ALIENWARE M11X & " overclockable "

dbee

Supreme Poster
Ok, so it turns out my bro "lost" my ASUS notebook which i loved to death. In return, i am considering the M11x as a replacement. I love the specs all around, not looking to game with it, just had a question about websites stating its cpu is "overclockable " . Alienware states that the SU7300 core 2 version runs at 1.3 ghz , and the i5 version runs at 1.066 ghz with turbo boost taking it to 1.8ghz . Anybody know if this is there idea of "overclockable'? I think i am going to get one of these but would like to avoid having a 1.3ghz cpu . Is the cpu acutally overclockable through the bios or software? Can anybody , maybe somebody who owns one explain this a lil bit better for me ? thanks a bunch
- dbee
 

Seto~

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Generally ~ANY~ cpu is overclockable I really wouldn't recommend the m11x, If you want a good laptop for generally $1200 let me know and I will find you one a lot better. Now, if you want an alienware because it looks cool, thats all you. you pay atleast an additional $400 because it looks nice though
 

Ph?bus

EGO Is My Life!
That's how I can tell you're new, Seto.
Dbee doesn't want it because it's Alienware and looks cool, he just wants it for the specs.

But I have a question. If you're not going to be gaming, what do you need all that power for? Why not just get a cheap little netbook?
 

Seto~

Rookie Poster
I wasn't saying he did, I was saying there are better laptops for cheaper prices and better specs, but some people like how a computer looks and that was his decision. I can find him another $1200 laptop that runs an i5 720m and a 5850m. Not sure what that has to do with me being new haha
 

Korgot

Supreme Poster
Stop bashing Alienware guys, Dbee wants one and I want the smae laptop too because of the specs, the look, everything. Dbee didn't post here so you guys say "Alienware is bad, don't buy that, it sucks." I don't want to be rude but come on guys.
 

Seto~

Rookie Poster
Nobody was bashing alienware. I enjoy a nice looking laptop myself, (Though I don't own one). I was just tossing out options XD
 

Korgot

Supreme Poster
Nobody was bashing alienware. I enjoy a nice looking laptop myself, (Though I don't own one). I was just tossing out options XD
I wasn't just talking 'bout this thread. I made one the other day and people were bashing it there too..
 

Blue Stealth

EGO Is My Life!
if its anything like the m17x or m15x, the cpu is overclockable via the BIOS. I know for my m17x, in the bios there are 2 predetermined frequencies to overclock to and thats it. Its sort of like automatic overclocking without the ability to manually overclock values in-between.

My personal opinion tho:

overclocking on laptops = bad idea
overclocking on netbooks = worse idea

theres absolutely no reason to overclock the m11x anyway if you dont plan on gaming.

-Blue
 

dbee

Supreme Poster
Lol Phobus... Well it does look awesome for one, if i go with the i5 version, 2.0ghz would be all i need as my previous ASUS was 2.0 ghz. The 7300 M11x didn't specify about turbo boost til i looked a bit further and found it takes it to 1.6ghz. Plus this has faster ram, faster hdd, and i really really like its size. The i5 version will run about $950 which i have no problem with. plus, 14" notebooks seem harder to find than before and i do not want anything bigger than a 14. The m11x was made for me.

I dont plan on gaming much at all on it if any, thats what my gaming rig is for. But it would be nice if im on the road and have the juice to do it along with the portability. Seto, i can find pretty much any notebook for $1200 , if i wanted one for gaming i would go with an ASUS no doubt about it. I've been through tons of notebooks and know what to look for. Gaming on an 11.6" screen isnt exactly ideal anyway...

Blue Stealth, you answered my question which was about if Alienware's idea of overclocking was just turbo-boost, of if it could be done via BIOS. Thanks a ton for the info guys. Gonna get me one on order shortly.

Korgot, let me know what you think when yours arrives.
 
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dbee

Supreme Poster
Just watched a Youtube video and the "overclock" is simply enable or disable. Takes the cpu from 1.3 to 1.73 which i can live with. Microcenter has it on sale with the 320gb 7200rpm HDD and 1066 ram for $899 while best buy version includes a 250 gig HDD. Alienware's website has the 160gb HDD and only 2 gigs of ram for $799, or the i5 version with the same hdd and same ram for $949.

Go Microcenter !
 

dbee

Supreme Poster
Looks like dell dropped the base price to $799, adding 2 gigs of ram is $50 ... If i leave the cheap 160gb 5400rpm drive, i could add my own SSD for about $100 putting me at $950 . What does everyone think about this?

I also cant decide whether or not to go with the i5 version, which would run $1000 ... Any suggestions for dbee on this matter ?
 
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