Dell Updates M11x with Core i3, i5, i7 Processors
Dell has released a much anticipated update to its Alienware M11x 11-inch gaming notebook. The revision includes Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Core i3, i5, and i7 processors.
The new revision has the following processor options:
- Core i3-330UM (1.2GHz, 3MB cache)
- Core i5-520UM (1.066GHz, 1.866GHz Turbo Boost, 3MB cache)
- Core i7-640UM (1.2GHz, 2.266GHz Turbo Boost, 4MB cache)
All of the processors are dual-core and have Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology, which makes the two physical processor cores appear as four. Intel claims the Core i-series ULV processors are up to 32 percent faster and have 15 percent less power consumption than the previous-generation Core 2 Duo SU7300. The first version of the M11x, which we reviewed here, had a 1.3GHz ULV Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor.
The M11x also includes Nvidia Optimus technology, apparently only available on the Core i3 and i5 processor options; this allows the M11x to automatically switch between its dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 335M 1GB graphics card and the integrated Intel HD graphics.
The updated M11x has not hit U.S. shores yet – check out Dell’s Malaysia site below for full details.
UPDATE: The updated M11x has been officially announced by Dell; see the product page here. It starts at $949 and comes standard with the Core i5-520UM processor. The U.S. site does not list the Core i3-330UM processor mentioned above.
Dell has also added a “Soft Touch Stealth Black” finish option for the M11x at no extra charge. This is probably a rubberized finish instead of the standard flat plastic.