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Alienware m15x: True Gaming Portability?

Test Settings

3D Games
Warhammer Mark of ChaosVersion: 1.006.000
Video Mode: 1280x1024
Video Quality: game default
Multiple CPU/Core
Demo: THG Timedemo (1 minutes)
Quake 4Version: 1.3 Final
Video Mode: 1280x1024
Video Quality: game default
Benchmark I: THG Timedemo
Benchmark II: playnettimedemo id_demo001
(official ID-Soft NetTimeDemo)
Serious Sam 2Version: 2.070
Video Mode: 1024x768
HDR Rendering: off
Renderer: Direct3D
Filtering mode: none
Antialiasing mode: none
Benchmark: Greendale
Supreme CommanderVersion: 3.220
Video Mode: 1024x768
Video Quality: game default
Vsync = off
Benchmark: real 60 second game
with real three computer physics
PreyVersion: 1.3
Video Mode: 1280x1024
Video Quality: game default
Vsync = off
Benchmark: THG-Demo
Audio
iTunes 7.2Version: 7.1.1.5
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
High Quality (160 kbps)
Lame MP3Version 3.98 Beta 3 (05-22-2007)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
Video
Pinnacle Studio 11 PlusVersion: 11.0.0.5082
Encoding and Transition Rendering
Private MPEG2 Cam Movie
Video: 720x480 Pixel, NTSC, 6000 kb/sec
Audio: MPEG Layer 2, 224 kb/sec 16 Bit, Stereo 48 kHz
File Type: MPEG-2 (DVD Compatible)
TMPEG 4.2Version: 4.2.10.211
import file:
Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 2 Minutes
Dolby Digital, 48 kHz, 6-Channel, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 kbps)
DivX 6.6.1Version: 6.6.1
- Main Menu -
Profile: Home Theater Profile (720x576)
1-pass, 780 kb/s
- Codec Menu -
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
XviD 1.1.2Version: 1.1.2 (01/11/2006)
Target quantizer: 1.00 (maximum quality)
Clone DVD 2Version: 2.908
DVD "Terminator II SE" (English version)
Transcoding from DVD-9 to DVD-4.7
Audio: English Dolby AC-3/6 (surround) - DTS
Subtitle: no
MainConcept H.264 EncoderVersion: 2.0
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264)
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
24 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2)
Audio: MPEG Layer 2 (48 kHz, 2 Channel, 16 Bit)
Stream: Transport
Codec: H.264
Mode: NTSC (29.97 FPS)
Profile: High
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 HDTVVersion: 2.0
Windows Media Encoder 9.1 AP HDTVNTSC MPEG2-HDTV 1920x1080 (24 sec)
Windows Audio Encoder 10 ProImport: Mainconcept NTSC HDTV 1080i
Export: Adobe Media Encoder
- Video -
Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile
Encoding Passes: one
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Frame: 1920x1080
Frame Rate: 29.97
Maximum Bitrate [kbps]: 2000
Image Quality: 50.00
- Audio -
Windows Media Audio 10 Professional
Encoding Passes: one
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Audio Format: 160 kbps, 44.1 kHz, 2 channel 16 bit (A/V) CBR
HD Playback (Blue Ray)PowerDVD HD 7.3
Blue Ray - Disc (James Bond - Casino Royale)
Video Mode: 1920x1080p (full screen)
Codec: H.264
Applications
WinrarVersion 3.70 BETA 8
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 kB
Benchmark: THG-Workload
Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9Version: 9.0
Rendering a Dragon picture
rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Maxon Cinema 4D Release 10Version: 10.008
Rendering from a scene
"Water drop at a Rose"
Resolution: 1280x1024 - 8Bit (50 frames)
Adobe Photoshop CS 3Version: 10.0x20070321
Filtering from a 69 MB TIF-Photo
Benchmark: THG - Benchmark V1.0.0.4
Programmed by THG using Delphi 2006
Filers:
Crosshatch
Glass
Sumi-e
Accented Edges
Angled Strokes
Sprayed Strokes
Adobe Acrobat 7 ProfessionalVersion: 7.0.9
Settings: High Quality Print
Compatibility: Acrobat 8 (PDF 1.7)
Security: High (128-bit RC4)
Deep Fritz 10Version: Nov 16 2006
Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark06Version: 1.10
1280x1024 - 32 bit
Graphics and CPU Default Benchmark
PCMark05 ProVersion: 1.2.0
CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP1cVersion 2007.5.11.40
CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
SYSMark 2007 PreviewVersion 1.01
Benchmarks: E-Learning, Video Creation, Productivity, 3D,
System Score
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • portable laptops can never be gaming PC.

    what's portable?
    small laptops that can be easily put onto trail table.
    hand hold device that can be easily carried around and have at least 5 hours of battery life.

    what's a gaming PC?
    a PC that can handle all game you throw at it
    a PC that can provide constant performance, not 2/3 performance when on battery mode

    so you see, there is no such thing as gaming laptops, all you going to get is a half way house where it's neither really a laptop (in sense that it sucks at battery life and weights a ton) and isn't really a gaming PC (in a sense that it won't perform and doesn't allow easy upgrade of graphics card)

    best solution for university students is like what i've done: a beast of a gaming PC, and an iPhone for portable entertainment. (or Asus EEE, MSI Wind, etc)
    PC's go outdated very fast, so just sell the uni. PC when moving away.
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  • fudgeboy
    unfortunatly unlike you're situation, there is people out there who have to move around ALL the time. i have a family member in the australian defence force who has a mid-end gaming laptop. sure he cant have the settings turned up all the way but the important fact is he still has something to play games on. thats what the gaming laptop is here for. two different things - gaming laptop - gaming pc. now STFU and GTFO my internets =D (kidding)
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  • tim851
    what's portable?
    small laptops that can be easily put onto trail table.
    hand hold device that can be easily carried around and have at least 5 hours of battery life.

    Who made you king and let you decide what portable means?
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  • jeb1517
    I announce wyx as King of definitions of portable.
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  • bobwya
    +1 jeb seconded!!

    I got out my old 15" Pro-star (Clevo) P4 heater/laptop on the train earlier this summer. The guy across from me had a 13" Mac with a newer processor, etc. Boy was I embarrassed since my laptop looked like a chunky breeze block compared to his!!

    But really if you want a gaming laptop you are going to get something similar to my old laptop more akin to a portable PC (I mean 4kg+ of heft, etc. is not for the feint of heart!!) This won't change until fuel cell technology becomes mainstream...

    Personally my next machine will be a lightweight laptop with a 15" or smaller screen. As long as it can playback 720p x264!!

    Bob
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  • what's with these tiny pictures, I can barely see anything
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  • hoofhearted
    I think I'll opt for the Sager NP8660 15" model. Much more bang for your buck.
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  • Kaldor
    hoofheartedI think I'll opt for the Sager NP8660 15" model. Much more bang for your buck.
    I second this.
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  • Mach5Motorsport
    I'm waiting for Tuan to hype the Mac Airbook Gaming Laptop as superior in his next insightful article on toms.
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  • njalterio
    A score of around 13,400 in 3dmark06?
    What a joke. With my q6600 @ 3.0 and an HD3870 I get a little bit lower than that at around 13,000. I wonder how much more that laptop costs.

    Unless you have money to blow and/or the need to be extremely mobile just get a desktop computer. Hopefully you will build it yourself, but even buying a high end desktop would be a better deal than getting these kinds of laptops. I know too many people who think they need a laptop, and it just sits at their desk anyways.
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