Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM)


Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM)
Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM) (M18x Series)
Intel Core i7-2920XM 2.5 GHz @ 4 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI - 2x2048 MB, Core: 620 MHz, Memory: 750 MHz, GDDR5-VRAM SLI, 280.26
8192 MB 
, 2x 4096 MB DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz), max. 32 GB, four slots
18.4 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, SEC5448, FHD, WLED, glossy: yes
Intel HM67
Samsung SSD 810 Series, 256 GB 
IDT 92HD73C1 / 92HDW74C1 / 92HDW74C2 @ Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
1 Express Card 54mm, 3 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 2 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: 2x outputs, 1x line-out/headphones (incl. S/PDIF), 1x line-in/microphone, Card Reader: SD, SDIO, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, MS, PROxD, SDHD, SDHC
Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Killer Wireless-N 1103 (Atheros AR9300) (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0
Optical drive
height x width x depth (in mm): 54 x 436 x 322 ( = 2.13 x 17.17 x 12.68 in)
96 Wh Lithium-Ion, 12 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Webcam: 3.0 Megapixel
Additional features
Mains adaptor: 330 Watts, handbook, mousepad, cap, velvet case, sticker (alien head), recovery DVD, resource DVD, resource media DVD, applications DVD, Roxio Creator Starter, PowerDVD 9.6, 12-48 Months Warranty
5.64 kg ( = 198.95 oz / 12.43 pounds), Power Supply: 1.54 kg ( = 54.32 oz / 3.4 pounds)
5084 Euro


Average Score: 87.67% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 96%, features: 86%, display: 84% mobility: 65%, workmanship: 93%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 86%

Reviews for the Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM)

88% Review Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM) Notebook | Notebookcheck
Powerhouse. In our review update, we look at the fastest notebook graphics system currently available, the GeForce GTX 580 SLI, in the very well-equipped Alienware M18x.
100% Alienware M18x R1 - Über Beast
Source: English
The anodized aluminum chassis is built like a brick house. There is no other high performance laptop that runs as well. It overclocks like a dream and it can be upgraded about as easily as a desktop computer.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 100% features: 100% display: 100% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100%
Dell Alienware M18x – Review
Source: Gadgetmix English
Ability to play the newest games at maximum settings and resolution is probably to be expected for over 4000 euros, and all in all the Alienware is about as future-proof a notebook as money can buy. So what is there to complain about with? Lack of Firewire? Not really. Perhaps the price. Amazon sells nicely loaded Dell Alienware M18X laptop with case for $2,349.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/28/2011
Alienware M18x Gaming Notebook: Tale of Two GPUs
Source: Hot Hardware English
The Alienware M18x is a notebook built for gaming and performance enthusiasts, plain and simple. This isn't a machine designed to strike a balance in power efficiency or portability by any means. Dell's Alienware division apparently built the M18x with one mission in mind--to deliver the best possible gaming and multimedia experience available in a self-contained, "desktop replacement" form-factor.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/04/2011
80% Alienware M18x Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown, if you absolutely, positively need to kill everyone at the LAN party, accept no substitutes. If you can only afford one GPU, the $3,300 M17x is a better option, but its chassis can only accommodate a single graphics card. But if you can swing for two GPUs, then the M18x is the way to go. From power to weight to price, this notebook simply has more--the most--of everything.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/29/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Alienware M18x
Source: Techreview Source English
With the highest configuration, gaming performance was simply outstanding at the highest graphics setting for all of the games tested. It is definitely the best-performing laptop that we've tested to date, thanks to the amazing specifications and uncommon SLI-graphics setup. Battery life, as you can expect, with the Alienware M18x is rather poor compared with all other laptops at about 1.5 hours, so you'll definitely want to stay near a power source if you do any portability.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/17/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Alienware M18x Intel Core i7 2630QM 2.0GHz (2.8GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)
Source: CNet English
While 17-inch desktop replacement laptops with decent gaming performance are easy to find, if not exactly common, to truly move into the realm of mobile home entertainment center, there's nothing like an even-larger 18-inch screen. Alienware again pushes the boundaries of laptop performance (and price) with high-end parts and a great-for-gaming 18-inch screen.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 70%

Foreign Reviews

Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI)
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2011
Rating: performance: 90% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50%
88% Test Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM) Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/06/2011
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 99% display: 82% mobility: 59% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 87% emissions: 88%
デル ALIENWARE M18xの簡易レビュー
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/12/2012



The Alienware M18x Haswell is undeniably one of the most powerful portable gaming laptops one could hope for. It certainly doesn't come cheap, but it’s an ultra powerful gaming laptop, made of premium materials and design. This huge 18 inch monster weighs in at a massive 5.5 kg. It serves well as a desktop replacement, with occasional jaunts to LAN parties. Covered in anodized aluminum, the feel of this machine is premium all the way. The magnificent exterior with customizable lights is a party favor that is endlessly awesome. There’s even a HDMI port that can switch between input/output allowing use of a HDTV as display, or use of the Alienware M18x’s screen with input from a game console or a cable box.

One of the most unique features of this beast of a machine is that it runs two GeForce GTX 780M cards linked by Nvidia's SLI. The 1920x1080 display is absolutely stunning. Hardcore gamers will have no problems with maxed out settings. The Alienware M18x comes equipped with a slot-loading Blu-Ray drive for media lovers who want to make full use of this machine's graphic abilities. Because of the power-hungry, powerful graphic cards, the battery life is absolutely dismal despite the power saving features of the Haswell Intel Core i7 4900MQ. Using it far from a power outlet will be a very short lived experience. If money does not matter, this is definitely the laptop to own for gaming and performance. 

Two GeForce GTX 580M (GF114 Fermi) cards in SLI mode. Because of the maximum power usage of 2x 100 Watt of both MXM boards, the GTX580M SLI can only be used in very large laptops.
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.  
2920XM: Fastest mobile Quad-core processor in Q1 2011 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 is a very large display size for laptops on a desk without mobile use.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
5.64 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.

87.67%: 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, 2011-08-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)