Alienware M17x (HD 4870x2)

Specifications

Alienware M17x (HD 4870x2)Notebook: Alienware M17x (HD 4870x2) (M17x Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 620M
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2 2x1024 MB
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 5.5kg
Price: 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.

Foreign Reviews

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%

Comment

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.  


620M:

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.


17.0": Meanwhile the 17 inch display size is a more frequently offered standard format for desktop-replacements. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


5.5 kg: This laptop is heavy. Especially desktop replacements with 19 inch display fit in this class of weight. This class is too heavy, even for 17 inch DTR.


Alienware: Alienware is an American computer hardware company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell. It mainly assembles for high-performance gaming. Alienware also offers for sale rebadged laptops and computer peripherals, such as headsets, computer mice, monitors and keyboards. Alienware was founded in 1996. The corporate headquarters is located in Florida. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. 2005, Alienware brought in upwards of $170 million USD in annual sales and launched an international in 2003 with a presence in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Costa Rica. The international market share is limited.

 

Alienware reviews


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