Dell Alienware Notebooks Sport Intel Ivy Bridge Chips

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-05-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Launched under Dell's Alienware brand, the gaming notebooks pack powerful features and Intel's 3rd-Generation Ivy Bridge chips.

Alienware, Dell€™s high-performance PC gaming brand, launched an enhanced gaming laptop portfolio, which will be powered by Intel€™s 3rd-Generation Core processors, known as Ivy Bridge.

The portfolio includes the M14x, a 14-inch laptop for the gamer who requires a balance between mobility and performance; the 3D-capable M17x, which offers a high-definition, surround-sound experience; and the M18x, an 18-inch notebook, which is designed for gamers whose priority is performance above all else but who also require the option to occasionally go mobile.

The M14x, M17x and M18x are available now via Dell and Alienware€™s Websites, with standard configurations starting at $1,099 for the M14x, $1,499 for the M17x and $1,999 for the M18x.

The M14x, M17x and M18x laptops also offer the latest Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon high-definition (HD) graphics cards and the Creative Sound Blaster audio chipset with THX 7.1 digital surround sound and Klipsch-branded speakers. The M14x features optional dual-drive configurations, up to 16GB of memory for multitasking, a Blu-ray combo optical drive, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics engine with GDDR5 graphics memory €“the first time Alienware is offering GDDR5 graphics on a laptop this size.

The M17x delivers the latest Nvidia and AMD graphics card options, up to 32GB of memory, optional 17.3-inch 120Hz WideFHD WLED 3D display and THX 3D surround sound. It is one of the first laptops to offer the AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics card and the latest GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GT 660M and 675M graphics solutions.

Alienware€™s flagship gaming laptop, the M18x, is equipped with technology capable of matching high-performance gaming desktops. The M18x delivers up to 200w of mobile graphics power when configured with the optional Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M graphics enabling an Nvidia SLI experience and up to 4GB of GDDR5 graphics memory. A configuration featuring dual AMD Radeon HD 7970m with CrossFire will be available in the coming weeks. An 18.4-inch Full HD 1080p WLED backlit LCD, up to 750GB 7,200 rpm Serial ATA hard drives, support for a triple solid-state-drive option€”768GB SSD (3 x 256GB SSD), and an anodized aluminum shell round out the package.

All three laptops feature Intel€™s Turbo Boost 2.0 technologies, HDMI 1.4 (High-Definition Multimedia Interface 1.4), USB 3.0 for fast data transfer, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3D HD gaming capability, optional Blu-ray disk-drive and surround-sound quality from Klipsch speakers. In addition, the Alienware notebooks feature AlienAdrenaline, which enables users to create shortcuts associated with games, or applications capable of triggering a chain of commands meant to improve system performance or to customize the experience.

€œOur customers want the most immersive gaming experience possible, and we€™ve taken the all-powerful M14x, M17x, and M18x laptops and made them even better, delivering the latest technologies for almost every need,€ said Frank Azor, general manager, Alienware. €œWe€™ve always offered the latest technology for the best gaming experience possible, and our enhanced lineup will let you pwn any competitor and provide the sensory experience that we know you crave.€

 


 
 
 
 
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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