*OFFICIAL* Alienware "Graphics Amplifier" Owner's Lounge and Benchmark Thread (All 13, 15 and 17)

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

  1. COtto1984

    COtto1984 Notebook Enthusiast

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    So I purchased the Graphics Amplifier a couple years ago along with my 17 R3 notebook. It's been sitting in the box up to this point, but I think I'm ready to put a card in it and run dual monitors. I do some gaming, but not a whole lot. What's a good "future-proof" card that is budget friendly. I don't want to install top-of-the-line, but am willing to spend the dough on something that the price-point has dropped enough. Please excuse my ignorance as I am not up to speed on current graphics technologies.
     
  2. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    You could buy gtx 1060 or radeon rx 580 which are budget friendly and has more than enough power for current generation of games but not future-proof.
     
  3. Pneumothorax

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    Am I better off still going with a 1080ti founders edition rather than an aftermarket card such as the Evga 1080ti SC2?
     
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    pathfindercod Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yes
     
  5. QuillP

    QuillP Notebook Evangelist

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    This is the 3DMark Time Spy score of my Alienware 17 R4 7820hk with AGA + Gigabyte Aorus 1080 ti Xtreme...

    [​IMG]
     
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    How's the cooling/noise with a non-ref cooled 1080ti?
     
  7. QuillP

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    It is extremely quiet with the fan curve by default. Even at 100% fan use. 55c with 100% gpu and 100% fan.I am pleasantly surprised with this graphic cards. Much much better than a gtx 1080.
     
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  8. mehateboss

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    I see you are using Gigabyte Aorus 1080 ti Xtreme GPU in the amp. How did it fit? Any trouble getting it installed, and does the case close with the GPU in it?

    Thanks
     
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    I can not close the cover ... but I already knew it was going to happen.
     
  10. Sentential

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    Radiated heat sinks like that one aren't as good as blowers despite what people say. The issue with radiator style heat sinks is that they heat soak easily because they are not removing hot air and rely on the case fans to remove it. You are better off purchasing a reference style blower and calling it a day
     
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