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480 Hertz refresh rate: Alienware notebooks get fastest display yet

Martin Jud
Martin Jud
Zurich, on 20.07.2022

Until now, 360 hertz was the fastest a hardcore gamer could get out of his laptop display. Now Alienware is advancing with two notebooks with 480 hertz.

Faster and faster, more and more; Alienware updates two of its gaming notebooks and brings the m17 R5 and x17 R2 with a new option that packs a punch. A 17.3-inch 1080p display with 480 hertz refresh rate. The refresh rate is 33 per cent higher than previous front-runners with 360 hertz.

Alienware m17 R5
Alienware m17 R5
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Furthermore, a grey-to-grey response time of 3 milliseconds, a brightness of 300 nits and an sRGB colour space coverage of 100 per cent are offered. With the display, Alienware promises "smooth animations for easier target tracking, a reduction in ghosting that minimises distracting effects, and lower system latency that makes it easier to spot other players sooner."

Alienware x17 R2
Alienware x17 R2
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Aside from the display, the m17 R5 packs a choice of up to an AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT with 12 gigabytes of GDDR6 video memory or an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 TI with 16 gigabytes of GDDR6. The CPU is an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX or a Ryzen 7 6800H, plus up to 64 gigabytes of DDR5-4800 RAM and up to 4 terabytes of SSD storage. The x17 R2 is Alienware's thinnest 17-inch notebook. In the best configuration, it has an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti (16 GB), an Intel Core i9-12900HK and also 64 gigabytes of DDR5-4800 RAM and 4 terabytes of SSD storage. In addition to the ultra-fast Pro-Gamer display, the notebooks are also available with alternative panels with 120 hertz at 4K resolution or 165 and 360 hertz at 1080p resolution.

Both notebooks with the new display option are available to order immediately from Dell's US store. It remains to be seen when they will also be available in Europe. Interested Swiss customers will probably not get a Swiss keyboard layout, as this was not available on the predecessor notebooks either. A German and French layout, on the other hand, should not be a problem.

Dell's Alienware is not likely to keep the Hertz crown for long, as a soon-to-be-released desktop monitor with 500 Hertz was already announced at Computex. It was developed in cooperation between Nvidia and Asus - the Asus ROG Swift 500 Hz.

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