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. While the 2020 Alienware Area-51m R2 features the 65W 10th Generation Intel Comet Lake 8-core Intel Core i7-10700 up to 10-core Intel Core i9-10900K with the boost speed up to 5.30 GHz.
If you want to know more what's the difference between the 17.3″ Alienware X17 R1 (2021) and the 17.3″ Alienware Area-51m R2 (2020), we have a detailed tech specs comparison between both devices for you to check out here.
Alienware X17 R1 vs. Alienware Area-51m R2: Specs Comparison
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.
World's most powerful and overclockable gaming laptop with NVIDIA or AMD graphics. Featuring up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9K processors.
Up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 10900K (10-Core, 3.7GHz to 5.3GHz w/Thermal Velocity Boost)
Up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6
Up to 64GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2933MHz
Up to 4TB RAID 0 (2x 2TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSDs)
Up to 17.3" UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz 25ms 500-nits 100% Adobe RGB color gamut + Tobii Eyetracking technology
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
Alienware Area-51m R2: Key Features
AlienFX Lighting Zones
Programmable with up to 16.8 million distinct colors
Alienware Command Center
AlienFX Lighting Technology
Game Library with auto-tune game profile functionality
Fusion (Includes support for Overclock, Thermal, Power, Audio, and Audio Recon profiles)
Exterior Chassis Materials
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 with optional Copper alloy thermal components
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