Dell Alienware M18x Gaming Notebook: Tale of Two GPUs

Dell has announced a new gaming laptop with 18-inch display that is Dell Alienware M18x. Dell has been called the M18x as “the most powerful gaming laptop-sized 18-inches in the universe.

The M18x will Boast a 3D-capable 18.4-inch HD display with 1920×1080 resolution, as well as an Intel Core i7 processor-That cans be over clocked to 4GHz. The default Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M graphics card, cans be upgraded to an incredible dual AMD Radeon HD 6970M. Also Memory capacity is pretty huge – the laptop will from the start with 6GB of DDR3 RAM, upgradeable to 32GB – 7500GB hard drive with HD wireless audio and video without latency for a bigger screen and an HDMI connection to HDTV 1.4 for 3D then you can expect this laptop for playing games or watching your favorite movies in 3D.

Big, bad and unapologetic. These three words accurately describe the Alienware M18x. Unapologetic about its size, this is a desktop replacement notebook that almost defies the entire category of portable machines. Sure, it's portable, in the sense that you can move it from room to room or perhaps pack it up for a LAN, but you're not tossing this bad boy into a dainty backpack or laptop tote. No, the Alienware M18x steps into the ring weighing in at nearly 12lbs (11.935) and thumbs its nose at would-be competitors. Though mobile components are humming along inside its rugged metal frame, Dell's Alienware division gives gamers and performance enthusiasts the choice to configure a machine with fastest technologies money can buy currently in notebooks

To that end, in our efforts to evaluate Alienware's new gaming Goliath, the company decided to send us two machines.  We hemmed and hawed; with that entire gaming prowess at our fingertips, how would we get any real work done?  Such is the perilous line we walk some days in the lab.  Regardless, the dynamic M18x duo we received for testing were both configured with identical base builds, an Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core at the helm, but with different graphics subsystems. One M18x came strapped with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M GPUs in SLI, ready to throw down.  The other machine came packing heat with dual AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPUs in CrossFire, 



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