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Alienware M18x, i7-2960XM, GTX 580M SLI

Specifications

Alienware M18x, i7-2960XM, GTX 580M SLINotebook: Alienware M18x, i7-2960XM, GTX 580M SLI (M18x Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2960XM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 5.4kg
Price: 6000 euro
Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

Reviews for the Alienware M18x, i7-2960XM, GTX 580M SLI

80% Alienware M18x
Source: PC Mag English
When it comes to portable gaming, Alienware delivers the goods. The M18x not only offers world-class performance, it does it with style and excellent build quality. Granted, you'll have to open the vault to afford this beauty, but you'll get your money's worth in terms of features, screen real estate, storage, and raw horsepower. You may want to consider hiring a roadie if you'll be taking this beast out on the road, and you won't get much playing time between battery charges, but if you're serious about gaming, the Alienware M18x is the current king of the hill and our new Editors' Choice for gaming laptops.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Dell Alienware M18x
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/19/2012

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 580M SLI:

Two GeForce GTX 580M (GF114 Fermi) cards in SLI mode. Because of the maximum power usage of 2x 100 Watt of both MXM boards, the GTX580M SLI can only be used in very large laptops.

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.  


2960XM:

Fastest mobile Quad-core processor in the third quardter of 2011 based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and 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.


5.4 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


80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


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

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» Alienware M18x R2
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» Alienware 17 (GTX 880M)
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» Alienware 17
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» Alienware 14, GTX 750
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» Alienware 14
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» Alienware M14x, Haswell
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-02-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)