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Dell's 3D Laptops: Yes, They Can Play Crysis 2

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Alienware goes 3D!

This year's CES is all about tablets and 3D. Everything is going 3D, and the latest to jump on the bandwagon is Dell. The company today announced that its high-end Sandy Bridge 17-inch laptops would be getting the option of 120Hz 3D 1080p LCDs.

The XPS 17 laptop with the 3D display comes equipped with the Nvidia GeForce GT 555M graphics card, but if you want 3D, you'll have to buy the NVision 3D glasses separately.

We chose to go hands-on with the even higher-end option with the refreshed Alienware M17x, the line's first 3D-capable gaming laptop. Unlike the XPS system, this one includes a set of 3D glasses, which should be expected with a starting price of $1,499.

The demonstration material that we got to see was Crysis 2, which we suppose answers the question about the Alienware M17x – Yes, it can play Crysis 2… in 3D.

Of course, Crytek has worked hard to make Crysis 2 scalable to a wider range of hardware, this time including consoles, so more machines ever can play Crysis 2. The impressive part is that the machine was rendering it with 3D on with all the settings on high. Frame rate appeared to be very smooth and the 3D graphics were gorgeous.

The one unfortunate thing is that the machine would get hot enough running Crysis 2 that the temperature control would kick in and it would throttle the chips, leading to noticeable slowdown. If you plan to be gaming on this 10lbs gaming laptop, then you're going to need some kind of laptop cooler.

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    Von Death , January 7, 2011 8:09 AM
    Get this if you are
    1.) On the go constantly
    2.) A LAN party addict
    3.) Don't believe in upgrades
    4.) Get dizzy without 3D
    5.) One of those people who have cutting edge everything regardless of need
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    joytech22 , January 7, 2011 8:21 AM
    von deathGet this if you are1.) On the go constantly2.) A LAN party addict3.) Don't believe in upgrades4.) Get dizzy without 3D5.) One of those people who have cutting edge everything regardless of need


    You forgot about:

    6.) Have $8000 to spend on a laptop

    This makes me want one even more, because when I'm on the go for weeks at a time sometimes I wish my laptop could deliver, sure it can play Crysis but only at a low resolution..

    This is the kind of power I need, but at such a high cost i think it's cheaper to build a portable desktop.
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    dimar , January 7, 2011 8:49 AM
    120Hz LCD is great at 2D too. Very smooth gaming.
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    KingArcher , January 7, 2011 9:02 AM
    The title will keep people from asking the obvious question :) 
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    Maziar , January 7, 2011 9:04 AM
    According to some "hands-on" on other websites,M17x comes with GTX 460M/HD 6850M and there is no word about SLI or CF,if that's true,then it will be a huge disappointment IMO.
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    alyoshka , January 7, 2011 9:11 AM
    I wonder if they'd give the Laptop free with a Crysis 2 Disc... :) 
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    darkchazz , January 7, 2011 9:18 AM
    Not surprised in can play C2 in 3d , since Crytek has made their own 3d method that doesn't lower the frame rate at all.

    But I believe this shit will struggle with nvidia's 3d vision.
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    utengineer , January 7, 2011 9:44 AM
    But can it play Ms. Pac Man?
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    th_at , January 7, 2011 10:48 AM
    If it overheats (and throttles) under what should be considered intended usage of the machine, it is faulty design. If they sell it for thousands of dollars, they should get sued.
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    jcb82 , January 7, 2011 11:00 AM

    th_atIf it overheats (and throttles) under what should be considered intended usage of the machine, it is faulty design. If they sell it for thousands of dollars, they should get sued.


    I totally agree.
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    shaun_shaun , January 7, 2011 11:06 AM
    Crysis 2 or Crysis too ???
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    nebun , January 7, 2011 11:11 AM
    ok, will it play crysis in 3D at 40+ fps?
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    scott_madison1 , January 7, 2011 12:03 PM
    haha love the title of the article, who wrote it, one of you guys? >
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    therealfly , January 7, 2011 12:08 PM
    Wouldn't your arm be right on top of the mouse pad while using WASD keys? Seems pretty FAIL to me.
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    g00fysmiley , January 7, 2011 12:21 PM
    cool... i'd still rather just bring my desktop to a lan... but still cool
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    scook9 , January 7, 2011 12:42 PM
    joytech22You forgot about:6.) Have $8000 to spend on a laptopThis makes me want one even more, because when I'm on the go for weeks at a time sometimes I wish my laptop could deliver, sure it can play Crysis but only at a low resolution..This is the kind of power I need, but at such a high cost i think it's cheaper to build a portable desktop.

    And they state in the article that it is $1500

    Reading comprehension....idiot
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    moomooman , January 7, 2011 1:09 PM
    scook9And they state in the article that it is $1500Reading comprehension....idiot


    Cant you be civil? Is it necessary to indulge in name calling on Toms Hardware?
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    wolfram23 , January 7, 2011 1:19 PM
    All I read is that the laptop played Crysis 2 on High in 3D... damnit Crytek! What happened to PC melting graphics?
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    Tmanishere , January 7, 2011 1:23 PM
    Screw that. I don't have $8,000 to spend on a laptop right now.
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    liveonc , January 7, 2011 1:26 PM
    Damn you! Build a mini ITX, put it in your backpack, save money. ASUS M4A88T-I, Thermaltake Element Q VL52021N2U, XFX HD-577X-ZMF3.
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