Brace yourself for a barrage of product announcements, as that tends to happen when Intel releases a new batch of processors, as it did this morning. In this case, Intel added a bunch of new Coffee Lake chips to the fold. Dell did not waste any time utilizing the new CPUs, as it has gone and revamped several of its product lines, notably its Alienware and Inspiron gaming laptops, and its Inspiron all-in-one family.
Dell's Alienware 15 and 17 laptops now boast new 8th generation Intel Core i5, i7, and i9 processor options, including those newfangled 6-core chips. And for the first time ever, Dell says its Alienware laptops can be overclocked up to 5GHz, a feat made possible in part by added focus on the cooling scheme.
"To extract maximum performance from Intel’s top powerhouse processors, Alienware mechanically engineered improved cooling technology, Alienware Cryo-Tech v2.0, with 50 percent thinner fan blades and a vapor chamber on the CPU to cool down the higher number of cores more efficiently. Fusing these breakthrough innovations into new Alienware 15 and 17 laptops adds a measurable 10 percent performance boost, making AAA gameplay and VR immersion significantly smoother," Dell said.
The most beastly setup of the bunch is a fully loaded Alienware 17 with 17.3-inch QHD (2560x1440) 120Hz panel with G-Sync and 400 nits brightness. It's powered by a Core i9-8950HK processor GeForce GTX 1080 OC GPU, 16GB of DDR4-2666 (upgradeable to 32GB), 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1T HDD (7,200 RPM), Killer 1550 802.11ac Wii-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and of course Windows 10 Home 64-bit. You have to pay to play at this level, with the asking price set at $3,700.
Not all of the new Alienware systems are quite as pricey. Pricing starts at $2,400 for what is being made available today. Then come April 10, pricing will start at $1,450 for the Alienware 15 and $1,600 for the Alienware 17.
Dell also retooled its Inspiron Gaming laptops with a new gaming series known simply as G3, G5, and G7. These new G-series laptops lose the Inpsiron branding (it will stick around, but for mainstream systems) and are focused delivering "snappy performance at affordable prices."
The G3 ships in 15-inch and 17-inch sizes powered by NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1050 through GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q range of GPUs, along with up to 8th generation Core i7 processors, dual fans, and dual drives with SSD options. This is Dell's thinnest gaming laptop to date, measuring just 22.7mm thick for the 15-inch modle and 25mm for the 17-inch version.
For gamers who want a bit more power, the G5 and G7 utilizing just the GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU with up to 6GB of GDDR5 memory, along with optional Core i9 CPU and 4K display options. The G3 15 and 17 will be available April 16 starting at $750 and $1,100 respectively, followed by configurations starting at $800 sometime soon.. Dell's G5 will also be available April 16, starting at $950 initially, followed by $850 configurations at a later date.
Dell also introduced new Inspiron all-in-one PCs. The company's Inspiron 22 and 24 3000 AIOs stick with Intel's 7th generation Core processor options and offer up to 16GB of RAM, optional GeForce MX110 discrete graphics, and edge-to-edge displays featuring IPS panels and built-in stereo speakers.
Perhaps more interesting are the Inspiron 24 5000 and 27 7000 AIOs. These feature up to Intel 8th generation processor options, along with optional GeForce GTX 1050 graphics and Intel Optane memory. Users can also configure these systems with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory. Simply put, they're much more powerful AIOs than the Inspiron 22 and 24 3000 series..
Dell is now accepting orders for its Inspiron 22 and 24 3000 AIOs starting at $400. The burlier Inspiron 24 5000 and 27 7000 systems will be available in China on April starting at $1,000 and $850, respectively, followed by worldwide availability in the following weeks.