*OFFICIAL* Alienware m15 Owner's Lounge

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by ssj92, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. goombaypunch2

    goombaypunch2 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Also I noticed on the video Dave 2d posted the laptop had copper heatsink over the 2 nvme drives. That is not the case with production models in case anyone is wondering. I wonder what else they did different with the sample he was sent? My thermals were not as good as his eaither until my 0.150 undervolt
     
  2. eddi3x3x3

    eddi3x3x3 Notebook Evangelist

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    I got the 144 hz screen, I hope I can push 110 fps with an overclock to the gpu.

    Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
     
  3. JediTreasley

    JediTreasley Notebook Enthusiast

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    So I got the following spec'd out m15:

    i7-8750h
    16gb ram
    256 ssd (dropping in the new WD nvme 3600/s / 2500/s)
    GTX 1060
    144hz screen
    90 wah battery

    I specifically got this spec because
    a) I wanted to control my own ssd, and have a second m.2 ssd for a few specific games.
    b) GTX 1060 over the Max-Q 1070 because after watching videos and using two different laptops I came to the conclusion that for 5%-15% more gpu power for $200 in a laptop already limited in cooling wasn't a huge deal to me, and I have a GTX 2070 for my future AGA. I saw 3 videos on youtube where people had better overall experiences with a 1060 in a laptop over the 1070 Max-Q.
    c) I got this puppy for $1320 after discounts. Plus down to $1100 with my available rewards. Pretty excited about this.
     
  4. sharpman

    sharpman Notebook Consultant

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    Can you tell me which laptops you compared? I would like to read more about this before buying, nut all in all, I think the 1070 max-q may be a better option for the future due to more cuda cores and memory bandwidth.
     
  5. JediTreasley

    JediTreasley Notebook Enthusiast

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    So I’ve tested the following all in the last 3 months:

    -Alienware 15r4 w/ 1060 and 1070

    -Razer Core 15 2018 w/ 1060 and my buddies 1070 (both non base models)

    -Dell G7 w/ 1060 max q

    -Aero 15x with 1060 and 1070

    And finally (but not really relevant) XPS 9570.

    The difference between even a max q 1060 vs max q 1070 is just not that much for me to warrant $200 and thermal headroom.

    I also watched videos such as:




    And
     
  6. JediTreasley

    JediTreasley Notebook Enthusiast

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    Landed on the m15 due to my friend having one and loving the build quality, 144hz screen and the power of his 1060 and thermals.
     
  7. TheCloudX

    TheCloudX Notebook Consultant

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    Just got real. Laptop has been shipped. Have next business day delivery, so hoping for tomorrow. Fedex shows pending details though, so we'll see.
     
  8. JediTreasley

    JediTreasley Notebook Enthusiast

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    Lucky..mine isn’t ‘suppose’ to be here until Dec 3rd
     
  9. TheCloudX

    TheCloudX Notebook Consultant

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    I picked up the one with the 1070, but I debated on the 1060. I ended up going 1070 mainly to just ensure I have it while on the road. That said, I too tried out the G7 and also a Razer Blade, both with 1060s. I didn't have any issues with FPS or gaming performance.

    I really wanted to like the G7, although heavier than wanted the price to performance was good. Ultimately it was returned for two issues - 1) the side edges were very sharp and uncomfortable for my wrists/arms. Yes, I could have used a keyboard with it and called it a day, but I should be able to use my laptop as designed and 2) screen is really, really poor quality. And, yes, I know I could swap screens but I like stock and shouldn't have to do that for a new machine. Everything else was good. Thermals and fan noise. It did get hot and loud, but not as bad as others made it out to be. I was able to game in my hotel and be on discord without a hiccup.

    The other, a Razer Blade "base" model, got stupid hot just using it for every day uses. But what killed it was off battery performance was poor. I could do more on my old aging laptop than I could that off battery. I've seen others have this problem and others not have the problem, so look more like Razer's famed QA issues.
     
  10. TheCloudX

    TheCloudX Notebook Consultant

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    Hopefully it will get there sooner. Mine was supposed to be here on the 28th, so 1-2 days earlier is fine by me. That said, I have been waiting since day 1 when I placed my order.
     
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