Alienware 17 R5 – Notes

General Notes on the Dell Alienware 17 R5:

10-20-18
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

 

Alienware 17 R5 Benchmark

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

Linuxmint 18.1 – Cuda 9.1 Toolkit

Updating to the latest cuda development toolkit on Linuxmint 18.1 [with a GTX 1080+970]

Notes:

Reference links:

First, update to R390 Driver

Terminal commands

sudo dpkg -i cuda-repo-ubuntu1704-9-1-local_9.1.85-1_amd64.deb

sudo apt-key add /var/cuda-repo-9-1-local/7fa2af80.pub

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cuda

Screenshots