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Alienware M17x R3 (3D Vision) Gaming Laptop Review

Alienware M17x R3 vs M17x R2 and M17x R1

Over the past couple of years at Hardware Heaven we have been lucky enough to test all of the major Alienware releases, including the original M17x and its subsequent refresh. To illustrate how the new R3 compares to the older models we have taken a selection of our original results to see how each compares.

NOTE: The results used were from our original reviews and software/driver advances will have some bearing on the performance. This is not a set of identical tests, simply a point of interest for those who wonder how the system compares with the earlier models.








So there we have it, in all but one of the tests our new M17x R3 outperforms both of the older models. There are some particular points worth noting about this performance, the first being hard drive speeds. The new model is able to exceed the maximum speed of the older models thanks to the new SATA controller it uses. Combined with the right SSD it is impossible for the older versions to compete. The same can be said of USB performance where the USB 3.0 speeds of the new M17x are far in excess of anything possible on the older USB 2.0 based models. It is also very obvious that the platform as a whole, especially on the CPU front, is far better on this Sandy Bridge based system; in each of the CPU related tasks the R3 exceeds the older systems by some way.

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