Help Me Choose: Gaming Processors

Alienware systems are designed with Intel® processors that are built for gaming, with powerhouse performance for your most extreme game play experiences.

Playing video games is all about stepping into a different world. In order to be fully immersed in another dimension the player needs images as realistic as possible with crisp details and smooth transitions.

However, to achieve such high degrees of realism your system requires high-performance components to produce desirable frame rates, higher resolution picture. Alienware systems are equipped with the even MORE powerful CPUs and GPUs available in the market.
The latest Intel® Core™ processors—

i5 and i7 processorsUnlocked - Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors offer more freedom to push the limits with enhanced full-range base clock tuning, unlocked processor ratios, memory and processor graphics*. Unlocked Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors offer up to 30% better performance than a 3-year old PC***. These processors contain:
  • Full range clock tuning
  • Unlocked processor ratios
  • Enhanced single threaded with Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0
  • Up to 40 Lanes of PCI Express 3.0
i7 Familyi7 Family - Epic Processor Performance unleashes the awesome power of Intel® Core™ i7 processors to drive incredible experiences. Powerful features like:
  • Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • DDR4 memory support
i7 processor Extreme EditionThe Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition lets you mega-quest and mega-task with ease. It’s Intel’s first 10 core, 20 thread processor for desktop PCs that offers over 2x better performance versus 4 cores!*** This processor is perfect for:
  • Hard Core Gaming
  • Mega Tasking
  • Up to 25% Faster Performance***
  • Broadcast and game in 4K Ultra HD and edit video up to 25% faster in Adobe Premiere Pro CC***
  • Support up to 4 discrete graphics cards

Alienware 13 Laptop# of Cores# of ThreadsMax Turbo or Overclocked Frequency (GHz)Intel Smart Cache (MB)Intel® Hyper-Threading TechnologyThunderbolt™VR Ready
Intel® Core™ i5-6300HQ 443.26NoYesYes
Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ 483.56YesYesYes
Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ 483.56YesYesYes
Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ 483.56YesYesYes
Alienware 15 Laptop
Intel® Core™ i5-6300HQ 443.26NoYesYes
Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ 483.56YesYesYes
Intel® Core™ i7-6820HK 48Overclocked 4.1 8YesYesYes
Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ 483.56YesYesYes
Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ 483.86YesYesYes
Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK48Overclocked 4.48YesYesYes
Alienware 17 Laptop
Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ 483.56YesYesYes
Intel® Core™ i7-6820HK 48Overclocked 4.1 8YesYesYes
Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ483.86YesYesYes
Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK48Overclocked 4.48YesYesYes
Alienware Aurora
Intel® Core™ i3-6100 243.73YesNoNo
Intel® Core™ i5-6400 443.36NoNoYes
Intel® Core™ i7-6700 484.08YesNoYes
Intel® Core™ i7-6700K 48Overclocked 4.2 8YesNoYes
Alienware Alpha
Intel® Core™ i3 6100T 243.23YesNoNo
Intel® Core™ i5 6400T 443.26NoNoNo
Intel® Core™ i7 6700T 483.68YesNoNo
Alienware Steam Machine
Intel® Core™ i3 6100T 243.23YesNoNo
Intel® Core™ i5 6400T 443.26NoNoNo
Intel® Core™ i7 6700T 483.68YesNoNo
Alienware Area - 51
Intel® Core™ i7-6800K 612Overclocked 3.9 15YesNoYes
Intel® Core™ i7-6850K 612Overclocked 4.0 15YesNoYes
Intel® Core™ i7-6900K 816Overclocked 4.1 20YesNo
Intel® Core™ i7-6950X Extreme Edition1020Overclocked 3.8 25YesNoYes

Suffixes
U - Ultralow power. All are dual-core, low power, with standard graphics.
HQ - High graphics Quad core processor
HK - High graphics unlocKed processor. Quad core, can be overclocked. This is only available in the Core i7-6820HK series.
K - UnlocKed processor. Has 4 or more cores and powerful graphics. Can be overclocked for a significant (up to ~40%) increase in performance with a much higher TDP.
T - These are low-power chips, which generally translates into lower power consumption. These power savings are usually realized by reducing the CPUs’ maximum clock speed. For example, a Core i7-6700 has a TDP of 65W, a base frequency of 3.4GHz, and a Turbo frequency of 4.0GHz. A Core i7-6700T has a TDP of 35W, a base frequency of 2.8GHz, and a max clock speed of 3.6GHz.
X - Extreme and UnlocKed. 10 Cores and internal cache up to 25MB
No suffix, normal mainstream processors