCII 27(dec)) from the ASCII table.


    EDIT:

    The moment I ask this, I realized Windows 10 comes with Ease of Access. I can just bring up the on-screen keyboard and use the virtualized NumPad instead.
     
  2. brf4n

    brf4n Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have the TN panel - it was a free warranty upgrade from Dell.

    It is a nice screen. The colors are pretty good, especially if you tweak them with the Nvidia Control Panel.

    I used to have the IPS panel, and I cannot tell much of a difference.

    Also, when I look at the from the side, nothing really appears washed out. It almost makes me question if it really is a TN panel, but then I check my Hz and it's 120.

    Bioshock Infinite looks amazing on it, which is the most colorful game I have played in a while.
     
  3. sisqo_uk

    sisqo_uk Notebook Deity

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    Hi guys. I have the aw15 r4 with 1070 oc.
    Trying out the “new command center” not sure how the profiles work as they appear to remain “set”.
    So power modes always remains in quiet mode.
    I go to the bios and set it to full speed. And the fans are blaring. But at some point on its own it goes back to quiet mode. I know it’s doing this because I restart the laptop and it’s set to quiet again.
    Bios is on 1.1.6. I haven’t messed with it because I don’t really know what’s “good” so far. Only had it a few days.
    So how do I get this to stay as I select it?
    Also there is no option to overclock the gpu like I’ve seen on YouTube from a user when the option was there on his 1080

    Thanks


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  4. JimJohnson

    JimJohnson Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey guys, I am considering grabbing an R4 w/ full 1070, specifically this one (prices in Canadian): https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/produc...n10-home-certified-refurbished/13339456.aspx?

    My biggest concerns are:
    - Refurbished
    - Only 1 year warranty
    - I've read mixed reviews on the cooling and fan noise of this machine
    - May need to upgrade SSD later

    I'm comparing this between a brand new Lenovo Y740 w/ 2070 max Q for $2358 Canadian dollars (so $459 CAD more expensive than the R4).

    What I like about the Lenovo Y740 is I have a 3 year full warranty w/ in-home repair, and accidental drop/spill damage. It's also a brand new unit.

    The only things I care about are framerates, temperatures and overall longevity of the machine.

    Can anyone give some advice on which one you'd recommend going with?

    Thanks!
     
  5. sisqo_uk

    sisqo_uk Notebook Deity

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    Well since I’ve bought one and not yet received mine. I bought the y740 with a 2070.
    I also got the aw15 r4 with 1070. Its solid. I used to have the r3 1070 a year ago.
    It’s a beast unit, a tad on the big and weighty side.
    If your ok with size then save money and go with r4. It’s around 8fps behind in some games. But also better in some games according to notebook check.
    I’m hoping to stick with the y740 just cos it’s more portable at the expense of a pricier laptop.


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  6. JimJohnson

    JimJohnson Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for your reply! I'm glad to know you enjoyed the R4. If it's behind in FPS in some games then I'll probably just stick with the Y740 since it'll probably have better resale value too if I want to upgrade down the road. Very helpful to know though.
     
  7. sisqo_uk

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    Although I already know that your picking the y740 (of course you would). I’m going through disagree with y740 having better resale value. You’ll lose a lot more on it than you would the r4 purely because it’s done most of its depreciation already. Just depends how much you pay for it.
    In my case I’ll actually make a profit on it. How much is yet to be seen when mine arrives which is around the start of April.


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  8. nemoris

    nemoris Notebook Evangelist

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    Is there any way other than turning on performance mode to make the fans go max speed under higher temps? The cpu RPM only goes up to 4300 and GPU 4500, but they both go to 4700/4800 if you turn on the performance mode (which obviously isn't practical to keep on all the time).
     
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  9. propeldragon

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    Use hwinfo64 fan controls.
     
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  10. EG_Steps

    EG_Steps Newbie

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    Hi guys,

    Just received my refurbished 15 R4 from Dell today. Am new to the PC gaming scene and would like some guidance on what to undertake to identify any issues / hardware problems with the system (if any). I have 15 days to identify any major issues and to potentially do a return if required.

    Config: 8750H, 16GB DDR4 2666Mhz ram, GTX 1070 OC, 60 Hz IPS display, 256 GB SSD + 1TB HDD

    Immediately after receiving the system, I noticed the OS was installed on the HDD. I re-installed Windows 10 on the SSD and cleaned out all the bloatware.

    Also please advise what are the various tests I should be running to identify if this is a lemon or not. Happy to run the tests and post the results here for review by the experts on this forum.

    I haven't initiated throttlestop yet, and will do so after reading a guide et al. Also, apologies if these questions have been answered in various parts of the forum and wanted to make a case for my specific system.

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    Idle temps below:
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    Userbenchmark scores:

    Gaming - 98%, Desktop - 100%, Workstation - 75%

    CPU: 89.5%

    GPU: 101%

    SSD: 177%

    RAM: 80.3%


    Running Aida 64, stress testing CPU, FPU and GPU; after 4-5 minutes of test, results indicate CPU throttling 23%, and test stopped with "Warning - Hardware Failure Detected".
     
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