Alienware M17x Spotted With Sandy Bridge

Last week Engadget stumbled across images over on the Notebook Review forums revealing unreleased Alienware M17x notebooks running Intel's next-gen Sandy Bridge processors, appearing just one month ahead of Intel's official release.

According to the post, 3DMark06 showed that the 2 GHz Core i7-2630QM model using Intel's integrated HD graphics scored 15,940 whereas the model sporting a 2.2 GHz i7-2720QM with AMD Radeon HD 6900M graphics scored 20,155. Another model using a 2.3 GHz i7-2820QM chip and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460M GPU received a score of 16,957.

Outside the benchmarks, the notebook looks mighty tasty and offers the usual batch of features including 4 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, DisplyPort and VGA outputs, an 8-in-1 card reader, one eSATA/USB 2.0 combo (2-in-1) with PowerShare, an ExpressCard slot, an IEEE 1394a 4-pin port and more.

Current Alienware M17x models start at $1799 and feature hardware such as Intel's Core i7 940XM processor @ 2.13 GHz, up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 or Nvidia Geforce GTX 285M graphics, 17-inch WUXGA or WXGA+ displays, up to 512 GB of internal storage and more.

Based on the 3DMark06 scores, is Intel's integrated graphics finally catching up with AMD and Nvidia mobile GPUs?

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  • COLGeek
    Dear Santa,

    I have been a good boy this year. Please drop one of these off at my house when you are in the neighborhood.

  • Bolbi
    Great news for Intel if the benchmark reflects real-world performance. I can't wait to see the comparison between Sandy Bridge and AMD's upcoming Fusion APU.
  • unlicensedhitman
    lame no USB 3.0
  • neilnh
    According to all evidence from other benchmarks and common sense, the 16k score was from a model with Optimus and a Discrete GPU (probably a GTX 460). Optimus tricks 3dmark into thinking it's dealing with an integrated GPU, then when the benchmark starts, the discrete card kicks in. Please Tom's, don't spread silly rumors
  • kayvonjoon
    The sandybridge is neat , but I would definitely choose a GTX285 over an integrated graphics accelerator ,even if it differs slightly in 3dmark score. And also a GTX480 or GTX570 would make an excellent upgrade to the M17x lineup.
    I LOVE Alienware but their products are too overpriced.
  • scook9
    Why are you using a DX9 benchmark to talk about DX11 hardware.....

    Otherwise very interesting to see a refresh is already pretty much done.
  • verbalizer
    just let me test one, I'll give it back.
    sooner or later...;)
  • mavroxur
    Is it just me, or does anyone see a problem with the 3dmark scores? They smell funny. Intel integrated scoring that close to the 460M?
  • Darkv1
    I'm not sure I buy the whole Intel graphics catching up thing. I'll believe it when I see a full battery of benchmarks and real world tests. Until then I will continue to laugh whenever I see Intel and integrated graphics in the same sentence.