*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. tom_mai78101

    tom_mai78101 Notebook Consultant

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    AGA is meant to be played on an external monitor. I haven't seen anyone connecting an AGA to a laptop, and expect the laptop to run the desktop GPU card in the AGA. I could be totally wrong...
     
  2. Game7a1

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    It's only possible to use the AGA on the laptop screen if the laptop screen is connected to the iGPU (or in switchable mode) and not connected to the discrete GPU.
    Since you have a G-Sync panel, even though you have disabled G-Sync, it still uses the onboard Nvidia GPU since it's physically wired to it, thus using the that instead of the eGPU.
     
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    Ihtfp06 Notebook Guru

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    You are totally wrong. As long as you don’t have a gsync panel, the AGA can drive the laptop display with a minor performance hit since it has to send the output back through the AGA cable. The performance hit isn’t that big of a factor, however. On my 13r3 with a 1080ti in the AGA, every game I’ve played (except Deus Ex) can hit 60 FPS on ultra 1440p.


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  4. rinneh

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    With optimus enabled alienware laptops this is indeed the case. But the performance hit isnt as small as you project. It is a solid 10% and on the latest generation cards sometimes even higher when the internal screen is used unfortunately.
     
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    Yes, but 10% is not that much really, especially when comparing a desktop 2080 to a laptop 1060. If I can keep my AW 13 R3 for a few more years this way - it's a win in my books.
     
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    I also run the internal screen with the AGA, FYI.

    Debating whether a hybrid card is worth bothering with... (EVGA if it matters)
     
  7. Ihtfp06

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    The performance hit is irrelevant when the performance I’m getting allows the game to run at maxed out settings. As I previously mentioned, I’m getting 60 FPS at 2560x1440 on Ultra with every game I’ve played except Deus Ex.


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  8. rinneh

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    Ofcourse its not irrelevant, games that become more demanding show the limitations far more quickly than not having a bottleneck.
     
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    Did you notice increased snappiness after BCLK OC?
     
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