What do you think of the new Alienware redesign? How about the new Nvidia drivers? Need help replacing RAM?
The NotebookReview forum is bursting with notebook expertise. It’s an invaluable resource for notebook buying advice, personal tech troubleshooting, and discussions centered on all things computing, especially PC gaming. Here’s a roundup of the latest trending topics and buying advice.
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Choosing a new laptop within a certain budget can be a hard call, considering the diversity of machines available with varying specs. But there are seasoned NBR forum contributors who can help. When seeking a replacement for his 2009 Lenovo Thinkpad, one user got expert advice on which brands would fit his explicit needs, in addition to a warning to stay away from laptops with 7th gen i7 processors for now, until higher-end quad cores are released.
Alienware gamer ALX created a poll asking fellow NBR forum users what they think about the new 2016 Alienware redesign, resulting in a slight edge for the ayes (roughly 60 percent like it) versus the nays (about 40 percent).
User Mr. Fox put forth with this keen bit of insight reminding us that notebooks are a lot like people: “Remember… beauty is only skin deep. Ugliness starts on the inside.”
Share your opinion on the Alienware redesign by voting and commenting.
Is it true that the i7 6700HQ processor only goes as high as 3.1 GHz on all four cores, even when undervolted with XTU?
One user eyeing the possibility of upgrading from a 4710MQ to a 6700HQ had questions, and NBR users had answers: The 6700HQ will consume significantly less power, but may only slightly outperform the 4710MQ. Not all were in accordance. Forum contributor Papusan said, “6700HQ is probably the worst Intel mobile i7 in history. Only an HK chip makes sense.”
New nVIDIA GeForce drivers (v372.70) were released in August, leading the more cautious to pose the question: Who wants to be the guinea pig?
Several brave users took up the charge, resulting in less than enthusiastic reviews. User Talon said, “Getting worse performance with these than 372.54 in BF1 Beta. On both desktop and laptop. Going back.”
And TomJGX said, “372.70 didn’t allow me to adjust my display brightness, so I went back to 372.54.”
Some positive feedback was left by user Wazabi: “The drivers are very stable. And love that they added FastSync to my 970m! I really notice the difference when I switched from V-Sync.”
I hate the new Alienware redesign. Not only the notebook design, but the Aurora R5 is cheap and uglier than ever. But…
The new Alienware redesign is proving to be unpopular with some, like one forum poster who labeled it “uglier than ever” despite a stated commitment to staying an Alienware customer for good.
Not everyone agrees that the redesigns are as hideous as some think, and most cite increased cooling and decreased throttling as a result of the design changes.
Asus unveiled a 4K 144Hz IPS monitor at Computex 2016, but it hasn’t yet hit market. While not much information is available, it’s said to be the world’s first 144Hz 4K monitor, and it measures 27 inches, with maximum native resolution of 3840 x 2160. NBR forum users speculate release should occur in Q1 of 2017, with a price tag no less than $1000. Keep up with the latest news in this thread.
What should you do it your recently repasted gaming laptop CPU is reaching high temperatures, even in an air conditioned room with a laptop cooler running?
One user, running the intensive game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, sought help for his overheating issues and got some good advice, including undervolting the CPU, locking the game FPS to the refresh rate, and checking under the hood to ensure the cooling paste was still in place.
If you’ve got advice to give, chime in.
It’s not easy determining which Clevo laptop most closely aligns with a certain build offered by another OEM working off the Clevo-designed chassis, but it is possible if you solicit the help of knowledgeable NBR forum contributors.
One forum user discovered that the PC Specialist Defiance III is comparable to the Clevo P650RP6 or P650RS, depending on the GPU—making his purchasing decision a lot simpler than a shot in the dark.
When one RAM stick dies, should you purchase an equivalent replacement, a higher-capacity replacement, or buy another matching set of two? And will a PC-12800 RAM work in a system designed for PC-8500? These are the questions one user had, leading to a volley of technical replies and suggestions from the NBR forum eggheads. This thread is a must-read if you’re experiencing a similar issue and want some expert advice.
Those actively looking for new gaming laptops may arrive at the question: Asus G752VS or MSI GT72VR? And why? While both are solid machines, choosing one over the other could come down to preference. For example, the MSI model offers superior digital-to-analog audio conversion, while the Asus model is known for running more quietly. This particular NBR chat thread also includes feedback on the pros and cons of machines with 120Hz displays – an educational read for the uninformed prospective buyer.