Alienware is all but synonymous with aggressive styling, audacious lighting, and burly machines belching out heat and frame rates. The latest update to the M17x line is no exception; packed into the familiar chassis are a quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 680M GPU, the fastest mobile GPU Nvidia currently has to offer.

In typical Alienware fashion, high-end wares will cost you a pretty penny — $2,599, as configured. Does its performance match the price tag? And more importantly, does anyone need to spend this much on a gaming rig? Read on to find out.