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January 12, 2012 11:27:26 AM

Hello guys,
I would like to know if this setup will run games such as Crysis 1/2 Dirt 3 BF3 and how ? FullHD movies too..
It it worth the money ?

PROCESSOR 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2760QM processor (2.4GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.5GHz, 6MB Cache
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit Multi-Language(Traditional/Simplified Chinese/English)
COLOR Nebula Red with Soft Touch Finish
MEMORY 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 4GB)
HARD DRIVE 750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
SECURITY SOFTWARE McAfee® Security Center promo - 15 Months Version
VIDEO CARD 3.0GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M using NVIDIA Optimus™ technology (Nebula Red)

My brother wishes to buy this comp at the price of HK$15,599.00 which is roughly 2000$US
I know that the anti virus should be ignored but its included in price unfortunatly..

Thanks !
January 12, 2012 12:05:15 PM

Easily run the above games and more on pretty good settings. Most Alienware machines are good and designed at high end gaming on a mobile scale. Obviously not as powefull as a computer but pretty dam good for a laptop.

Check out YouTube for some video's on that laptop, they show some in game footage and detailed reviews, shoulgive you an idea how good it is.

With the specs you mentioned above, you should have no problems playing Crisis 1 and 2, Dirt 3, BF3, all COD games and many many more. It is a VERY capable laptop!
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January 12, 2012 12:38:34 PM

Great, thanks, I appriciate you answer !
Would you kindly tell me how does it fare against the M11x ?
intel® Core™ i7 2617M 1.5GHz(2.6GHz w/Turbo Boost, 4MB Cache)
11.6" High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight
8GB3 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
750GB4 SATA hard drive (7200RPM)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT540M graphics with 2.0GB Video Memory and Optimus

Especialy regarding the graphics card and games performence ?
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January 12, 2012 2:12:27 PM

I disagree on that alienware. The GT 555M GPU is somewhat weak for a gaming laptop. Also I find Alienware's pricing questionable. It may have optimus - but IMO - gaming always requires the laptop to be plugged in anyways.

A lot of Asus laptops have much better gaming GPU's in them, as well as MSI, for a better price.

The M11x is even weaker, with an even weaker GPU (540M). And the screen is so small - i've seen these in person, and I don't think I could game on it.

Heres a real monster gaming laptop machine:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/05/msi-launches-gt783-g...

Although more expensive.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

Heres the Asus G74 compared to the M14x.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4339/cyberpower-x6-9300-m...

Heres the MSI GT680R and a few clevo laptops.

I would compare prices and features if I were you, especially if you plan on spending so much.
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January 12, 2012 2:26:21 PM

I would have to agree that the GT555m is not a great video chip and surprises me that Dell wouldn't offer the 560M instead on their 14" models. That chip would be a perfect fit for a gaming laptop of that size and much more capable than the 555m.

It also astounds me that they would bother to put 3GB of memory on a 555M since the chip doesn't have the horsepower to muscle through games at anything higher then 1366x768 resolutions. The only reason a graphics chip would need more memory is for enabling higher performance at higher resolutions like 1920x1080 which the 555m can't handle. It is just marketing bull.
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January 12, 2012 2:58:16 PM

It's not too bad. The 555M is rather decent for a laptop, just don't expect the performance of a PC build of the same price.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-555M.419...

You should be able to play games on high or medium. Crysis 2 should even be playable on medium or even high in DX9 mode if you don't mind the occasional slow down
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January 14, 2012 9:02:02 PM

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