Alienware X17 R2 specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about 2022 Alienware X17 R2 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

Availability

Alienware X17 R2
Released2022
Release Date
  • Announced on January 4, 2022.
  • Available starting in Winter 2022.
PricingStarting at $2,299
Generations
Alienware X17 R2 Price
Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop - 17.3-inch FHD 480Hz 1ms Display, Intel Core i9-12900H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti 8GB GDDR6, USB-C, Killer Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11 Home - Lunar Light
Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop - 17.3-inch FHD 480Hz 1ms Display, Intel Core i9-12900H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti 8GB GDDR6, USB-C, Killer Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11 Home - Lunar Light
By Alienware
$2,199.99
Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop - 17.3-inch FHD 480Hz Display, Intel Core i9-12900HK, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti 16GB GDDR6, VR Ready, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11 Home - Lunar Light
Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop - 17.3-inch FHD 480Hz Display, Intel Core i9-12900HK, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti 16GB GDDR6, VR Ready, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11 Home - Lunar Light
By Dell
$1,939.26
$2,296.00 16% OFF
Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" 120Hz 4K | Core i9-2TB SSD Hard Drive - 32GB RAM - RTX 3080 | Cores - 12th Gen CPU - 8GB GDDR6X Win 11 Home
Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" 120Hz 4K | Core i9-2TB SSD Hard Drive - 32GB RAM - RTX 3080 | Cores - 12th Gen CPU - 8GB GDDR6X Win 11 Home
By Dell
$2,375.00
Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" 120Hz 4K | Core i7-1TB SSD Hard Drive - 64GB RAM - RTX 3060 | 14 Cores @ 4.7 GHz - 12th Gen CPU - 6GB GDDR6 Win 11 Pro
Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" 120Hz 4K | Core i7-1TB SSD Hard Drive - 64GB RAM - RTX 3060 | 14 Cores @ 4.7 GHz - 12th Gen CPU - 6GB GDDR6 Win 11 Pro
By Dell
$2,640.47
Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" QHD | Core i9-1TB SSD - 32GB RAM - 3070 Ti | 14 Cores @ 5 GHz - 12th Gen CPU - 8GB GDDR5 Win 11 Home (Renewed)
Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" QHD | Core i9-1TB SSD - 32GB RAM - 3070 Ti | 14 Cores @ 5 GHz - 12th Gen CPU - 8GB GDDR5 Win 11 Home (Renewed)
By Dell
$1,732.99

Exterior

Alienware X17 R2
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” (39 9.23 x 299.49 x 21.4 mm)
    With FHD 165Hz or UHD 120Hz diplay.
Weight6.54 ~ 6.82 lbs. (2.96 - 3.09 kg)
Colors
Lunar light
With High Endurance Clear Coat and Silky - Smooth Finish
Keyboard and TrackpadKeyboard
  • Alienware X-Series thin keyboard
    • Per-key RGB LED with AlienFX lighting
    • Anti-ghosting and N-key rollover technology.
    • 1.5mm key travel.
  • Alienware's CherryMX ultra-low-profile mechanical laptop keyboard
    • Per-key AlienFX lighting
    • 1.8mm key travel
    • Includes N-key rollover and anti-ghosting technology
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.
Chasis Information
  • Based on Alienware's Legend 2.0 industrial design language
  • Constructed with CNC aluminum and magnesium alloy parts
  • Engineered with Alienware Cryo-Tech™ Cooling technology
  • Includes Alienware's Quad-Fan Design
    Patent-pending
  • Element 31 thermal interface material
    Available with NVIDIA graphics options higher than 3060.

Display

Alienware X17 R2
Size17.3 Inches
Info
  • 17.3” FHD with 165Hz
    1920 x 1080 127 PPI ComfortView Plus NVIDIA G-Sync Advanced Optimus 3ms response time 300 nits 16:9 100% sRGB Dolby Vision Anti-glare WVA
  • 17.3” FHD with 360Hz
    1920 x 1080 127 PPI ComfortView Plus NVIDIA G-Sync Advanced Optimus 1ms response time 300 nits 16:9 100% sRGB Dolby Vision Anti-glare WVA
  • 17.3” UHD with 120Hz
    3840 x 2160 255 PPI ComfortView Plus NVIDIA G-Sync Advanced Optimus 4ms response time 500 nits 16:9 99% DCI-P3 Dolby Vision Anti-glare WVA

Ports

Alienware X17 R2
Ports
Alienware X17 R2 Ports
Image Source: Dell
Left (1)
  • 1 x power port
Right (1)
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Back (8)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), Power Delivery (5V/3A)
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Power Delivery (5V/3A)
  • 2 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x HDMI
    v2.1
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
    v1.4
  • 1 x RJ-45
    2.5 Gbps
  • 1 x microSD card slot

Internal Specs

Alienware X17 R2
Processor
  1. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700H
    14 cores, 20 threads, 2.30 → 4.70 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
  2. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900HK
    14 cores, 20 threads, 2.50 → 5.00 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Alienware X17 R21
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700H1,65892.21%
2
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900HK1,798100.00%
01,798

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

Alienware X17 R21
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700H11,77490.53%
2
12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900HK13,006100.00%
013,006
Integrated Graphics
  1. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700H
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1400 MHz
  2. 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900HK
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1450 MHz
Memory
  • 16GB 32GB
    Dual Channel DDR5 4800MHz
Memory Slots
  • 2 x DDR5 SODIMM slots.
Memory Configurations
  • Speed: 4800MHz
  • Memory Type: Dual-channel DDR5
  • Minimum Memory: 16 GB
  • Maximum Memory: 32 GB
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 - 6GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series Laptop Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series Laptop Graphics
* Up to 12-phase HyperEfficient graphics voltage regulation.
Storage
  • Storage slots: 2 x M.2 2280 PCIe slots
Single Storage Configuration
  • 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Dual Storage Configuration
  • 512GB 1TB 2TB 4TB
    RAID-0 (2 x PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD)

Connectivity

Alienware X17 R2
Wi-FiKiller Wi-Fi 6E AX1675
Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz WiFi 6E 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2
EthernetKiller E3100 2.5G Ethernet Controller
Transfer rate: 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps

Battery

Alienware X17 R2
Size87 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion battery
Power Supply
240W 330W
power adapter.

Software

Alienware X17 R2
OSWindows 11
Home Pro
Built-in AppsAlienware Command CenterDashboard navigates all features, including themes, system performance, and overclocking.
  • Five Tailored Power States
    full speed performance balanced quiet battery saver
  • Game Library to manage titles from multiple services
  • FX supports full RBG values up to 16.8 million colors
  • Power Management adjusts power plans with a game
  • Overclocking controls system performance and overclocking profiles
  • Sound Center dials in the perfect sound by managing sound profiles, audio effects, and Audio Recon
AlienFX Lighting Detail
  • Programmable with up to 16.8 million distinct colors
  • Rear stadium lighting is now engineered with 90 micro-LEDs for a bold new look

Camera & Audio

Alienware X17 R2
Camera
  • Front-facing camera.
    Alienware HD (1280x720 resolution) camera.
  • Windows Hello IR support.
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

Misc

Alienware X17 R2
SensorsWindows Hello IR Camera
SecurityWindows Hello IR camera for Facial Biometrics
Warranty1 Year Hardware Service with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis

Key Features

Alienware X17 R2
At Glance
Released in Early
2022
16:9 4K UHD
17.3”
2160p 120Hz
Weight
6.54 lb
2.97 kg
Up to
Intel Core i9-12900HK
14C/20T, 2.50 → 5.00 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,798
Single Core
Geekbench 5
13,006
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
96 Execution Units, 400 → 1450 MHz
Upgradable up to
32GB
4800 MHz DDR5
Alienware X17 R2 Ports
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 3080 Ti
16GB GDDR6

Photos

Our analysis and reviews

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What we like

Reasons to like about Alienware X17 R2.

Supports Windows 11

Alienware X17 R2 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsAlienware X17 R2
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i7-12700H → Intel Core i9-12900HK
4GB RAM16GB → 32GB
64GB Drive256GB → 4TB
2 Cores CPU14 cores
Upgradable storage

Alienware X17 R2 comes with two M.2 slots that you can easily upgrade and install an additional SSD to expand the storage on the device. Learn more

Storage SlotsAlienware X17 R2
M.2x2
Upgradable memory

The Alienware X17 R2 has two RAM slots which you can use to add or replace with a larger one if it isn't already at the maximum size that the system chipset support. Learn more

MemoryAlienware X17 R2
Slotsx2
TypeDDR5
Speed4800 MHz
Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 16GB GDDR6

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

Significantly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i9-12900HK inside Alienware X17 R2 has a 34% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i9-11980HK inside Alienware X17 R1.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Alienware X17 R2 - Intel Core i9-12900HK
13,006
Alienware X17 R2 - Intel Core i7-12700H
11,774
Alienware X17 R1 - Intel Core i9-11980HK
9,677
Alienware X17 R1 - Intel Core i7-11800H
7,908
Supports faster memory

Alienware X17 R2 supports a faster memory speed than the Alienware X17 R1. It supports up to 4800MHz versus 3466MHz of system memory on the Alienware X17 R1.

Memory type and speed
Alienware X17 R2 - DDR5
4,800 MHz
Alienware X17 R1 - DDR4 XMP
3,466 MHz

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

Supports smaller memory

Alienware X17 R2 supports a smaller memory capacity than the Alienware X17 R1. It only supports up to 32GB versus 64GB of system memory on the Alienware X17 R1.

Max system memory size
Alienware X17 R1
64 GB
Alienware X17 R2
32 GB

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