Alienware Reveals External “Graphics Amplifier” For Alienware 13 Notebook – Desktop-Class GPU Power

Posted by at 12:16 pm on October 28, 2014

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Back in August, Alienware revealed its Alienware 13 gaming notebook. Back then, it was already looking like a very nice notebook, but now it seems that Alienware had something more up its sleeve, something that certainly puts its ultra-compact unit into the “look at me” zone, and not in a bad way.

The Alienware 13 gaming notebook can be configured with either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 Haswell dual-core CPU, along with an Nvidia GTX 860M GPU. Storage options range from various SSDs to hybrid drives to larger mechanical hard drives, depending on your needs.

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Additionally, there are three options for display types. You’ll be able to opt for either a 1366 x 768 IPS panel, a Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS panel, or a very sharp QHD 2560 x 1440 IPS panel.

The laptop comes with eight different AlienFX LED lighting zones, each of which can be configured for one of 20 different colors.

The Alienware 13 weighs about 4.5 pounds and is only one inch thick. It may not be the thinnest notebook in its class, but we haven’t gotten to the best part yet.

Today, Alienware also revealed its Graphics Amplifier, which is essentially an external PCI-Express interface that you can plug into the Alienware 13, equipping it with a desktop-class GPU such as the GTX 980 or AMD Radeon R9 290X. It can power GPUs with TDPs of up to 375 W, and it comes with four USB 3.0 ports for additional connectivity, meaning you can also use it as a docking station.

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Pricing for the Alienware 13 starts at $999, and you can add a Graphics Amplifier to your purchase for prices starting at $299.

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