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Alienware M17 Packs CrossFireX, Mobile Quad-Core


Alienware M17 Packs CrossFireX, Mobile Quad-Core

We were a little disappointed by the latest Alienware Area-51 gaming PC, but not everything the company makes is all that bad. Take the Area 51 M15x laptop, for example. Hopefully the M17 laptop, announced today, will be in that latter category, too. It's definitely intimidating on paper, at least!

Foremost on the list of possible components is an Intel quad-core CPU (although dual core options are also available), up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and as many as two AMD ATI Radeon HD 3870 GPUs in CrossFireX. Screen wise options include either a 1,440 x 900 or a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution panel in the M17's 17in chassis, though in such a system only the latter is really worth considering.

There's the option to have two hard drives, giving up to 1TB of storage and a Blu-ray drive can also be specced, to go with that Full HD capable screen. A 12-cell battery is included; although probably more to show willing than anything else. Frankly even calling the M17 a laptop seems a bit silly - would you really want 4.3Kg of notebook resting on your knees?

Pricing starts from £999, but quickly spirals up to ludicrous levels as the options are increased. Surely no-one buys an Alienware based on budget, though?

Rok Krznar

November 3, 2008, 11:50 pm

As a DELL XPS M1730 (2x8800M GTX) owner, I think it's very reasonably priced. Well, in the US at least.


November 4, 2008, 1:45 am

I too have a dell xps m1730 with the 8800's and to be honest i wish i had this alienware :)

Looks alot nicer and alienwares customer service couldnt be any worse than dells!

Rok Krznar

November 4, 2008, 4:51 am

You have to understand that I've had my computer for about half a year now and that it was more revolutionary when it came out than the M17 is now. It's normal that new and better things come out. Performance wise, two HD 3870s will give you 13055 3DMark's 06 compared to the 12184 that two 8800s give you, so you are not getting that much of a performance boost... But yea, the Alienware looks nice.


January 23, 2009, 7:42 am

I just got an M17 Alienware with this:

{1} M17

Video/Graphics Card: Dual 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon&#8482 HD 3870 - CrossFireX&#8482 Enabled!

Processor: Intel&#174 Core&#84822 Extreme Quad QX9300 2.53GHz (12MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)

Design & Display: Black Skullcap Design

Chassis: 17-Inch WideXGA+ 1440 x 900 LCD (720p)

Keyboard Options: Illuminated Keyboard &#8211 Alienware Exclusive Design - Astral Blue

Operating System (Office software not included): Genuine Windows Vista&#174 Ultimate (64-bit Edition) with Service Pack 1

Notebook Tuners and Remotes: Without Media Center Remote Control or TV Tuner

Memory: 4GB&#171 Dual Channel DDR3 SO-DIMM at 1066MHz &#8211 2 x 2048MB

System Drive: Extreme Performance (RAID 0) - 1TB (2 x 500GB) 7,200RPM (16MB Cache) w/Free Fall Protection

Optical Drives : 8x Dual Layer Burner (DVD&#177RW, CD-RW) w/ LightScribe Technology - View Demo

Laser-Etch Your Label Directly to the Disc!

Wireless Network Card: Internal Intel&#174 Ultimate N 5300 a/b/g/Draft-N Mini-Card with MIMO Technology

The World's First 450 Mbps Wi-Fi Adapter!

Sound Card : Internal High-Definition Audio with Surround Sound

Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Onsite Service and 24/7 Toll-Free Phone Support

Alienware Extras: Alienware&#174 Mesh Cap

Alienware Extras: Alienware&#174 Mobile Binder

Alienware Extras: Owner Identification Card

Alienware Extras: M17 Protective Cloth Sleeve

Alienware Extras: M17 Keyboard Diagram Overlay

Avatar: Alienhead 3D

Window Style: Default Window Style

Mouse Pointers: Standard Mouse Pointers

Power Plan: Standard Power Plan

Automatic Updates: Automatic Updates On

Time Zones: (GMT - 5.00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

SubTotal: $3,889.00

Shipping: $70.00

Discount: $0.00

Tax: $237.54

Order Total: $4,196.54


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