[Review] M18x R2 - Intel i7 3920xm - SLI GTX680m

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  1. vince207gti

    vince207gti Notebook Guru

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    Hi Guys,

    I've received yesterday my new rig,
    so since i'm already reviewing it for a french forum, I'll translate you my review here, and giving you my firsts impressions and of course, benches ;)

    1. system summary :
    Nebula Red || Intel core i7 3920XM || Sli Nvidia GTX680m 2gB || 8gB 1600Mhz CL9 HyperX || 2 x Intel 520 480 gB ssd Raid 0 || Wifi Killer 1103 || Blu ray reader ||

    2. Unboxing:

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    3. Benchmarks:

    3.1 SSDs:

    - Intel 520 raid 0

    [​IMG]

    - Gpu z ( stock, SLI disabled )

    [​IMG]

    3.2 3D Mark 11:

    first 3Dmark11 run (sli enabled, stock clocks, stock drivers)
    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition,Alienware M18xR2 score: P9996 3DMarks : P9996
    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition,Alienware M18xR2 score: P10623 3DMarks P10623 (stock clocks with beta drivers 304.79)

    warning :
    seems that 304.79 drivers causes drivers crashes / bsod on windows startup. Runs fine once windows restore the driver.

    - OC (with 304.79 drivers )
    (854 - 1150)
    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition,Alienware M18xR2 score: P10969 3DMarks ; P10969

    (854 - 1175)
    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition,Alienware M18xR2 score: P11009 3DMarks : P11009

    (854 - 1175 + cpu @ 4,1 ghz )
    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition,Alienware M18xR2 score: P11029 3DMarks : P11029



    I oc'ed with Msi Afterburner 2.2.2 but it seems that only the mem clock is increased while benching, hence the the poor score improvement compared to stock clocks.
    update : tried to oc with nvidia inspector, same issue, core clock doesn't increase ...

    max temperatures :
    CPU : 82 °C
    GPU 1 : 71°C
    GPU 2 : 69°C

    3.3 Unigine Heaven:
    max parameters ( except 3D)
    http://pastehtml.com/view/c558pzwb5.html

    3.4 3D mark Vantage:
    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition,Alienware M18xR2 score: P34626 3DMarks

    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition,Alienware M18xR2 score: P35887 3DMarksP35887 ( with 304.79 drivers )
    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition,Alienware M18xR2 score: P36334 3DMarksP36334 ( with 304.79 drivers + oc @719/1150)
    Generic VGA video card benchmark result - Intel Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition,Alienware M18xR2 score: P36440 3DMarksP36440 (with 304.79 drivers + oc @719/1300)
    3.5 Games: (tested with 302.XX drivers)

    - Skyrim :
    had to disable V-sync for having a real idea of the performances ( was stuck at 60fps)

    min fps : 60
    average : 110
    i'll upload some screens

    - Just Cause 2

    concrete jungle benchmark (maxed out, native resolution, MSAA x8)
    average : 57 fps (I'll try with vsync disabled)

    - the witcher 2

    maxed out : min 27, max 50, avg 30/35
    without ubersampling : avg 80, min 50, max 120
    with vsync, ubersampling off, 60fps ( and smoother than with the other settings, can't notice the difference with or without ubersampling)

    without ubersampling :
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    with ubersampling :
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    - max payne 3

    - Battlefield 3

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    - batman arkham city

    settings:
    [​IMG]

    first bench physX enabled (high)
    [​IMG]

    physX disabled
    [​IMG]

    - metro 2033

    [​IMG]

    Benchmark :
    - Options: Resolution: 1920 x 1080; DirectX: DirectX 11; Quality: Very High; Antialiasing: MSAA 4X; Texture filtering: AF 16X; Advanced PhysX: Disabled; Tesselation: Enabled; DOF: Enabled
    Average Framerate: 40.00
    Max. Framerate: 202.76
    Min. Framerate: 8.12

    - Options: Resolution: 1920 x 1080; DirectX: DirectX 11; Quality: Very High; Antialiasing: MSAA 4X; Texture filtering: AF 16X; Advanced PhysX: Enabled; Tesselation: Enabled; DOF: Enabled
    Average Framerate: 38.00
    Max. Framerate: 182.48
    Min. Framerate: 7.97

    I'm very surprised, since enabling physX doesn't really impact the performances ...

    - Crysis 2
    tried it with and without vsync (seems that some files are missing, I can't get the benchmark tool working) all settings maxed out in game menus
    with v sync : stays at 60 fps :
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    without vsync :
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    - Mafia 2
    with physX on ( high)/ physX off
    [​IMG][​IMG]


    I'll keep you updated
     
  2. Evil_Mask

    Evil_Mask Notebook Geek

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    hey congrats for your new beast! :)

    Could you post the link of the French forum?
     
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    vince207gti Notebook Guru

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    From what I see, this is pretty similar to 7970m CFX. :)
     
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    can you run a games on battery?
     
  6. Irakandji

    Irakandji Notebook Consultant

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    Interesting results. At first I was disappointed since the premium to move from Xfire to SLI was $600 (cdn) I was hoping for a bit more performance. The I rememberedm I paid the premium for:
    1) Cooler GPU's which means less fan and less noise ( a big factor for me)
    2) CUDA for some reason I want to mess around with this
    3) 3D Vision support (this also drove the SLI vs single card decision)
    4) PhysX (I have some games that use it, I wanted it)
    5) Optimus, there are some times I am on battery and need to do mail etc. This will help. My G73 did not have it and a few times it was a bother.
    6) I have xFire 5870's in my desktop the image they generate is different from the one the 460m in my laptop generates (same external monitor) I like the 460m better so I am hoping this will also be true for 680m's
    7) The Secret World is nVidia biased, I get 22 fps with the 460m on medium settings, I hear SLI's 680m's generate 60 plus fps on ultra So my favorite pastime is well supported

    Bottom line I think I am still getting my $600 bucks worth and things might get better
     
  7. ARGH

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    driver issues similar to that of 7970m's or do games actually run? that is the question!
     
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    drivers will not be a problem with nvidia for sure!
     
  9. vince207gti

    vince207gti Notebook Guru

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    my guess is that drivers are not at their best since 680m isn't offically supported by nvidia drivers download site ( also, we can see a 500 pts jump from dell drivers to nvidia's beta drivers )

    I will try :)
     
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    What good does it do to have a Ferrari if it doesn't have an engine. I could barely get minesweeper to run on my 7970m cfx rig.

    I doubt I have anywhere near the number of issues with the 680m sli rig that is supposed to be delivered tomorrow.
     
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