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Dell Alienware 17 R4 Derek Sullivan Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Alienware 17 R4 review – Core i7-7820HK CPU, Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics, 120 Hz QHD screen


  1. Lucian

    May 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I gonna buy Alienware 15 r3 , i7 7700, ram 16gb, gtx 1060. Did they fix temperature issue? I heard someone review max temp can reach 92 degrees. Is it true?

    • Derek Sullivan

      May 25, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      I can't speak for the 15" version, but for the 17" version, it's true. Their heat sinks appear to be a mixed bag because the variability in temps people are getting is pretty bad. I suggest checking out the forums on the Alienware 15 and see if it's the same for them.

  2. Alexei

    September 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I had same freezing issues on my Alienware 17 R2 (2015)… Turned the web upside down looking for answers, had the unit checked up by tech support who found nothing wrong as the freezes would happen randomly and not during the testing. It severly undermined my affection with Alienware (long time owner of different Alienware laptops).
    Two years passed and I guess Dell did nothing to rectify the problem.
    Well… Farewell, Dell…

  3. Josh G

    January 31, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    The intermittent stuttering is likely because the system is using an overclocked vbios Dell provided. Downgrading this is the only sure way I've seen anyone correct the stuttering.


    February 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    To test the thermal part of this model. I had the same laptop as the editor except for the 32GB RAM.

    I put it under a 120 hours full SETI@Home run so that certainly can tell whether it holds up or not.

    Through the test, the max CPU is at 63C and Max GPU stays at 67C but my room is cooler at 21C most of the time unless the short period when the furnace runs then it is at 27C for a bit.

  5. David O'Sullivan

    March 10, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    What I dont understand with this model is why the Dell 7720 workstation can have the Quadro P5000 chip in it that has the same performance as the 1080 but yet it can be thinner, have a smaller footprint and weigh a massive 1kg less- its like 3.4 kg rather than 4.4 kg.

    I really really really wish Dell would make their workstations have optional 1000 cards rather than the insanely overpriced quadro ones, since in every benchmark I have seen, the quadro cards are a total waste of money.

    I just want the 7720 cassis, with these components in (for a similar price to this machine- rather than the INSANE price of the workstations). Why wont Dell do that!!??!!

    • Derek Sullivan

      March 11, 2018 at 12:49 am

      Not a very cost effective solution but you could always replace the GPU. I'm almost positive the GPUs are removable in that one.

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