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Alienware M11x to Get Optimus, New Intel CPUs

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It seemed like almost as soon as the M11x was announced, people were coming up with ways to make Alienware's almost-a-gaming-netbook better. Today rumors have emerged that say the notebook could get new Intel CPUs and Nvidia's Optimus technology.

Engadget points to a couple of postings on the Notebook Review forums by someone who appears to be connected to Alienware. When someone said they'd like to see the notebook get the Optimus treatment, along with the option for Intel's newest CPUs and a better screen resolution, a poster named Darkhan responded and said everything but the improved screen resolution was coming. When pressed for a release date, Darkhan gave an end of June to mid July estimate.

Currently the 11.6-inch M11x ships with Intel's Core 2 Duo SU7300 (1.3GHz), Nvidia GT335M GPU, 4GB of DDR3 and a 160GB HDD. 

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    babybeluga , April 9, 2010 3:37 PM
    Alienware hit upon an untapped market apparently: little people who play computer games.
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    babybeluga , April 9, 2010 3:37 PM
    Alienware hit upon an untapped market apparently: little people who play computer games.
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    thepetey , April 9, 2010 3:45 PM
    babybelugaAlienware hit upon an untapped market apparently: little people who play computer games.


    LOL. I think for the price they are charging it is a pretty solid deal though, a lot more value then the dell XPS I purchased 3 years ago for school/casual gaming.
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    Anonymous , April 9, 2010 3:48 PM
    Is Darkhan an actual Dell/Alienware employee? Because I could say that I heard the M11x will also be getting a better screen as well.
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    danielmastia , April 9, 2010 4:11 PM
    I am definitely buying it next month, be it with a su2700 or an i3 an optimus. My friend has it and for the money, its absolutely awesome when it comes to gaming and portability
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    biofrog , April 9, 2010 4:31 PM
    Unfortunately, in AU it starts at $1299 with the SU7300/4GB/500GB coming in at $1700 (~1583 USD). At that price I'd be surprised if a single one sold over here..
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    gazukull , April 9, 2010 4:39 PM
    That is kinda a bummer. I just bought mine :D 
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    miloo , April 9, 2010 4:42 PM
    biofrogUnfortunately, in AU it starts at $1299 with the SU7300/4GB/500GB coming in at $1700 (~1583 USD). At that price I'd be surprised if a single one sold over here..


    SU7300/4GB/500GB ~ around 1150 in states ~

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    warezme , April 9, 2010 4:42 PM
    "almost-a-gaming-netbook", is that like being almost pregnant?
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    scook9 , April 9, 2010 4:57 PM
    Darkhan is in engineering at Alienware/Dell. He is trustable.

    This is awesome, glad I didnt get the first version now
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    HKH , April 9, 2010 5:21 PM
    Me like this, me want to get this
    Or should I just bump another 1k to my desktop rig......
    I hate decision making
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    coldmast , April 9, 2010 6:10 PM
    so I can now pop out the graphics chip and shove it into another computer with a socket for it all while the computer is still on... amazing! /sarcastic enthusiasm
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    gazukull , April 9, 2010 7:49 PM
    I would like to mention that I am in no way unhappy with my m11x purchase. Waiting for new technology just means I am not enjoying the current.
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    TomD_1 , April 9, 2010 7:52 PM
    They should have released it with better cpu's originally. Don't know how they got away with calling it a gaming netbook, with just a 1.3 GHz Core 2 Duo
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    idisarmu , April 9, 2010 8:55 PM
    I wonder if they could squeeze an i7 720M (1.6 quad, 2.8 turbo i think) in there. If not, I hope that they will put a 2.4 ghz i3 or i5 in there.

    If I could get a laptop with 8gb of a ram, and 4 threads (preferably 4 physical cores) and something that can max out all games @ 1280x720 (except crysis- it gets no AA and possibly a few compromises)

    Asus makes good laptops too, but I think it would be sweet to have an alienware just for the brand name- especially something this portable.

    However, I also want a desktop for upgradability and generally higher performance and higher resolutions. I figure I can build a sweet uATX cube with 8gb ram (in 2x4gb config, allowing for future additions/upgrades), 2tb storage, and quadcore, and then include a screen and mouse and keyboard for $1500 AFTER taxes and shipping (not a penny more... and I find that pretty awesome with comparison to what I could "build" on newegg even 3-4 months ago)
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    spoofedpacket , April 9, 2010 10:53 PM
    coldmastso I can now pop out the graphics chip and shove it into another computer with a socket for it all while the computer is still on... amazing! /sarcastic enthusiasm


    I bet this type of comedy performance brings down the house at parties.
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    JohnnyLucky , April 10, 2010 3:15 PM
    I saw one of the Alienware products a while back. The case looked pretty good.
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    magicandy , April 11, 2010 9:30 AM
    Wait a minute, so does this mean Intel is finally starting to allow Nvidia to make chipsets for their newest CPUs? Or was that only for desktop PC motherboards?
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    magicandy , April 11, 2010 9:34 AM
    Nevermind....Optimus isn't even a chipset. Whoosh.
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    Anonymous , April 11, 2010 9:41 PM
    I have read a lot of forums and comments of people saying that the Alienware m11x is probably getting one of the i7 quad core mobile processors or one of the i5 dual core mobile processors standard voltage. I really don't know. But neither of the aforementioned processors are power usage friendly. That is lethal for a computer that is advertised to give up to 4.5 hours of battery life to gamers. My guess is that Dell is going for the ultra low voltage i-series the i7-620UM or 640UM or the i5-520UM.
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2010 7:22 PM
    M11x sucks.
    check out this laptop if you want one for gaming:

    http://www.jr.com/acer-computer/pe/ACE_AS5740G6979/

    its only $750
    core i5
    ati 5650

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