Alienware X17 R1 vs. MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat

Here is a side by side comparison between Alienware X17 R1 and MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Alienware X17 R1 vs. MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat

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 2021 MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat features the 45W 10th Generation Intel Comet Lake 6-core Intel Core i7-10750H up to 8-core Intel Core i9-10980HK 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″ MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat (2021), we have a detailed tech specs comparison between both devices for you to check out here.

Alienware X17 R1 vs. MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat: Specs Comparison

Alienware X17 R1 image

Alienware X17 R1

MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat image

MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat

Key Features
What's new
  • 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.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series The 2021 MSI GE76 Raider features the latest discrete graphics from Nvidia including Nvidia GeForce RTX™ 3060, 3070, and 3080 Laptop GPU with up to 16GB GDDR6 of VRAM and Resizable Bar enabled.
  • Faster Wireless Connection It now comes with the latest and fastest Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
  • 2.5Gbps Killer Gaming LAN No more gaming lag with ultrafast Killer E3100 ethernet adapter.
What's missing
  • No lock slot
  • No Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
AvailabilityAlienware X17 R1MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat
Released20212021
Release InfoAvailable on June 1, 2021Announced on January 2021 (CES 2021)
Pricing
  • $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 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
$2,199.39
Alienware Area 51M Gaming Laptop, 17.3" 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10700K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Lunar Light (AWARR2-7323WHT-PUS)
Alienware Area 51M Gaming Laptop, 17.3" 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10700K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Lunar Light (AWARR2-7323WHT-PUS)
By Alienware
$2,571.82
Was: $2,899.99
Dell Alienware 17 R5 VR Ready 17.3" LCD Gaming Notebook - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz - 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM - 1 TB HHD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit (English) - 1920 x 10
Dell Alienware 17 R5 VR Ready 17.3" LCD Gaming Notebook - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz - 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM - 1 TB HHD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit (English) - 1920 x 10
By Dell
$1,329.00
MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat Price
MSI GE76 Dragon TIAMAT 17.3" 360Hz FHD Display, Intel Core i9-11980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX3070, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, Win10, Dragon TIAMAT (11UG-283)
MSI GE76 Dragon TIAMAT 17.3" 360Hz FHD Display, Intel Core i9-11980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX3070, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, Win10, Dragon TIAMAT (11UG-283)
By MSI
$3,249.00
MSI GE76 Raider 17.3" 360Hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX3080, 32GB, 1TB NVMe SSD, Win10 ,Titanium Blue (11UH-245)
MSI GE76 Raider 17.3" 360Hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX3080, 32GB, 1TB NVMe SSD, Win10 ,Titanium Blue (11UH-245)
By MSI
$3,099.00
MSI Creator 15 Professional Laptop: 15.6" 4K UHD Ultra-Thin Bezel Display, Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Super, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3, 100% Adobe RGB, Win10 PRO (A10SFS-287)
MSI Creator 15 Professional Laptop: 15.6" 4K UHD Ultra-Thin Bezel Display, Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Super, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3, 100% Adobe RGB, Win10 PRO (A10SFS-287)
By MSI
$1,743.63
Was: $2,199.00
DisplayAlienware X17 R1MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat
Size17.3 Inches17.3 Inches
Info
  • 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
  • 17.3" FHD 240Hz
    16:91920 x 1080240HzIPS-LevelAnti-Glare3ms response timeWVA
  • 17.3" FHD 300Hz
    16:91920 x 1080300HzIPS-LevelAnti-Glare3ms response timeWVA
  • 17.3" UHD 60Hz
    16:93840 x 216060HzIPS-Level100% AdobeRGBAnti-GlareWVA
ExteriorAlienware X17 R1MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat
Size Comparison
Dimensions
  • 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.
15.62” x 10.57” x 1.08” (397 x 268.5 x 27.5 mm)
Weight6.65 - 7.05 lbs (3.02 - 3.2 kg)6.39 lbs (2.9 kg)
Colors
Lunar light
With High Endurance Clear Coat and Silky - Smooth Finish
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • 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.
  • Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries with Silver-Lining Print
  • Silky smooth touchpad with multi-touch gesture
PortsLeft
  • 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
  • 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
    With DisplayPort support.
  • 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
  • 1 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
  • 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
  • 1 x RJ45
  • 1x SD (XC/HC) card reader
  • 1 x HDMI (4K @ 60Hz)
  • 1 x Mini-DisplayPort
  • 1 x Mic-in/Headphone-out Combo Jack
Internal SpecsAlienware X17 R1MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat
Processor
  • 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
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H
    6 cores, 12 threads, 2.60 → 5.00 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10870H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.20 → 5.00 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10875H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.30 → 5.10 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.40 → 5.30 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
Integrated Graphics
  • 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
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1150 MHz
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10870H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1200 MHz
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10875H
    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
Discrete Graphics
  • 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.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 - 8GB GDDR6
    Supports up to 1720MHz Boost Clock, 140W Maximum Graphics Power with Dynamic Boost.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 - 8GB GDDR6
    Supports up to 1740MHz Boost Clock, 155W Maximum Graphics Power with Dynamic Boost.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 - 16GB GDDR6
    Supports up to 1740MHz Boost Clock, 155W Maximum Graphics Power with Dynamic Boost.
Memory
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
Up to 64GB 3200MHz Dual-channel DDR4 SDRAM
2 x SO-DIMM slots.
Storage
  • 2 x M.2 2280 slots (Up to 2TB each)
    Supports RAID-0
2 x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3)
ConnectivityAlienware X17 R1MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat
Wi-FiRivet Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675w
Triple Band 2.4GHz/5GHz/6GHzUp to 2400 MbpsWiFi 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 
Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHzWiFi-6 (802.11ax)
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2Bluetooth 5.2
EthernetKiller E3100 2.5G Ethernet Controller
Transfer rate: 10/100/1000 Mbps
Killer Gigabit LAN E3100
Speed: 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps.
BatteryAlienware X17 R1MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat
Size87 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion battery99.9 Wh (4-cell Li-Ion battery)
Power Supply
240W330W
power adapter.
230W280W
proprietary power adapter
SoftwareAlienware X17 R1MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat
OS
Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Upgradable to Windows 11
Windows 10 Home
Built-in Apps
  • Alienware Command Center
    AlienFX lightingGame LibraryAuto-tune game profile functionalityFusionAlienware AdrenalinAlienware Mobile Connect
  • Microsoft Office 365 (30-day trial)
Dragon CenterMSI App PlayerSteelSeries Engine 3
Camera & AudioAlienware X17 R1MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat
Camera
  • Front-facing camera.
    Alienware HD (1280x720 resolution) camera.
  • Windows Hello IR support.
FHD Front-facing camera
1080p (1920 x 1080) camera.
Audio
  • 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
  • 2 x 1W Dynaudio Speaker
  • 2 x 2W Woofers
  • Duo Wave speaker design by Dynaudio system
  • Nahimic 3 / Hi-Res Audio
  • Array Microphone
MiscAlienware X17 R1MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat
SensorsWindows Hello IR Camera
Warranty1 Year Hardware Service with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis
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
$2,199.39
Alienware Area 51M Gaming Laptop, 17.3" 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10700K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Lunar Light (AWARR2-7323WHT-PUS)
Alienware Area 51M Gaming Laptop, 17.3" 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10700K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Lunar Light (AWARR2-7323WHT-PUS)
By Alienware
$2,571.82
Was: $2,899.99
Dell Alienware 17 R5 VR Ready 17.3" LCD Gaming Notebook - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz - 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM - 1 TB HHD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit (English) - 1920 x 10
Dell Alienware 17 R5 VR Ready 17.3" LCD Gaming Notebook - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz - 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM - 1 TB HHD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit (English) - 1920 x 10
By Dell
$1,329.00
MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat Price
MSI GE76 Dragon TIAMAT 17.3" 360Hz FHD Display, Intel Core i9-11980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX3070, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, Win10, Dragon TIAMAT (11UG-283)
MSI GE76 Dragon TIAMAT 17.3" 360Hz FHD Display, Intel Core i9-11980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX3070, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, Win10, Dragon TIAMAT (11UG-283)
By MSI
$3,249.00
MSI GE76 Raider 17.3" 360Hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX3080, 32GB, 1TB NVMe SSD, Win10 ,Titanium Blue (11UH-245)
MSI GE76 Raider 17.3" 360Hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX3080, 32GB, 1TB NVMe SSD, Win10 ,Titanium Blue (11UH-245)
By MSI
$3,099.00
MSI Creator 15 Professional Laptop: 15.6" 4K UHD Ultra-Thin Bezel Display, Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Super, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3, 100% Adobe RGB, Win10 PRO (A10SFS-287)
MSI Creator 15 Professional Laptop: 15.6" 4K UHD Ultra-Thin Bezel Display, Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Super, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3, 100% Adobe RGB, Win10 PRO (A10SFS-287)
By MSI
$1,743.63
Was: $2,199.00
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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MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat: Key Features

  • Up to the latest 10th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 processor
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Up to latest GeForce RTX™ 3080 Laptop GPU 16GB GDDR6
  • Mystic Light with panoramic aurora lighting design
  • 17.3" Full HD (1920x1080), 300Hz, IPS-level gaming display (Optional)
  • 99.9Whr Battery Capacity
  • New Cooler Boost 5 with bigger fans and wider heat pipes
  • Dragon Center with exclusive gaming mode 2.0
  • Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries
  • Duo Wave woofer speaker design by Dynaudio system
What is Dragon Tiamat?

According to MSI.

In ancient Babylon, Tiamat is a primordial goddess, the mother of younger gods. It's not only the symbol of primordial creation but also personified as the leader among all creatures. Tiamat, with her supreme strength and force, commanded the mythology and had been chanted through history.

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