With the introduction of mobile graphic cards Pascal Dell Alienware subsidiary retooled their gaming device of the new generation of graphics cards. But the equipment manufacturer is not restricted. Manufacturer seriously altered body Alienware 17 and Alienware 15, increasing the possibility of their content. This is what we said Hendrik Berghof, head of marketing Alienware division in Europe. He also showed us the first experimental device.
Compared with its predecessor Alienware 15, Alienware 17 R3 and R4 have become thinner and lighter. This was made possible thanks to the design with a protruding hinge. He was speaking at the 3 cm back, as a result of heat removal back makes it easier – add to that a large number of thick copper heat pipes and many radiator fins made of copper. The new devices have become thinner by 25 – 30%. The case itself is made of anodized aluminum and magnesium alloy used in the aviation industry. This material provides durability and make it easier. A special coating protects the surface from fingerprints and grease.
Inside, of course, is a modern processor Skylake up to Intel Core i7 6820HK and, as mentioned above, Pascal graphics card to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. The top model is equipped with Alienware 17 R4, the maximum configuration of the Alienware 15 R3 gets GeForce GTX 1070. It is noteworthy that new devices will have a new GPU Polaris at the end of the month, but the mobile versions of the Radeon RX 480, RX 470 and 460 have not yet been announced. When we asked about the chip on which new models of work, has not been given an answer. Nothing we did not know about the class and performance. However, a simple re-branding of the current generation AMD out of the question.
Capacity DDR4 RAM up to 32 GB, it offers a variety of mass storage configuration. Theoretically it can be NVMe two drives in a RAID array, and 2.5 “hard drive. Although the limited choice of processor Intel Core i7-6820HK, as soon as the hi-end models based on” Kaby Lake “, Alienware hold the appropriate update equipment. But in this year, it’s not planned. There are new versions of the screens. In addition to UHD-panel displays to be used with a resolution of 1440p and 1080p. Can support G-Sync and higher frame rates up to 120 Hz.
Another new feature is hidden right in the screen frame. Alienware uses a camera for the first time aytrekinga Tobii, which we have already seen in January. This technology allows you to manage such games like Assassin’s Creed and Overwolf using eye movements. During the year, many other games will receive the support of this technology. Infrared cameras also work with Windows Hello and ensure that the keyboard area on which the user is looking, brightly illuminated.
Redesigned keyboard TaxtX. Key resistance has become stronger, which is important in the hottest moments of the game. In addition, the keyboard has received an improved RGB backlighting and faster input in milliseconds – that paying attention to a few manufacturers of gaming notebooks.
In a short test keyboard and touchpad proved to be good. Only at the last slide could have been better. On the quality of manufacturing, we can not say anything bad. New design with a protruding hinge allows the manufacturer to equip the notebook with more powerful speakers, which are a guarantee of a good sound in the game. Of course, not without modern connectors – USB Type C and Killer Ethernet, as well as an interface for corporate Graphics Amplifier. This will further accelerate graphics performance via a full graphics card PCI-Express, but Pascal and Polaris will provide sufficient performance from the outset.
Longer battery life, at least in the office will provide the battery for 99 Vt⋅ch. Precise data on the time of autonomous work Hendrik Berghof we are not told. This information and the prices we learn before leaving devices on the market on September 30.
Several longer have to wait for a more compact Alienware 13 R3, which has also been re-equipped Pascal. “Junior” member of the family will also receive a design with a protruding hinge. Due to the small size and the associated problems with the choice of cooling video cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX limited to 1060, and possibly later – Radeon RX 460. But the options will be presented with OLED screens, but due to insufficient supply of such models with OLED screens is not enough. By the way, that’s why “older” models are equipped with IPS and IGZO screens. R3 Alienware 13 will hit the market in mid-November.
The other parts of equipment and pricing information Berghof we are not told.