Dell Alienware M17X R4 equipped Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3 GHz, 8 GB of DDR3 1600 MHz RAM, a hard disk of 500 GB and 7200 RPM coupled with a drive 64 GB SSD and a dedicated graphics card AMD Radeon HD 7970M with 2 GB of GDDR5 RAM. Gons in the case, already so the Alienware M17x R4 is scoring performance worthy of note. The CPU while belonging to the budget end of the Core i7, is slightly off compared to the more expensive versions, for example by clocking a score of less than about 8% higher than the model in Cinebench and more expensive, so that the user medium can easily be already satisfied with this configuration, without having to spend more. Separate discussion for the AMD Radeon 7970M, a really powerful video card, which showed a higher score by almost 70% in 3DMark 11 compared to the Nvidia GeForce GT 675m and allowed to run almost all games of last generation more than 30 frames per second, with maximum settings.
Thanks to the large internal space available, Alienware has also been able to install an excellent cooling system which, compared to an average noise content, has allowed to keep under control the temperatures of components so powerful, to the advantage of convenience of use, since that the palm rest or the bottom never become hot enough to annoy the user. A special mention must go then to the Klipsch speaker system that comes with the gaming notebook, which provides a quality of play better than that obtainable with other handsets.With the 9 cell battery autonomy is acceptable even then. Obviously we’re still talking about a laptop intended for hardcore gamers and has a really powerful hardware platform, which therefore requires a lot of energy, but in any case in some scenarios, the tests showed a range of about 4 hours, more than acceptable for a 17-inch gaming notebook like this. The final judgment is therefore largely positive. Alienware m17x R4 is not without limits, for example in terms of size and weight, but when it comes to performance the laptop is worth all the money it costs, that is not much considering that the basic version is given as 1499 euros inclusive of VAT and shipping, a price that does nothing but bring more attention to the excellent cost / performance of the Alienware m17x R4.