Alienware X15 and X17, new high-performance gaming notebooks

Dell presented Alienware X15 e Alienware X17, the new ones notebook da gaming with an elegant design and extraordinary power: they are equipped with 11th generation Intel Core processors and can mount video cards up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080.

In both cases, these are particularly thin devices, equipped with one thickness just 15.9 millimeters for the 15.6-inch display model and 20.9 millimeters for the 17.3-inch display model.

Display da gaming

Alienware X15

Alienware X15 and X17 focus on particularly sophisticated and performing solutions as far as it is concerned screen. In the first case we have a panel ranging from Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) to QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), with refresh rates of 165, 240 or 360 Hz.

Moving on to the X17, we have a panel with resolution from Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) to Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), with refresh rates from 120, 165 or 360 Hz. The brightness ranges from 300 to 500 nits , with different specifications for color coverage and support for NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.

Hardware configuration

Alienware X15

Under the body of Alienware X15 and X17 we find, as mentioned, the processors 11th generation Intel Core, in this case Intel Core i7 11800H, Intel Core i9 11900H or Intel Core i9 11900HK. The graphic sector is instead entrusted to GPU NVIDIA GeForce serie 3000: RTX 3060, RTX 3070 o RTX 3080.

The memory RAM DDR4-3200 can reach 32 GB in the case of the 15-inch model or 64 GB in the case of the 17-inch model, while the storage consists of solutions SSD NVMe PCIe M.2 from 256 GB to 2 TB, which can be doubled with RAID 0 configurations. The battery that powers both notebooks is 87 Wh.

Both notebooks are also equipped with a 720p resolution webcam and Windows Hello support and the classic X-Series keyboard with single-key RGB lighting, anti-ghosting and 1.5mm key travel. On the X17 it is possible to access a further optional keyboard with Cherry MX low profile mechanical switches with an increased stroke of 1.8mm. In addition, in case you decide to equip your computer with an RTX 3080, an illuminated trackpad is installed which can be configured with specific Alienware software.

Both laptops are exclusively available in “Lunar Light” colorway: the external chassis is white while the inside of the computer is black.

Finally, as reported by The Verge, the new X15 and X17 have lost the specific port for connection with theAlienware Graphics Amplifier. The reason is very simple: the additional performance in using an external graphics card through a Thunderbolt connection is particularly limited, as the new notebooks natively support configurations with RTX 3000 GPUs. Alienware is therefore convinced that the purchase of the external module is no longer justified and preferred to focus on greater heat dissipation efficiency and adding extra I / O ports.

Cooling system

Alienware X15
Alienware X15

How do Alienware’s new gaming notebooks handle the heat? Despite the reduced thickness, both devices are equipped with Alienware Cryo-Tech technology, based on a liquid metal system that is located between the processor and the other elements, and which manages to cool them very effectively.

Of course, this is only one of the aspects that characterize the cooling system of the new Alienware. In fact, we also find the HyperEfficient Voltage Regulation which precisely controls the voltage during the most demanding sessions, the Alienware Quad Fan which blows the air inside the body and the Smart Fan for the management of each single fan through artificial intelligence.

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