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M17 or M15x?

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April 27, 2009 10:34:46 PM

Should i get this alienware laptop (m17) for 2k:



[1] M17

Video/Graphics Card: Dual 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3870 - CrossFireX™ Enabled!
Processor: Intel® Core™2 P8600 2.4GHz (3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
Design & Display: Black Ripley Design
Chassis: 17-Inch WideXGA+ 1440 x 900 LCD (720p)
Keyboard Options: Illuminated Keyboard – Alienware Exclusive Design - Astral Blue
Operating System (Office software not included): Windows Vista® Home Premium (32-bit Edition) with Service Pack 1
Notebook Tuners and Remotes: Without Media Center Remote Control or TV Tuner
Memory: 3GB Dual Channel DDR3 SO-DIMM at 1066MHz – 1 x 2048MB + 1 x 1024MB
System Drive: Single Drive Configuration - 250GB 7,200RPM (8MB Cache) w/ Free Fall Protection
Optical Drives : 8x Dual Layer Burner (DVD±RW, CD-RW)
Wireless Network Card: Internal Wireless b/g (Full Mini-Card)
Sound Card : Internal High-Definition Audio with Surround Sound
Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Onsite Service and 24/7 Toll-Free Phone Support
AlienRespawn: AlienRespawn v2.0 Recovery DVD – Windows Vista® Edition
Power: Additional Battery – 12-cell Lithium-Ion Battery
Power: Vehicle AC Adapter – Belkin® AC Anywhere 300W Vehicle Outlet Adapter

or this m15x for 1.8k?


[1] Area-51® m15x

Design & Display: Silver Ripley Design
Display: 15.4" WideXGA+ 1440 x 900 LCD (720p) with Clearview Technology
AlienFX®: Alienware® AlienFX® System Lighting - Blue
Video/Graphics Card: 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8700M GT
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 2.4GHz (3MB Cache 800MHz FSB)
Operating System (Office software not included): Windows Vista® Home Premium (32-bit Edition) with Service Pack 1
Notebook Tuners and Remotes: Without Media Center Remote Control or TV Tuner
Memory: 4GB« Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz – 2 x 2048MB
System Drive: 250GB 7,200RPM (8MB Cache) w/ Free Fall Protection
Optical Drives : 8x Dual Layer Burner (DVD±RW, CD-RW) w/ LightScribe Technology - View Demo
Wireless: Internal Intel® Wireless 4965 a/b/g/Draft-N Mini-Card
Sound Card : Internal High-Definition Audio with surround sound
Keyboard Options: AlienFX® Illuminated Keyboard – Exclusive Design


Does the crossfire make up for the missing gig of ram? or am i better off with a single nvidia card?

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a c 244 D Laptop
April 28, 2009 9:41:40 AM

Without a doubt go for M17,because HD 3870(even in single mode)is alot better than a 8700MGT.
About RAM you wont see a noticeable difference between 3GB and 4GB,also even if u go with M15x,the whole 4GB RAM wont be recognized due to 32bit OS.
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a b D Laptop
June 23, 2009 11:41:36 AM

If I buy m17 alienware w/ single ATI, can I later upgrage it w/ dual ATI?
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a b D Laptop
June 23, 2009 4:23:56 PM

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Without doubts. Alienware m17 is a gaming beast. According to me it is the best gaming laptop present in the market.


Heh, you obviously haven't seen some of the competition.


@Dark: It may be possible, but it would have to be done through Alienware and may cost more than just getting the second 3870 now.
a c 244 D Laptop
June 24, 2009 6:11:10 AM

gamemaniac plz read some reviews first :)  AW M17 isn't the best model out there,there are better models like SAGER 9850,AW M17x,ASUS W90...
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