Alienware M17x (HD 4870x2)


Alienware M17x (HD 4870x2)
Alienware M17x (HD 4870x2) (M17x Series)
Graphics adapter
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2 - 2x1024 MB, Core: 550 MHz, Memory: 888 MHz, GDDR5,
4096 MB 
, 2x 2048 MByte DDR3 1333 MHz
17.0 inch 16:10, 1920x1200 pixel, Dual-CCFL, glossy: yes
Intel PM55
Samsung SSD 800 Series, 256 GB 
, Currently not configurable
IDT 92HD73C1 / 92HDW74C1 / 92HDW74C2 @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH - High Definition Audi Controller
1 Express Card 54mm, 5 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: Microphone/line-in, headphone/line-out (center loudspeakers, subwoofer), headphone/line-out (front loudspeakers), line-out (surround rear), Card Reader: 8-in-1 cardreader
Intel(R) 82577LC Gigabit Network Connection (10MBit), Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN (a/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1
Optical drive
height x width x depth (in mm): 54 x 406 x 321 ( = 2.13 x 15.98 x 12.64 in)
85 Wh Lithium-Ion, 9 cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Webcam: 2 Megapixel
Additional features
Cover, mouse pad, base cap, manual, Win 7 DVD, driver DVD, Command Center, 12-36 Months Warranty
5.5 kg ( = 194.01 oz / 12.13 pounds), Power Supply: 843 g ( = 29.74 oz / 1.86 pounds)
2382 Euro


Average Score: 86.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 1 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 95%, features: 88%, display: 87% mobility: 48%, workmanship: 93%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 77%

Reviews for the Alienware M17x (HD 4870x2)

85% Review Alienware M17x (i7/HD 4870 X2) Notebook | Notebookcheck
King of Performance? In the meantime, Alienware offers its 17.0 inch luxury notebook, M17x, with a wickedly expensive combination of two ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870s, also called HD 4870 X2. The HD 4870 doesn't support DirectX 11, but is still one of the fastest mobile graphic cards. The HD 4870 X2 is supported by a Core i7-620M, which is clocked up to 2.66 GHz, so to prevent the performance from slowing down. Read in our review if the Alienware M17x is worth its expensive price and how the not exactly power saving components effect temperature, system noise and, battery life.
88% Test Alienware M17x (HD 4870 X2) Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/24/2010
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 98% display: 89% mobility: 48% workmanship: 94% ergonomy: 83% emissions: 76%


ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2:

Two Mobility Radeon HD 4870 in Crossfire mode (similar to SLI). Doubles the power consumption but provides only 0-80% better performance depending on the application and driver support.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


The Core i7-620M is the fastest Dual-Core CPU for laptops (at the time of introduction in Q1 2010). The 620M clocks betwenn 2.66 and 3.33 GHz due to the Turbo Mode and because of Hyperthreading, 4 threads are executed simultaneously. In the package, Intel also included a second die with an integrated GPU (GMA HD) and a memory controller. Therefore, the TDP of 35 Watt of the whole package is still quite good.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

5.5 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.

Alienware: Alienware was founded in the USA in 1996. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. Alienware has belonged to the Dell Group since 2006. The product range mainly focuses on gaming laptops and desktops. Trademark is a slightly futuristic design with an alien logo. In addition, Alienware offers workstations for private and business customers.


Alienware belongs to the mid-sized manufacturers of the notebook market. There are some reviews with average ratings overall.

86.5%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum, 2010-03-15 (Update: 2012-05-26)