Dell probably didn't mean for this to happen, but it really is no surprise that it did, knowing just how thoroughly the web is looking to uncover every scrap of info regarding the next Intel CPU series.
What we mean by this is that, since the next Alienware notebook will get an Ivy Bridge CPU, its specs have been uncovered early due to the zeal exhibited by impatient people.
The notebook detailed on dell-lab.posterous.com
is called Alienware M18X R2 and uses a quad-core CPU.
There are several chips to choose from in fact: the 2.3 GHz Core i7-3610QM, the 2.6 GHz i7-3720QM and the 2.7 GHz i7-3820QM.
Whichever chip happens to be selected will get up to 8 GB of RAM as backup (random access memory).
Of course, no gaming computer is complete without capable enough graphics, and the CPU integrated GPU definitely isn't up to scratch.
Sure, the GMA HD 4000
will have triple-display support and good multitasking, but that is not the same as supporting every graphical feature of games.
Thus, Dell has selected AMD Radeon HD 7970M in CrossFire and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M or 675M in SLI as potential specs.
Furthermore, storage space is provided by a hard disk drive (up to 750 GB capacity) and/or a solid-state drive of up to 512 GB.
Needless to say, getting an SSD will take the price well beyond the already huge base one (whatever it is).
The spec sheet goes on with all the ports and I/O one could possible need (down to an optional Wireless HD card).
Finally, the LED-backlit display of the Dell Alienware m18X R2 has a diagonal of 18.4 inches and a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD).
Dell will sell the machine in red or black colors and bundled with an AC adapter of 240W or 330 W.