Ah, the sweet smell of a broken embargo. Alienware's All Powerful M17x gaming notebook thought it had a few days of tease left in it, but the 17-inch 1920 x 1200 Core 2 Extreme quad-core behemoth has been set free by PCWorld. Under the carefully creased hood there's up to 8GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM and a choice of up to 1TB 7,200rpm hard-drive or 512GB SSD. Graphics are courtesy of two 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs.
Alienware have quietly launched another teaser site, this time tipping an upcoming "gaming laptop and computer" which the company is calling "Allpowerful". No other hardware details have been revealed regarding the range, aside from that more news will be coming in a little under 20 days time.
Dell have announced three new gaming PCs powered by Intel's Core i7 processors. The Alienware Area-51 X-58, Alienware Area-51 ALX X-58 and the Dell XPS 730x all have a choice of Core i7 920, 940 or 965 Extreme CPUs, with the two Alienware systems offering up to 12GB of triple channel DDR3 RAM while the XPS can be specified with up to 6GB.
Alienware on Thursday took the time to announce the new Area-51 750i. This was kind of an odd announcement for them because this is the company’s least expensive gaming tower being sold right now. The Area-51 750i comes with the same lightable casing, wiring and stronger power supplies as the more expensive models.
Alienware's M17 gaming notebook, announced on Monday, has already reached reviewers, and unlike some of the company's more outrageous machines it looks to be a surprising example of compromise. The selling points are the optional quad-core processors and ATI CrossFireX graphics, normally big money items; to keep the starting price low, however, you lose out on some of the drama Alienware have become known for.
Alienware have announced a new gaming notebook, the M17, the claim to fame of which is that it has CrossFireX dual graphics cards. In this case, it's a pair of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 GPUs, accompanied by a choice of Core 2 Quad or Extreme processors, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a choice of 17-inch WXGA+ or WUXGA displays. There's also a RAID array offering up to 640GB (in RAID-0 setup; halve that if you want redundancy) and optional Blu-ray.