Alienware rocked the gaming world by launching thin gaming laptops equipped with some of the most powerful CPUs and GPUs available on the market. At 15.9mm (X15) and 20.9mm (X17) thin, these new Alienware laptops are visually even more attractive than their M15 and M17 predecessors.
Both have similar internal architectures and can be ordered with an Intel Core i7-11800H or Core i9-11900HX processor, two high-performance options for this market, with 45W and 65W Thermal Design Points (TDP).
The CPUs orchestrate the game logic and feed the graphics processing unit with a steady supply of data and commands. For the actual rendering, you can opt for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 3070, or 3080 GPUs, three screaming-fast options, with the latter being the ultimate mobile GPU at this time.
These two high-powered sub-systems generate a lot of heat, and the new Alienware quad-fan cooling system is the central piece of this new laptop design. Alienware explains this cooling prowess by “five patent-pending” methods, including using new materials to transfer heat from the chips to the cooling system (aka, a very fancy thermal paste).
Once the heat is transferred, the quad fans will dissipate it as fast as possible. There is a good chance that using fewer fans allows Alienware to avoid extreme RPMs and noise but wait for independent reviews to confirm that.
Of course, there is also thermal throttling to keep everything under control and all kinds of intelligent software thermal management. I think that the new heat dissipation is what makes the difference here.
I’ll let you judge the (exquisite) design, but the last piece worth mentioning again is the CHERRY MX keyboard which was recently announced and made its way into the markets. It should be much more comfortable than classic laptop keyboards if you like deep key travel.
There are two display options split between FHD 360Hz gaming, which is great for action games, and 4K-UHD HDR400, which is fantastic for slower-paced games, movies, and creative work. In addition, 4K displays are often more color-accurate, so it is something to think about if you’re a designer.
Storage configurations go up to 4TB of SSD (dual-drives) and 32GB (X15) / 64GB (X17) of RAM, meaning that these gaming laptops are also powerful creative workstations as well.