Intel announced their latest desktop grade Core processors nicknamed Kaby Lake about four months ago. However it’s been a while for PCs to get support for the latest processor, but thankfully Dell announced that their latest Alienware 13, 15, and 17 gaming laptops will be updated to support the new chipset.
The updated laptops will be available from Thursday, January 5th. The 13-inch model will have either a Core i5-7300HR or a Core i7-7700HQ processor. Both of those come with 6MB of onboard cache, and achieving a 3.5GHz Turbo Boost speed for the lower-spec one and the higher-spec model reaching Turbo Boost speeds of 3.8GHz. RAM capability tops out at 32GB, and the graphics card supported is the Nvidia GeFore GTX 1060 with 6GB of RAM included.
Moving to the 15-inch model, it adds a third CPU option with the Intel i7-7820HK, which is a quad-core processor that has 8MB of cache and a max Turbo Boost speed of 4.4GHz. Also included is the option for AMD graphics, which would be either the Radeon RX 470 with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM or the higher-spec Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of RAM.
The 17-inch model has the highest spec’d components with a fill GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card with 8GB of GDDR5X RAM. It also comes with the top two CPU options on the 15-inch model and has a max RAM capacity of 32GB. Both the 15 and 17-inch models offer 4K displays, at a 3840 x 2160 resolution. There is also a higher storage capacity, at 3TB instead of 2TB in the smaller model. The one advantage that the 13-inch model has over the other ones is the inclusion of an OLED panel.
Intel’s Kaby Lake processors are the only new addition to the Alienware laptops, everything else is pretty much unchanged. According to The Verge, the difference between Kaby Lake processors and the older SkyLake processors won’t be that noticeable, but there are still energy, performance and efficiency performance with the new chipset.
Pricing information for the 13-inch model brings the base cost to now $999, while the 15 and 17-inch models are priced at $1,199 and $1,349, respectively. It is interesting to mention that the updated prices are cheaper than what Dell was asking before the update. Keep in mind, those are just the base prices, and will indeed go up as soon as you add more higher-spec options.
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