Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)


Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935) (17 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M - 4096 MB, Core: 1038 MHz, Memory: 2500 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 353.54, Optimus
8192 MB 
, 2x 4 GB DDR4-2133, Dual-Channel, 2 of 2 slots occupied, up to 32 GB
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, CV69H_173WF4 (LGD0459), IPS, Full HD, glossy: no
Intel Sunrise Point HM170
Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB, 512 GB 
, SSD + HGST Travelstar 7K1000 (HTS721010A9E630), 1000 GB HDD @ 7200 rpm. Slots: 1x M.2 Type 2280 & 1x 2.5-inch
Creative CA0132 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 1 Headphones, 1 Microphone, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, 1 Noble Lock, 1 Amplifier Port
Killer e2400 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
height x width x depth (in mm): 34 x 430 x 292 ( = 1.34 x 16.93 x 11.5 in)
92 Wh Lithium-Ion, 8 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Webcam: 2 MP (FHD)
Additional features
Speakers: 2.1 Klipsch (Sound Blaster Recon3Di), Power adapter: 240 Watts, accessories: quick-start guide, Software: MS Office 365 Trial, McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security Trial, Killer Network Manager, several manufacturer tools, 24 Months Warranty
3.71 kg ( = 130.87 oz / 8.18 pounds), Power Supply: 810 g ( = 28.57 oz / 1.79 pounds)
2000 EUR


Average Score: 73.5% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 1 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 92%, features: 69%, display: 86% mobility: 71%, workmanship: 87%, ergonomy: 86%, emissions: 79%

Reviews for the Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)

87% Alienware 17 R3 Notebook Review | Notebookcheck
Marathon runner. There are many powerful gaming notebooks, but only a few provide long battery runtimes. The third revision of the Alienware 17 turns out to be surprisingly enduring.
60% Alienware 17 R3 review: A great notebook betrayed by its GPU and UHD display
Source: Htxt Africa English
With this particular configuration at the price of near on R50 000, we can't recommend the Alienware 17 R3. It isn't that the notebook is all bad, it's just floored by cheaper, newer technology. If you must have an Alienware notebook though opt for the version with a 1080p display, or wait until the new series is released.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%


Model: The Alienware 17 R3 is tagged as a ‘supreme machine’ on their website and there is no reason to think otherwise. Designed as an aggressive looking, futuristic themed gaming laptop, the Alienware 17 R3 certainly looks the part. The all black chassis is highlighted with flashes of bright orange and constructed from an anodized aluminum shell. Display on the Windows 10 device is a 17.3 inch FHD IPS anti-glare panel with superb sharpness and rich colors. Any user will enjoy the display quality yet alone hardcore gamers. On-board is an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16 GB of DDR4 2133 MHz RAM, and a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX980M GPU with 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Storage on the Alienware 17 R3 comes in the form of a 512 GB SSD plus 1 TB HDD combination. A key feature of the laptop is the ability to use Alienware’s amplified graphic setup which contains desktop-class graphics. There is a full-sized backlit keyboard with excellent keystroke and a comfortably large touchpad. Other features include Bluetooth 4.1, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, an HDMI out, a card reader and the Alienware Graphics Amplifier port. The Alienware 17 R3 comes with a gigantic 8-cell Lithium Ion battery rated at 92 Wh.


Alienware recently made an impressive foray into making an 18 inch gaming behemoth. While two video cards and some of the most powerful components grouped together in one ostensibly portable machine were a wonder just to contemplate, Alienware have now returned to the much more user friendly size of 17 inches. This is still desktop replacement size, but the 1 inch of difference should make it appreciably easier to carry around. On the outside, a muted silver hue encases the minimalist looking machine. The familiar Alienware head stands out in matte black, matching the keyboard and palm rests. For those wanting to showoff, this machine comes with that familiar Alienware programmable light show. The logo, the keyboard backlight, touchpad, and the alien head on the lid can be lit up and customized for color and be made to pulse.

At the high end of the available configuration options, the Alienware 17 features the 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 4800MQ and the 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M. With 16 GB of RAM thrown in for good measure, only the most demanding games will require use of medium settings. The 17 inch, 1920x1080 resolution matte screen may be a disappointment to those who were looking out for the newer 3200x1800 resolution which has yet to be adopted by current gaming laptops. As is typical for machines this power hungry, the Alienware will allow for approximately 4 hours of light use. During more intensive gaming, plugging in is mandatory. Overall, this is a high-end machine with lots of power for the enthusiastic gamer with deep pockets.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M:

Fast high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M series.

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.  
6700HQ: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» 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.
3.71 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.

73.5%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum, 2016-09-19 (Update: 2016-09-19)