Alienware M11x Upgraded With Core i5/i7 And NVIDIA Optimus Graphics

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We found Alienware's M11x to be one-in-a-million when we reviewed itearlier in the year, but there's always room for improvement. EvenAlienware recognizes that, and they've done quite a bit of improvingwith the latest edition of the planet's smallest hardcore gamingnotebook. The new M11x still retains the tiny 11" form factor andtypical Alienware design, but the components within are on anotherplanet.

Consumers now have the option to get a Core i5 or Core i7 processorwithin, and the best news is that battery life should be better thanksto using NVIDIA's Optimus graphics switching technologies. Alienwarealso allows users to overclock their CPU beyond the standard, and theNVIDIA GeForce GT 335M has 1GB of discrete memory to offer stutter-freeplayback at 720p. There's also built-in NVIDIAPhysX technology to enhance details, and an integrated Intel HDgraphics set is switched to whenever you don't need that extra power(but could use the extra battery life).

The new M11x will be available in soft-touch Stealth Black or LunarShadow and will weigh 4.4lbs. It ships with a 64-bit copy ofWindows 7, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 500GB of hard drive space (a256GB SSD is an option), optional Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI output, an 8-cellbattery, AlienFX illuminated keyboard, integrated Wi-Fi, optional WWANand a laser-engravedowner nameplate. It can be ordered today starting at $799.

 Alienware M11x Boosts Performance for 11-Inch Laptop Gaming

Gamers Can Power Up with New Intel Core i7 Processor Options and NVIDIA Optimus Technology

ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dell today boosted the performance of its Alienware M11x, giving the world’s most powerful 11-inch gaming laptop even more muscle to please diehard enthusiasts who demand a superior gaming experience they can take anywhere.

    “It’s a challenge to make the world’s most powerful 11-inch gaming laptop even better, but we’ve done it.”

New Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor options combine with the latest NVIDIA Optimus technology to provide the ultimate, High-Definition mobile gaming experience. Intel’s Turbo Boost technology can further accelerate Core i5 and Core i7 performance when demand peaks. All the Alienware M11x processors are also overclockable* beyond the standard specification to help maximize performance.

The powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M provides 1GB of discrete, fast HD graphics performance for more realistic gaming environments and virtual worlds playing stutter-free* at high 720p resolution. Built-in NVIDIA PhysX technology propels hyper-realistic game play on the M11x that shows every dynamic cause-and-effect detail.

NVIDIA® Optimus technology switches seamlessly and transparently from the integrated Intel HD Graphics Media Accelerator to GeForce GT 335M discrete graphics when extra performance is demanded by visually intensive applications. Switching to integrated graphics during less visually demanding applications, like word processing or e-mail exchange, can help extend battery life.

“The Alienware M11x is the perfect go-anywhere laptop for people who want to play today’s most popular and demanding games in high definition. With the new Core i7 processor and high-performance discrete graphics that can kick in when needed, gamers can get a stunning visual experience and fast-action play wherever they are without sacrificing long battery life for less intensive activities,” said Arthur Lewis, general manager, Dell gaming products. “It’s a challenge to make the world’s most powerful 11-inch gaming laptop even better, but we’ve done it.”

The Alienware M11x, available in soft-touch Stealth Black or Lunar Shadow, retains its svelte 4.4-pound* figure and distinctive Alienware design with built-in AlienFX™ illuminated keyboard and laser-engraved user nameplate. It ships with a choice of 64-bit Windows 7 operating systems installed.


    * Lightning-fast processor options, up to Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost technology and overclockable*
    * NVIDIA Optimus technology for dynamic switching between standard 1GB GeForce GT 335M discrete graphics* and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator
    * 11.6-inch Widescreen HD LED color display 1366x768 (720p)
    * Up to 8GB DDR3* 800Mhz memory
    * Up to 500GB*, 7,200RPM hard drive or 256GB* Solid State Drive
    * Internal High-Definition 5.1 Surround Sound audio
    * Optional wireless Bluetooth 2.1
    * A range of output ports including DisplayPort/HDMI Port, USB 2.0, 1394a and Ethernet RJ-45
    * 8-cell prismatic (64whr) primary battery
    * AlienFX illuminated keyboard
    * Built-in WiFi with optional mobile broadband
    * Choice of Stealth Black or Lunar Shadow colors with laser-engraved owner nameplate

The Alienware M11x is available beginning today at, starting at $799.


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Video performance: The M11x reached a maximum frames per second of 92 with an average of 54* when playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Memory: Significant system memory may be used to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.

Hard Drive: GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less.

Laptop Weight: Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability.

Overclocking: Dell does not recommend operating the processor or other system components beyond factory settings. This may cause system instability and reduce the operating life of your system components.

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Looks like everyone is trying to liquidate the I-Series as much as the Atoms! I wonder what Intel is going to overcharge everyone for later this year?

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wow, i must admit, those things look slick.

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Xylem replied on Thu, Jun 10 2010 2:03 AM

The top end Core i7 640UM with 8GB RAM and a 500Gigs hdd will set you bac by 1.6k that's serious money compared to its $799 base price.

Finally, my wish is granted. I had couple of weeks back, stated during the release of these procs, that they would be awesome inside the M11x. Smile Sweet!

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I really like this little guy. I can't stand lugging around a 15+ inch laptop. NVIDIA Optimus also looks very very promising for battery life. Glad to see it actually making its way into market.

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gibbersome replied on Fri, Jun 11 2010 12:06 PM

Both of the additions would result in some massive performance improvements. Also, the increased power consumption of the i5/i7 processors would be offset by the Optimus technology. The M11x looks like the best all-around portable laptop on the market right now.

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