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Alienware Graphics Amplifier CPU Support

Nov 14, 2014

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

As I understand it now, by connecting a Graphics Amp to a Alienware laptop, the internal GPU is bypassed and lies dormant. That is great from a thermal point of view, and should limit CPU throttling due to heat, but could the laptop not maybe alter the CPU accoringly (Overclock more) or even better, use the internal GPU to assist the CPU. Maybe dedicate it to physics calculations for games, or find another way for it to be used to raise the CPU performance of the laptop. Adding the desktop GFX card is awesome for the GFX side of things, but having the internal card just sit there, seems like a bit of a waste. If it can be used, it would be awesome!  

2 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Gaming, New Product Ideas, Alienware,

Alienware Graphics Amplifier for Alienware 18 & 17

Nov 13, 2014

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

The new Alienware Graphics Amplifier (AGA) looks very nice. In fact, it'd be very good if it supported Alienware 17 and 18. I think Dell should add AGA port on future Alienware 17 & 18.Is it possible to utilize the Mini DisplayPort on current Alienware 17 and 18 as a Thunderbolt port? Existing 17 and 18 have to be able to enjoy AGA too.AGA has to support multiple cards for SLI & CrossFire and giant graphic cards. Hence, users will be able to enjoy desktop SLI and CF performance on Alienware laptops.Different PCIe slots (e.g 1x and 4x) have to be present too. The fact that sound card option won't be available on Alienware laptops (alright you win, Dell) is ok. Yet I'd be very happy if AGA supported PCIe addon cards. Thus, users will be able to install different PCIe cards such as sound card and SSD.

2 Votes | 5 Comments

Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Gaming, Alienware,

Sound Card option on Mobile Alienware

Nov 9, 2014

3 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Dell has to restore the sound card option on their Alienware laptops. Currently, users can alter several components such as GPU, CPU and Memory.However, why won't Dell add a sound card option? It'd be very nice if users could choose different sound cards.Each user has got their own sound card preference. Hence, Dell should consider restoring the sound card option. 

3 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Gaming, Alienware,

Relocate the Alienware Card Reader

Nov 9, 2014

4 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Alienware card reader is located directly above the DVD drive. Unfortunately, this is very problematic as users can accidentally put memory cards in the DVD drive since the drive itself is a slot-loading variant. Once it's there, rescuing it can be very difficult. Dell should relocate the card reader to another location. For example, the empty space between the right-side USB 3.0 ports and DVD drive is vacant. Dell can also relocate the card reader to the empty space next to the audio ports on the left side of Alienware.

4 Votes | 3 Comments

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Gaming, Alienware,

Offer Premium Cooling to Laptops

Oct 30, 2014

7 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

When the Aurora was still selling, Alienware offered an optnio to have "Premium Lqiuid Cooling" that would improve heat efficiency. Recently, Alienware updated the BIOS of the 17 and 18 that offered overclocked levels for their CPUs. Within this article, heatsinks were shown, different from the ones previously found in the laptops (at least, as far as I know).  With the Alienware 13's release and its goal to be cool when gaming (and not hot like most other thin gaing laptops), that got me thinking. Why not offer a cooling option that has better heat sinks and better thermal paste.Even with better heat sinks, the laptop won't be cool enough. This is where the improved thermal paste comes in. In this article, there is a chart of most thermal pastes, and some are pretty useful like Gelid Extreme or Coolaboratory Liquid Pro. There are two of many directions to go with this Use 1 of the TIMs in the chart and charge a fee for applying them (and useing them). 3rd party vendors are already doing this, so it wouldn't be hard to implement. Create a TIM (TIM is thermal paste, just called Thermal Interface Material) that has around the cooling power of these TIMs. What results come from these? Better overclocking potential, better performance, a cooler laptop, and ability to offer components that otherwise would be too hot for the laptop. Since Alienware laptop's have the ability to modify the fan curev with HWInfo, it almosts nulls the reason to have complete control over the laptop.To prose an exmaple, the 13 has an i5 ULV CPU. That itself bottlenecks the desktop GPU in the Graphics Amplifier (despite it increasing game performance). Right now the 13 comes with the i5-4210U, and sur eneough it'll come with the i7-4510U. While Broadwell-U offers more power over HAswell-U, it would much better if the 13 offered a mobile-entry level quad core i7 (like the i7-4712HQ for example). If not that, then a dual-core i7 mobile like the i7-4578U or upcoming i7-5557U (taken from here). The charger the 13 has (130w) is should be capable for sustaining a GTX 860m and these i7's.I will mention that there should be a restriction when configuring the 13 or any thin/small Alienware laptop (if more come) when choosing these CPUs, like how there is a restriction with the Area 51 needing to have a 1.5k watt PSU to hold three GPUs. A price point of at least $75 to $100 should be the cost of this "Premium Cooling" option.If that is done, the potential of Alienware laptops will expand and can claim "most ppwoerful laptops" title back. This is a win-win scenario for consumers and the company. People buy guaranteed powerful and cool laptops that have the ability to become even more powerful with the Graphics Amplifier, and Dell/Alienware get more sales.

7 Votes | 9 Comments

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Gaming, Alienware,

Inspire Android Gaming with Alienware by bringing in an Alienware 8 tablet

Oct 30, 2014

5 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Nowadays, you'll find people playing games on their phones or tablets. Even gamers on the go or at home play on their android devices as well. Inspire Android Gaming with Alienware by using my concept of the Alienware 8 gaming tablet!The tablet will run off of an Nvidia Tegra K1 Processor which is the best option for any android gamer. The CPU Architecture is an NVIDIA 4-Plus-1™ Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 "r3" NVIDIA 4-Plus-1™ Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 "r3" Nvidia 4-Plus-1 Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 running at a max of 2.3 GHz with the integrated GPU being an Nvidia Kepler Architecture. With this, it features performance found in the new next gen consoles like the Xbox One and Playstation 4!As for other specs,there will be 4GB DDR3L SDRAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a vivid 1920x1200 8 inch display.As far as the OS goes, it will run a custom Android Kit Kat 4.4 OS with a Alienware custom UI to give customers that Alienware feel. Application included is AW Command Center 4.0 which will run AlienFX, AlienFusion and AlienAdrenaline. There will be two AlienFX RGB lighting Zones found on the Tablet, the 1st being the Alienware logo on the back of the Tablet and the 2nd Zone will be Home Keys found under the LCD screen in the front.The Alienware 8 Tablet doesn't have to be too thin but thin enough to be able to satisfy the average consumer (just about as thin as the lid found on the Alienware 17 laptop). As for pricing, it would start at $699 and just go from there when adding storage options and such.After bringing out the Alienware 13 with the QHD Touchscreen, I believe Alienware is ready to bring Android tablets geared for Android gaming to the market. Please consider the idea for my concept, it would be much appreciated. Thank you very much for your time. 

5 Votes | 5 Comments

Categories: New Product Ideas, Alienware, Mobile Devices,

Add the White LED color option to new AlienFX Command Center 4.0

Oct 28, 2014

6 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

I ask on behalf of many others, please bring back the White color option on AlienFX 4.0. I am aware that the previous Alienware systems like the 14, 17, and 18 were going through a color issue on the touchpad and tron lighting zones. Looking at the new systems like the Alienware 13, the Area-51, and as well as the Alpha, that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Many fans miss having the white color option on AlienFX.Now, I have experimented on how to actually make the white lighting look...well, actually white instead of the pinkish color. I won't disclose on how I did it, but I was able to get it right. In AlienFX, the color code for white is just #FFFFFFFF and that is basically the default code for any system with RGB lighting. In this case, the AlienFX illuminated lighting is a little off. In a way, I was prompted experiment on this code and change it to where the white lighting is just exact. The code I found that had the lights look pure white is #FFB6FCD5. It worked on my Alienware 14, the pink still showed up on the touchpad and it was still a very light green on the tron lighting, but it made the 8 other zones pure white (Keyboard, Alienware name, Alienware Logo, Status lights, Power button).I know dell and Alienware have it in their power to resurrect the white color option. This isn't only a request from me, but from many others out there who own an Alienware Device as well. If it can't be added right away, perhaps add it in an update to AW Command Center 4.0 later on. Please consider this idea, thank you for your time.

6 Votes | 6 Comments

Categories: New Product Ideas, Software, Alienware,

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