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Alienware 18 Special edition reborn again

by on28 August 2015

Core i7 4790K with two 980M cards in a notebook

We had a chat with Alienware about a few new things that are coming and the company has mentioned that they decided to bring the Alienware 18 back to the customers. It was a very popular form factor that is now refreshed and back. 

The company's representatives were telling us that there was a big demand for this graphics powerhouse and that this was the main reason why they brought it back to the market.

The machine supports Intel extreme edition, Haswell based quad core processor, up to 32GB DDR3 memory, up to four hard drives and gets a factory overclocked CPU. The CPU can be upgraded as it comes in a socket. You can put up to four hard drives that promise a lot of storage.

The highest end machine comes with two Geforce GTX 980M cards with 16GB of combined memory. This should be enough for any game today. The custom cooling brings a copper heat sink and three exhaust vents.

The highest end machine comes with Core i7 4790K Processor with up to 4.4GHz with Turbo Boost, 32GB Dual channel DDR3L, 512GB mSATA SSD Boot + 1TB 7200RPM SATA drive. Alienware calls it the most powerful notebook ever and we don’t doubt that this will offer more firepower than most of desktop computers around. The machine measures height - front: 2.23" (56.71mm), height - rear: 2.26" (57.50mm) x width: 17.972" (456.50mm) x depth: 12.909" (327.89mm)  and weight 12.064lbs (5.472kg).

Highest end Alienware 18 sells for $4,649.99. The Alienware 18 with a bit more reasonable configuration including Core i7 4710MQ processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB storage and two Geforce GTX 970 cards sells for more affordable $2499.99.

We asked why is the external graphics missing as a support, and this is a technology limitation rather than a choice. Since the notebook already has two graphics cards, you cannot add the external amplifier as system would see it as the third card. Currently you can have maximum or two cards in an Alienware 18 notebook.

If you like the smaller ones there will be an update of Alienware 13, 15 and 17 coming very soon.

Last modified on 28 August 2015
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