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Alienware Calls Dibs on World's Fastest 15-inch

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Alienware says that the new M15x is the world's most powerful 15-inch notebook.

Gamers wanting to get their hands on the "world's most powerful 15-inch laptop" may need to sell a few body parts or sell the kids on the black market. Dubbed the Alienware M15x, the official website suggests a starting price of $1,499, however the notebook's eventual price, after loading up the portable rig with high-end options, can cost more than $4,600. With that kind of pricetag, gamers may just want to buy a desktop and play Crysis at home.

Then again, the price may be worth the package. The laptop is running the latest mobile version of Intel's Core i7 "Clarksfield" processor, with the fastest offering Alienware has to offer consisting of the quad-core 920XM running at a clock speed of  2.0 GHz, 3.2 GHz in Turbo Mode and using 8 MB of L3 cache. On the GPU front, consumers can choose between the Nvidia GeForce GT 240M (512 MB) and the GeForce GTX 260M (1 GB). Other optional features include a 256 GB SSD, a Blu-ray drive, 8 GB of DDR3 1333 MHz RAM, QuickTouch, a 2.0 MP webcam, digital TV tuner, and a lot more.

But like a great sports car, this hottie may have a herd of horses under the hood, but it has to look good as well. "The M15x’s case design protects your world with aggressive lines and an in-your-face attitude that quickly dissipates system heat and looks good doing it," the company boasts on the website. "And you can personalize your machine from a selection of three colors: Metallic Red (seen above), Metallic Silver or Metallic Black." The laptop certainly looks impressive with it's UFO design and backlight illumination.

Consumers can start customizing here.

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    scook9 , September 23, 2009 11:07 PM
    this is nice and all, but the Clevo offering is more powerful (ironically) and better priced
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    scook9 , September 23, 2009 11:07 PM
    this is nice and all, but the Clevo offering is more powerful (ironically) and better priced
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    dingumf , September 23, 2009 11:28 PM
    Yes
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    presidenteody , September 23, 2009 11:50 PM
    but can it play crysis at 2560 x 1600?



    haha jk i hate that game now
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    mystoccowgod , September 24, 2009 1:56 AM
    False claim, Clevo has superior offerings at a better price
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    danr22 , September 24, 2009 2:43 AM
    I was just going to say that. With W860 out now it would destroy that. And not look like a toy at the same time
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    doomtomb , September 24, 2009 3:20 AM
    presidenteodybut can it play crysis at 2560 x 1600?haha jk i hate that game now

    -_- did you even read the title -> "Alienware Calls Dibs on World's Fastest 15-inch"
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    r0x0r , September 24, 2009 3:28 AM
    http://ibuypower.com.au/build.php?products_id=11332

    Got P11387 in 3DMark Vantage and 23/35/41 in Crysis at 1920x1080 in base spec.



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    kikireeki , September 24, 2009 3:39 AM
    A powerful gaming laptop is a waste of money, and it really proves the term: Pay more for less!
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    ComputerDrake , September 24, 2009 5:40 AM
    I bet MY 15 inches can go FASTER.

    I don't know why I said that, the words just came to me when I read the title ._.
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    spectrewind , September 24, 2009 5:43 AM
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    With that kind of pricetag, gamers may just want to buy a desktop


    Was this ever really up for consideration?

    I hold gaming PCs nearly tantamount to aftermarket VGA cards that cost $400.00 and up. You will notice that there is NO MARKET (I believe) for upgrading the VGA hardware on a laptop computer. -At least I have never heard of one targeted toward this.

    With $4600, I believe I can produce a multihead-desktop PC that will make that laptop seem like a waste plastic, battery, and PCBAs.

    It's already obsolete, where is the DX11 support?
    1GB VGA frame buffer limit? C'mon Dell?


    A thing about Dell...
    I have supported a LOT OF DELL hardware over the years, from PowerEdge server clusters (Server 2003 EE x86) with rotating carousel tape backup and quorum storage, to desktop, to mobility.
    I have spent hours on the phone with Gold Technical Support, not as bad as Silver, Bronze, or free, but still inept.
    I can tell you that I have made a living recovering from defective Dell parts, and I will NEVER, EVER PAY MONEY for a product from Dell.
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    anamaniac , September 24, 2009 6:20 AM
    This seems dissapointing.
    Why would I even want a 15"?
    17 inch for a gaming laptop please. Hell, 19" if I can find one...
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    amnotanoobie , September 24, 2009 7:49 AM
    No love for ATi?
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    back_by_demand , September 24, 2009 10:51 AM
    I had a 5 year old laptop that went faster than this......when I threw it off the roof of my office building it went really fast

    But seriously, I couldn't imagine paying this much for a machine that couldn't be upgraded, it's not that it's Alienware or Dell, just that a gaming laptop is like buying a games console. Once you outlay you will see the product degrade in comparison to newly emerging PC technology.

    I could spend half that money and get a super-fly PC and a get a full HD monitor. Take the rest of the money and spend it on games and upgrades for the next 5 years.
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    balister , September 24, 2009 12:55 PM
    Alienware laptops run extremely hot and do not last like other laptops out there. I had one and I had a cooler for it to sit on and it burned up after a year and a half. If you want a gaming laptop, look at someone else if you want it to last as taking a few FPS hits is better than having a system die before it's two years old.
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    pito , September 24, 2009 12:57 PM
    I sense a lot of Hate in the comments. Is there a law that when you can't afford a product you have to hate it and call it stupid, useless, nonsense, etc. yes a desktop will be cheaper but for gamers that require constant travel like myself (deployed on Iraq).I can easily carry a laptop in my lap in the helicopter but I can't be carrying a full gaming desktop around with me all the time. Sure is expensive but you pay for performance and the convenience of hauling. Its nice to know there is still options for the people that do games but are always on the go.
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    JohnnyLucky , September 24, 2009 1:06 PM
    It's just a matter of time before we see more Core i7 laptops and prices drop.
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    dman3k , September 24, 2009 1:27 PM
    I got 15 inches and it lasts for hours.
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    Regulas , September 24, 2009 2:18 PM
    I agree the others posts, get a killer home rig but build it yourself. For $1,500 you can assemble one nice upgradeable rig.
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    gamerjames , September 24, 2009 3:03 PM
    Not everyone can be at home to game all of the time... Think about other people's lives outside of your own

    I do agree this is to expensive but there is nothing wrong with gaming laptops, even if you can't upgrade it.
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    back_by_demand , September 24, 2009 3:04 PM
    pitoI sense a lot of Hate in the comments. Is there a law that when you can't afford a product you have to hate it and call it stupid, useless, nonsense, etc. yes a desktop will be cheaper but for gamers that require constant travel like myself (deployed on Iraq).I can easily carry a laptop in my lap in the helicopter but I can't be carrying a full gaming desktop around with me all the time. Sure is expensive but you pay for performance and the convenience of hauling. Its nice to know there is still options for the people that do games but are always on the go.

    I bet the Alienware runs hot in Iraq.
    Plus if you carry it in your backpack, does that give you enhanced protection against rocket fire?
    If you play COD4 is it a bit like me playing "Office Simulator"?
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