Alienware M17x R3 Performance and Benchmarks

July 8, 2011 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (309,716)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 10
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 8.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance and Benchmarks
System performance is the overarching priority on a gaming notebook. The M17x R3 is an impressive hardware showcase; it includes the 2nd-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor (and an upper-tier variant, at that) and the crown jewel of mobile video cards, the new AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2GB of screaming GDDR5 video memory. Combine those two with an ample 8GB of system memory and and a large 1.5TB RAID 0 hard drive array and you get one of the best-performing notebooks on the market. The M17x R3 is available with up to 16GB of RAM and an even higher-end Core i7 quad-core processor.

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

PCMark 7 is the latest synthetic benchamrk measuring overall system performance in Windows 7 (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark Vantage measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:

Gaming Performance
We ran a series of games on the M17x R3, including The Witcher 2 and the ever-demanding Crysis.

Crysis is still a benchmark that stresses PC hardware four years after the game’s release. We put the screen resolution up to 1920×1080 and the details to “High”. The M17x R3 performed flawlessly, maintaining consistently over 30 frames per second (FPS) – the minimum required for smooth gameplay.

The Witcher 2 is a fantasy action/role-playing game with demanding system requirements. We set the resolution to 1920×1080 and a “High” detail level. While this game phases computers with lesser specs, the M17x R3 stood up to the challenge and performed admirably with an average of 35 FPS; the game was smooth but did slow down in more intensive action scenes.


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