Alienware 17 R4 2017 Gaming Laptop Review: Powerful And Refined

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Alienware 17 R4 2017: Tomb Raider, Bioshock And Mordor

The Alienware 17 tore through our synthetic benchmark suite and now it’s time to see how the performance advantages translates to actual games.

Bioshock Infinite 
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

BioShock Infinite is based on Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 and takes gamers through a first-person adventure as Booker DeWitt on a search to find a captive woman. The game takes place in the year 1912 and won many accolades for its outstanding story telling the year of its release. This is a much older title, however, that won't tax the latest GPUs.

Alienware17R4 Bioshock

Here the Alienware 17 delivers plenty of performance for smooth gameplay at 1080p. The average 165 fps is beyond the refresh rate of the 120 Hz G-SYNC LCD panel and has plenty of headroom to play at its native QHD resolution. The minimum FPS does drop to 35 fps, which is lower than the ASUS ROG G752 we previously tested with a GeForce GTX 1070, but subsequent retests showed similar results. Regardless, it won’t be noticeable in gameplay with G-SYNC enabled. 

Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Vengeance

Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor is a surprisingly fun and visually stunning title. We tested the Alienware 17 with the high-quality image preset and FXAA enabled. 

Alienware17R4 Mordor fixed

This Alienware 17 is plenty fast and continues to show it in Shadow of Mordor. It manages to achieve 185 fps at 1080p in this game with high quality settings. We ran a quick test at the native 2560x1440 resolution and bumped the quality to ultra and still achieved an Average of 116 FPS.

Rise Of The Tomb Raider
DirectX 12 Performance

Rise of the Tomb Raider may be a console port, but it was one of the first major titles to get updated with a DirectX 12 code path. It also supports Ambient Occlusion, Depth of Field, Dynamic Foliage, Bloom shaders, Tessellation and other visual enhancements. 

Alienware17R4 Tomb Raider

The Alienware 17 doesn’t break a sweat when running Rise of the Tomb Raider. You can easily crank up the resolution and quality settings and not have any performance issues either.

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