Alienware M11x Gets Performance Boost w/Intel Core Processors

Dell announced today that performance has been boosted on the Alienware M11x. What was an already powerful 11-inch gaming laptop, is now available with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors.

In addition to the new Core i5 and i7 processor options, NVIDIA Optimus technology is now standard equipment. NVIDIA Optimus allows the notebook to switch between energy efficient Intel graphics and the NVIDIA GeForce GT335M graphics. The NVIDIA graphics allow for HD entertainment and gaming on the go. While most smaller notebooks are unable to play modern games, the Alienware M11X can handle titles like Modern Warfare 2.

Alienware is the premium gaming brand of notebooks sold by Dell.  The Alienware m11x is available direct from Dell starting at $799 with an energy-efficient processor. The Alienware m11x with Intel Core i5 processor starts at $949.

This is one of the smallest PCs that support PhysX, which creates more realistic gaming environments. Here is a demonstration of some what PhysX can do (watch in 720P to get the full effect):

NVIDIA compares NVIDIA Optimus Technology it to a hybrid car, switching back and forth from electric to gas in order to save energy and provide a boost when needed.

One interesting feature, not normally highlighted by the manufacturer is that the processors are overclockable, meaning they can run at speeds higher than that designated by the chip.

New Alienware M11x Specifications:

  • 11.6-inch widescreen LED backlit HD display with 1366×768 resolution (720p)
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 with Turbo Boost and overclockable
  • NVIDIA Optimus Technology on the GeForce GT335M Graphics card with 1GB Ram
  • Up to 8GB DDR3 800Mhz memory
  • Up to 500 GB 7200RPM HDD, or a 256GB SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • Internal HD 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Optional Bluetooth 2.1
  • 8-cell prismatic battery
  • AlienFX illuminated keyboard
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Optional mobile broadband
  • Laser-engraved custom nameplate
  • 4.4 lbs
  • Windows 7
  • Choice of Stealth Black or Lunar Shadow color schemes

Illuminated Keyboard

Custom Laser-engraved Nameplate