Alienware M17x R4

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

What You Need To Know

  • It comes with a backlit keyboard with multiple colors and lighting zones
  • It has support for external 3D monitors

Verge Review

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?...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Gaming PC
Thickness 1.75 inches
Weight 9.39 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 17.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Discrete
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Optical drive type Slot-loading
The Verge Battery Test 4 hours and 12 minutes

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Tech Specs

Hardware
Laptop type Gaming PC
Width 16.14 inches
Depth 11.98 inches
Thickness 1.75 inches
Weight 9.39 pounds
Color Black, Red
Software
Operating system Windows 7
Display (base)
Screen size (diagonal) 17.3 inches
Technology LCD
Backlight WLED
Resolution (X) 1600 px
Resolution (Y) 900 px
Display (max)
Size (diagonal) 17.3 inches
Technology LCD
Backlit WLED
Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1080 px
3D enabled Yes
Keyboard
Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad Yes
Mouse
Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes
Processor (base)
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7-2670QM
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.2 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.1 GHz
Processor (max)
Brand Intel
Family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i7-3820QM
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.7 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.7 GHz
GPU (base)
Graphics type Discrete
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Discrete GPU model GeForce GTX 660M
Dedicated VRAM size 2 GB
GPU (max)
Discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Discrete GPU model GeForce GTX 675M
Dedicated VRAM size 2 GB
Memory
Base RAM size 6 GB
Max. config RAM size 32 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1600 MHz
RAM slots 4
Storage
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
Optical drive type Slot-loading
Compatible media DVD±R/RW, BD-ROM
Audio
Speakers 2
Audio brand Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3Di, Klipsch, THX TruStudio Pro
Webcam
Effective pixels 2.1 megapixels
Port options
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
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0
4G Optional
WiMAX Optional
Battery
Size 90 Wh, 9 cell
Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Benchmarks
PCMarkVantage 14518
3DMarkVantage (GPU) 21876
3DMark06 (GPU) 23914
The Verge Battery Test 4 hours and 12 minutes
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