New Alienware M17x  (Source: PC World)
Alienware is now the Dell gaming arm with its All Powerful M17x

Dell is one of the largest computer makers in the world and long before the computer maker jumped into bed with Alienware, Dell had its own line of gaming machines. Dell spent lots of money and effort to market is XPS gaming line that increasingly became blurred with its Studio multimedia computer line after the Alienware purchase.

In May 2008, rumors began to circulate that Dell was looking to kill off its XPS line. Dell quickly squashed those rumors pointing out that its XPS marquee was an important part of its brand despite owning Alienware. PC World reports that Dell is now finally killing off the XPS line as far as it relates to gaming and is putting Alienware forward as the Dell gaming arm.

Alienware offers more than just notebooks and desktops catering to gamers; the company also offers a line of peripherals including keyboards and headphones. The most recent Alienware notebook for gamers is one that gamers have been teased by for a while now. Several images and teasers of a new Alienware notebook have turned up online over the month correlating with an ad campaign for a notebook dubbed “All Powerful”.

The marketing campaign for All Powerful goes with the Alienware effort to roll its often expensive products out to 35 different countries compared to the nine countries that the marquee serves now. PC World got its first hands-on look at the All Powerful rig that has been taunting the dreams of gamers all month. The machine's official name is the M17x and as you can gather from the name of the machine, it sports a 17-inch screen.

The base machine checks in at an MSRP of $1,799 and includes a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M GPU stock and can be upgraded all the way to dual GTX 280M GPUs. The rig also sports an NVIDIA 9400M G1 GPU supporting Hybrid Power allowing for longer battery life when the big graphics card is not needed.

CPUs for the machine range from an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz P8600 all the way up to the Core 2 Extreme Quad. Memory for the little beast is 4GB stock upgradable to 8GB and storage starts at 250GB. Storage can be upgraded to 1TB or to a 512GB SSD supporting RAID 1/0. The optical drive is a slot loading DVD burner with a Blu-ray option. The screen can be optioned with 1920 x 1200 resolution and power comes from a 9-cell battery.

The beast is huge measuring in at 15.98 x 12.65 x 2.11-inches and weighing a hernia-inducing 11.68 pounds. Connectivity options include FireWire, USB, eSATA, ExpressCard slot, and a memory card reader. A DisplayPort out and VGA and HDMI outputs are included. The notebook also sports all sorts of lights for bling and knowing Alienware, odds are you can control the light color.

Fully loaded rigs are destined to be several times the cost of the base machine.

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