*OFFICIAL* Alienware M18xR1/R2/18 Benchmark Thread - Part 3

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Mr. Fox, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. DoubleHelixx

    DoubleHelixx Notebook Guru

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    ...and the audio is unparalleled, at least in the r2 Klipsich version. The subwoofer is as good as you could imagine coming from a laptop. The AW18 has nowhere near the same sound quality.
     
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  2. Mr. Fox

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    Yes, it was awesome in many ways, including the audio quality. It was sometimes frustrating when the Recon3di chip would stop working. I actually had the audio amp on one catch fire.

    Alienware Fire Hazards| Imgur - Mr. Fox
     
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    What's interesting is, I've never heard or experienced this myself until I saw the thread regarding this.

    I've owned about four M18xR2, the one I have left works well *knocks on wood*

    Seems like AW always had mosfet issues
     
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    Some M17xR4 owners had the same problem. And, there were some HP owners that also had it. It was some kind of defect with the Soundblaster Recon3di drivers. Sometimes I would go for 6 months and never have it happen, then it would start happening frequently. And, then it would mysteriously stop happening. Putting it to sleep by closing the lid for a few seconds, then opening the lid to wake it up would usually revive the missing audio device and make it work again. It was pretty strange. Creative eventually released a driver that was only available from the Micro$oft Update Catalog (had to be manually downloaded) that permanently fixed it for me. Never happened again.
     
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    godlikemouse Notebook Enthusiast

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    Mr. Fox, I'm curious, when you were running your M18x R2 with dual PSUs what did you have to change to get the laptop to accept the voltage? I purchased a Eurocom 780w with the Alienware cable but no matter what I do, I never see it pull more than 300w before it starts to throttle back. I'm using dual GTX 980m GPUs as well. Thanks.
     
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    Baddemichl Notebook Consultant

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  7. Mr. Fox

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    Hi bro. Happy Saturday. I never saw your post until just now. Sorry for the delayed reply. I did not have to change anything. I think the issue you are having is 980M GPUs don't work 100% correctly in the M18xR2. I could never get my M18xR2 to pull half the watts it did with 780M SLI. Some kind of cancer in the EC was capping it to 300W exactly as you are experiencing. In fact, that was ultimately why I got rid of all of my Alienware stuff.
    Wooo, nice! :vbthumbsup: Did you have to do anything special to make it work?
     
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    MagicMike Notebook Consultant

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    Where did you source the card from? Does it work in SG only, or also PEG? Any modifications to heatsink?
     
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    I modded the Mainboard and the heatsink.
    Card is running at 80 Watt Bios.
    With 110W it is not stable. I hope to fix this Problem.
    Card is working in SG mode. In Peg i get 8 peeps like Pascal Cards.
     
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