*OFFICIAL* Alienware m15 Owner's Lounge

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  1. eddi3x3x3

    eddi3x3x3 Notebook Evangelist

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    I honestly suggest using Alienware command center to control the tdp. Quiet mode lowers it to 45 W and I use throttle stop for everything else. Balanced mode is 55 W and performance is 65 W if I'm not mistaken (correct me here guys) and custom fan curves use 55 W as well. Ive had mixed experience with Intel xtu where it didn't apply on some reboots and never had issues with throttle stop

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    AWCC does nothing to change TDPs for me, certainly there is no difference between balanced and performance modes. Could be CPU dependent I guess.
     
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    I use bios 1.4.2 and it seems to lower the tdp for me. I'll check again when I get home

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    When you are saying the new R2 version, you are talking about the new released "white" model? I was considering the already existing M15 version with the OLED screen. :D If It's as portable as an XPS 15 with a lot more power, that sounds promising. I would need this to go with me to work. I need the OLED screen because I showcase pictures to my clients and I like the idea of the crazy saturated color pops of the OLED screen to sell my stuff :D
     
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    Yes, that's the R2 I was talking about. You're good then.
     
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    Awesome. Thank you.
    I'm not sure if this is known but do we know if Dell repastes Alienware laptops that are on the Dell Outlet? When they say refurbished, would it be silly to expect them to do a repaste job?
     
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    I wouldn't bet any money on that happening. Very good news is that the m15 R1 is amazingly simple to repaste, just check out the service manual: it's maybe 13 screws (+ bottom chassis), 2 fan and 1 wifi connectors.
     
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    You are awesome. Thanks for the prompt answers. You have sold me on the m15. I see you have the 2070 Max Q. Any regrets on not getting the 2060 for better thermals and battery life or any regrets on not getting the 2080 for maximum power?
     
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    eddi3x3x3 Notebook Evangelist

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    Answer this cause I'm considering buying a 2080 or 2070 Max q version for Black Friday.

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    Good choice, hope Dell delivers for you with no issues (my mobo was DoA, but prompty replaced). No regrets over the 2060, I have no thermal issues, the GPU runs at 67C max. Def wanted 8GB of VRAM so 2060 was out. Not clear why the 2060 would offer significantly better thermals or battery life in the first place, since it's not the Max-Q variant optimised for laptops and it likely runs at the same 90W TDP.

    As for the 2080... TBH at the time I was (needlessly) worried the laptop would get too hot with the 8750H+2070MQ config already, and the pricing on the 2080 wasn't that great. The 2080 will be about 10% faster than the 2070 on average, so go for it if you get a good deal or if you need every last bit of speed at any price. If you're willing to go down the LM route, you might even consider the 8950HK (no point without LM).
     
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