Dell Alienware 17 R3

Dell Alienware 17 R3 is a powerful gaming laptop equipped with a 17.3-inch display. It’s powered by a quad-core Haswell-based processor, either Intel Core i7-4720HQ or i7-4870HQ. Both processors have 4 cores and 8 threads thanks to Hyper-Threading technology. The i7-4720HQ is clocked at 2.6 GHz and Turbo Boost technology enables it to reach 3.6 GHz; it integrates an Intel HD Graphics 4600. The i7-4870HQ, although it has lower base frequency (2.5 GHz), it has higher maximum Turbo frequency of 3.7 GHz and integrates more powerful GPU, the Iris Pro Graphics 5200. To make graphics demanding games playable smoothly in high settings, the manufacturer equips it with high-end discrete-class GPU, either NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM or GTX 980M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM. Using Alienware Graphics Amplifier, you would enjoy desktop-like graphics performance.

Dell Alienware 17 R3

A big display with 17.3-inch diagonal offers great visual experience while playing games. It comes with at least Full HD resolution. For better picture quality, you can choose the one with 4K Ultra HD display that uses IGZO technology. Besides visual, another important aspect of a gaming laptop is audio. It features 2.1 speaker configuration plus a built-in subwoofer, with advanced technologies such as Creative Sound Core3D-EX Audio and Klipsch. While using HDMI port, it supports 7.1 digital audio output.

All models have a 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD inside. For better performance, it’s recommended to include optional PCIe SSD, with capacity of 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB. If there is a PCIe SSD inside, it will be set as the primary boot device. For system memory, with 2-SODIMM slots inside, it can have up to 16 GB of DDR3L at 2133MHz.

This laptop doesn’t have optical drive. However, it brings a lot of input/output ports including a USB Type-C which supports SuperSpeed 10 Gbps and Thunderbolt 3. Other ports include three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, an Alienware Graphics Amplifier port, an RJ-45 LAN port, a DC-in jack, a 1/8″ audio-out jack, a 1.8″ headphone jack, and an HDMI 2.0 out port. A 3-in-1 card reader slot is located on the right side.

The keyboard has 4-zone, multi-color RGB backlight and you can customize it with AlienFX Lighting controls. It also has 9 programmable keys and it’s possible to create up to 19 distinct functions per application. Below the keyboard is a backlit button image sensor trackpad supporting all-points addressable. For connectivity, it offers advanced gaming networking with Killer 1535 802.11ac Wireless LAN and Killer Networks e2400 LAN. Bluetooth 4.1 is included on all models. The built-in web camera offers high quality video chat with up to FHD 1080p resolution.

It uses copper thermal modules to maximize processor and graphics cards performance, while the heat is removed away by heat pipes and blocks. Because the CPU and GPU need much power, it’s equipped with a 8-cell Lithium-ion 92 Wh battery. It can survive up to 6.5 hours without the power adapter. The big laptop has a thickness of 1.354-inch with average weight of 8.33 lbs depending on configurations.

Dell Alienware 17 R3 Specifications

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Intel Core i7-4720HQ (quad-core, 6 MB Level 3 cache, 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz)
Intel Core i7-4870HQ (quad-core, 6 MB Level 3 cache, 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.7 GHz)

Intel HM170 Series

17.3 inches

Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) IGZO

Graphics Card
i7-4720HQ: Intel HD Graphics 4600
i7-4870HQ: Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200

Discrete-class GPU options:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics memory


System Memory
2-SODIMM slots
Supports up to 16 GB DDR3L 2133MHz

Optical Drive
Not included

2.1 speaker configuration
Built-in subwoofer
Creative Sound Core3D-EX Audio
Creative Soundblaster Pro Studio
7.1 digital audio output (with HDMI)
Klipsch Audio

Inputs & Controls
Keyboard with 4-zone, multi-color RGB backlight and 9 programmable keys
Backlit button image sensor trackpad, all-points addressable

Input/Output Ports
1 x USB Type-C (supports SuperSpeed 10 Gbps and Thunderbolt 3)
3 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0
1 x Alienware Graphics Amplifier
1 x RJ-45 LAN IPv6
1 x DC-in
1 x 1/8″ audio-out
1 x 1.8″ headphone
1 x HDMI 2.0 out

3-in-1 card reader

Killer 1535 802.11ac Wireless LAN
Killer Networks e2400 LAN
Bluetooth 4.1

FHD 2MP web camera with dual digital mics

8-cell Lithium-ion 92 Wh battery
Up to 6.5 hours of battery life
180W or 240W AC adapter

Dimensions and Weight
Width: 16.93-inch (430 mm)
Depth: 11.49-inch (291.9 mm)
Height: 1.354-inch (34.4 mm)
Weight: 8.33 lbs (3.780 kg) (average)

AlienAdrenaline with Accelerator
Alienware TactX

Security Features
Noble lock slot

Epic silver

AlienFX Lighting Zones

Dell Alienware 17 R3

Ivan Andrianto

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