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Because of its great looks, lovely display, strong music and good frame rates, the Alienware 17 R5 may be the 17-inch gaming rig to beat.
Sleek new black color
Strong graphics performance
Alienware Command Center is revamped
Poorer CPU performance than competitors
Just when you thought the Alienware 17 had pulled out each of the stops, the most recent version, the R5 ($1,549 to start out, $3,974 as tested), pushes everything a step further. Sure, its new black color scheme is handsome, but inside, a combo of an Intel Core i9 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU lead to powerful gaming performance. Pair that with great speakers, a lovely G-Sync display, and a revamped Alienware Command Center with overclocking options and you have successful.
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The Alienware 17 is mammoth. It’s an obsidian goliath in a fresh coat of paint that’s handsome and slightly refreshing. While this model retains the same basic condition as versions from previous years with aggressive angles and a spaceship theme, the laptop’s aluminum frame is all-black, giving it a significant aesthetic which means business. There’s also more RGB lighting zones than previously, with 13 areas which can be programmed in the Alienware Command Center, including both sides of the screen, several zones on the keyboard, and two Alienware logos.
The lid is all-black and is where you’ll get the almost all of the spaceship motif. Alienware’s logo will there be in silver, and yes, it lights up. Lifting the lid reveals the 17.3-inch display surrounded by a thick bezel. The deck surrounding the keyboard is covered in a soft-touch material that feels luxurious to lay your wrists on, though I wish the keyboard were slightly further forward. Like many Alienware models before it, the chassis includes a section that juts out the trunk with for extra cooling and few more ports.
The whole lot feels built such as a tank. While Alienware doesn’t make any drop-test claims, the aluminum is paired with steel reinforcements, which thing feels like an extravagance device when you’re gaming so when you’re just carrying it from room to room.
That, of course, results in much PC. The Alienware is 9.8 pounds and includes a 16.7 x 13.1 x 1.2-inch footprint. That’s heavier compared to the 8.1-pound Aorus X9 and 8.6-pound Origin PC Eon 17-X. MSI’s GT75 Titan, however, is even heavier at 10.1 pounds and is a chunky 2.3 inches thick.
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Every port you could reasonably expect is on the Alienware 17. On the left side are USB Type-C and USB 3.0 Type-A ports and separate headphone and microphone jacks. The proper side features only an individual USB 3.0 port. The rest is on the trunk, including an Ethernet jack, mini DisplayPort, HDMI output, Thunderbolt 3, a port for Alienware’s proprietary graphics amp and a barrel power jack.
Gaming, Graphics and VR
The Alienware’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU with 8GB of VRAM makes the our high-end config of the Alienware 17 computer nothing short of a powerhouse. When I played Middle-earth: Shadow of War on ultra settings at 1080p, the overall game ran at between 76 and 92 fps. At 2560 x 1440, it dropped to a variety of 54-69 fps.
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Increasing of the Tomb Raider benchmark (1080p, high), the Alienware ran the overall game at 68 fps, beating the Titan (67 fps) and premium gaming average (56 fps), but below the Eon (69 fps) and Aorus (73 fps).
When it found the Hitman benchmark (1080p, ultra), the overall game ran at 99 fps on the Alienware, just prior to the both Aorus and the foundation (96 fps) and the Titan (95 fps). The common is less 84 fps.
It played Grand Theft Auto V (1080p, high) smoothly, running at 85 fps. While that’s much better than the Eon (55 fps) and the common (77 fps), both Aorus (86 fps) and Titan (110 fps) scored even higher.
To check sustained gaming performance, we ran the Metro: Last Light benchmark 10 times, which is roughly around 30 minutes of high-stress computing. On the first run, the common frame rate was 83.4 fps, but needlessly to say, that dropped over another 9 runs, often between 77 and 78 fps. The common frame rate was 79.3 fps, one tenth of a frame above the ultimate run (79.29 fps). The common CPU temperature as reported by HWInfo was 88.9 degrees Celsius, and the GPU averaged 74.8 degrees Celsius.
The Alienware 17 can make short work of any VR headset, as an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive. On the SteamVR Performance test, it earned the utmost possible score of 11. So did the Aorus and Eon, however the Titan reached 10.9 and the common was 10.2.
Armed to one’s teeth with an Intel Core i9-8950HK, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD, a 1TB, 7,200-RPM HDD, our review configuration of the the Alienware 17 are designed for productivity tasks easily. The 30 Chrome tabs I had open, including a Twitch stream and a 1080p bout of “THE OTHER DAY Tonight with John Oliver” on YouTube were a tale to the machine, which kept running without the lag at all.
On the Geekbench 4 efficiency test, the Alienware earned a score of 20,890, falling below the Aorus X9 (25,915, Core i9-8950HK), but within selection of the Titan (22,754, Core i9-8950HK) and Eon (21,273, Intel Core i7-8700K) but still beating the premium gaming category average (17,150).
Exactly why is it scoring less than competing laptops with the same processor? It’s hard to learn for sure, but through the use of both Alienware Command Center and CPU-Z and HWInfo to track performance, we pointed out that, particularly when overclocked, the inner temperature would spike, and that the processor often didn’t reach the 5GHz Alienware Command Center promised (though it passed the app’s tests). It’s possible that better cooling would bring about higher performance scores.
It took the Alienware 9 seconds to transfer 4.97GB of files, an interest rate of 565.5 MBps. That ties the Eon but is prior to the premium gaming notebook average (505.3 MBps) and the Aorus X9 (424MBps). The Titan was even more quickly at a blazing 727 MBps.
On our Excel macro test, it took the Alienware 42 seconds to pair 65,000 names and addresses, two seconds prior to the average (0:44) but falling short of the Aorus (0:31) and Titan (0:34).
When it found video editing, it took the Alienware 9 minutes and 10 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p on our Handbrake test. That’s speedier than average (10:04) but and lags behind the Aorus (8:15) and Titan (7:41).
The 17.3-inch, 2560 x 1440 display on our review config is bright and beautiful. It’s a lot more luminous compared to the competition with excellent viewing angles and a lot of detail. When I watched a 1080p trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, the titular hero’s suit was an ideal shade of burgundy, and I possibly could easily find out the webbed patterns on his and the Wasp’s costumes.
The tiny yellow accents on the Wasp’s suit popped a lot more than it does on a great many other screens. So when I played Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the lush greenery around an orc fort looked realistic, and I possibly could start to see the angular crags in boulders. And because of G-Sync, which synchronizes the display with