Hello everyone. I am happy to announce I got my very first custom made Alienware M15 delivered yesterday. I havent had much time to use it but wanted to share my first impressions of having the laptop for about 24 hours.
-It is lightweight, feels a hint heavier than my old Macbook Pro 13
-It is insanely fast. Stays at 4ghz all cores during max load and does not throttle. My very first second hand M15X would thermal throttle like no tomorrow so this is a pleasant upgrade.
-I got the 1080p screen and its gorgeous. Ace Combat 7 looks better on the screen compared to my Sony X800E HDR Tv.
-RTX2070 can play Ace combat 7 at 1080p with 150% textures at 80-90fps. Normal was giving me over 120fps. I am going to test Arma 3, Resident Evil 2, LOMAC this weekend.
-It runs hot. 50c idle and under 100c load. GPU hits 75-80c
-The fans go full power at load to keep the CPU at 100c max temperature. You will need headphones or have volume on loud.
-Speakers are ok. The Macbook Pro speakers are way better. I play on using headphones anyway
-The image used for the operating system is not that recent .I had to run bunch of updates for Windows, Dell/Alienware drivers and apps.
-There was no copper plate for the M2 drives. I talked to Dell and they are going to send me the plates once they get more in stock. Other option was to return the laptop and wait for a new one to go out.
Link of the part numbers for the M2 heatsink
I knew about the cons with it running hot and fans needing to go full turbines to keep it cool. It makes sense, I dont think we have the compound or materials yet to keep things cool. The missing heatsink was not pleasant but Dell was very kind and they actually helped me get the laptop quicker than original shipment and they are going to get me the part as soon as possible. Having once owned a second hand M15X that was bulky and heavy. I remember it running hot but I was able to play Crysis on the go. Fast forward many years and now we have the laptop at a fraction of the size and it performs very close to my Area51R1 that has an 8700k and 2080ti! Those who take delivery of their m15's and m17's please share your experience and also please share your temps. I haven't yet found typical operating temperatures.