Alienware 17 R3 - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 2048GB SSD + up to 2000GB HDD
M.2 Slot
4x 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (B key)
RAM
up to 32GB
OS
Windows 10, Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro
Battery
92Wh, Li-ion, 8-cell, 92 Wh, Lithium Ion, 8-cell, 92Wh, Li-Ion, 8-cell
Dimensions
430 x 292 x 34 mm (16.93" x 11.50" x 1.34")
Weight
3.78 kg (8.3 lbs)
Body material
Aluminum (Aluminum)
Ports and connectivity
  • 3x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt 3
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • Card reader SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • 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 Digital array microphones
  • Speakers 2x 2W + 2W Subwoofer
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All Alienware 17 R3 configurations

See all Alienware 17 R3 configurations

 

Display Profiles

Health-Guard

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).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

CPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the CPUs that come in the Alienware 17 R3 series.

Results are from the Cinebench 11 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$1422.71
price
681.00
performance
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$1422.71
price
836.00
performance
Results are from the NovaBench 3.0 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the GPUs that come in the Alienware 17 R3 series.

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the 3DMark: Sky Diver (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

 

Alienware 17 R3 in-depth review

Now that we've put the new Alienware 15 (R2, Late 2015) to the test, it’s time to do the same with its bigger sibling - the 17-inch Alienware R3. Make no mistake, it’s the same Skylake / GTX 9xx / DDR4 generation, the difference being maximized screen estate. There is an 18-inch model as well, but Alienware hasn’t updated it yet with the 6th generation Intel Core processors (it offers dual GTX 980M, though). The latter also can’t take advantage of the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, wh[...]

Read the full review

Pros

  • Enormous CPU/GPU/Storage performance
  • Nice looking, aggressive design
  • Lighter body than its predecessors
  • Sturdy construction
  • Comfortable TactX keyboard with numerous backlight combinations
  • Alienware Graphics Amplifier, HDMI 2.0 and USB Type-C ports
  • 4K Ultra HD IPS IGZO screen with 100% sRGB and 100% AdobeRGB coverage, high brightness and good contrast
  • No PWM across all brightness levels
  • Great battery life for a gaming notebook
  • Superb thermal management and temperature stability under high load

Cons

  • High price
  • Alienware Graphics Amplifier doesn't support "asymmetrical" SLI configurations

 

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