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The Alienware 17 has one of the bigger discrete graphics adapter memory capacities (8 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age. The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of gaming laptops that were launched more than two years ago is 2GB, the biggest is 8GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 3.3GB.
Quite Big Screen Size
Laptops that have been on the market for more than two years have screen sizes of between 13" and 19", and the average screen size is 17". The Alienware 17 has one of the bigger screen sizes (17.3 inches) amongst gaming laptops of this age.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
The Alienware 17 has a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other laptops that are a similar age to the 17 which do not have a full-size keyboard.
Has a Front Camera
The Alienware 17 has a front camera, as do most of the other gaming laptops that have been available for more than two years.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Alienware 17 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most portable PCs of this age and spec. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.
A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all gaming laptops that came out more than two years ago.
The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of laptop is 133MHz.
4x SO-DIMM Memory Slot
The biggest memory slots of the Alienware 17 is 4x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of the most frequently found memory slot of 2x SO-DIMM.
A 4x SO-DIMM memory slot is in fact the best memory slots amongst all notebook PCs of this age and spec.
Amongst comparable types of notebook PC the worst memory slots is 2x SO-DIMM.
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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
The Alienware 17 has one of the bigger discrete graphics adapter memory (8,192 megabytes) amongst gaming laptops of this age. The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of laptops of this spec and age is 2GB and the biggest is 8.2GB.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This laptop has an 802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type.
1.4 HDMI Version
This laptop has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on notebook PCs of this age and type.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This laptop has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently found discrete graphics memory type on similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.
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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
At only 1,150 megahertz, the Alienware 17 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the 17 is 1,200MHz.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
The Alienware 17 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to the 17 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.
Only 80 Solid-State Drive Capacity
The Alienware 17 is an 80 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity portable PC.
Very Small Internal Memory
Comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 17 have internal memory of between 4GB and 32GB. With an internal memory of only 8 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has one of the smaller internal memory amongst notebook PCs of this age.
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Very Slow Hard Drive Speed
The slowest hard drive speed of comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the 17 is 5,400 RPM, the fastest is 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 6,600 RPM. With a hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the Alienware 17 has one of the slower hard drive speeds amongst laptops of this age.
Only One Mini DisplayPort
The Alienware 17 is a one mini DisplayPort laptop.
Only One Installed SSD
Most notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the 17 have between one and three installed SSDs, including the Alienware 17 which has one installed SSD.
With a weight of 4.2 kilograms, the Alienware 17 is one of the heavier laptops of this type and age amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. The lightest gaming laptop that was launched around the same time as the 17 is 1.6kg heavy, the heaviest is 5.5kg, and the average weight is 3.3kg.
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Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when Alienware released the 17.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it.
Average Processor Clock Speed
The Alienware 17 has a fairly typical processor clock speed (2.5 gigahertz) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.
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Intel Core I7 Processor Family
This portable PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.
Average Total Storage Capacity
The Alienware 17 has a pretty standard total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.
HDD Storage Medium
This laptop has an HDD+SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on notebook PCs of this spec and age. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.
Colour of Product
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-4xxx
System Bus Rate
Processor Boost Frequency
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configurations
1x16, 1x1, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
Processor Cache Type
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
2 x 4
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Total Storage Capacity
HDD, HDD+SSD, SSD, SSD
Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
1920 x 1080
Full HD, HD
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4600
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
11, 11.2, 11.2/12
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Installed
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive Type
Number of Built-In Speakers
Dolby Home Theater v4
Front Camera Resolution
1920 x 1080
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
S/PDIF Out Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Operating System Installed
Windows 8, Windows 8.1
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