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*OFFICIAL* Alienware 18 Owner's Lounge Thread

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Mr. Fox, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Overclocked | Overvolted Moderator

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    Note: For general questions regarding specs, ordering information and general discussion about all of the new Alienware laptops, including the new Alienware 18, please visit this thread and the Alienware Social Media Team will be glad to help you. *Official* Alienware Launch Discussion Thread

    [HR][/HR]With the total redesign of the exciting new beast, we will need a new Owner's Lounge. This thread will be the place to discuss your new Alienware 18, share information with fellow owners and answer questions for prospective new owners. As you begin to receive your machines, please feel free to add your own personal product review, photos, etc.
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    Processor Help Me Choose


    • 4th Generation Intel® Core&#8482; i7-4700MQ (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
    • 4th Generation Intel® Core&#8482; i7-4800MQ (6MB Cache, up to 3.7GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
    • Overclocked 4th Generation Intel® Core&#8482; i7-4900MQ (8MB Cache, up to 4.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
    • Overclocked 4th Generation Intel® Core&#8482; i7-4930MX (8MB Cache, up to 4.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
    Operating System Help Me Choose

    • Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit, English
    • Windows® 7 Ultimate 64-bit, English
    • Windows 8, 64-bit, English
    • Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit, English
    Memory Help Me Choose

    • 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
    • 16GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
    • 32GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
    Chipset

    • Intel HM87 Express Chipset
    Video Card Help Me Choose

    • Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M with 2GB GDDR5 - NVIDIA SLI® Enabled
    • Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770M with 3GB GDDR5 - NVIDIA SLI® Enabled
    • Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780M with 4GB GDDR5 - NVIDIA SLI® Enabled
    Display Help Me Choose

    • 18.4 inch (467.36 mm) WLED FHD (1080p) TrueLife PLS 350 Nit Display (1920 X 1080) (Standard)
    Audio and Speakers

    • Internal High-Definition 5.1 Performance Audio with Dolby Home Theater v4 Software (Standard)
      2.1 Speaker configuration with Subwoofer
      Audio Powered by Klipsch®
      7.1 Digtial Audio out using HDMI out connection or S/PDIF Optical port
    Hard Drive Help Me Choose

    • Up to 1500GB2 SATA hard drive (7200RPM)
    • Up to 1000GB2 hard drive
    Optical Drive

    • Slot-Loading 8x SuperMulti Drive (DVD±R/RW) (Standard)
      Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BD-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
    Power

    • 8-cell Lithium Ion (86 wHr)
      330W A/C Adapter
    Camera

    • FullHD 2MP Camera with dual digital microphones
    Wireless

    • Killer Networks Gigabit Ethernet NIC (Standard)
      5G WiFi Broadcom 4352 802.11n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 (Standard)
    Ports, Slots & Chassis

    • AlienFX Lighting Zones
      10 unique programmable zones with up to 20 distinct colors providing over 10 trillion lighting combinations

      Customized Features
      Laser-Engraved Nameplate

      Dimensions & Starting weight
      Height: Front: 56.71mm. (2.23 in.) Rear: 57.50mm (2.26 in.)
      Depth: 327.89 mm (12.909 in.)
      Width: 456.50 mm (17.972 in.)
      Starting at weight with optional SSD: 5.472 kg (12.064 lbs)

      External Chassis Connections
      (1x) Power/DC-in Jack
      (1x) RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet IPv6 (3x) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports
      (1x) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port with PowerShare Technology
      (1x) Mini-Display Port
      (1x) HDMI 1.4 Output / 1.3 Input
      (1x) 9-in-1 Media Card Reader
      (2x) Audio Out 1/8" Ports (One compatible with inline mic headset)
      (1x) Line In Microphone 1/8" Port (retaskable for 5.1 analog audio output)
      (1x) Kensington Security Lock port (cable and lock sold separately)

      Exterior Chassis Materials
      Anodized Aluminum
      Magnesium Alloy

      Keyboard
      4-Zone, multi-color RGB, keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls and numeric keypad
      9 user-programmable keys providing up to 19 distinct functions per application or game

      Memory Slots
      4x 204-Pin DDR3L SO-DIMM SDRAM Slots

      Software
      Alienware Command Center
      AlienFX&#8482;
      AlienTouch&#8482;
      AlienFusion
      AlienAdrenaline w/ Accelerator
      Alienware TactX&#8482;

      Touchpad
      Backlit button image sensor trackpad with all-points addressable (APA)
    [HR][/HR]Technical Resources

    Drivers & Downloads for Alienware 18 (alternative Dell FTP web page for all Dell drivers)


    Alienware 18 Owner's Manual (includes illustrated teardown instructions)
     
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  2. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Overclocked | Overvolted Moderator

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    Here are some sample gameplay videos with the Alienware 18... This is using the stock Dell driver and no overclocking. Enjoy.

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    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HCmnf2m_Mkg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
     
  3. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Overclocked | Overvolted Moderator

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    Here are some photos of the Alienware 18...

    <iframe class="imgur-album" width="100%" height="550" frameborder="0" src="http://imgur.com/a/qDOan/embed"></iframe>
     
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  4. Mr. Fox

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    Thanks to our good friend, DELLChrisM from Dell Community Forums, here is a parts list for the new Alienware 18.
    [HR][/HR]Bottom Plastic Assembly
    1609W Bottom Case for ODD
    1WYKD Bottom Case for non ODD
    1WPDD Bottom Base cover with blank COA label
    4K8FX Front door with nameplate
    N77GT Bottom door rear assembly

    DVD-ROMs, ODD = Optical Disk Drive
    3KVNM DVDRW/BD-ROM,HLDS
    WY4WC DVD+/-RW,HLDS
    P3KVR DVD+/-RW,PLDS
    7JNWY ODD bracket
    9TC6M ODD cable

    Graphic Card (GPU)
    CG8VH SLI cable Nvidia
    R7H03 GPU Fan
    MHR0Y GPU Thermal Pad
    2K0KW Nvidia GeForce GTX780m N14E-GTX 4GB GDDR5 with bracket, thermal pad
    TJ6G8 GTX780m GPU Thermal Module Right 100w
    HTXFC GTX780m GPU Thermal Module Left 100w
    1RMFM Nvidia GeForce GTX770m N14E-GS 3GB GDDR5 with bracket, thermal pad
    D6V4R Nvidia GeForce GTX765m N14E-GE 2GB GDDR5 with bracket, thermal pad
    H3P03 GTX765m/GTX770m GPU Thermal Module Right 75w
    YX4KF GTX765m/GTX770m GPU Thermal Module Left 75w

    Hard Drives, Cables, Brackets
    PXGTW HDD Bracket
    FMJH7 HDD FPC cable
    RJF2Y 2ND HDD Bracket for ODD bay
    R64M2 2ND HDD FPC for ODD bay (SATA cable)
    5K1VD HDD 1TB,S3,512E,KAHV-SSH
    1KT1K HDD 1TB,S3,5.4K,2.5,512E,AQU-B
    K8Y8C HDD 1TB,S3,5.4,2.5,512E
    W6F0N HDD 750GB,S2,7.2,2.5,512E,MX375
    WJH3D HDD 750GB,S2,7.2,2.5,512E,JET-C
    2XFM1 SSD 512GB,S3,7MM,Liteon,M6S
    HHCWG SSD 512GB,S3,7MM,Liteon,M3S-M
    WKJR2 SSD 256GB,S3,7mm,Liteon,M3S-M
    XFJWX SSD 256GB,S3,7mm,Liteon,M6S
    64T7G SSD 256GB,S3,MCARD,Liteon,M3M-M
    XXM30 SSD 256GB,S3,MCARD,Liteon,M6M
    M5PCC SSD 256GB,S3,MCARD,Hynix,SH920
    FFKNK SSD 256GB,S3,7mm,Samsung,PM841
    XVN2P SSD 80GB,S3,MCARD,3.8MM,Intel 530
    0PM10 SSD 64GB,S3,FULL,MCARD,PM830
    8DWMT SSD 64GB,S3,MCARD,Liteon,L3M-M
    5FCRV SSD 64GB,S3,MCARD,Hynix,SH920
    H9R7V SSD 32GB,S3,MCARD,Liteon,L6M
    92K2X SSD 32GB,S3,MCARD,Hynix,SH920
    7C4P7 SSD 32GB,S3,FULL,MCARD,PM830

    Keyboard
    M8MH8 Keyboard
    HPWTH keyboard support bracket
    JC1MH Touchpad button with bracket
    GFJ8V Touchpad, Light guide, FFC

    LCD
    866JK 18.4 FHD, 16X9
    18N13 LCD Cover WLAN+WIGGI
    DKNF7 LCD Bezel
    DWVPH LCD Bezel Flat
    MPNHN LCD Cover WLAN
    NC4YP LVDS Cable Flat
    2VVTR LVDS Cable
    V2Y69 LCD Bracket Left
    NC3YR LCD Bracket Left Flat
    X7X9V LCD Hinge Left
    RH7V0 LCD Bracket Right
    2FMW0 LCD Bracket Right Flat
    G1P12 LCD Hinge Right
    W58PR Camera, 2.1M

    Memory
    N2M64 8GB,1600,2RX8,4G,DDR3L,S
    NWMX1 4GB,1600,2RX8,4G,DDR3L,S

    Motherboards/Boards
    NCCXC Motherboard, Windows 8 Pro, with CPU and VGA Thermal pad (4703X,MHR0Y,F1RJC)
    3FGT2 Motherboard, Windows 8 Home, with CPU and VGA Thermal pad (4703X,MHR0Y,F1RJC)
    T47XJ Motherboard, Windows 7, with CPU and VGA Thermal pad (4703X,MHR0Y,F1RJC)
    RWF8Y Logo board with cable and light guide
    2R94W Hall Sensor board
    52YHK Power board with FCC
    72YDF Non-VPT board with FPC
    D8X48 Indicator board with FFC
    H3VYP Card reader board with FCC
    H7T88 Tron light board with holder
    877KT Tron light board with holder Front
    XVVY6 Audio board
    D27P3 AlienHead Board with cable
    9V9NY LED Board with cable, L/R

    Palmrests
    TMN17 Palmrest assembly

    Plastics
    JMP4R Nameplate
    M9DVD SD Dummy card
    MHN6X Plastic Holder Cable

    Power Source
    K2490 Power cord
    3K03F Reserve Coincell battery
    Y90RR AC Adapter, Delta, 330w, 3-Pin (Uses C13 Straight Power Cord)
    FHMD4 AC Adapter, Flextronics, 240w, 3-Pin (Uses C13 Straight Power Cord)
    FWCRC AC Adapter, Delta, 240w, 3-Pin (Uses C13 Straight Power Cord)
    G33TT Primary battery, Samsung, 89WHR, 8C
    KJ2PX Primary battery, Simplo, 89WHR, 8C

    Processor Modules Haswell
    X2R7W CPU Fan
    0VMK2 CPU Thermal Module
    F1RJC CPU Thermal Pad
    C8HRG i7-4930MX 3.00GHz with CPU thermal pad (DNWKK,F1RJC)
    HDX3D i7-4900MQ 2.80GHz with CPU thermal pad (77RHX,F1RJC)
    036M4 i7-4800MQ 2.70GHz with CPU thermal pad (NXFRR,F1RJC)
    86XWW i7-4700MQ 2.40GHz with CPU thermal pad (0DMPC,F1RJC)

    Speakers
    0M13V Subwoofer assembly with two cushions
    0PFWT Speaker assembly with four cushions

    Wireless
    CTJ7G Killer N1202 WLAN, WiFi + blue tooth, Half Mini Card
    XW7V6 BCM4352
     
  5. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Overclocked | Overvolted Moderator

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    Thankfully, all of the ludicrous speculation about the demise of the Alienware flagship monster laptop were false for yet another year.

    Hats off to Alienware for providing us with more extreme performance in a mobile package.

    If you have placed an order for an Alienware 18, please feel free to post and tell us about it. We can all be excited together while you are waiting for its arrival. :D
     
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    TBoneSan Notebook Virtuoso

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    Can anyone confirm how many HDD slots in the HDD bay ? Is it the same as the R2 or R1 ? Are all slots Sata III ?
     
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    From what ive heard it has 2 hdd slots and 1 msata slot.. But there is an option to delete the optical drive.. To add another hdd..
     
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    GreaseMonkey90 Notebook Evangelist

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    TBoneSan Notebook Virtuoso

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    Thanks for the links Brother Mr Fox - There's been so many similar threads lately its making my head spin.

    Brother Dumb Dumb you're right by the way. x 2 in the Caddy + x 1 mSata, + ODD for the hungry :D
     
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    Ha ha, I agree... kind of like herding cats. :D

    That's one of the reasons I opened this new Owner's Lounge. (Did the same for the 14 and 17, too.) Need to try to get a handle on all the random new threads that are being posted. We already need a place to start moving all of the threads about new orders being placed, comments and questions specific to each of the new models, as well as a place to move new posts when folks get their new systems and want to post about their excitement.
     
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    jlyons264 Notebook Evangelist

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    with the new chipset they are using it can have up to 4 drives at sata 3. Information below in link.

    Mobile Intel® HM87 Chipset Block Diagram
     
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    ICNMatt Notebook Geek

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    CANNOT WAIT. Got a really decent price - now just the waiting game. Estimated delivery date 24th July (although I'm told by one of my guys at AW UK (not the call center or a rep) that it will be 3 weeks). Fingers crossed he's not wrong! :)
     
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    Rotary Heart Notebook Evangelist

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    Perhaps a list of what will be inside?
     
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    steviejones133 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Dunno if any of you guys have seen this, but here's a teaser while you wait for your new babies to be deployed from the mothership :D (Must say, I like the LPS display's viewing angles - they appear to be very good and the reflections, whist still there vs a complete matte screen, are pretty well reduced - I didn't see they guy's face in it, so it's no longer like looking into a mirror! - me likey!)

    [video=youtube;A87Jh_kh1n4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A87Jh_kh1n4[/video]
     
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    ICNMatt Notebook Geek

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    Here we go, from another post...

     
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    Takei Notebook Enthusiast

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    Something I've been wondering is that this is my first 18.4 in laptop. I currently have a Swiss laptop bag which I am worried won't fit and was wondering if I should buy one of the laptop bags but they are 115 dollars and look a bit flashy.

    edit: also I am wondering if a decent cooling mat would be good to have to keep it from getting so hot. Any thoughts?
     
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    PredatoR_TR Notebook Consultant

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    If someone has tested it, may you say how noise is that tiger?
     
  20. Rafix

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    I can tell you from experience that a 18.4 notebook won't fit into that backpack; unless you don't mind shoving the AW sideways, deforming the backpack, and leaving 1/4 of the laptop bulging out, stretching the zipper. To give an idea of what it would look like, It'd be like trying to shove a whole chocolate tablet in your mouth without breaking in it in squares. super comfy right? :rolleyes:

    The Vindicator 18 backpack and briefcase might look flashy to you, but they are sturdy, ideal for carrying (and caring about) your new baby. The Swiss one are soft and even fitting wouldn't provide enough protection from accidental mishandling. If this is your first 18.4 I'd worry more about keeping it intact and protected by a sensible case than fret over its look. But that's just my view. If the look really bothers you and you want something more sober amazon has quite the selection. For instance, a Case Logic PNC-218 18-Inch Laptop Case costs only a bit more than 30 bucks and there are many similar. Take a look.
     

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