Alienware laptops sporting Intel's Sandy Bridge processors were caught on film teasing 3DMark06.
Last week Engadget stumbled across images over on the Notebook Review forums revealing unreleased Alienware M17x notebooks running Intel's next-gen Sandy Bridge processors, appearing just one month ahead of Intel's official release.
According to the post, 3DMark06 showed that the 2 GHz Core i7-2630QM model using Intel's integrated HD graphics scored 15,940 whereas the model sporting a 2.2 GHz i7-2720QM with AMD Radeon HD 6900M graphics scored 20,155. Another model using a 2.3 GHz i7-2820QM chip and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460M GPU received a score of 16,957.
Outside the benchmarks, the notebook looks mighty tasty and offers the usual batch of features including 4 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, DisplyPort and VGA outputs, an 8-in-1 card reader, one eSATA/USB 2.0 combo (2-in-1) with PowerShare, an ExpressCard slot, an IEEE 1394a 4-pin port and more.
Current Alienware M17x models start at $1799 and feature hardware such as Intel's Core i7 940XM processor @ 2.13 GHz, up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 or Nvidia Geforce GTX 285M graphics, 17-inch WUXGA or WXGA+ displays, up to 512 GB of internal storage and more.
Based on the 3DMark06 scores, is Intel's integrated graphics finally catching up with AMD and Nvidia mobile GPUs?