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Since we didn't have one yet, this is it. I'll update this post with the newest driver releases,and news for the R3. Please keep all M17x-R3 posts confined to this thread if possible.

System Files Download Links
System Bios Bios A03
Chipset Intel HM67 Cougar Point chipset, Intel Management Engine Interface
Audio IDT 92HD73,A00. If the Dell IDT driver gives you problems, try this one.
Card Reader Realtek RTS5209 Card Reader
USB 3.0 NEC USB 3.0
Touchpad Synaptics TouchPad - 15.1.19, A00
Bluetooth Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth Module - 6.3.0.6300, A00
Dell Wireless 1501 Half Mini-Card Dell Wireless WLAN 1501 Half MiniCard - 5.60.48.35, A00
Intel Wireless 6300 Intel WiFi Link 6300 - 13.3, A00
Intel WiMAX Link 6250 Intel WiMAX Link 6250 - tic TRFXW0115MUP, A06-1
Intel Wifi Link 6250 Intel Wifi Link 6250 - TRWFW1318D,A04
Atheros AR8151 Atheros AR8151 - 1.0.0.36,A00
Intel Rapid Storage (HDD) Intel Rapid Storage Technology - 10.0.0.1046,A00
Free Fall Sensor ST Microelectronics DE351DL Free Fall Sensor - 2.00.11.14, A00
AMD 6870M Display AMD Mobility Radeon HD6870 - 8.80.6-101202a-109902C-Dell.4, A00
Intel HD Graphics 3000 Intel HD Graphics 3000 - 2246, A00
nVidia Internal 3D Stereo Controller nVidia Internal 3D Stereo Controller - 266.08, A00
nVidia GeForce GTX 460M nVidia GeForce GTX 460M -266.08, A00
Alienware OSD Alienware OSD Application - 0.31.0.8C, A00
Alienware Command Center Alienware Command Center - 2.6.2.0, A00
Alienware Wallpapers Alienware Wallpapers - A01
Alienware GUISE custom theme Custom Desktop Themes - A-02 Alienguise Theme Combo-Win7
 
Intel Management Engine Interface
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Brian could you link me to a 6970 11.4 review vs a 485m? Im a tad curious.

-Ash

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Brian could you link me to a 6970 11.4 review vs a 485m? Im a tad curious.

-Ash

There's no direct review yet but ichime posted his results on this forum in the R2 benchmarking thread with the 6970M + 11.4 Cats and his results are matching 485M. That's with an R2 no less, it should do better in an R3 + 2920xm.

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Hey all ... Just ordered a R3 to replace my xps1730

gotta say .. dont think i paid enough attention this time .. i dont think its actually gunna be any better ... and yeah 6970 2gig option ticked here

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Hey all ... Just ordered a R3 to replace my xps1730

gotta say .. dont think i paid enough attention this time .. i dont think its actually gunna be any better ... and yeah 6970 2gig option ticked here

You will see a considerable improvement in performance with the R3 vs the XPS 1730. What makes you think it wouldn't be any better? Welcome to the T|I forum!

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TBH i have no real basis for that opinion ... i loved my 1730 to bits ... it got nicked .. and this is the replacement insurance ordered me

Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM Processor (2.2GHz, 1600 MHz DDR3, 6M cache)

Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate 64bit (English)

17.3" Full HD (1920x1080) WLED LCD Panel

8GB Dual Channel 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2 X 4GB) (1333MHz Memory operates at 800MHz)

1.5TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive (750GBx2)(Raid 0)

Slot Load Fixed Blu-ray BD-ROM / DVD + /-RW Combo Drive

2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6970M

oh and thanks for the welcome ... like the facebook login BTW .. makes it all so very eazy

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Those are some awesome specs. You will be very happy with the system.

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yeah just a bit sad .. no crossfire ... old rig was 9800gtx sli ..and a extreme cpu and no extreme cpu :( ethier

still .. better than no laptop :D

quite hard to find info on the r3's on the net .. this site seams to have the most informative out there ATM ..

things im a bit worried on ....

i have a g9 mouse with the soft touch coating ..... it wore off quite rapidly.. Hoping the dell wont have the same issue

And .. its kinda new hardware ... so hoping there isn't to much in teething issues

sorry if my comments seam ill informed ... Its more than likely because ATM i am :D

Edited by Wayne Dalton

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Hey Wayne, glad to have you on board, I am concerned about the quality and the durability of the new coating myself... I guess there is only one way to find out, there are owners of the laptop that carry it around a lot so the wear and tear of the rubber will have to show.

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100% agree .. looking at benchmarks for vantage im feeling a bit better now ... i think best i ever got was 7500 in vantage ... these seam to do 12000 ish stock .... still nothing compared to the 20k you guys are getting with your crossfire machines... my old desktop only just cracked 20k .. and that was with 2x 9800gx2's

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I noticed the display has a blue shift and needs correction. I adjusted mine to 6100K and now the colors are a bit better. Anyone else notice that?

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Yeah I noticed that and had to adjust the display color settings to put it back to semi-normal, try plugging something into the HDMI in and it gets really bad on stock settings. Looks like a friggin smurf was murdered on your screen lol.

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Can we get some more detail on that unlocked 6970m? color me ridiculously intrigued...

-Ash

EDIT: NVM, I used my latent google powers.

Wow, I seriously want a laptop with a "6990"m card in it now. I hope amd doesnt try cover it up and shut it all down. Yup, I might just be getting another laptop after this old clunker...

-Ash

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yeah is off a little but what you guys think about this screen overall for me seems to be pretty close to the B+RG on the studios

ones you crank up the saturation this screen looks beautiful

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The screen is decent but when I switch back and forth between R2/R3 I see a pretty large difference between the two in the RGB LED's favor. If you check out notebokcheck's review of R3, you can see it's overall color gamut is noticeably less than rgb led and is even less than a Sony Vaio screen. It's close to a 13" MBP screen's color gamut so it's decent, definitely better than the crap Asus pushes out although that may change with the G74.

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only had an r2 for a few weeks but the screen on it was awesome, sadly i'm a single gpu kind of guy so i went with the r3. still a nice screen but still a huge difference between the two.

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Comparison between Joebarchuck's "960" shaders 6970m with (780/1000)clocks: Imageshack - 100mhz.png

and ichime's "1120" shaders 6970m with (775/1000)clocks: Result

you can clearly see a difference of ~1400 points in GPU score...

also for higher clocks:

"960" shaders 6970m with (830/1075) clocks:Result

ichime's "1120" shaders 6970m with (825/1075) clocks: http://img38.imageshack.us/f/6970mm17xr2vantagegpu82.jpg/

Graphics Score of 14788 for the unlocked vs. Graphics Score of 13407.51 for the regular one(slighter higher clocks)

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Yeah ichime's monster 6970M is faster than a 485M. Lucky bastard.

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well, to make sure it's luck or not, is any of R3 owners here planning on getting an 1120 shaders "ES" from eurocom or mxmupgrades and try it in the R3?

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Well, I'm not that lucky :P I did pay about $580 for it and I'm sure future retail versions will be cheaper. Also, this could be the 6990M Eurocom mentioned in an e-mail to someone, though I think a card with that name should be based of a desktop 6950 (which BTW consumes less power than a GTX 560 - what the GTX 485M is based off of).

Let's call this card, the 6970M XT?

EDIT: BTW Brian, what games are you going to test for your R3 review?

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