Full RX 470 In Laptops? Alienware 15 and 17 Announced

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Sep 2, 2016
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A month ago we outlined the launch of the Radeon RX 470 and the Radeon RX 460 following a call with AMD. In that release we outlined the fact that we would be seeing fully fledged RX 460s being put into laptops and not relying on a cut down variant with the same name. But this shocker from Alienware has really stepped up their game. I’ll be lying if I said this didn’t take me by complete surprise and left me rubbing my eyes. Alienware pretty much said ‘meh’, we want Polaris 10, not its little brother. And Radeon delivered.

 

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Enter the RX 470 for laptops. This isn’t the RX 470m where it’s like the R9 m290x that’s nothing like the R9 290x, but just like their competitor AMD has managed to get their desktop GPU to fully function in a gaming laptop.

 

 

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Coming in at two sizes we’re looking the Alienware 15 and 17, both packing the RX 470 graphics card and featuring a host of upgrades over their previous model. They’ve slimmed down the chassis and beefed up the cooling. RGB LEDs? Check. Tobii Eye-Tracking? Check….wait a minute? Yes, but only on the 17” model. Alienware seems to be really showing some love to Radeon this time around, but then again it’s been a while since they’ve been able to put out a premium gaming laptop featuring Radeon graphics.

 

 

A lot of the other specifications remain to be seen until the configurator goes live, but we do know that both feature up to 3TB of storage space and full compatibility with the Graphics Amplifier external GPU case. This is a useful feature for some who wouldn’t mind adding in a beefier card when at home but still having a very capable graphics card on the go.

 

 

 

 

 

It certainly looks like Radeon is ready to compete in areas that it hasn’t in quite some time.  Pricing isn’t available at the time of this post but Alienware should have these ready to be configured by September 30th this year.

Souce: Radeon.com

 

AMD Polaris GCN 4.0 GPU Lineup:

Graphics Card NameAMD Radeon RX 480AMD Radeon RX 470AMD Radeon RX 470DAMD Radeon RX 460 1024 SPsAMD Radeon RX 460
Graphics CorePolaris 10Polaris 10Polaris 10Polaris 11Polaris 11
Process Node14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET
Die Size232mm2232mm2232mm2123mm2123mm2
Transistors5.7 Billion5.7 Billion5.7 Billion3.0 Billion3.0 Billion
Stream Processors2304 SPs2048 SPs1792 SPs1024 SPs896 SPs
Clock Frequency1266 MHz1206 MHz1206 MHz1200 MHz1200 MHz
Compute Performance5.8 TFLOPs4.9 TFLOPs4.3 TFLOPs2.56 TFLOPs2.2 TFLOPs
VRAM4/8 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR52/4 GB GDDR5
Bus Interface256-bit256-bit256-bit128-bit128-bit
Memory Speed8 GHz6.6 GHz6.6 GHz7 GHz7 GHz
Memory Bandwidth256 GB/s211 GB/s211 GB/s112 GB/s112 GB/s
TDP150W120W110W75W75W
Launch Date29th June4th August20th OctoberTBD8th August
Launch Price$199 US (4 GB)
$239 US (8 GB)
$179 US (4 GB)$149 US (4 GB)TBD$99 US (2 GB)
$119 US (4 GB)
New Price$199 US (4 GB)
$239 US (8 GB)
$169 US (4 GB)$149 US (4 GB)TBD$99 US (4 GB)
$89 US (2 GB)
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