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#1 Jul 20 2010 at 11:23 PM Rating: Decent
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so i recently purchased an alienware m15x laptop. I ran the benchmark and i got 2500~ on low :\ I just find that score a little low for the specs. i know that the graphics card is maybe a year old so that could be the problem, but i'm not a computer expert yet so i would like to ask for help.


Intel Core i7-720M Processor 1.6GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
6 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz (2 DIMMs)
500 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) with Free Fall Sensor
15.6 inch WideHD+ 1600x900 (900p) WLED
1 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
5.1 Channel Audio

Edited, Jul 21st 2010 1:23am by Jeddik
#2 Jul 20 2010 at 11:29 PM Rating: Good
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Laptops always perform lower than equivalently specced desktops. I have yet to see a laptop that scored over 4000; the higher end laptops are usually in the 3000s.

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#3 Jul 20 2010 at 11:37 PM Rating: Good
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Your laptop will run the game...just might have to have all of the settings on low to run it well. Seems about right, though, the 260M isn't very powerful.

Edited, Jul 20th 2010 11:38pm by Yogtheterrible
#4 Jul 21 2010 at 5:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Everything aside from the 260M is fine. Sounds like ~2500 on low is spot on with what I'd expect it to get. The best mobility graphics card right now would be the mobility radeon HD 5870, just using that instead of the 260M would give you a boost of probably ~1000 points on the benchmark.
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#5 Jul 23 2010 at 9:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank you everyone for your advice, unfortunately i don't think i'll be getting the radeon HD 5870m anytime soon because i need the money for school. I did start to overclock the 260m though and i'm still working on obtaining a max safe speed for it. i've already noticed a nice performance boost though.
#6 Jul 24 2010 at 12:04 PM Rating: Decent
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just another quick question though. where might i find the 5850 to purchase? i can't seem to find it online anywhere :S
#7 Jul 24 2010 at 12:23 PM Rating: Good
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Generally you can't upgrade graphics cards on laptops. They are actually built into the motherboard for the majority of laptops. This is probably the reason why you can't find the card you are looking for...since it isn't available for you to buy. The only things you can upgrade on a laptop are the ram and hard drives.

I just want to explain to you emphatically that the age of the graphics card, though important, is not the ultimate deciding factor in its power. Graphics card companies create budget cards that they sell for cheap to computer manufacturers. The 260, in general, is a somewhat budget card plus you tack onto it the fact that it is a 260m, smaller and less powerful so that it fits into a laptop and doesn't generate heat to melt through the case. When buying gaming laptops you really need to make sure you are buying the highest quality graphic card or else it wont play games well. Higher quality graphics cards have higher numbers (a 260 being a lower quality card while a 285 is a higher quality) so the higher the number the better the card. For nvidia cards also keep in mind the letters before the numbers (a GTX is better than a GTS and a GTS is better than a GT).
#8 Jul 24 2010 at 12:38 PM Rating: Decent
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I find it quite surprising that Dell makes such a big deal about the alienware computers, they seem like such bad value for money and I haven't seen a build yet that makes me think "wow thats a **** of a setup" - really mediocre.

Not to slag yours off or anything though, if I had the money I'd probably save myself the hassle and buy a customised one.
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#9 Jul 24 2010 at 1:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Actually this laptops graphics card is not integrated and thus, can be removed and swapped for another. there are actually guides that help you through the upgrade process (see here for m15x: ).
More and more laptops are starting to come this way now but the reason i can't find a graphics card by itself is because the demand for this is very low because of the lack of laptops that can actually change their GPU's right now.

Edited, Jul 24th 2010 3:43pm by Jeddik

Edited, Jul 24th 2010 8:14pm by Jeddik
#10 Jul 24 2010 at 4:03 PM Rating: Decent
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that does seems kinda bad... I have a Gateway p7805u fx.. has only the P84000 2.2 c2d processor and 9800m gts and i scored 2030... But then again this gateway of mine has always surprised me :)
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