2016 13" Alienware 13 R3 GTX1060 + [email protected] (Alienware Graphics Amplifier) + Win10 [votehart407] // modded & water cooled
In the past I was using a Macbook Pro 15 with Razer Core. I ultimately dropped the combination due to CPU heat on the MBP and the lack of real gaming on the go. Since then I moved back to a Razer Blade, sold the Core and built a full desktop gaming computer. This setup was good but separated my gaming libraries (issue with games without Cloud Saves) and I did not feel I was getting value out of the desktop when I was not gaming on it. Recently, my wife needed a laptop for a new job. This left me in a position of needing a new laptop. I went with the AWA 13 R3 with AGA.
I am very pleased with the performance, noise and temperatures. The only thing that bugged me was the actual case and components the AGA included so I modded it to the basics and rebuilt. Let me know what you think. Performance is on par with other AGA benchmarks on the web. Temps for the laptop at load never go above 60. Temps on the eGPU never go above 50. I like!!!
Awesome post. Seems like you went through a lot to finally arrive here. Did you get the OLED display? How do you like it if so?
Hey votehart407, good to see your setup. you are the best person i can ask.
how's your experience with your setup? is it still performing as promise?
i have a 13r3, OLED, i7-7700HQ. have been using it as my daily portable driver but am finding it too heavy and the battery just dont last more than 3 hours.
So now im thinking of setting up my 13r3 as my desktop replacement with an AGA.
how is your setup doing for you? any complaints? what's the positives and the negatives.
also how's the noise level from the AGA and 13r3?
The system worked well as a desktop setup. When connected to the AGA the laptop made nearly zero noise and gameplay is only hit negatively compared to desktop CPU setup when playing CPU intensive games and or a heavy graphics moment occurs. I’m playing at 4k so this issue may not be present at lower resolutions.
As a note, I was was able to get more than 7 hours of battery life by tearing down windows to core functions (Windows 10 Privacy Guide Federico Dossena) but as you noted the weight is limiting. When you add a power cable you are at nearly 7lbs in the bag. Too much for portable use in my opinion. Ultimately, I sold the 13 for another more portable laptop.
My opinion is it will make a great desktop setup with AGA.
Just my two cents... depending on your budget a 2080ti would probably last for years in that configuration for 4k gameplay.
Yes, I sold it. I kept the AGA components with the hope AW makes a more portable gaming laptop.
I purchased a Razer Stealth to go with a EGPU. I first paired it with a Aorus Gaming Box but thought it was way too loud and not very portable for travel. I ended up going with a Lenovo Graphics Dock with 1050. This setup is sweet for portable gaming. I posted a summary on this forum.
The Stealth is nice laptop with great battery life and almost no weight.
I only sold the AW because my job requires a laptop. The desktop performance was fantastic and not part of the decision.
That setup looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Laptop: Lenovo Y510P
eGPU: Gigabyte 1070 Mini OC
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@votehart407 Sorry to hear you sold the AW13R3. I agree it's bulky and heavy for a 13" laptop. The upsides are the 45W quad core performance and AGA as well as Thunderbolt 3 connection straight to the CPU. Nice to be able to change RAM modules and M.2 storage too.
Is it possible to change the pci 4 lanes as i done some research, some reviewers are saying the pci 4 lanes is bottlenecking the full capacity of the GPU? can it be change to a better one?
I've found the AW13R3 to have much better battery life than the 15 and 17 version. Non G-Sync configurations have the Intel iGPU powering the display. Therefore the Nvidia dGPU can be disabled completely in Device Manager. I have used it with dGPU enabled vs disabled for the past month to compare. I can get on average 5 hours with iGPU only. It's about 3 hours with dGPU enabled.