2016 13" Alienware 13 R3 (GTX1060) [7th,4C,H] + Titan Xp @ 32Gbps-AGA (AW Graphics Amplifier) + Win10 [votehart407]
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!!!
Thank you. It really was not a big project. Just pulled the core components and installed the loop.
The OLED display is fantastic. Very bright and excellent match with the 1060.
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.