M17X R3 485M Official Support Including 3D Support
Dear Dell Marketing,
I speak on behalf of many frustrated Alienware M17X Owners with the following.
We would like to request that the M17XR3 model get the option of a more powerful nVidia Geforce graphics card. Yes we know there is a 560m coming fairly soon, however that is a minor upgrade.
Our issue is that there is an enthusiasts option for a 3D 120Hz LCD with a Geforce 460M or an enthusiasts option for a very powerful ATI 6970 graphics card. There is no option to get a 3D system with a top graphics card.
Many in our community (Notebookreview.com) have already purchased the 485M card from other retailers and have installed it in the M17X with no problems performance wise. The card performs really well and has really nice thermals (60c-70c), some are reporting the same temps as the 6970m.
The only problem those people are facing are the 3D not functioning because you guys do not officially support it. That also means there is no warranty regarding the card.
I brought this to the attention of a Dell employee forum liaison and he informed us that this has been on the table several times but the marketing department has not gone forward with it. It is in my personal opinion that from a marketing standpoint there is a huge market for this more powerful nVidia card mainly because of the 3D option. There are many customers that are interested in a 3D / nVidia config combo but are passing up on it because the 460m is older technology and even close to being as powerful as the 6970.
This thread is to show you that there is a audience for this card to be used in the M17X.
Also we have taken note that originally this card was suppose to be an option because even as of today some of the descriptions of the M17X on the site state that the highest option for the system is a 2GB nVidia Geforce GTX 485M.
There are several other brand gaming laptops that have been released in recent times that have the 485M / 3D combo and it is rather discouraging that it has not made it to the Alienware brand as it is a much larger more powerful company now that it is part of the Dell family.
I hope somethnig can be done to make this change.
We appreciate you taking the time out to read this and look forward to your replies and action.
Status Update: Please see Ron_D's comment about the GTX580m with 3D now being available on the M17x. Thanks for posting!
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