Alienware M17 R4 vs. Alienware X17 R1

Here is a side by side comparison between Alienware M17 R4 and Alienware X17 R1 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Alienware M17 R4 vs. Alienware X17 R1

The 2021 Alienware M17 R4 features the 45W 10th Generation Intel Comet Lake 8-core Intel Core i7-10870H up to 8-core Intel Core i9-10980HK with the boost speed up to 5.30 GHz. While the 2021 Alienware X17 R1 features the 45W 11th Generation Intel Tiger Lake 8-core Intel Core i7-11800H up to 8-core Intel Core i9-11980HK with the boost speed up to 5.00 GHz.

If you want to know more what's the difference between the 17.3″ Alienware M17 R4 (2021) and the 17.3″ Alienware X17 R1 (2021), we have a detailed tech specs comparison between both devices for you to check out here.

Alienware M17 R4 vs. Alienware X17 R1: Specs Comparison

Alienware M17 R4 image

Alienware M17 R4

Alienware X17 R1 image

Alienware X17 R1

Key Features
What's new
GeForce RTX™ 30-series graphics
It now comes with the second generation of RTX technology that available in NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 and 3080 with 8GB of GDDR6.
Faster Memory
It's now equipped with a faster DDR4 memory to bump the speed up from 2666 MHz to 2933 MHz
New 360Hz Display
New to the M-series, the M17 R4 can now be configured with a 360Hz display panel offering smooth high-speed motion graphics and an sRGB 100% color gamut rating for a rich color range. Also includes NVIDIA® G-SYNC® technology for even smoother gameplay.
Native [email protected] Support
The M17 R4 has the latest native HDMI 2.1b port to support 4K at 120Hz display output.
  • Alienware Element 31 thermal interface material - made of a Gallium-Silicone matrix that delivers a 25% improvement in thermal resistance over the previous generation.
  • Alienware’s Quad Fan Design - produces dedicated airflow using evacuative fans and dual opposite outlet fans. Moving this much air and managing heat enables this level of performance with this thin design.
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors - features the latest 11th Generation of Intel H-Series processors up to 8-Core Intel Core i9-11980HK up to 5.0 GHz.
  • GeForce RTX™ 30-series graphics - it now comes with the second generation of RTX technology that available in NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060, 3070, and up to RTX 3080 with 16GB of GDDR6.
  • Nvidia G-Sync & Advanced Optimus Technology - Available on FHD 360Hz display. While the ComfortView Plus, hardware-based low blue light technology available on all x17 configurations.
What's missingSame 10th Gen Intel processors as its predecessor.
  • No lock slot
  • No Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
AvailabilityAlienware M17 R4Alienware X17 R1
Released20212021
Release Info
  • Announced on January 12, 2021 (CES 2021)
  • Available on January 26, 2021
Available on June 1, 2021
PricingStarting at $2,149.99
  • $2,099.99
    i7-11800H16GB256GBRTX 3060 6GBFHD 165Hz
  • $2,479.99
    i7-11800H16GB512GBRTX 3070 8GBFHD 165Hz
  • $3,229.99
    i7-11800H32GB512GBRTX 3080 16GBUHD 120Hz
  • $3,629.99
    i9-11980HK32GB XMP512GBRTX 3080 16GBUHD 120Hz
Alienware M17 R4 Price
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$2,255.56
Dell Alienware M17 R4 (Latest Model) Intel Core I7-10870H(8-CORE) 512GB PCIe SSD 16GB RAM FHD (1920x1080) 144Hz NVidia RTX 3060 6GB Win 10 Home (Renewed)
Dell Alienware M17 R4 (Latest Model) Intel Core I7-10870H(8-CORE) 512GB PCIe SSD 16GB RAM FHD (1920x1080) 144Hz NVidia RTX 3060 6GB Win 10 Home (Renewed)
By Dell
$1,899.99
Dell Alienware M17 R4 17.3" (Latest Model) Intel Core I7-10870H(8-CORE) 1.5TB PCIe SSD 32GB RAM FHD (1920x1080) 144HZ NVidia RTX 3080 16GB Win 10 Home (Renewed)
Dell Alienware M17 R4 17.3" (Latest Model) Intel Core I7-10870H(8-CORE) 1.5TB PCIe SSD 32GB RAM FHD (1920x1080) 144HZ NVidia RTX 3080 16GB Win 10 Home (Renewed)
By Dell
$3,079.99
Alienware X17 Price
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$2,255.56
Alienware Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse AW610M: 16000 DPI Optical Sensor - 350 Hour Rechargeable Battery Life - 7 Buttons - 3-ZONE Alienfx RGB Lighting
Alienware Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse AW610M: 16000 DPI Optical Sensor - 350 Hour Rechargeable Battery Life - 7 Buttons - 3-ZONE Alienfx RGB Lighting
By Alienware
$76.54
Was: $85.00
Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor - AW2721D (Latest Model) - 240Hz, 27-inch QHD, Fast IPS Monitor with VESA DisplayHDR 600, NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate Certification and IPS Nano Color Technology, White, XW3CK
Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor - AW2721D (Latest Model) - 240Hz, 27-inch QHD, Fast IPS Monitor with VESA DisplayHDR 600, NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate Certification and IPS Nano Color Technology, White, XW3CK
By Alienware
$769.99
Was: $824.99
DisplayAlienware M17 R4Alienware X17 R1
Size17.3 Inches17.3 Inches
Info
  • 17.3” FHD with 144Hz 
    1920 x 1080127 PPI7ms response time300 nits16:972% NTSCNVIDIA G-SYNC Technology600:1 contrast ratioAnti-glareWVA
  • 17.3” FHD with 360Hz
    1920 x 1080127 PPItms response time300 nits16:9100% sRGB color gamutNVIDIA G-SYNC Technology700:1Anti-glareWVA
  • 17.3” UHD with 60Hz
    3840 x 2160255 PPI25ms response time500 nits16:9100% Adobe RGB1200:1 contrast ratio12W maxTobii Eyetracking technologyWVA
  • 17.3” FHD with 165Hz
    1920 x 1080127 PPIComfortView Plus3ms response time300 nits16:9100% sRGB1000:1Anti-glareWVA7.2 W
  • 17.3” FHD with 360Hz
    1920 x 1080127 PPIComfortView PlusNVIDIA G-SyncAdvanced Optimus1ms response time300 nits16:9100% sRGB800:1Anti-glareWVA8.4 W
  • 17.3” UHD with 120Hz
    3840 x 2160255 PPIComfortView Plus4ms response time500 nits16:9100% Adobe RGB1200:1Anti-glareWVA12.2 W
ExteriorAlienware M17 R4Alienware X17 R1
Size Comparison
Dimensions15.74” x 11.585” x 0.6618 - 0.87 - 0.8154” (399.8 mm x 294.26 mm x 16.9 - 22 - 20.71 mm)
  • 15.718” x 11.791” x 0.823” (399.23 x 299.49 x 20.9 mm)
    With FHD 360Hz diplay.
  • 15.718” x 11.791” x 0.843” (399.23 x 299.49 x 21.4 mm)
    With FHD 165Hz or UHD 120Hz diplay.
WeightStarting at 5.51 lbs (2.50 kg) up to 6.55 lbs (2.97 kg)6.65 - 7.05 lbs (3.02 - 3.2 kg)
Colors
  • Dark Side of the Moon with High Endurance Clear Coat
  • Lunar Light with High Endurance Clear Coat
Lunar light
With High Endurance Clear Coat and Silky - Smooth Finish
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard
    • Alienware mSeries 4-Zone AlienFX RGB keyboard.
    • Alienware mSeries keyboard with per-key RGB LED.
  • AlienFX lighting
  • Includes anti-ghosting and N-key rollover technology
  • 1.7mm key travel
  • 0.2mm-dish concave key design
  • 4.13 x 2.36 in (105 mm x 80 mm) precision touchpad with multi-touch gesture support.
  • Keyboard
    • Alienware X-Series thin keyboard
    • Per-key RGB LED with AlienFX lighting
    • Anti-ghosting and N-key rollover technology.
    • 1.5mm key travel.
  • Touchpad
    • Multi-touch gesture Premium Precision glass touchpad with integrated scrolling.
    • 4.13 x 2.36 in (105 mm x 80 mm) precision touchpad with multi-touch gesture support.
    • Supports AlienFX touchpad.
Ports
  • 1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 Port
    Supports USB Type-C™ with support for USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort 1.2.
  • 2 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port
  • 1 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 port with PowerShare technology
  • 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port
  • 1 x Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
  • 1 x HDMI 2.1
    Supports up to [email protected] display out.
  • 1 x Mini-Display Port 1.4 (certified) Output Port
  • 1 x Audio Out 1/8" Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset)
  • 1 x Wedge-shaped lock slot (cable and lock sold separately)
  • 1 x microSD 5.1, UHD-II HD312 Card Reader
  • 1 x Power/DC-in Port
Left
  • 1 x Headset port
Right
  • 1 x Power/DC-in Port
Back
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    Supports USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4, and PD output 15W (5V/3A).
  • 1 x USB-C
    Supports USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4, and PD output 15W (5V/3A).
  • 2 x USB-A
    Supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 with PowerShare
  • 1 x HDMI 2.1
    Supports up to [email protected] display out.
  • 1 x MicroSD Card Slot
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1 x 2.5G Ethernet Port
Internal SpecsAlienware M17 R4Alienware X17 R1
Processor
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10870H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.20 → 5.00 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.40 → 5.30 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.30 → 4.60 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11980HK
    8 cores, 16 threads, 3.30 → 5.00 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 65W
Integrated Graphics
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10870H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1200 MHz
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1250 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11980HK
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3000 series
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060
    6GB GDDR6TGP: 115WDynamic Boost: 15WMax Power: 130WSpeed: 1387 → 1702 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070
    8GB GDDR6TGP: 125WDynamic Boost: 15WMax Power: 140WSpeed: 1215 → 1620 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080
    16GB GDDR6TGP: 150WDynamic Boost: 15WMax Power: 165WSpeed: 1350 → 1710 MHz
* All configurations include 12-phase HyperEfficient graphics voltage regulation.
Memory
8 GB16 GB32 GB
2933 MHz Dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
8 GB16 GB32 GB64GB
3200MHz or 3466MHz Dual-channel DDR4 SDRAM.
2 x SO-DIMM slots.
  • Max 32GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 Memory
  • Max 64GB of 3466 MHz XMP DDR4 Memory
StorageAvailable Slots
  • One M.2 2230 slot (Up to 512GB)
  • Two M.2 2230/2280 slots (Up to 2TB each)
Single Drive
  • 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 2 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
RAID-0
  • 512GB (2x256 PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
  • 1TB (2x 512 PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
  • 2TB (2x 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
  • 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
RAID-0 Plus
  • 1TB (2x 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
  • 2TB (2x 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
  • 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
  • 2 x M.2 2280 slots (Up to 2TB each)
    Supports RAID-0
ConnectivityAlienware M17 R4Alienware X17 R1
Wi-Fi
  • Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i
    Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz up to 2400 Mbps, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675w
Triple Band 2.4GHz/5GHz/6GHzUp to 2400 MbpsWiFi 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth
  • Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i › Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth 5.2
Ethernet
  • Killer™ Ethernet E3100X PCI-e Gigabit ethernet controller
    Transfer rate: 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps
Killer E3100 2.5G Ethernet Controller
Transfer rate: 10/100/1000 Mbps
BatteryAlienware M17 R4Alienware X17 R1
Size86 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion with Alienware Battery Defender87 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion battery
Power Supply
  • 240W power adapter
  • 330W power adapter
240W330W
power adapter.
SoftwareAlienware M17 R4Alienware X17 R1
OS
Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Upgradable to Windows 11
Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Upgradable to Windows 11
Built-in Apps
  • Alienware Command Center
    Supports AlienFX lighting, Game Library with auto-tune game profile functionality.
  • Alienware Adrenalin
  • Alienware Mobile Connect
  • Microsoft Office 365 (30-day trial)
  • Alienware Command Center
    AlienFX lightingGame LibraryAuto-tune game profile functionalityFusionAlienware AdrenalinAlienware Mobile Connect
  • Microsoft Office 365 (30-day trial)
Camera & AudioAlienware M17 R4Alienware X17 R1
CameraFront-facing camera
Alienware FHD (1920x1080 resolution) camera.
  • Front-facing camera.
    Alienware HD (1280x720 resolution) camera.
  • Windows Hello IR support.
Audio
  • Controller: Realtek ALC3281-CG
    • 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection
    • Alienware Sound Center via Alienware Command Center
  • Speakers:
    • 2-Way (Woofer/Tweeter) Stereo Speaker Design
    • Includes Discrete Smart Amp Woofer technology
  • Microphone:
    • Digital-array microphones in the camera assembly
  • Controller: Realtek ALC3281
    • 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection
    • Alienware Sound Center via Alienware Command Center
  • Speakers:
    • 2 x 4W speakers
  • Microphone:
    • Dual-array microphones
MiscAlienware M17 R4Alienware X17 R1
Sensors
  • Tobii Eyetracking technology (optional)
Windows Hello IR Camera
Security
  • Wedge-shaped lock slot
  • Trusted Protection Module
Warranty1 Year Hardware Service with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis
MoreCHASIS
  • Based on Alienware's Legend industrial design language
  • Engineered with Alienware's Advanced Cryo-Tech Cooling technology
  • Engineered with HyperEfficient Voltage Regulation
  • Constructed with a Magnesium Alloy exterior shell and copper alloy thermal components
Alienware M17 R4 Price
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$2,255.56
Dell Alienware M17 R4 (Latest Model) Intel Core I7-10870H(8-CORE) 512GB PCIe SSD 16GB RAM FHD (1920x1080) 144Hz NVidia RTX 3060 6GB Win 10 Home (Renewed)
Dell Alienware M17 R4 (Latest Model) Intel Core I7-10870H(8-CORE) 512GB PCIe SSD 16GB RAM FHD (1920x1080) 144Hz NVidia RTX 3060 6GB Win 10 Home (Renewed)
By Dell
$1,899.99
Dell Alienware M17 R4 17.3" (Latest Model) Intel Core I7-10870H(8-CORE) 1.5TB PCIe SSD 32GB RAM FHD (1920x1080) 144HZ NVidia RTX 3080 16GB Win 10 Home (Renewed)
Dell Alienware M17 R4 17.3" (Latest Model) Intel Core I7-10870H(8-CORE) 1.5TB PCIe SSD 32GB RAM FHD (1920x1080) 144HZ NVidia RTX 3080 16GB Win 10 Home (Renewed)
By Dell
$3,079.99
Alienware X17 Price
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$2,255.56
Alienware Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse AW610M: 16000 DPI Optical Sensor - 350 Hour Rechargeable Battery Life - 7 Buttons - 3-ZONE Alienfx RGB Lighting
Alienware Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse AW610M: 16000 DPI Optical Sensor - 350 Hour Rechargeable Battery Life - 7 Buttons - 3-ZONE Alienfx RGB Lighting
By Alienware
$76.54
Was: $85.00
Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor - AW2721D (Latest Model) - 240Hz, 27-inch QHD, Fast IPS Monitor with VESA DisplayHDR 600, NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate Certification and IPS Nano Color Technology, White, XW3CK
Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor - AW2721D (Latest Model) - 240Hz, 27-inch QHD, Fast IPS Monitor with VESA DisplayHDR 600, NVIDIA G-SYNC Ultimate Certification and IPS Nano Color Technology, White, XW3CK
By Alienware
$769.99
Was: $824.99
Alienware M17 R4 image

Alienware M17 R4: Key Features

Alienware CryoTech™
  • 66 CPU fan blades
  • 66 GPU fan blades
  • 64mm CPU fan blade diameter
  • 64mm GPU fan blade diameter • 4x copper-alloy heat pipes
  • 4x copper-alloy heat pipes
  • 286.6g of copper-alloy material
  • CPU Vapor Chamber cooling technology
Hyper-Efficient Voltage Regulation

All configurations are designed with the following specification

  • 6-phase CPU voltage regulation
  • 12-phase GPU voltage regulation
Alienware X17 R1 image

Alienware X17 R1: Key Features

The Alienware x17 is the thinnest 17” Alienware notebook, ever. It is also among the first generation of X-series laptops and while they command an innovation-first prerogative, they are PC gaming masterpieces. Their evolved Legend industrial design makes them beautiful on the outside and the exclusive Alienware Cryo-tech™️ cooling technology is what makes the performance at this thinness a possibility. Any gamer looking for a high-performance gaming laptop that prioritizes design, a large screen, and wants reassurance of its thermal management needs to look no further. Behold the Alienware x17.

Alienware X17: Intro Video

Alienware X17: First Look

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