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Dell at CES 2019: Alienware m17 Packs Core i9, GeForce RTX into 17.3-Inch Chassis

Having launched Alienware m15 ultra-thin gaming laptops last year and updated them this week, Dell is rolling out more notebooks for gamers concerned about compact dimensions. The new Alienware m17 machines feature a 17.3-inch display and pack six-core processors paired with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPUs into a chassis that is up to 0.91 inch (23 mm) thick.

It goes without saying that the key feature of Alienware’s m17 laptop is its 17.3-inch display with a 1920×1080, 2560×1440, or 3840×2160 resolution. The Full-HD and Ultra-HD IPS panels feature a 60 Hz refresh rate, whereas the QHD TN panel features a 120 Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, the higher-end 4K and QHD screens boast with 400 nits brightness, whereas the entry-level LCD is only rated for 300 nits brightness.

As far as internal hardware is concerned, the Alienware m17 notebook will use exactly the same components and configurations as the updated Alienware m15 introduced earlier this week. So, the the machine is powered by Intel’s latest mobile processor – including its six-core Core i9-8950HK CPUs – that are paired with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, or 2080 Max-Q GPUs. Various Alienware m17 configs will feature from 8 to 32 GB of DDR4 memory and from 256 GB to 2 TB of PCIe/NVMe storage (see exact specs in the table below).

One important thing to note is that since the Alienware m17 notebook is bigger than the Alienware m15, it can be equipped with a larger and better cooling system. The latter enables the laptops to work at Turbo frequencies longer and thus provide higher performance in games.

When it comes to connectivity, the Alienware m17 copies its smaller brother too. The notebook has 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth (from Qualcomm or Rivet Networks), a Killer E2500-enabled GbE port, one Thunderbolt 3 header, three USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, two display outputs (mini DisplayPort 1.3, HDMI 2.0), a 3.5-mm TRRS audio jack, and an Alienware Graphics Amplifier port for proprietary external graphics solutions. Besides, the Alienware m17 laptop features an RGB-backlit keyboard with a numpad, a 1080p webcam, stereo speakers, and a microphone array.

Just like the Alienware m15, the 17.3-inch notebook comes in Epic Silver or Nebula Red chassis that are from 18.5 to 23 mm thick (0.727 – 0.91 inches) thick. As for the weight, the Alienware m17 weighs 2.63 kilograms (5.79 pounds) when equipped with a 60 Wh battery or more when outfitted with a 90 Wh battery in a build-to-order configuration.

Sales of the Alienware m17 are set to begin on January 29, 2019. The price of the laptops will start at $1,650.

General Specifications of Dell’s Alienware m17
  Alienware m17
1080p 60 Hz
Alienware m17
1440p 120 Hz
Alienware m17
4K UHD
Display Type  IPS TN IPS
Resolution 1920×1080 2560×1440 3840×2160
Brightness 300 cd/m² 400 cd/m²
Color Gamut 72% NTSC (?) ~100% sRGB
Refresh Rate 60 Hz 120 Hz 60 Hz
CPU Intel Core i5-8300H – 4C/8T, 2.3 – 4 GHz, 8 MB cache, 45 W
Intel Core i7-8750H – 6C/12T, 2.2 – 4.1 GHz, 9 MB cache, 45 W
Intel Core i9-8950HK – 6C/12T, 2.9 – 4.5 GHz, 12 MB cache, 45 W
Graphics Integrated UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
Discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB GDDR5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q with 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q with 8 GB GDDR6
RAM 8 GB single-channel DDR4-2667
16 GB dual-channel DDR4-2667
32 GB dual-channel DDR4-2667
Storage Single Drive 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
1 TB HDD with 8 GB NAND cache
Dual Drive 128 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
118 GB Intel Optane SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Default Qualcomm QCA6174A 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
Optional Killer Wireless 1550 2×2 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0
Thunderbolt 1 × USB Type-C TB3 port
USB 3 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
Display Outputs 1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.3
1 × HDMI 2.0
GbE Killer E2500 GbE controller
Webcam 1080p webcam
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack, trackpad, Alienware Graphics Amplifier port, etc.
Battery Default 60 Wh
Optional 90 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 18.5 mm | 0.727 inch ~ 23 mm | 0.91 inch
Width 410 mm | 16.1 inch
Depth 292.5 mm | 11.52 inch
Weight (average) 2.63 kilograms | 5.79 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro

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Source: Dell