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Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x Gaming Notebooks Gain Intel 3rd Gen Processors

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Notebook gamers get ready to empty your wallets. Dell announced updates to the Alienware gaming notebook line for Spring 2012, including new Intel 3rd Gen processors and graphics options to handle demanding gaming sessions.

The new configuration options include the update announced last week, but add the latest Intel 3rd Generation Core i7 Quad Core processor options to all models.

The updates include new internals, but no changes to the look and feel of the popular gaming notebooks.

Read: Alienware M17x Review

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The Alienware M11x received no updates, and is slated to be discontinued.

AlienWare M14x

The Alienware M14x ships with the Intel 2nd Gen Core i5 processor standard for the $1,099 model, but users can upgrade to a 3rd Gen Core i7 processor for $98, with options ranging up to $441 for the 2.7GHz 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3820QM clocked at up to 3.7GHz with TurboBoost 2.0.

AlienWare M17x

The Alienware M17x ships with an Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz capable of 3.3GHz w/Turbo Boost as the standard processor, but it can also be configured with up to a Intel Core i7-3820QM 2.7GHz capable fo 3.7GHz under TurboBoost 2.0. The Alienware M17x starts at $1,499.

The M17x has a number of graphics options, including,

  • 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 660M (Standard)
  • 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 675M
  • 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 7970M

I highly recommend the optional HD screen upgrade for a full 1080P HD display. There are optional bundles with 3D and with wireless gaming built in.

AlienWare M18x

The top of the line Alienware notebook is the M18x, with a massive 18.4-inch display and overclocked processor options. The Alienware M18x ships standard with the Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz processor, but is available with an Intel Core i7-3920XM Overclocked Turbo Boost capable of 4.1GHz for just $1,127 over the base price.

The M18x has a 1080P Hd display and offers a range of graphics options, including dual graphics power.

  • 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 660M (Standard)
  • 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 675M
  • Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 7970M – AMD CrossFireX (coming soon)
  • Dual 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M – NVIDIA SLI

The Alienware M18x starts at $1,999, with options that can quickly push the price to $3,000.

 

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

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