General Notes on the Dell Alienware 17 R5:
Base unit came with GTX1060 6gb, M.2 Sandisk 2280 128Gb, 1Tb 2.5″ Hard drive…
Quick comparison to an older unit, no dual HDD option, no DVD/Burner drive, less USB drive slots, no SD card slot, but lots of newer VR friendly options, faster CPU and faster/more current GPU
Benchmark results, see this link,
M.2 upgrade device that worked for me – in Slot 2:
WD Black M.2 2280 500Gb PCIe nvme [$129]
Note – Sandisk V-Nand will NOT work for Slot 2
Slot 3 is M.2 2240
More to come, pics, and videos
Dell Emc Windows 10 recovery usb image download link
Using the software Superposition Benchmark – click here to download.
For CineBench – click here to download the free benchmark software’
Compared with my custom main workstation PC, using a dual card 8Gb GTX1080 and 4Gb GTX970
With same workstation, just with the GTX1080 8Gb card
From above, it seems my main PC as l have researched is limited a bit when a 4Gb GTX970 is in it.
Also note the processor is much older, compared to that in my new laptop below.
Below is the Alienware 17 R5 Results
Notes, screenshots and results using, installing, testing Nvidia Cuda on Linuxmint 18.1
“CUDA is a parallel computing platform and programming model invented by NVIDIA. It enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU).“
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder
Tests done on my custom built Workstation PC as well as Alienware 17 laptop – all GPU specs below.
Quick comparisons [not the focus of this post] :):
- Puget systems laptop, with a GTX 980M 8Gb – 91 billion int./sec, 1819 Gflops
- My Alienware 17 with a GTX 860M 2Gb – 43.3 b.i.p.s, 866 Gflops
- My workstation with a GTX 970 4Gb -> 146 b.i.p.s, 2919 GFlops.
Screenshots in no particular order.
Below result from Puget Systems test on their laptop, for comparison
Below my results
I own a HP Pavilion dv6500/dv6625us laptop which l bought exactly a year ago, my first hp laptop (prior to this l’ve owned 2 DELL laptops which l only replaced/gave away when l needed a technology upgrade and they still work). This laptop now has a strange annoying LCD screen problem, it goes black, shows the hp logo and anything else in the faintest gray which you cant really read, and at times it flickers like a dying flourescent tube light. I sent it to hp support about a month ago, and they shipped it back with a letter saying its fixed. Now for the last 2 weeks the problem is back again. Googling shows this is a common problem, and if l dont get this permanently resolved (sent a support email today) – this will be my one and ony hp laptop. See also this link: http://www.daniweb.com/forums/thread39242.html Problems like this are very irritating when you use a laptop as a mobile office for most of your work.
My quest for a new laptop starts now. Its down to the Alienware area-51 m15x – which is more affordable compared to the M17. The M17 does come though with a ATI CrossfireX GPU enable option. Why l’m researching and blogging about this at midnight shows how dependent my work is on a mobile computing reliable powerhouse.
Update: Got back my laptop, and it works okay so far. The motherboard as well as lcd display was replaced. One thing l have to say about hp support, the response and shipping of a return box is very fast.