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What games can the M14x not run?

Discussion in 'Alienware 14 and M14x' started by Fallout4, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. bigtonyman

    bigtonyman Desktop Powa!!!

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    meh I have optimus turned off now so its not a problem, I just haven't had the chance to reinstall the game.
     
  2. ninja2000

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    bigtonyman - There is an unlocked A05 bios floating around for the m14x. That said although you can disable the intel gfx I dont think it works (I havent tried but someone else has). The reason it probably works for you is that you have an mxm card (which means AMD and nvidia gfx) whereas our 555m is soldered to the motherboard and I think they route the signal through the intel gfx.
     
  3. bigtonyman

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    ah that would make sense, shame it isn't that that easy to fix as I thought. :(
     
  4. Fallout4

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    Uh....

    If a game plays below 25 FPS that is basically unplayable. Under 20 is just uh...yea..

    So that is the problem with the M14x.
     
  5. Lancer91

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    I have tried many games on the m14x and they all work fine. Witcher 2 plays great. Knowing where source files are for the game config doesn't require a BS in IT or Computer Science. Just general PC knowledge. There are videos on youtube of the witcher 2 running on high settings at over 36fps on the m14x... stable. The game is not the most optimized and everyone was mad on release when you can get an alternate executable and you get a 7-10 fps increase with just a different (GOG) executable. This was later resolved but just proves my point of poor optimization/design. Other games that are premium games that run fine are BF3, Skyrim, Saints Row 3, SWTOR.

    Good luck
     
  6. fred2028

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    I have a few videos in my signature of some gameplay, including Crysis 2, DiRT 3, MW3, etc.
     
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    I don't agree.

    Under 10 is unplayable, between 15 and 20 it's still playable.

    I have an old desktop that I upgraded last year with extra RAM and 3 ghz CPU (from 512 Mb & 1.8 ghz). I was greatly surprised at how it changed my Oblivion experience. Then I installed FRAPS on it and the game was running at 15-20 FPS on Medium settings. I was super happy until I saw the numbers.

    Obviously you don't want a game that stutters all the time, but it doesn't at 20-25 FPS. It's not silky smooth like at 45-60, but to say it's unplayable is harsh.

    Or maybe some of us are spoiled. ;)
     
  8. Fallout4

    Fallout4 Notebook Consultant

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    When you spend THIS MUCH MONEY on an Alienware M14x I think if you cannot play games at a Medium/High or High/Ultra graphics setting with good or extraordinary frames per second then it is NOT spoiled, the product simpy does not work as well as it should.

    The M14x seems awkward for a gaming laptop because it sort of works but sort of fails. I really am thinking "Meh" as an overall review.
     
  9. CGSDR

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    If you want performance then why dont you go for the M17x, because M14x sacrifice some performance for portability while M17x is opposite to M14x and M18x is for extreme. Plus the GT555M is not a high end card so dont expect it to run at high/ultra. M14x built mainly for portability/performance combo, and that two thing is like rival they dont go together.

    However, because of the Optimus problem, most game (like GTA4) you'll have a hard time trying to get it work, I think if there's a BIOS mod like bigtonyman said, then we'll be able to enjoy games and will have no worry about the game that will not run well on the M14x.

    It is maybe because of your M14x, because not all M14x are the same and that goes for the hardware too even if it is the same series, some will work and some will not. My M14x never had many many problem (beside the hardware problem and game that I dont own like yours) like from what you say, so before saying something is not work, then try to do search for solution first and the best thing is on their support forum of that particular game of yours. But I do admit that the M14x is not flawless, because of it is the first version, and by the time they release the later version aka M14xR2, those problem might get fix.
     
  10. Fallout4

    Fallout4 Notebook Consultant

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    So you're saying that everyone who bought the first model M14x should not feel bad because they will let us purchase the M14xR2 and that will be better? Somehow that does not make me feel much better./
     
  11. CGSDR

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    If you say that, so how about those who bought the M17xR2 and then get the R3, and same goes with the M11xR1 and the R2. The next generation will always be better than the previous, that for technology and for pretty much nearly everything.
     
  12. bigtonyman

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    if you want performance and the ability to play games maxed out buy a specced m18x, m14x is a perfect concept of gaming on a smaller laptop with larger hardware. R1 products generally have issues like the heat etc and these issues should be fixed next revision( I hope). Seems like all the R1 gens of any electronic device have issues :(
     
  13. Fallout4

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    I suppose both of you are right. The laptop is a good size (it is still very portable) and is more powerful than all of my friends'/colleagues desktops even.

    And it is under advanced warranty so I suppose if heat becomes a real issue and it stops working then they will fix/replace it with the R2 or something like that....hopefully.

    I have been traveling HEAVILY with this laptop as I flew from the United States to India, and India is pretty much the harshest environment for a computer to be traveling (and I walk about 1 or 2 miles with this m14x every day). So I would say I am a good test case for the durability and portability of this laptop.
     
  14. bigtonyman

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    sure sounds like it. I just carry my alienware around school in my nice everki backpack. Don't have to lug it to far :p
     
  15. CGSDR

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    I hope they would fix the heat issue by the time they release the R2 version too, so then I will reconsider if I still want to get the M17xR4 or the M14xR2.

    Talking about travel, I carry the M14x to school everyday and believe me mate, in here it is very mountainous, worse than that my home is on the top of the hill, I kinda glad that I didnt get the M17x otherwise it would be tremendously heavy :eek: , but that wont be any problem because next year I would be able to get a car, so the weight problem would be gone :D
     
  16. howareyoukk

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    what if the next generation of 15x comes alive next year, then I doubt dell will be releasing 14x....
     
  17. Fallout4

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    It is my understanding that the M15x was almost the same size as the M17x. If that is the case, then I do not really see a point in dropping the M14x.

    The one thing the M14x has going for it over the Sagers and M17x is its size, which is basically the perfect laptop size -- not too big, not too small. So I would think they will keep trying to put a better GPU in the M14x rather than go back to M15x.

    If they figure out how to put a better GPU in the M14x then I think that would settle the debate once and for all and make M14x the best TRUE laptop ever.
     
  18. CGSDR

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    Well, I reckon they could, they can even throw in the GTX 580 if they want to, but it would smoke if they do so lol, the BIGGEST thing that prevent them from have the more powerful GPU is Heat Issue. And that was also an issue to all major computer component too, if Heat isnt an issue, then Intel would have able to produce the Pentium 6 with the clock speed of 4Ghz+, but because of that, they was revert to create the multi-core technology instead, since it would be more efficient and will produce less heat too.
     
  19. SnakeLinksonic

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    I suppose it's in a different category than the rest (which actually tax the GPU), but Sonic Generations has yet to be fixed to where the game's configuration tool will properly recognize the 555m. As of right now, one can't even whitelist or force the game to use the card at all. In fact, the best (and only as far as I know) workaround that's been found so far is tricking the computer into thinking it's hooked up to an external monitor (or actually doing so), so the 555m is active to be detected by the game.
     

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