It came from Dell with an i5 520M and ONE Radeon 5870M video card and 4GB of Ram, and 256GB Samsung Solid State HDD.
I have upgraded the CPU, added a 2nd video card to create the crossfire configuration, doubled the RAM, and also added a 2nd 250GB Western Digital Blue HDD.
I added these upgrades in December of 2011 and the laptop has been running great ever since. I use it every day.
The current specs are as follows:
-i7 740QM Quad Core CPU - 1.73 Ghz - 2.9 Ghz turbo - 6M level 3 cache
-x2 5870M ATI Radeon graphics cards in crossfire - these are the fastest you can get for this platform, based on the Juniper core
-8 GB Kingston RAM - the same SKU's that Dell recommended
-256 GB Samsung SSD
-250 Western Digital Blue 5400 RPM HDD
-beautiful 1900x1200 RGB LED display - great for large projects!
-HDMI, VGA, Digital Display Out - Can support 3 displays if one of them is the Digital Display out
-SD Card reader
-slot loading DVD Burner
-2 headphone out jacks
-Alien glow multi color keyboard lighting schemes (make any light section any color you want)
-240W power supply/charger
-Dell Alienware recovery disc
-very Rare Lunar Silver in color
This laptop boots into Windows in under 40 seconds using the 256 GB solid state hard drive
I personally used this laptop for video encoding and photo editing
I can play Crisis 2 on High (particles on low, no motion blur) settings at 1080p running 35fps and 1680x1050 at 40 fps with DirectX 11 (50+ fps with DirectX 9). This is the BEST LOOKING game I've ever seen and it looks AMAZING on this LED screen.*
I play StarCraft 2 on High and get over 60 fps.* Ultra is over 40 fps
WoW gets 50+ FPS on High settings at 1680x1050* - this was with only 1 Radeon card, I haven't played it since installing the 2nd one
I got about an hour of battery life on High Performance, and I get about 2 hours in the power saver mode (dim screen, cpu/gpu clocks down, etc). The battery is in great condition, I take great pride in maintaining my batteries, and when it would be plugged in for long periods of time, I removed the battery to help preserve its lifespan.
*** sometimes if the battery doesn't recharge you have to take it out, hold the power switch, and put the battery back in... it is a known issue with R2's and this was Dell's official fix if I chose not to update the BIOS to the new version, but I never had this issue much because I run the laptop mostly with the battery removed, so when I put it in to go mobile it has always charged fine***
Has the remainder of the warranty until July of this year
I am selling because I needed something with an Nvidia video card
It will be re-imaged with the Dell factory image and the additional HDD formatted
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