Dell is preparing a major graphics hardware update for the fourth generation of the popular Alienware M17x gaming notebook which will reportedly be available with next-gen 28nm AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
Users who will want to go for Alienware’s 17.3-inch notebook
will have the option of choosing between the AMD Radeon HD 7970M and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M or GTX 675M graphics cards.
According to the Dell Labs
website, this GPU upgrade will also be accompanied by a series of new display options.
The list includes the usual 1920x1080 Full HD and 1600x900 HD+ panels, but also a new 3D-enabled 1920x1080 Full HD screen with WLED backlighting.
No matter which one of the three LCD panels one choses, these will be connected to the GPU via the new eDP (embedded DisplayPort) interface which reduces the wiring footprint and also decreases power consumption when compared to the older LVDS standard used in most laptops out there.
M17x R4 comes with a 240W AC adapter and will be available in black or red.
Although the source doesn’t say anything about the CPUs used by the fourth generation M17x, it is highly probable that this will be powered by 22nm quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge processors.
No details regarding the pricing or the release date of Alienware’s gaming notebook have been provided.
Besides the 17.3-inch M17X, Dell’s 2012 Alienware range will also include a second generation M18X 18-inch laptop
, as well as the 14-inch M14X R2.
According to some previous reports, the M18X will sport a similar configuration as its 17.3-inch counterpart, but will also support Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFireX configurations for improved graphics performance.