*OFFICIAL* Alienware M17x R3/R4 Owner's Lounge Thread

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  1. katalin_2003

    katalin_2003 NBR Spectre Super Moderator

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    Welcome to the Owner's Lounge for the Alienware M17x R3 and M17x R4!

    (M17x R3 OL part 1 is here, part 2 can be found here and part 3 is here) initial M17x R4 discussion can be found here




    Manuals, Teardown, Drivers, etc.

    System Teardown
    *To be added once/if Dell adds it to their official youtube channel.

    Manuals (Owners Manual and Service Manual)
    M17x R3 - Documentation
    M17x R4 - Documentation

    Drivers straight from Dell support
    Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States]

    Dell Released Parts List for M17xR3 -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/550787-m17xr3-part-number-list-reference-thread.html

    Dell GPU-Specific Parts List for M17x R3
    • VDV04 N11E-GS GeForce 460m
    • 87XRJ N11E-GS GeForce 460m Kit (Video card VDV04 + Thermal Assemblies J9H7X)
    • YT99J N12E-GS GeForce 560m
    • 8H4G6 N12E-GS GeForce 560m Kit (Video card YT99J + Thermal Assemblies J9H7X)
    • 3MF8R N12E-GTX2 GeForce GTX580m
    • RFYN9 N12E-GTX2 GeForce GTX580m Kit (Video card 3MF8R + Thermal Assemblies V1K2G) (For the throttling at 78C°)
    • V9XKH AMD Blackcomb XT 6970m
    • WFWCW AMD Blackcomb XT 6970m (Video card V9XKH + Thermal Assemblies YHP1P)
    • V5TGF AMD Granville Pro 6870m
    • 5MKH5 AMD Granville Pro 6870m Kit (Video card V5TGF + Thermal Assemblies VH0YK)
    • RDRGR AMD Blackcomb XTX 6990m
    • CK7HW AMD Blackcomb XTX 6990m Kit (Video Card RDRGR + Thermal Assemblies YHP1P)
    Dell GPU-Specific Parts List for M17x R4
    (subject to availability based on manufacturer supply)
    • HXD3N N13E-GS1 GeForce GTX675m
    • C0XGT N13E-GS1 GeForce GTX675m Kit (Video card HXD3N + Support Plate 3MHHT)
    • M3XJV NV13E-GE GeForce GTX660m
    • 5H5NC NV13E-GE GeForce GTX660m Kit (Video card M3XJV + Support Plate 3MHHT)
    • 747M2 AMD Wimbledon XT 7970m
    • 8DG8P AMD Wimbledon XT 7970m Kit (Video card 747M2 + Support Plate 3PVGK)





    Benchmarking, Overclocking etc.
    Overclocking
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/560044-m17x-r3-overclocking-sort.html

    Benchmarks Discussion and Result Sharing
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/455435-official-m17x-benchmark-thread-part-3-a.html

    GPU Related Items
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...idia-geforce-460m-580m-560m-see-post-1-a.html





    Misc. Links
    Owner Answered FAQ/etc.

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...e-order-configuration-questions-ask-here.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...ntly-asked-questions-read-before-posting.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/561599-m17x-r3-cpu-gpu-re-pasting-guide-w-pics.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...alling-new-cpu-m17x-r3-illustrated-guide.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/569484-m17x-r3-6970m-re-pasting-video-guide.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware/585805-m17x-rx-m18x.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware/496156-alienfx-problems-questions-thread.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...are-diagnostics-your-m17xr3-resource-dvd.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/594890-wifi-card-best-m17x-r3.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/559613-best-aftermarket-ram-m17x-rx.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/616590-m17x-ram-questions.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...-ssd-mem-optical-performance-screenshots.html

    BIOS Recovery in case you brick your M17x R3

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/683080-m17x-r4-bricked-bios-recovery-not-vbios.html

    LCD DeadPixel Test

    Order Status Discussion
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/630192-m17x-order-status-discussion-part-4-a.html

    3D Capability/Discussion
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...3-r4-3d-discussion-questions-tips-thread.html

    Bags, Backpacks, Cases & Sleeves
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...ags-backpacks-cases-sleeves-discuss-here.html

    Clean Windows Install
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...er-install-order-guide-alienware-systems.html
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...er-install-order-guide-alienware-systems.html
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...ook-feel-after-clean-install-windows-7-a.html

    ***IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THOSE PERFORMING A CLEAN INSTALL WITH AMD GPU***

    •For M17xR3 with AMD, install the AMD Display Driver first. Once done, the Intel Driver must be installed when in Integrated Mode. You will need to use the FN+F7 to switch over to Intel. A reboot may be necessary. Once done, install the Intel HD driver. Once installed, switch back over to your AMD GPU.





    Alienware Videos
    Alienware Channel
     
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  2. Aceleo

    Aceleo Notebook Guru

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    I ordered this via phone (got a lil but discount of around $50 and a $105 Gift Card)..... they said i will be gettin it by May 22 !! :D

    Really excited !!!! :D

    Alienware M17x ($2,346.28) ---- Including $191.26 tax !!!!!
    3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3720QM
    6GB DDR3 at 1600MHz (2DIMMS)
    750GB 7,200 RPM
    2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 7970M
    17.3-inch WideFHD 1920 x 1080 60Hz
    Intel® Advanced-N WiFi Link 6250 a/g/n 2x2 MIMO Technology with WiMax and Bluetooth 4.0
    Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)

    i also ordered a Samsung 830 GB SSD and will order 8GB 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance RAM and the mamba.

    My First Alienware System :D
    :D :D :D

    so i will have two hds...but this lefts me wondering, wat can i do with the empty mSATA slot ? any ideas ?

    btw if u guys think i cud have gotten the laptop at lower price than this, let me know
     
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  3. katalin_2003

    katalin_2003 NBR Spectre Super Moderator

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    Finally, after all the obstacles, here it is!
     
  4. SoulWitcher

    SoulWitcher Notebook Consultant

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    With my r4 I asked dell if i can upgrade to SSDs in the future and they said no? Is that true?
     
  5. katalin_2003

    katalin_2003 NBR Spectre Super Moderator

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    Yes, you can. Buy the drives yourself, follow the disassembly instructions and install them.
     
  6. SoulWitcher

    SoulWitcher Notebook Consultant

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    Can you recomend me a drive?
     
  7. bigtonyman

    bigtonyman Desktop Powa!!!

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    everyone has their personal preferences, so you will probably get a ton of recommendations, but so far my crucial m4 has been running great and is the drive I would get if I needed another SSD. ;)
     
  8. SoulWitcher

    SoulWitcher Notebook Consultant

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    @bigtonyman great thanks! :)
     
  9. bigtonyman

    bigtonyman Desktop Powa!!!

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    no prob, feel free to ask if you have any other questions. :)
     
  10. SlickDude80

    SlickDude80 Notebook Prophet

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    i saw a 256 gig m4 on sale recently for $197. You can't beat that kind of price/performance. What makes it even better is that the M4 is rock solid and reliable
     
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