A Dell rumor site that has been pretty accurate in the past has just released some alleged specs for the expected update to the current Alienware lineup. The details are sparse, but some interesting info about the potential GPUs is available.
That Dell is planning to release a number of updates to its Alienware lineup in time for Intel’s next-gen Ivy Bridge 22nm CPU launch shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Most manufacturers will probably hop on the Ivy Bridge bandwagon early on, as not to be left behind by the competition. The new CPUs from Intel should be slightly faster and more energy efficient than their predecessors, and the new integrated graphics core will allegedly be the biggest improvement.
As usual, it still won’t be sufficiently fast for high-end gaming, though, which is why the other details are more interesting. The rumor is that the 4th revision of the Alienware M17x will be available with either an AMD Radeon HD 7970M, Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M, or GTX 675M. All of these model names are entirely new and previously unannounced, and should be from the upcoming batch of 28nm laptop GPUs.
The other rumored details are not quite as interesting; there is talk of red or black options for the M14x R2 as well as the M18x R2, and the GPU in the new M14x will be soldered to the motherboard (no changes whatsoever in other words). No release date is mentioned, but it’s not a wild guess that they will show up in April or May, when all the next-gen components are expected to be available.