Does Alienware's 17 have good overall performance?
Does the Alienware 17 have a good CPU? Does the Alienware 17 have at lest 3GB of RAM? Does the Alienware 17 have a Cortex processor? Does the Alienware 17 have an Intel processor? Does the Alienware 17 have an AMD processor?
System performance rating: 5.0 - 1 ratings
Jan 29, 2020
Based on reviews posted on popular review sites as well as from Alienware 17's website, Alienware 17 performs very well in terms of performance speed relative to other gaming laptop brands.
This iteration of the Alienware 17 is the first in the series to rock Intel's new 2.9-GHz, 8th Gen Core i9-8950HK processor with a whopping 32GB of RAM. And thanks to the Alien Command Center, you can overclock this bad boy to a smoking 5 GHz. It's kinda like a digital Ivan Drago when it comes to multitasking. Also equipped in my unit was a 256GB M.2 SSD and a 1TB 7200rpm HDD. The SSD I have is a Samsung PM951, which is NVMe, but not the fastest when it comes to write speeds. There’s also an empty M.2 slot in there so you can add extra storage if you desire.
My Alienware 17 came with an Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad core CPU and an Nvidia GTX 980M GPU. The 980M I received has 4GB of VRAM, which is plenty enough for me. But if you want more, rest assured because the newer units sold all have 8GB of VRAM. My unit also came with 16GB of DDR4 2133 Ram, Also equipped in my unit was a 256GB M.2 SSD and a 1TB 7200rpm HDD. For starters, the overall performance is incredible.
Even if you go without the best CPU (Core i9-8950HK) and strongest GPU (GeForce GTX 1080), the Alienware 17 R5 offers more than enough power for everyday gaming. The Core i7-8750H and the GeForce GTX 1070 do not have any significant problems even with demanding games – at least in the Full HD and QHD settings. The frame rates only start to drop fast at 3840x2160 pixels. In order to be armed for the coming generation of games, you should at least choose 16 GB of RAM for the 17-incher.
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