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Hands-on with the Alienware 13 and massive Graphics Amplifier

By Scorpus
Jan 9, 2015
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  1. I was pretty surprised when two boxes arrived at my doorstep recently: one was a normal size for a laptop, and the other massive. In this video I take a first look at Alienware's new 13-inch gaming laptop, as well...

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  2. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Thank you for giving us a peak, Tim.
    I'm not too sure why it would be better to have a gaming laptop plus a second rig, the graphics amplifier. Why not just get a good desktop computer? Perhaps I don't see the pros?

    For those who would say the second rig is for gaming, than why have a laptop that bulky if you'll be connecting it to the second rig to to play games?
     
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  3. I'm with you on that.
     
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  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,561   +2,368

    If you are in the market for a gaming laptop, it stands to reason a proper desktop computer is not part of your options lineup for a specific reason. In this case, the additional rig gives you the PC performance you would be missing out on when at home. Depending on the hardware, this setup also costs less than purchasing both a high-spec laptop and PC.
     
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,210   +424

    Awesome review Tim and right on time for me. Yesterday my VP told me to ask for a new laptop for use with the Oculus Rift so I can stop dragging my desktop around to events (had a technology symposium yesterday and they felt sorry for me since I brought my home rig in). They said to get something that I can leave at the office and only pull out during testing or an event and this looks like it would be just perfect for that need. I don't need a really nice screen since the main display that will be in use is the OR so the Graphics Amplifier is really the most important part.
     
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  6. abysal

    abysal TS Booster Posts: 107   +37

    4x PCIe? You gotta be kidding. Well that killed it for me.
     
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,210   +424

    Read these old articles
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5458/the-radeon-hd-7970-reprise-pcie-bandwidth-overclocking-and-msaa
    and
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI-Express_Scaling/3.html
    and then consider that even with the small reduction in performance you're not going to get near that using only typical laptop GPUs. Remember that you're also limited to a single card so the need for really high bandwidth is even less.
     
  8. SuperVeloce

    SuperVeloce TS Booster Posts: 133   +34

    Still... for that price 16x pcie should be a given. I was waiting for something like that for 10 years, but the price is ridiculous. You can get a pricey all aluminium midi tower and a good psu for that price.
     
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +107

    Interesting they're using Graphic Amp option with the Laptop. Can't wait for your review of it in action. Thanks for this review which was well done! Cheers!
     
  10. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    I wanna know what the rest of that Star Wars Tee-shirt says!
     

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