Alienware Unveils New Generation of Radeon™ RX 470 Laptops

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Wave goodbye to the era of trading graphics horsepower for portability! The laptop design wizards at Alienware and the pixel pioneers at AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group have teamed up to deliver a desktop-class GPU in a stunning portable package!

Marking another milestone in our valued collaboration with Alienware, they have just made an exciting announcement by unveiling their latest line of premium gaming laptops: the new Alienware 15 and new Alienware 17, both available with the future-proof1 Radeon™ RX 470 graphics card. This isn’t a mobile variant; this is the full-powered RX 470 featuring our latest Polaris GPU architecture. Expect it to unleash uncompromising, ultra-quality 1080p visuals in your favorite games.

With this new generation of laptops, Alienware is taking their existing craftsmanship, eye for beautiful design, and exceptional build quality, and layering on some useful new features to entice gamers who are searching for the ideal portable gaming solution.

First up is the new Alienware 15, a 15.6-inch laptop built with several notable new features over its predecessor. Even though its chassis is now 25% thinner, it boasts enhanced heat dissipation, larger internal fans, and still rocks the sturdiness of anodized aluminum, magnesium alloy, and steel-reinforced keys. RGB LED lighting on the keyboard? Check. A full 2.2mm of gaming-grade travel on those keys? Yes. Power-efficient DDR4 memory? Of course.

The new Alienware 15 laptop featuring Radeon RX 470 graphics

The latest Alienware 15 also includes facial recognition login with Windows Hello, multiple locations to customize the AlienFX lighting integration (there are literally 80 quadrillion combinations to create) and Tobii EyeX Lite software. If you’re looking for a laptop with high-end specs that’s still perfectly portable, look no further.

For those of you seeking a first-class portable gaming experience, the new Alienware 17 is the company’s flagship notebook crafted with the same premium materials as the Alienware 15, but with a larger screen size and a special feature we’re incredibly excited about: built-in Tobii IR Eye-tracking . This allows the Alienware 17 to usher in some innovative features alongside its Radeon™-powered graphics. For example, imagine targeting enemies in Ubisoft’s The Division™ or dashing for cover in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™ using just your eyes2. Want to wake the system from sleep? Simply gaze at it.
The new Alienware 17 featuring Radeon RX 470 graphics and Tobii eye tracking technology

Both Alienware laptops also feature up to 3TB of storage space, and both support the affordable Graphics Amplifier. The external GPU enclosure is compatible with all current-generation Alienware systems, and lets you future-proof1 your investment by adding a more powerful Radeon™ graphics solution in the future. It’s a valuable accessory for those of you already engaged in the Alienware ecosystem.

We’re thrilled that our Radeon™ RX 470 graphics cards are making their mobile debut in the new Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 laptops, and we’re confident you’ll enjoy superior performance all around. The RX 470 also offers gamers optimized performance on both DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™.

Check out the specs for the RX 470 below3:


If you want more details on the Radeon™ RX 470, don’t forget to peruse through our feature on the Radeon™ RX Series Graphics Cards, including our post detailing the Polaris architecture.

Alienware’s new laptops will be available to configure at the end of September.

This is just the beginning of our conversation about the new Radeon™-powered Alienware laptops. Stay tuned for a deep-dive with the new systems in the coming weeks.

Jason Evangelho is Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist for the Radeon Technology Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

  1. Statement of “future-proof” refers to support of current and upcoming technology standards including 14nm FinFET process technology, DirectX®12 and Vulkan™ API support, new display technology, and experiences such as VR. “Future-proof” statement is not meant to serve as a warranty or indicate that users will never have to upgrade their graphics technology again. Support of current and upcoming technology standards described above has the potential to reduce frequency of graphics upgrades for some users. RX-11.
  2. Eye tracking functionality may only be available if integrated by developer; check instructions to determine if/how such functionality can be enabled.
  3. The Radeon RX 470 outperforms the Radeon R7 370 in 1080p max settings by up to 94% in the game Project Cars, up to 107% in the game Hitman and up to 109% in the game Overwatch. Testing by AMD Performance Labs July 14, 2016 on the AMD Radeon™ RX 470 and Radeon ™ R7 370 on a test system comprising an Intel Core i7 5960X (3.0GHz) CPU, 16GB (DDR4-2666 MHz) memory and Windows 10. RX 470 driver used: 16.30-160628a-304042E. R7 370 driver used: 16.15.2211. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. The following games were run on the following settings: Project Cars 1080p (Ultra Quality, DS2X, 16xAF), Hitman 1080p (Max settings 16xAF), Overwatch 1080p (Epic presets). The RX 470 scored: 64.81 fps, 64.20 fps, and 90.16 fps respectively. The R7 370 scored: 33.271 fps, 31 fps, and 43.1 fps respectively. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Test results are not average and may vary. RX-27

60 thoughts on “Alienware Unveils New Generation of Radeon™ RX 470 Laptops

  1. With all of the Nvidia laptops out there already that feature Gsync it will be a damn shame if a laptop featuring a full RX 470 doesn’t have a FreeSync Display. I strongly feel this will make or break sales of models with the RX 470. If it doesn’t, which I bet it not seeing how it wasn’t mentioned, Alienware should strongly consider sourcing one out pretty quick. I prefer the full AMD experience, not half of it.

  2. AMD missed the boat big time when they had a great chance of sticking the R9 Nano in laptops and be ahead of the GTX 980 laptop edition. Now AMD are demonstrating their lack of pro-activeness yet again with only RX 470 instead of RX 480??! Aww come on AMD! If you are bringing in only the Polaris RX 470 at least get the R9 Nano in for the higher end. AMD seems to be clueless how many people would’ve jumped at a spec like that last year. Now it’s too late with GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 on the market unless R9 Nano based laptops are priced a good 200USD cheaper. Alienware GFX amplifier is not the answer so don’t give me that excuse, power on the go is what a laptop like this needs to offer along with the flexibility to have future upgrade-ability of GPU power through GFX amplifier. GFX Amplifier is a great addition but it cant and should not replace the ability to have built-in high end GPU at the time of laptop purchase!

  3. AMD Rx 470 should have been used in alienware 13 instead of 15 and 17. even the lowest nvidia GTX 1060 is more powerful than Rx 470. Instead AMD should have used Rx 480. most people will prefer version with GTX 1070.

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  5. Pretty sweet, though it might have a bitter aftertaste like every mobile gpu announcement if there is a lack of possibility to access mxm cards or upgrade kits.

    1. Good questions Greg, let me find out what I can about Crossfire capabilities here.
      Technically it should support XConnect as well as Alienware’s Graphics Amp. Let me get clarity on that.

        1. Regarding the VR capabilities, sorry to deflect again Papagator! What I will say is stay tuned. We have a lot more to talk about where the RX 470 Alienware systems are concerned.

    1. Hey David! I CAN give you a date: 9/30 is when they’ll be available to configure.
      In terms of price, we’ll let Alienware take charge of that announcement. Thanks!

  6. Maybe there is a God who answers prayers.
    I’ve been searching (as a comeback) AMD fan, after a few years in excile, for some products that I can buy to myself and to my job.
    High on the wishlist has been an AMD laptop (or at least one with AMD gaphics) and I can’t underscore how frustrated I have been while searching.
    The best (of medium class) laptop processors AMD have been able to make is the fx 9830p, which cannot be found in even 1 laptop today, only downscaled
    15w 9800p model AT IT’S BEST, often without a GPU or with a lousy old model.
    While the Polaris 11 would (laptop) 460 model GPU, slightly slower (5-10%) than the desktop model, would have been enough for me, a fullblown desktop rx 470 (80% faster than rx 460), in the affordable pricing, is just perfect. Finally something AMD for gaming laptops. THX for the info, thx to DELL, ALIENWARE guys, THX to AMD, and GOD for listening to my prayers!

  7. Alienware is not serving the customer’s needs trying to force the RX 470 only on the most expensive pre-builds with no option to choose more cost effective pre-builds and choose the RX 470 with it. Why isn’t AMD pushing the RX 470 and 480 with other OEMs?? MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte are all options out there for us to choose from. Alienware/DELL has been a huge disappointment with their open bias towards nvidia line up.

  8. Couldn’t find the Alienware laptops with a 470 as an option. Only NVIDIA cards…. Also will the pricing be cheaper than the GTX 1060? Thanks in advance
    Good Job on the Article.

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