Alienware M17x Gaming Notebook, Amped with Ivy Bridge and GeForce GTX 680M, Hands-On Sneak Peek

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Killer gaming notebooks, sort of like over-the-top gaming PCs, make no apologies for being almost completely impractical but full of awesome.  Sure, you wouldn't expect to drag this boat anchor around airports at almost 12 lbs., unless you were looking for some moderate cardio work to compensate for those long, near motionless strategy meetings.  And you wouldn't expect to remain untethered from the wall for very long, during those all night frag-a-thons, though you might get away with it under a little less strenuous web browsing stroll.

No, luxury desktop replacement gaming notebooks like the Alienware M17x do one thing; they bring a whole lotta gaming whoop-ass, a big bodacious display and cutting-edge technologies, packaged into a semi-portable notebook form-factor. 

Recently, Intel stepped out with their latest generation of 22nm Ivy Bridge mobile CPUs and NVIDIA followed quickly with their Kepler-based GeForce GTX 680M. Cojoin the two in an Alien body and as you'd expect, you're looking at out-of-this-world style and performance.  Dell's Alienware division did just that with their M17x line of gaming notebooks.

Refreshed with the latest in mobile technologies from Intel and NVIDIA, the Alienware M17x has been re-spawned and we're going hands-on here in this alien autopsy sneak peek... 




Dell's Alienware M17x - Now with Ivy Bridge and Kepler - $2469 as Tested

We'll be giving you the full monty on the all new M17x in the weeks ahead, after we step it through our full gauntlet of benchmarks and abuse.  Stick around for juicy bits.
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Two questions Dave:

1. When is the gtx 680m performance review coming?

2. Exactly what settings did you use with Batman benchmark? Not easy to catch what in the video. :)

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Jun 22 2012 6:30 PM

OT,

1 - SOON! We have it in the works now. Full review in the next week or two.

2 - 1920X1080, FXAA set to High, High IQ, All DX11 effects On/High, NVIDIA PhysX On/High - 57FPS

How's that? :)

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Thanks a lot . :)

680M is probably a beast :)

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mhenriday replied on Sat, Jun 23 2012 8:11 AM

Dave, a further question - what type of panel does this 17.3" display use - Tn, IPS, PLS, etc ?....

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CDeeter replied on Sat, Jun 23 2012 10:16 AM

Nice job on the video Dave! Love being able to see these things in action as well as reading the articles.

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Dave_HH replied on Sun, Jun 24 2012 10:39 AM

I'm not completely sure but I believe so, yes. Will ask Dell. It certainly looks to be IPS quality.

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Jun 24 2012 10:44 AM

Thanks, Dave ! It would really be nice to have this information, which is perhaps the thing I most often find lacking in reviews of laptops, notebooks, etc....

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ilan0312 replied on Thu, Jun 28 2012 9:19 AM

a further question - what type of panel does this 17.3" display use - Tn, IPS, PLS, etc ?

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mhenriday replied on Thu, Jun 28 2012 11:49 AM

I must admit, signature «ilan0312», that you certainly have a way with words.... ;-)

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Endmost replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 8:15 AM

Hi there i want to buy the Alienware M17x with the GTX 660M inside but i dont know if i can upgrade my GPU to GTX 680M later?

Is that possible?

Will i have any issues with my PSU or the drivers

Please Help

Thank You

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