• CPU: Intel Core i7-6820HK
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X)
  • Display: 17.3”, QHD (2560 x 1440), TN + G-Sync
  • Storage: 1000GB SSD + 1000GB HDD
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4
  • Weight: 4.42 kg (9.7 lbs)

Pros

  • Clean and sophisticated design
  • Impeccable build quality
  • Good keyboard and touchpad experience
  • Supports three M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs
  • Impressive display with excellent image quality, G-Sync, 120 Hz refresh rate and QHD resolution
  • The screen doesn't use PWM for regulating brightness
  • Fairly portable compared to other 17-inch gaming laptops
  • Well-designed cooling system
  • Tobii Eye Tracking system

Cons

  • Short battery life despite the huge 99Wh battery, thanks to the lack of NVIDIA Optimus support
  • Only the QHD configuration comes with G-Sync support
  • Overclocking is possible only through BIOS and third-party software
  • The CPU's stock clock speeds are lower than they should
  • The TN panel has low contrast ratio and poor viewing angles when tilted forward
  • Only two RAM slots

Alienware 17 R4 - Specs

CPU Performance #35
  • Intel Core i5-8250U
  • Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5
  • Intel Core i7-6820HK
  • Intel Core i7-6820HQ
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
GPU Performance #6
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop) 8.7%
  • 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5, SLI) 27.1%
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop) 5.5%
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 6.9%
Display
17.3”, QHD (2560 x 1440), TN + G-Sync
panel 1
AUO B173QTN01.0
Color accuracy 10 -> 2.3
HDD/SSD
128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD
M.2 Slot
2x 2280 PCIe NVMe (M key) + 1x 2242 PCIe NVMe (M key)
RAM
32GB DDR4
OS
Windows 10 Home
Battery
99 Wh, 6-cell
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
Dimensions
424 x 332 x 29.99 mm (16.69" x 13.07" x 1.18")
Weight
4.42 kg (9.7 lbs)
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, HDMI
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1), Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI
  • Displayport mini
  • Ethernet LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Audio jack 2x 3.5 mm jacks for headset and external microphone
  • External graphics port for Alienware Graphics Amplifier
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera 1080p Full HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Dual-Array Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

 

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DISPLAY: 17.3-inch, 2160 x 1440, TN + G-Sync

Name AUO B173QTN01.0
Diagonal 17.3"
Pixel density 150.06 ppi
Brightness 410 cd/m2
sRGB 93%
PWM frequency No PWM (Flicker-Free)
Panel Type TN
Resolution 2160 x 1440
Becomes "Retina" from 23 inches (58 cm)
Contrast 650
dE Color Checker 10 2.3
PWM Rating 10.0: (safe)
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The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body.

Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

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CPU Performance: Intel Core i7-6820HK

Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
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705.00-1.4%
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Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
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13.20-100%
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GPU Performance: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X)

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
$6999.00+40%
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25991.00+15.7%
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Results are for the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
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6127.00+22.8%
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Results are for the Unigine Superposition benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
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Some games you can play on this laptop

Rise of the Tomb Raider
quality
average
144+ fps
134 fps
92 fps
61 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
GTA V
quality
average
144+ fps
135 fps
81 fps
62 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Far Cry 5
quality
average
108 fps
102 fps
97 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
TC: Wildlands
quality
average
104 fps
96 fps
84 fps
57 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
TC: Six Siege
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
144+ fps
144+ fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
CS:GO
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
144+ fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Hearthstone
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
144+ fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
FIFA 19
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
144+ fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
League of Legends
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
144+ fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Rocket League
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Fortnite
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
144+ fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
For Honor
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
136 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
DOTA 2
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
134 fps
113 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
World of Tanks
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
144+ fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Overwatch
quality
average
144+ fps
144+ fps
144+ fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
PUBG
quality
average
144+ fps
143 fps
128 fps
116 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
AC: Odyssey
quality
average
70 fps
64 fps
58 fps
49 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
quality
average
121 fps
74 fps
74 fps
59 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

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