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*Daedalus

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#31 10 years ago

RBG LED is something I've been wanting on my Alienware for ages. Bastards...

It gives you longer battery life, more even picture brightness (stuff on my screen is a little brighter towards the bottom), and much higher contrast ratios. If it's not too much over, go with it.




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#32 10 years ago

Sucks for people getting Alienware now, before they were reliable but now that they have been bought by dell...things look to change..




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#33 10 years ago

The_Daedalus;5213459RBG LED is something I've been wanting on my Alienware for ages. Bastards...

It gives you longer battery life, more even picture brightness (stuff on my screen is a little brighter towards the bottom), and much higher contrast ratios. If it's not too much over, go with it.

It's a $250 option, $100 more than the other 1200p display. Sounds like a winnar.




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#34 10 years ago
Frankky;5213511Sucks for people getting Alienware now, before they were reliable but now that they have been bought by dell...things look to change..[/QUOTE] lol wut? Alienware laptops used to be god awful. They would overheat and die within months, and their support was terribad. Also, warranties were not transferable. Dell isn't exactly perfect, but since they bought Alienware, they came out with the M17X and M15X, both extremely highly regarded systems, and now the M11X. [QUOTE=EO Violation;5213549]It's a $250 option, $100 more than the other 1200p display. Sounds like a winnar.

Good call. My netbook has a regular LED display (not RGB), but it's so much brighter and more vibrant than my 20" traditional LCD.




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#35 10 years ago

One last question, for now...

I'm still unfamiliar with the i5 and i7 series of processors, as I'm just getting back into computer hardware. For strictly gaming, what would you guys say is the best option? Keeping it mind the ability to upgrade, of course, down the road. Just copied and pasted from the Alienware website.

Intel® Core™ i5 520M 2.4GHz (2.93GHz Turbo Mode, 3MB Cache) [subtract $150] May delay your Alienware M17x ship date Intel® Core™ i5 540M 2.53GHz (3.06GHz Turbo Mode, 3MB Cache) [subtract $100] Intel Core i7 Processors Intel® Core™ i7 620M 2.66 GHz (3.33GHz Turbo Mode, 4MB Cache) [Included in Price] Intel® Core™ i7 720QM 1.6GHz (2.8 GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache) add $0 Intel® Core™ i7 820QM 1.73GHz (3.06GHz Turbo Mode, 8MB Cache) [add $300 or $9/month1] Intel Core i7 Extreme Processors Intel® Core™ i7 920XM 2.0GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Mode, 8MB Cache) [add $900 or $27/month1]




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#36 10 years ago

Bumping for a reply.




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#37 10 years ago

I would say the Core i5 540M or i7 620M would be your best bets. Hyper-Threading and all that other fancy stuff is nice, but games at this point still tend to prefer fewer cores (including virtual cores) with higher clock speeds. My netbook's Atom 330, for instance, is dual-core, with Hyper-Threading to make it appear as 4 cores, at 1.6GHz. I actually get better performance in most games if I disable Hyper-Threading, simply because most of the games I play seem to prefer dual-core. Even games that are optimized for multi-core work best with 4 cores/threads, rather than 8.




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#38 10 years ago

And this 'Turbo Boost' speed? Sounds kinda gimmcky to me. With the 620, will I be able to upgrade to processors like the 920 when gaming support for them arrives?




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#39 9 years ago

I'm not sure about socket compatibility between i5 and i7 systems...I know you can upgrade from a low i7 like the 720QM to a better one, like the 920XM.

The Turbo Boost feature is a sort of automatic overclock when not all cores/threads are being used. Apps and games that fully utilize four cores don't rely quite as much on raw clock speed, so when all 4 cores are running, the default speed is plenty. For older apps and games that are only optimized for dual-core and even single-core systems, the i7/i5 will give more speed to the one or two cores being used, since those types of apps are more dependent on faster clock speeds than more cores.

I recommended the 540M and the 620M because they're both plenty fast, even at the base speed without Turbo Boost. And for games, 3MB of cache is plenty.




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#40 9 years ago

Sounds good then, should be the last of the questions... I hope.

Going with the 620 then, putting in the order on the 1st. It'll probably be month then after I order until I get it.