Alienware M18x R2, GTX 680M SLI, Core i7-3820QM

Specifications

Alienware M18x R2, GTX 680M SLI, Core i7-3820QMNotebook: Alienware M18x R2, GTX 680M SLI, Core i7-3820QM (M18x Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3820QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 5.7kg
Price: 3800 euro
Average Score: 95% - very good
Average of 2 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 85%, features: 50%, display: 30% mobility: 70%, workmanship: 60%, ergonomy: 70%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Alienware M18x R2, GTX 680M SLI, Core i7-3820QM

Alienware M18x R2 Gaming Laptop: Dual GPUs Attack
Source: Hot Hardware English
Straight and to the point, if you're looking for a no-compromises desktop replacement, the Alienware M18x R2 has your name written all over it in big, bold, neon letters. This is the system to get if you don't care about trivial things like portability (it weighs 12 pounds, after all), price (and costs around $4,400), and battery life (dual GPUs...'nuff said).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/29/2012
90% Alienware M18x R2
Source: Techreview Source English
The Alienware M18x R2 is definitely one powerhouse of a computer. It has a fantastic 1080p display, top-of-the-class performance and good battery life. While quite expensive, it makes a great gaming laptop and will handle anything you throw at it.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/08/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
Alienware M18x R2 Notebook Review: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M in SLI
Source: AnandTech English
As I mentioned in the conclusion of my review of the Alienware M17x R4, there are no points awarded for repetition. The original M18x was good but not perfect, and simply repeating the design instead of at least iterating it isn't going to somehow result in a better review. I think for the most part the shell does work; the aluminum is attractive and however you feel about Alienware's aesthetics, it's at least distinctive and feels sturdier than competing notebooks from Clevo.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2012
100% Alienware M18x R2 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
Each year, Alienware keeps outdoing itself in terms of performance, and this year's M18x R2 is no different. Its dual Nvidia GPUs, dual SSDs and gorgeous 1080p display put the M18x in a class by itself. The customizable lighting and booming audio just add to the fun. If you have the means, this gaming notebook is absolute perfection.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2012
Rating: Total score: 100%

Foreign Reviews

Extraterrestrisch – 17-Zoll-Gamer mit Nvidia GTX-680M-Grafik
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2012
Rating: performance: 85% features: 50% display: 30% mobility: 70% workmanship: 60% ergonomy: 70%

Comment

Series:

The Alienware M18x Haswell is undeniably one of the most powerful portable gaming laptops one could hope for. It certainly doesn't come cheap, but it’s an ultra powerful gaming laptop, made of premium materials and design. This huge 18 inch monster weighs in at a massive 5.5 kg. It serves well as a desktop replacement, with occasional jaunts to LAN parties. Covered in anodized aluminum, the feel of this machine is premium all the way. The magnificent exterior with customizable lights is a party favor that is endlessly awesome. There’s even a HDMI port that can switch between input/output allowing use of a HDTV as display, or use of the Alienware M18x’s screen with input from a game console or a cable box.

One of the most unique features of this beast of a machine is that it runs two GeForce GTX 780M cards linked by Nvidia's SLI. The 1920x1080 display is absolutely stunning. Hardcore gamers will have no problems with maxed out settings. The Alienware M18x comes equipped with a slot-loading Blu-Ray drive for media lovers who want to make full use of this machine's graphic abilities. Because of the power-hungry, powerful graphic cards, the battery life is absolutely dismal despite the power saving features of the Haswell Intel Core i7 4900MQ. Using it far from a power outlet will be a very short lived experience. If money does not matter, this is definitely the laptop to own for gaming and performance. 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI: High-end SLI-setup of two GeForce GTX 680M, based on the Kepler-architecture and manufactured in 28nm.

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


3820QM: An Ivy Bridge-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.7 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4000 GPU running at 650-1250 MHz on a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


18.4": 18 inch display size is a rare and very big size for desktop-replacement laptops. Laptops with 18 inch displays did not exist before 2008. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


5.7 kg: This laptop is heavy. Especially desktop replacements with 19 inch display fit in this class of weight. This class is too heavy, even for 17 inch DTR.


Alienware: Alienware is an American computer hardware company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell. It mainly assembles for high-performance gaming. Alienware also offers for sale rebadged laptops and computer peripherals, such as headsets, computer mice, monitors and keyboards. Alienware was founded in 1996. The corporate headquarters is located in Florida. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. 2005, Alienware brought in upwards of $170 million USD in annual sales and launched an international in 2003 with a presence in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Costa Rica. The international market share is limited.

 

Alienware reviews


95%: Indeed, this rating is very goodl There do not exist many notebook models, which are rated better.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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» mySN XMG8
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» Rock Xtreme 840SLI
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-09- 6 (Update: 2012-09- 6)