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June 24, 2014 1:51:51 PM

I'm going to buy an Alienware 17 the basic model. However when I was looking at the system specs I notices that the CPU did not list a speed it said "4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4710MQ Processor" i did not see a speed after searching the CPU myself I found that is said

Intel® Core™ i7-4710MQ Processor
(6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)

This was confusing to me because I still did not see a speed all I saw was up to 3.5 ghz. Does this mean that when I buy the laptop I will have a choice of what CPU to put in it or will I not know until I buy the machine and look at the specs. I am not looking to spend more than 1500 dollars.

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June 24, 2014 2:13:29 PM

The i7-4710MQ is a specific CPU; the base clock speed is 2.5 GHz, while the turbo frequency, that it will use for lightly threaded tasks, is 3.5 GHz (source).

Alienware laptops normally let you configure them on the site before you purchase, and sometimes there is an option to alter your CPU choice. If the model you're looking at says it has the i7-4710MQ, and there's no option to alter it, then that's the CPU you'll get. You will not realistically be able to change the CPU after you've purchased it.
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June 24, 2014 10:10:56 PM

Thank you for clearing that up
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June 24, 2014 11:07:49 PM

A-computer-newb said:
I'm going to buy an Alienware 17 the basic model. However when I was looking at the system specs I notices that the CPU did not list a speed it said "4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4710MQ Processor" i did not see a speed after searching the CPU myself I found that is said

Intel® Core™ i7-4710MQ Processor
(6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)

This was confusing to me because I still did not see a speed all I saw was up to 3.5 ghz. Does this mean that when I buy the laptop I will have a choice of what CPU to put in it or will I not know until I buy the machine and look at the specs. I am not looking to spend more than 1500 dollars.


I wasn't too impressed with the design of the new Alienware R5 series. I have an M17x R3 that I love, but the design changes that they made to the R5 make it appear to be very uncomfortable to use and the one that I saw in store seemed to affirm that. I would suggest that you check it out in store first if you have the opportunity.
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June 24, 2014 11:20:06 PM

Pinhedd said:
A-computer-newb said:
I'm going to buy an Alienware 17 the basic model. However when I was looking at the system specs I notices that the CPU did not list a speed it said "4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-4710MQ Processor" i did not see a speed after searching the CPU myself I found that is said

Intel® Core™ i7-4710MQ Processor
(6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)

This was confusing to me because I still did not see a speed all I saw was up to 3.5 ghz. Does this mean that when I buy the laptop I will have a choice of what CPU to put in it or will I not know until I buy the machine and look at the specs. I am not looking to spend more than 1500 dollars.


I wasn't too impressed with the design of the new Alienware R5 series. I have an M17x R3 that I love, but the design changes that they made to the R5 make it appear to be very uncomfortable to use and the one that I saw in store seemed to affirm that. I would suggest that you check it out in store first if you have the opportunity.


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