Sibling Rivalry: Dell XPS M1730 vs. Alienware Area-51 m9750


Dell’s XPS M1730 offers a lot of similar technologies compared to its Alienware sibling, but a few key component changes lead to a drastic performance difference in a few benchmarks. What happens when we average out all the benchmark sets?

The XPS M1730 is only 4% faster on average than the Area-51 m9750, but its overclocking capability allows it to be pushed to a 9% final lead. This sets the pace for a bang-for-the-buck race!

As configured there is only a tiny difference in price between the two machines, but the average performance difference was also small.

The Alienware Area-51 m9750 leads the XPS M1730 in value by around 1% prior to overclocking, which then gives the XPS a victory of around 6%. With value leadership so close, we’d have to pick our system based on other criteria.

Gaming is the biggest advantage for SLI-equipped notebooks, but our XPS M1730 results were mixed with a huge loss in F.E.A.R. and moderate wins in Oblivion. Application performance provides a more convincing argument for the higher-priced Dell notebook.

If portability is a primary consideration, the XPS M1730’s added weight might be a concern. The notebook itself weighs two pounds more, and the power brick is also a pound heavier than the one included with Alienware’s Area-51 m9750. Part of its extra weight goes into the 11% higher-capacity battery, but we have to wonder how much the show lighting and support circuitry added.

The XPS M1730’s superior display panel brightness and contrast levels could make it the better choice for semi-stationary use for office applications, but gamers on the go might want to base their decision on the specific games they plan to use.

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  • americanbrian
    Dell XPS's are nice, but to be fair the application performance is irrelevant. The huge cost of these are only justified by the gaming performance.

    In this the Low Res gaming, doesn't matter a toss either. Alienware probably have better build quality. Do you notice as well that only the dell got the look inside and out. Biased article. If you have a choice never buy dell.
  • Sewje
    I don't understand why you would bench compare the two machines with two different operating systems. This make the whole comparision between them very inaccurate.
    At least use the same os configuration if you want to compare benchmarks between the two.

    A very unprofessional article.