Alienware M17x

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming 3%
Tree trunk
Desktop 41%
Speed boat
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (23rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 77 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
ProcessorWith a below average single core score, this CPU can handle email, web browsing and audio/video playback but it will struggle to handle modern 3D games or workstation tasks such as video editing. Finally, with a gaming score of 45%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is below average.
Graphics6.15% is a very low 3D score (RTX 2060S = 100%). This GPU can only handle very basic 3D games but it's fine for general computing tasks.
Boot DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load times.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 12 years and 2 months old. This system should be upgraded to Windows 10 which is generally faster and has an improved set of core utilities including better versions of explorer and task manager.
Very high background CPU (86%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemAlienware M17x  (all builds)
Memory3.2 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.3 GHz
Display1920 x 1200 - 32 Bit colors,
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20110304
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 08 '21 at 14:41
Run Duration122 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU 86%

 PC Performing below expectations (23rd percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core2 Extreme Q9300-$164
Socket 479, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.55 GHz
Performing way below expectations (18th percentile)
45% Average
Memory 64
1-Core 43.8
2-Core 87.5
42% 65.1 Pts
4-Core 151
8-Core 160
21% 156 Pts
64-Core 172
12% 172 Pts
Poor: 33%
This bench: 45%
Great: 55%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M
Dell(1028 02A1) 1GB
Driver: nvd3dumx.dll Ver.
Performing above expectations (67th percentile)
6.15% Terrible
Lighting 8.4
Reflection 5.2
Parallax 3.2
7% 5.6 fps
MRender 6.9
Gravity 6.7
Splatting 3.5
5% 5.7 fps
Poor: 5%
This bench: 6.15%
Great: 9%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Toshiba MK6461GSY 640GB
219GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MC00
SusWrite @10s intervals: 25 41 48 56 57 55 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (3rd percentile)
16.7% Very poor
Read 10.8
Write 20.3
Mixed 10.3
SusWrite 46.9
16% 22.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.3
72% 0.67 MB/s
Poor: 21%
This bench: 16.7%
Great: 61%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown 2x4GB
2 of 2 slots used
8GB DIMM 15h Reserved
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
16.2% Very poor
MC Read 5.8
MC Write 5.2
MC Mixed 4.9
15% 5.3 GB/s
SC Read 3.8
SC Write 3.4
SC Mixed 3.3
10% 3.5 GB/s
Latency 117
34% 117 ns
Poor: 16%
This bench: 16.2%
Great: 68%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical M17x Builds (Compare 350 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 9%
Tree trunk
Desktop 54%
Workstation 7%
Tree trunk

System: Alienware M17x

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