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Alienware M17x R3 Laptop Review (Core i7 2630QM / 256GB SSD)

It doesn’t matter how good any of the synthetic suites are, the real meat of the testing has to be under absolute real world conditions. This proves difficult as to record results we have to narrow down fluctuation. Therefore while we would say these are the most useful results to get from this review, there is always going to be a slight margin for error – its not absolutely scientific.


The system takes around 16 seconds to boot up into Windows, immediately indicating the benefits of a Solid State Drive.

We are now going to test the USB 3.0 and 2.0 speed, so we used two of the fastest drives we have, the Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 128GB, which is an Toshiba based SSD product within a USB 3.0 capable enclosure.

We copied a 3.9GB MKV file to and from the Kingston HyperX USB 3.0 drives… bypassing the internal SSD drive.

USB 3.0 performance is excellent, especially reading back and forward through the bus simultaneously. USB 2.0 performance is pretty much as good as it gets.

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