We tested the Alienware 17 as it shipped from the factory to ensure we get the same experience as our readers that buy it. There are many variables that can affect performance so our comparisons should serve as a guide. Our benchmark festivities start with testing how the Alienware 17's storage performs, along with some web browsing, CPU and GPU tests.
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|ATTO Disk Benchmark |
|Peak Sequential Storage Throughput |
The ATTO disk benchmark provides a glimpse of how fast the SSD performs in the Alienware 17. The single SSD is a high-end Toshiba
XG4 unit that sports a NVME
PCI Express interface, which is what we expect in a high-performance desktop replacement.
The NVME SSD doesn’t disappoint and takes advantage of the additional PCI Express bandwidth (versus SATA) for peak read performance of 1.8 GB/s. Write performance is slower at a peak of 1 GB/s, but still substantially faster than a traditional SATA SSD. The fast read performance cuts down on load times, which means less time waiting for games to load and more time spent playing.
The results aren’t surprising with the Alienware 17 topping the chart. The Alienware 17 is the first quad-core Kaby Lake notebook we’ve come across, that also happens to be packing bleeding edge storage, a fast GPU, and plenty of high-speed memory, and it edges out the previous generation Skylake-based models as a result.
|3D Rendering On The CPU And GPU|
Cinebench tests the systems CPU and GPU independently and provides a good indication of raw performance. The test is based on Maxon’s Cinema 4D modeling software that’s used in movie productions like Iron Man 3.
The Alienware 17 dominates here. The latest Kaby Lake CPU gains a 29-percent edge in CPU performance over Skylake. The GeForce GTX 1080 performs commendably in the Alienware 17, but it’s not a fair fight when put up against the GTX 970M in the CybertronPC CLX Osiris 14 and other machines -- mobile Pascal is simply in a different league.