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Published on March 8th, 2011 | by Bryant Kazmerzak, Contributor

Alienware to Include Sandybridge Infrastructure in Future Systems

Yesterday, Dell released a list of computers that will be updated with brand new Intel Sandy Bridge processors.

Sandy Bridge, the second generation of the Core-i series, is based off the 32 nanometer (nm) process and are up to 17% faster than Intel’s previous Nehalem line with twice as much integrated graphics power as the Westmere line.

What does this mean for Alienware?

It means that with unlocked K-series Sandy Bridge CPUs, you can overclock to a whopping 4.9 GHz on nothing but air cooling, which up until 2010 was only achievable on other processors with expensive liquid cooling. That’s great for the desktops, but where it comes to the laptops, of which the M17X R3 will be the first of in the lineup to receive this makeover, you can expect a marked increase in performance in the near future, something which excites me to the point of giggling like a creepy schoolchild.

A few months ago, I reviewed the Alienware M11X R2, which was (and still is) the best small form factor laptop I have ever used. An 11.6″ screen might not be perfect for gaming, and it may not lend you the full cinematic experience, but it certainly gives you a lot of bang for your buck, something I, as well as hundreds of thousands of other people, can appreciate whole-heartedly.

I have yet to review the M15X or M17X (*cough-cough*), but I can’t wait to see what Sandy Bridge brings to the table here.


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