Alienware M17x R3, Radeon 6970M, i7-2820


Alienware M17x R3, Radeon 6970M, i7-2820Notebook: Alienware M17x R3, Radeon 6970M, i7-2820 (M17x Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2820QM
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon HD 6970M
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 4.3kg
Price: 3300 euro
Average Score: 88% - very good
Average of 7 scores (from 12 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 85%, features: 70%, display: 70% mobility: 77%, workmanship: 100%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Alienware M17x R3, Radeon 6970M, i7-2820

80% Alienware M17x R3 Review and Ratings
Source: Computer Shopper English
Alienware ships the M17x R3 with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) and the above-mentioned Creative Live Central and Alienware Command Center software. It also comes with the Steam online gaming portal preinstalled and a basic version of AlienReSpawn, which lets you create recovery discs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware M17x Review
Source: English
When it comes to unbridled power and striking looks, the Alienware M17x delivers. You won’t be left wanting a bit more power while gaming, and the ability to get on Facebook and surf the web for four hours while on the go is also a nice touch. The experience is complete thanks to the 1080P HD screen upgrade and the ability to game and entertain on the big screen with Wireless HD. WiHD may be an expensive add-on, but it’s central to the enjoyment I had with this powerful gaming notebook.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/07/2011
80% Dell Alienware M17X R3 - The Mothership Has Landed
Source: Hardware Zone English
Alienware products are built around a philosophy of no compromise, gamer-aligned, high-end hardware, and the M17X R3 is certainly no exception. For straight up gaming performance, there's simply no better choice. Even so, we would like to see more customization available when placing your order, for example, an option for an SSD/HDD combo.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/20/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 95% mobility: 60%
90% Alienware M17x R3 Review
Source: English
In short, the Alienware M17x R3 is an easy notebook to recommend for the above-stated reasons.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/08/2011
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 100%
90% Alienware M17X (Sandy Bridge)
Source: PC Mag English
A true gaming laptop is capable of handling the latest games at the highest resolution while using the best quality settings. While the Alienware M17X (Sandy Bridge) can run you a pretty penny, few laptops can rival its gaming prowess. Even if its rivals could squeeze in similar parts, they'll still have to contend with the M17X's out-of-this-world looks and phenomenal feature set. That's why we're calling it the best gaming laptop in the world.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
Alienware's M17x R3: An Antidote to Clevo
Source: AnandTech English
With all that said, though, the M17x R3 has an awful lot to offer any consumer looking for a gaming notebook. It's definitely pricier than ASUS's offering, but it's also faster, more comfortable to use, flashier, and has both better battery life and a better overall design. Clevo notebooks can't really compete on cost here, either. The M17x R3 is just fun to use, with a great screen, comfortable keyboard, minimal gloss, and a solid build.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/20/2011
100% Alienware M17x (2011)
Source: Laptop Mag English
There's a reason we're giving the Alienware M17x a very, very rare five out of five stars. With its second-gen Intel quad-core processor, AMD's Radeon HD 6970M GPU, and Samsung SSD, this is by far the most powerful notebook we've ever tested. Not only does the M17x blow away every other notebook, gaming or otherwise, but it does so with panache. What other rig has multicolored backlighting and can wirelessly stream Blu-ray movies and games--in full HD--to your TV? The heat on the underside is an issue, but that's just about the only thing we don't like about the M17x. While $3,300 is a lot to pay, you're getting more than twice as much laptop as the next most powerful machine we've tested. It doesn't get any better than this.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%

Foreign Reviews

96% Extremer Gaming-Bolide
Source: PC Praxis - 4/12 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 96%
Alienware M17x R3 (HD 6970M)
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/30/2011
Rating: performance: 70% features: 50% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 70%
80% Dell Alienware M17x
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/11/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
新单卡机皇 戴尔Alienware M17xR3评测
Source: zh-CN→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/08/2011
Alienware M17xR3
Source: Itsvet HR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/29/2011


AMD Radeon HD 6970M:

High-end graphics card from AMD based on the desktop HD 6850 with  UVD3 video processing and Eyefinity+.

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

» 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.  

2820QM: Fast Quad-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

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

4.3 kg:

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

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

88%: 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.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Samsung 700G7A-S02
Radeon HD 6970M, Core i7 2630QM
Samsung 700G7A
Radeon HD 6970M, Core i7 2630QM

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

Samsung 700G7A-S02RU
Radeon HD 6970M, Core i7 2670QM, 3.8 kg
Samsung 700G7A-S01UK
Radeon HD 6970M, Core i7 2670QM, 3.5 kg
Samsung 700G7A-S01SE
Radeon HD 6970M, Core i7 2670QM, 3.5 kg
Samsung 700G7A-S01FR
Radeon HD 6970M, Core i7 2630QM, 3.5 kg

Devices with the same GPU

Eurocom Racer
Radeon HD 6970M, Core i7 2720QM, 15.6", 3.1 kg
Eurocom W860CU Cougar
Radeon HD 6970M, Core i7 740QM, 15.6", 3.5 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Alienware 15 R2
GeForce GTX 965M, Core i5 6300HQ, 15.6", 3.2 kg
Alienware 13 (GTX 960M)
GeForce GTX 960M, Core i7 5500U, 13.3", 1.97 kg
Alienware 17-1784
GeForce GTX 970M, Core i7 4710HQ, 17.3", 3.8 kg
Alienware 17 R2
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 4980HQ, 17.3", 3.68 kg
Alienware 15
GeForce GTX 970M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 3.02 kg
Alienware 17-3511
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 17.3", 4.15 kg
Alienware 13
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i5 4210U, 13.3", 1.96 kg
Alienware 17, Radeon R9 M290X
Radeon R9 M290X, Core i7 4710MQ, 17.3", 4.1 kg
Alienware 17 (GTX 880M)
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4700MQ, 17.3", 4.176 kg
Alienware 18
GeForce GTX 780M SLI, Core i7 4930MX, 18.4", 5.5 kg
Alienware 17, GTX 780M
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4800MQ, 17.3", 4.244 kg
Alienware 17
GeForce GTX 770M, Core i7 4800MQ, 17.3", 4.2 kg
Alienware 14
GeForce GTX 765M, Core i7 4700MQ, 14.0", 2.94 kg
Alienware M18x, Haswell
GeForce GTX 780M SLI, Core i7 4900MQ, 18.4", 5.5 kg
Alienware M17x, Haswell
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4800MQ, 17.3", 4.1 kg
Alienware M17X, i7-3630QM
GeForce GTX 680M, Core i7 3630QM, 17.3", 4.3 kg
Alienware M18x R2, GTX 680M SLI, Core i7-3820QM
GeForce GTX 680M SLI, Core i7 3820QM, 18.4", 5.7 kg
Alienware M17xR4 3D GTX 680M
GeForce GTX 680M, Core i7 3610QM, 17.3", 4.46 kg
Alienware M17x R4, GTX 680M, i7-3820QM
GeForce GTX 680M, Core i7 3820QM, 17.3", 4.4 kg
Alienware M18x R2
Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire, Core i7 3920XM, 18.4", 5.6 kg
Alienware M17x R4
Radeon HD 7970M, Core i7 3610QM, 17.3", 4.36 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-03-21 (Update: 2012-05-26)