Originally Posted by ziddy123
I think Clevo/Sager has the right idea right now. A 15" notebook with 900p/1080p resolution running a single GTX 485M/HD6970M is plenty fast enough for any video game until the next gen console is released. I don't see much benefit to CF/SLI on laptops considering the small screen real estate, AA etc aren't major issues @ 1080p/1200p. Been reading users with a single HD6970M/GTX 480M can run majority of the latest games with AA and highest settings as is.
And that should be for few more years. I take Nintendo's next console as a hint, the current gen consoles are here to stay for more years longer. Yes the Nintendo will be more powerful than the current XBox 360, but the leap in power isn't enough for game developers to push visuals to the next generation. Epic Games will not be releasing a Unreal Engine 4 for a while yet.
But Alienware I'm sure did their market research. So there must be plenty of fans out there who want a 18.4" behemouth! Personally I think Alienware should have revamped the M15X instead with a HD6970M with switchable graphics, that would have been the ultimate portable gaming machine on the market.
Switchable Graphics + Sandy Bridge would have made the M15X battery life good enough for any student or road warrior to use M15x as a true portable workstation full time. And with enough power for gaming and the sleek looks to satisfy Alienware fans. Personally would have thought an M15x would sell more than an M18x.
The m15x is a Flawed System, thus why it is removed. You basically have a 17 inch system with a 15 inch screen, thus it was retarded and why it was cut from the lineup. And we have instead the m14x, which looks to overheat with th Nvidia Cards, so throwing in a 6970 seems more then unlikley or unfeasible.