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The Alienware M17x R4 is a gaming notebook with a 17.3-inch display and is powered by Intel's quad-core Sandy Bridge or the new Ivy Bridge processors. It can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon HD 7970M or Nvidia GeForce GT 675M for graphics, and 1TB of SSD or HDD storage in RAID 0.


  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Apr. 19, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,499.00


  • Laptop type: Gaming PC
  • Width: 16.14 inches
  • Depth: 11.98 inches
  • Thickness: 1.75 inches
  • Weight: 9.39 pounds
  • Color: Black, Red


  • Operating system: Windows 7


  • Screen size (diagonal): 17.3 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: WLED
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px

Display (base)

  • Size (diagonal): 17.3 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlit: WLED
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • 3D enabled: Yes

Display (max)

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: Yes


  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes


  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-2670QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.1 GHz

Processor (base)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3820QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.7 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Graphics type: Discrete
  • Base discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GTX 660M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 2 GB

GPU (base)

  • Discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GTX 675M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 2 GB

GPU (max)

  • Base RAM size: 6 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 32 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • RAM slots: 4


  • Options: HDD (7200RPM), Flash Memory (SSD), RAID 0 (HDD), RAID 0 (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (7200RPM)
  • Max. config HDD: 1 TB
  • Max. config SSD: 1 TB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: Other, SD, Memory Stick, MMC


  • Optical drive type: Slot-loading
  • Compatible media: DVD±R/RW, BD-ROM

Optical Drive

  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3Di, Klipsch, THX TruStudio Pro


  • Effective pixels: 2.1 megapixels


  • USB 3.0: 4
  • Combo eSATA / USB: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • VGA: 1
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • HDMI input(s): 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • 3.5mm digital optical audio (S/PDIF): 1

Port options

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • 4G: Optional
  • WiMAX: Optional


  • Size: 90 Wh, 9 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)


  • PCMarkVantage: 14518
  • 3DMarkVantage (GPU): 21876
  • 3DMark06 (GPU): 23914
  • The Verge Battery Test: 4 hours and 12 minutes


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