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Slim gaming laptops with Alder Lake H.

Alienware x14, x15 R2, x17 R2, M15 R7 Slim gaming laptops with Alder Lake H.

Alienware has outfitted the thin and fast Alienware X-series gaming laptops with new Intel Core H CPUs and Nvidia Geforce RTX graphics cards, expanding them into a 14-inch model. The m15 also received an Alder Lake upgrade.

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Slim gaming laptops with more power: The Alienware x14, x15 R2 and x17 R2 are now equipped with Intel’s Alder Lake H processors. Hybrid CPUs contain up to 14 cores.

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With the x15 R2 and x17 R2 gaming laptops, the Dell Alienware brand now uses 12th Gen Intel Core H processors with up to 14 cores and 16 or 32 GB and x17 cores for increased performance over the first generation R2 gaming flatbed PCs up to Up to 64GB of ultra-fast LPDDR5-5200 memory. The Alienware x14, also equipped with the Alder Lake H, is the third model in the X series.

With the x14, which is just 14.5mm thick and weighs 1.8kg, the Nvidia Geforce RTX 3060 is the most powerful graphics option with a power budget of up to 85W, with its 2.34 and 2.96kg sister models, the selection extends to the RTX 3080 Ti with up to 140W for graphics . Complex voltage regulation should ensure high continuous output. Alienware equips hardware alternatives with more powerful GPUs with a more powerful Cryo-Tech cooling solution. Gallium and silicon thermal conductors and up to four individually controlled fans are used. At x14, an M.2 NVMe SSD with a capacity of up to two TB serves as mass storage, at x15 R2 and x17 R2 there is space for up to two M.2 SSDs, which can also work in a RAID 0 array. Killer WLAN modules with Wi-Fi 6 are responsible for the wireless network connection. The 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models also have a 2.5Gbps Ethernet adapter, and the x15 R2 has a USB-C to RJ-45 adapter. Thunderbolt 4 is basically part of the hardware.

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The 80W battery is responsible for supplying power away from the socket in x14. The x15 R2 and x17 R2 both have 87Wh battery packs.

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Alienware uses a Full HD display with a 144Hz refresh rate for the x14, which supports Nvidia G-Sync and Advanced Optimus — according to the manufacturer, the first in 14-inch laptops. In the two larger models, in addition to Full HD panels with up to 360 Hz, there are also higher resolution panels to choose from: QHD with 240 Hz for the x15 R2 and UHD with 120 Hz for the x17 R2. The two larger models also offer Nvidia G-Sync and Advanced Optimus. All panels are Dolby Vision certified. The X series flat case is made of aluminum and magnesium. RGB LEDs in the housing and keyboard that can be programmed with AlienFX provide gaming lighting effects. The x17 R2 is also available with a Cherry MX ULP mechanical keyboard. The Alienware x14 starts at €2299 (RRP) and the x17 R2 starts at €2399 (RRP). Dell is currently only offering the Alienware x15 R2 as a variant with the RTX 3080 Ti. It costs from 3,499 euros (RRP).

Alienware m15 R7: Ryzen is coming later

The 15.6-inch non-flat screen m15 gaming notebook also gets a 7th generation performance boost with 12th Gen Intel Core H processors, which can access up to 64GB of DDR5-4800 RAM.

Dell launched the Alienware m15 R7 with Core i7-12700U and Nvidia Geforce RTX 3050 Ti or 3060 as the first model in the R7 series. As with the x15 R2, there is a choice of two Full HD panels with 165 or 360 Hz and a 240 Hz QHD panel.

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The notebook, which can also be equipped with the optional Cherry mechanical keyboard, costs from €1,999 (RRP). AMD releases of the gaming notebook will follow later in the spring. Here there are Ryzen 6000 processors on the motherboard and Radeon RX GPUs are available as a graphics solution.

Powered by a 12th generation Intel Core processor, the XPS 13 Plus is one of the highlights of Dell's CES.

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