As part of the Dell product announcement which includes the new Dell XPS 15 9570, new Alienware 15 and 17 have been announced.

Named the Alienware 15 R4 MLK and Alienware 17 R5 MLK they both have similar configuration options.

The two laptops will feature the latest 8th generation coffee lake processors with options going up to i9-8950HK (6-Core, 12MB Cache, Overclocking up to 5.0GHz).

The 5GHz overclock is achieved using an innovative vapour chamber technology to cool the CPU within its thin profile.

With the 15 R4, you get 3 CPU options, the i5-8300HQ, i7-8750H, i9-8950HK with the i9-8950HK being the only one listed as overclocked. With the Alienware 17, you lose the i5 option.

Alienware 15 R4 MLK & 17 R5 MLK

The display options are obviously the main differences, and the 2 laptops have the following options:

Non-GSYNC PanelsNon-GSYNC Panels
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz IPS Display 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 120Hz TN Display with 5ms response time17.3 inch QHD (2560 x 1440) 120Hz TN+WVA Anti-Glare 400-nits with Tobii Eye-tracking
15.6" UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz IPS Display17.3 inch UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits with Tobii IR Eye-tracking
GSYNC PanelsGSYNC Panels
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz IPS Display NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 120Hz TN Display 5ms response time, NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled 17.3 inch QHD (2560 x 1440) 120Hz TN+WVA Anti-Glare 400-nits NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled with Tobii Eye-tracking
15.6" UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz IPS Display NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled 17.3 inch UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled with Tobii IR Eye-tracking

Alienware has incorporated and AMD Radeon RX 570 with 8GB GDDR5 option at the lower end of the configuration options, rather than starting out at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060.

With the GTX 1060, this is now marked as OC so there should be a slight boost in performance over last years version. The options go up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5 for both models.

There will now be a triple storage option going up to 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD for both models.

With the dual storage configurations, there will now be an Intel Optane choice along with a 1TB 7200RPM HDD which will presumably be cheaper than going for a large single SSD.

The memory configuration goes up to 32GB as usual, but this can now go up to 2666MHz for the 32GB option.

With Alienware laptops being such a large investment it will come as a relief that the new models have had access to the internal components simplified with new bottom door mechanism and is also constructed using aluminium for high rigidity without impacting thinness. So you should have some easy upgrade options after you purchase a laptop.

The laptops should be available this month, but no word on pricing just yet. The full specification is below.

Alienware 15 R4 MLKAlienware 17 R5 MLK  
Display DetailsDisplay Details
Non-GSYNC PanelsNon-GSYNC Panels
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz IPS Display 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 120Hz TN Display with 5ms response time17.3 inch QHD (2560 x 1440) 120Hz TN+WVA Anti-Glare 400-nits with Tobii Eye-tracking
15.6" UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz IPS Display17.3 inch UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits with Tobii IR Eye-tracking
GSYNC PanelsGSYNC Panels
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz IPS Display NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 120Hz TN Display 5ms response time, NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled 17.3 inch QHD (2560 x 1440) 120Hz TN+WVA Anti-Glare 400-nits NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled with Tobii Eye-tracking
15.6" UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz IPS Display NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled 17.3 inch UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits NVIDIA G-SYNC Enabled with Tobii IR Eye-tracking
Exterior Chassis ColorExterior Chassis Color
Epic SilverEpic Silver
BlackBlack
System DimensionsSystem Dimensions
Height: 25.4 mm. (1.00 in.)Height: 29.9 mm. (1.181 in.)
Depth: 305 mm. (12.0 in.)Depth: 332 mm. (13.1 in.)
Width: 389 mm. (15.3 in.)Width: 424 mm. (16.7 in.)
Average weight: 3.49 Kgs. (7.69 Lbs.) *Average weight: 4.42 Kgs. (9.74 Lbs.) *
Battery DetailsBattery Details
Lithium Ion (68 Wh) Battery (Standard)Lithium Ion (68 Wh) Battery (Standard)
Lithium Ion (99 Wh) BatteryLithium Ion (99 Wh) Battery
Integrated Camera DetailsIntegrated Camera Details
Alienware FHD cameraAlienware FHD camera
Alienware FHD cameram & Windows Hello for systems with Tobii Eye-tracking presence detection (Optional)
AlienFX Lighting ZonesAlienFX Lighting Zones
13 unique programmable zones with up to 20 distinct colors providing over 80 quadrillion lighting combinations (Standard)13 unique programmable zones with up to 20 distinct colors providing over 80 quadrillion lighting combinations (Standard)
KeyboardKeyboard
Alienware TactX KeyboardAlienware TactX Keyboard
4-Zone, multi-color RGB, keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls (Standard)4-Zone, multi-color RGB, keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls and numeric keypad (Standard)
5 user-programmable keys providing up to 15 distinct functions per application or game9 user-programmable keys providing up to 19 distinct functions per application or game
Touchpad DetailsTouchpad Details
Backlit button image sensor trackpad with all-points addressable (APA)Backlit button image sensor trackpad with all-points addressable (APA)
A/C AdaptersA/C Adapters
180W (Standard)180W (Standard)
240W240W
330W
Processor Options and Core LogicProcessor Options and Core Logic
Mobile Intel® CM246 ChipsetMobile Intel® CM246 Chipset
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8300HQ (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, up to 3.9GHz w/ Turbo Boost)8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H (6-Core, 9MB Cache, up to 3.9GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H (6-Core, 9MB Cache, up to 3.9GHz w/ Turbo Boost)8th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK (6-Core, 12MB Cache, Overclocking up to 5.0GHz)
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK (6-Core, 12MB Cache, Overclocking up to 5.0GHz)
Graphics * OptionsGraphics * Options
AMD Radeon™ RX 570 with 8GB GDDR5AMD Radeon™ RX 570 with 8GB GDDR5
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 OC with 6GB GDDR5NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 OC with 6GB GDDR5
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 OC with 8GB GDDR5NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 OC with 8GB GDDR5
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 OC with 8GB GDDR5X
Memory * OptionsMemory * Options
8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 2666MHz32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 2666MHz
Memory SlotsMemory Slots
2-SODIMMs2-SODIMMs
Storage * OptionsStorage * Options
SINGLE STORAGE CONFIGURATIONSSINGLE STORAGE CONFIGURATIONS
1TB (+8GB SSD) Hybrid Drive1TB (+8GB SSD) Hybrid Drive
1TB 7200RPM HDD1TB 7200RPM HDD
256GB SATA M.2 SSD256GB SATA M.2 SSD
256GB PCIe M.2 SSD256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512GB PCIe M.2 SSD512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
1TB PCIe M.2 SSD1TB PCIe M.2 SSD
DUAL STORAGE CONFIGURATIONSDUAL STORAGE CONFIGURATIONS
128GB or 180GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD128GB or 180GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD
256GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD256GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD
512GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD512GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD
1TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD1TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD
120GB Intel Optane + 1TB 7200RPM HDD120GB Intel Optane + 1TB 7200RPM HDD
TRIPLE STORAGE CONFIGURATIONSTRIPLE STORAGE CONFIGURATIONS
1TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD1TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD
Audio, Networking and WirelessAudio, Networking and Wireless
Audio DetailsAudio Details
Alienware Sound Center and Audio Recon softwareAlienware Sound Center and Audio Recon software
2.0 Speaker configuration2.1 Speaker configuration includes subwoofer
7.1 Digtial Audio out using HDMI out connection7.1 Digtial Audio out using HDMI out connection
Networking and Wi-Fi DetailsNetworking and Wi-Fi Details
Killer Networks e2500 Gigabit Ethernet NIC Killer Networks e2500 Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Killer 1435 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 (Standard)Killer 1435 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 (Standard)
Killer Wireless 1550 2x2 AC and Bluetooth 5.0 (Optional)Killer Wireless 1550 2x2 AC and Bluetooth 5.0 (Optional)
External Chassis ConnectionsExternal Chassis Connections
(1x) Power/DC-in Jack (1x) Power/DC-in Jack
(1x) RJ-45 Killer Networks e2500 Gigabit Ethernet Port(1x) RJ-45 Killer Networks e2500 Gigabit Ethernet Port
(1x) Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port(1x) Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port
(1x) Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port with PowerShare technology(1x) Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port with PowerShare technology
(1x) Type-C SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port(1x) Type-C SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port
(1x) Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (USB Type-C™ with support for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort)(1x) Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (USB Type-C™ with support for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort)
(1x) Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port(1x) Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
(1x) HDMI 2.0 Output(1x) HDMI 2.0 Output
(1x) Mini-Display Port 1.2 (certified) Output(1x) Mini-Display Port 1.2 (certified) Output
(1x) Audio Out 1/8" Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset)(1x) Audio Out 1/8" Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset)
(1x) Headphone 1/8" Port (retaskable for Microphone/Line-In analog audio input)(1x) Headphone 1/8" Port (retaskable for Microphone/Line-In analog audio input)
(1x) Noble Lock port (cable and lock sold separately)(1x) Noble Lock port (cable and lock sold separately)
SoftwareSoftware
Operating System Options (Varies by Region)Operating System Options (Varies by Region)
Windows® 10 (64-bit) (Standard)Windows® 10 (64-bit) (Standard)
Windows® 10 Pro (64-bit)Windows® 10 Pro (64-bit)
Alienware Command CenterAlienware Command Center
AlienFX™AlienFX™
AlienFusionAlienFusion
AlienAdrenaline w/ AcceleratorAlienAdrenaline w/ Accelerator
Alienware TactX™Alienware TactX™
OC ControlsOC Controls
Alienware Presence Detection SoftwareAlienware Presence Detection Software
Tobii Aware SoftwareTobii Eye Tracking Software
Windows Hello Technology
Overwolf