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Alienware teases brand-new X-series compact gaming laptops with innovative quad fan cooling system and Gallium Silicone interface material

The new Alienware X17 appears to be slightly thinner than the existing m17 R4 models. (Image Source: Dell)
The new Alienware X17 appears to be slightly thinner than the existing m17 R4 models. (Image Source: Dell)
The upcoming Alienware X17 compact gaming laptops will feature a couple of industry's first solutions, including the Element 31 thermal interface material made of a Gallium Silicone matrix for improved heat transfer and a quad fan cooling system. The press release also mentions 11th gen Intel CPUs and RTX 3000 GPUs, while the teaser images reveal a Thunderbolt 4 connector on the back, plus a 16:9 display.

Alienware will soon introduce a brand-new X-series featuring compact gaming laptops with innovative thermal solutions. Dell mentions that the first X17 models will be based on the Intel 11th Gen Core processors (presumably TGL-H) and will integrate Nvidia’s RTX 3000 GPUs. No exact specs for now, but the teaser includes some details about the new thermal solution and we also get a glimpse at some ports on the back.

Dell has provided some details about the two exclusive features coming with the new thermal solutions:

  • Industry’s first Element 31 thermal interface material made of a Gallium Silicone matrix that delivers a decrease to overall thermal resistance over the previous generation and extraordinary improvement in contact resistance as shown in preliminary testing
  • Quad Fan design (patent pending): produces dedicated airflow using evacuative fans and dual opposite outlet fans. Moving extensive air and managing heat enables a high level performance with a very thin design.

From what we can see in the teaser images, the X17 seems a bit thinner than the Alienware m17 models. The screen aspect ratio is most likely 16:9 and the ports on the back include a Thunderbolt 4 connector, a USB-C with DP capabilities, 2x USB-A, HDMI and mini-DP video outputs, a GbE jack and a miniSD card reader. The left side only features a power jack, but the right side could also get a second Thunderbolt 4 connector plus the audio jacks. Also, from the looks of the beefy yet compact cooling system, we can safely assume that these models will feature max TDP high-end RTX 3000 mobile GPUs.


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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2021-05-11 (Update: 2021-05-11)