*OFFICIAL* Alienware 17 R2/R3 Owner's Lounge

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by Mr. Fox, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. bigtonyman

    bigtonyman Desktop Powa!!!

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    You are better off buying one aftermarket anyway. I'd rather deal with EVGA for warranty issues than dell plus it would be cheaper anyway. :p
     
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    MickyD1234 Notebook Prophet

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    Very true. Come the day when I need more HP I will have a ton of options (except mobile). Looking forward to opening up the G/A to see what can be done with cooling...
     
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    Would be cool to mod up a water-cooled setup... If I get one I might have to do that. :D
     
  4. Jaycalgary

    Jaycalgary Notebook Consultant

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    Is the 4980HQ a major upgrade over the 4710? It is about a $500-600 upgrade.
     
  5. bigtonyman

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    I personally wouldn't say its worth the upgrade but that's just me. 4710 should hold its own for a while I believe.
     
  6. Galahad78

    Galahad78 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm trying to decide between 4710HQ and 4980HQ. Would you say that the 4710HQ cand hold for the next 5-6 years I plan to use my new laptop?
     
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    toto29620 Notebook Consultant

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    Take the cheaper and upgrade in two years ;) . Oh wait ...
     
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    I'm a bit different to the other guys in their opinion on this, if you look at the CPU details there's not much difference:
    4710HQ: base frequency = 2.5GHz, max turbo = 3.5GHz
    4980HQ: base frequency = 2.8Ghz, max turbo = 4.0GHz

    So, you're only getting a 10-15% performance increase in choosing the 4890HQ, which is by no means a generational performance difference, so it's not really gonna mean a greater future proofing by going with the slightly faster CPU. I'd save the money & get the 4710HQ, the $500-600 can then go to your next laptop or something completely different!

    @Galahad78, this applies to your question too. Although in 5-6yrs it's hard to say that either CPU will be enough, that 10-15% performance difference between the two CPU's is gonna mean approximately zero effective difference when talking 5-6yrs down the line.
     
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    Galahad78 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm rather new to this processor debate, so I'm a bit lost. I found this chart:

    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-4980HQ+@+2.80GHz&id=2327

    Will I notice a big difference from my current three-years-old 2670QM (2.2 Ghz to 3.1 Ghz with turbo-boost) to the 4710HQ?

    Thanks a lot for your help, really appreciated.
     
  10. Robbo99999

    Robbo99999 Notebook Prophet

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    It depends if you do CPU intensive tasks - most users/gamers don't do CPU intensive tasks. Office applications, gaming, virus scanning, the usual stuff doesn't use much CPU; some games use a lot of CPU, but most are GPU limited with CPU's from the i7 Sandybridge range onwards. (We both have i7 Sandybridge CPUs). I don't need a CPU upgrade at all for games, or anything else for that matter, however I could probably do with a GPU upgrade - I'd be happy wacking a 980M in with this CPU. BF4, and a few other games could be limited by our CPU, but I don't play that one. I don't think you'll notice a big difference in gaming or other tasks comparing your CPU with 4890HQ - the exception is if you're aiming for 120fps in games or if you do use CPU intensive applications - if you're not sure, then just open the Task Manager and monitor your CPU usage when doing stuff. As we're talking Alienware gaming systems here, then the focus is going to mainly be the GPU, that's the limitation.

    EDIT: when viewing your CPU usage in Task Manager, break down the view into a graph per CPU core, because if you're limited in single-threaded applications then it WILL help to get the 4890HQ, because that's 4.0Ghz in single threads vs your 3.1Ghz (not including architectural efficiency gains too).
     
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