That massive weight is not to be used as a paperweight. Although on paper alone the Alienware x17 is packed to the brim with power. Our unit packs an Intel i9-11980HK with an Nvidia RTX 3070 with a maximum power draw of 140W and a whopping 32GB of RAM.
So there’s plenty of power here to go around for a proper FullHD gaming experience. Latest heavy hitters like Elden Ring run at a smooth 60FPS at all times on the highest graphical settings. The game itself is not well optimized for PC right now and it’s locked at 60. We’re sure the Alienware x17 can pull through more frames if FromSoftware unlocks the frame rate cap.
Forza Horizon 5 doesn’t suffer as much. We got a respectable 80FPS on Extreme graphical settings. It might seem a bit understated for a laptop of this size but the game is very graphic intensive. The RTX 3070 almost drags through most of the latest titles but that’s not what the insides of the x17 is meant for. The FullHD display with a 360Hz refresh rate is meant for competitive gaming.
Valorant runs at 200+ FPS on Medium settings. Obviously, you can shoot the graphics down to the lowest settings and reach a good 300 FPS. CS:GO will definitely make the most of that 360Hz monitor.
Battle Royale games like Apex Legends and Call of Duty Warzone require more graphical oomph and you’ll have to stick to medium settings to get more than 150FPS on this thing without thermal throttling.
The exhaust vents on the side might heat up the keyboard area more than we liked. The air circulates from the back and top and leaves from the sides which blow air onto the mousepad area which might be uncomfortable.