Since we didn't have one yet, this is it. I'll update this post with the newest driver releases, bios mods and news for the R2. Please keep all M17x-R2 owner posts confined to this thread if possible.
System Files (Dell OEM) Download Links System Bios Bios A10 Chipset Intel Ibex Peak PCH Chipset Audio IDT 92HD73C1 Audio - 18.104.22.16861, A03 Media Card Ricoh R5U230 - 2.07.01.00, A00 Infrared Receiver ITE IT8512 CIR Receiver - 22.214.171.124, A00 Touchpad Synaptics TouchPad - 126.96.36.199, A04 Bluetooth Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Minicard - 188.8.131.5203, A02-1 Dell Wireless 1520 Dell Wireless WLAN 1520 Half MiniCard - 184.108.40.206, A04 Intel Wireless 6300 Intel WiFi Link 6300 - 13.0, A00 Intel Gigabit Ethernet Intel 825xx Gigabit Platform LAN Network Device - 220.127.116.11, A01 Intel Rapid Storage (HDD) Intel Rapid Storage Technology - 18.104.22.1684, A00 Free Fall Sensor ST Microelectronics DE351DL Free Fall Sensor - 1.06.08.33, A01 AMD 5870M Display AMD Mobility Radeon HD5870 - 8.763-100810a-104118C-Dell, A01 AMD 5870M VBios AMD Mobility Radeon HD5870 - 13B96101.104, A01 Alienware OSD Alienware OSD Application - 1.13, A03 Alienware Command Center Alienware Command Center - 22.214.171.124, A07 Alienware Wallpapers Alienware Wallpapers - A01 Alienware GUISE custom theme Custom Desktop Themes - A-02 Alienguise Theme Combo-Win7
So i got some questions for those with experience...cause i cant really find a answer to this,
I tested the 680M GTX with the nice vbios from the forum 1,025v / 1,050v.
I wasnt able to get the GPU core stable above 950 Mhz while other people can reach 1000 core clock on 680m gtx.
the 950Mhz are stable but when i try go up it doesnt work. I flashed the 1,050v to test and its still crashing in 3dmark 11/ Vantage.
even 960-970 is not stable with 1,050... the Temps arent the problem, i got the laptop open to test and its still crashing even after using 100% FAN MODE (no Dust)
So could it be my power supply 180W that is not enough? even though i use i7 3610qm @[email protected]
i got 2x same power supply and i was thinking if there is a way to fusion them...i saw somewhere a connector mod to fusion 2x 180W power supply from p150em but i dont remember where.
Well we know some places don't allow this kind of discussion but this is Tech|Inferno, not only do we allow it, we encourage it!
So I'll start first:
Dual 5870M is still FASTER than a single 6970M in most cases
M17x-R2 RGB LED can't be matched
The 920/940xm + TS combo beats a 2820qm and there is no 2920xm for R3 currently.
Construction: Aluminum vs Trojan Rubber. 'Nuff said.
Unlocked bios by TheWiz and possible GPU upgrades coming ala Crossfire 6970M.
Has been around longer and is now a very stable system.
You can grab it cheap on the Dell outlet.
Better touch panel.
IMO looks better than R3.
Older chipset + CPU architecture
No official 6970M love from Dell
Sandy Bridge + Cougar Point (once it's revised haha)
Newer design that may appeal to some.
Lighter than R2 and thinner.
Soft Touch Rubber
120 Hz 3D display technology
Extended battery life thanks to graphics switching tech (optimius + amd manual switching)
Low starting price
Soft touch rubber flakes off - rut roh!
It has been reported that the CPU throttles (DaneGRClose can confirm this)
No RGB LED
No dual card support
So there you have it, that's my list and my overall preference goes to the R2. R3 would have been in my sig if it had dual card support despite it's inferior build quality and lack of RGB LED.
Don't like my reasons? Well bring it!
I would like to upgrade ram on my m17xr2 from 4gb to 8gb,
Here is the ram that I found on ebay:
SAMSUNG DDR3 1333 8GB (2x4GB) SO-DIMM Alienware M17x (eBay item 300509592881 end time 28-Feb-11 11:53:48 AEDST) : Computers Networking
The question is this a good brand/price for our m17x?
any suggestions please.
I've got the 6970M inside the M17x-R2 right now and am typing from it. Unfortunately, the same problems that plagued Ichime are also present with the Dell 6970M, namely the lack of GPU bios fan control (it stays at a single speed) and thus needs hwinfo32 to spin it up. So for now, I'm taking stock benchmark runs (vantage, 3dmark 11, batman arkham asylum, metro2033). After that the GPU is going back in the R3. The results will be made available in the up coming R3 review. I'll post a teaser pic here for you guys in an hour or so.