03 Alienware M18X R2 specs leak ahead of launch

In 11 days' time the new Alienware M18X R2 should launch, but most of the specifications of Dell's new top of the range gaming notebook have already made an appearance online. We're not sure if an 18.4-inch notebook should really be classified as a notebook, but that's really a matter of opinion, but even so, the latest Alienware looks set to pack a serious punch.

In 11 days' time the new Alienware M18X R2 should launch, but most of the specifications of Dell's new top of the range gaming notebook have already made an appearance online. We're not sure if an 18.4-inch notebook should really be classified as a notebook, but that's really a matter of opinion, but even so, the latest Alienware looks set to pack a serious punch.

The leak comes via Dell Lab, a site that tends to have very accurate information with regards to upcoming Dell products. The choice of CPUs should come as no surprise, as Dell will offer the Ailenware M18X R2 with a 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM, a 2.6GHz Core i7-3720QM, or a 2.7GHz Core i7-3820QM. No word on the Extreme Edition CPU so far, but we'd be surprised if this didn't become an option at some point in time.

On the graphics side Dell will offer a GeForce GTX 660M, GeForce GTX 675M (in SLI) or a Radeon D 7970M (in CrossFire), although no details were provided in terms of how much graphics memory will come with each option. The system will be configurable with DDR3 1600MHz memory as standard, but Dell will apparently also offer 1866MHz modules.

Storage offerings include 500 or 750GB 7,200rpm hard drives or a selection of SSD's from either Samsung or Micron/Crucial and there's even an mSATA SSD cache solution powered by Samsung SSDs on offer. An optional extra includes a WirelessHD card for streaming of video to a WirelessHD receiver. The 18.4-inch screen will be a regular LED backlit full HD affair. Pricing is anyone's guess at this point in time, but expensive springs to mind. Expect a range of new Alienware notebooks to show up on Dell's website on the 29th or there abouts.

Source: Dell Lab