Alienware M11x gets Core i5, Optimus goodness

Five months on from the launch of its original Alienware M11x "ultra-mobile gaming laptop," Dell has added a new version of the system with a Core i5 processor and Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics tech. The new-and-improved M11x costs $949, about a $150 premium over the still-available Core 2-powered model.

Looking at the configuration sheet for the new M11x, we see a choice of 1.06GHz Core i5-520UM or 1.2GHz Core i7-640UM processors, 2GB to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 160-320GB of mechanical storage or 256GB of solid-state goodness, optional Bluetooth 2.1, and Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Professional x64, or Ultimate x64 operating systems.

Standard features include a 11.6" 1366x768 display, GeForce GT 335M discrete graphics with 1GB of RAM, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The discrete GPU has 72 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface, so it can probably yield decent frame rates at the native resolution, provided users aren't afraid to tweak graphics settings. And, thanks to Optimus, the GPU should only switch itself on when needed. The Core i5's (or Core i7's) integrated graphics will take over the rest of the time. (Thanks to Fudzilla for the tip.)

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