Alienware 17 R3

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 22%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 26%
Raft
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (36th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 64 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 relatively low single core score, this CPU can handle email, light web browsing and basic audio/video playback, but it will struggle to handle CPU intensive tasks. Finally, with a gaming score of 29.4%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is poor.
Graphics29.1% is a below average 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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 VersionWindows 8.1 is the second most recent version of Windows but it's worth upgrading to Windows 10 which has had several improvements made to the user interface including a better homescreen.
Very high background CPU (59%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC). CPU throttled at 50% by Windows. Ensure maximum processor state is set to 100% via Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings > Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings > Processor power management > Maximum processor state.
Run History
SystemAlienware 17 R3  (all builds)
MotherboardAlienware 0GH72M
Memory5.6 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
OSWindows 8.1
BIOS Date20170728
Uptime0 Days
Run DateNov 15 '17 at 00:33
Run Duration126 Seconds
Run User RUS-User
Background CPU 59%
CPU Throttled 50%

 PC Performing below expectations (36th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 2.6 GHz, turbo 1.25 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (3rd percentile)
29.4% Poor
SC Int 33.7
SC Float 37.9
SC Mixed 37.1
29% 36.2 Pts
QC Int 142
QC Float 155
QC Mixed 152
34% 150 Pts
MC Int 203
MC Float 231
MC Mixed 222
33% 219 Pts
Poor: 42%
This bench: 29.4%
Great: 75%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970M
Dell(1028 0708) 3GB
Driver: nvd3dumx.dll Ver. 10.18.13.5940
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
29.1% Poor
Lighting 76.5
Reflection 75
Parallax 90.8
25% 80.8 fps
MRender 66.4
Gravity 89.5
Splatting 66.7
32% 74.2 fps
Poor: 28%
This bench: 29.1%
Great: 43%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5" 1TB
815GB free
Firmware: JB0OA3P0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (53rd percentile)
66.2% Good
Read 118
Write 113
Mixed 118
88% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.61
4K Write 1.52
4K Mixed 0.17
72% 0.77 MB/s
Poor: 48%
This bench: 66.2%
Great: 75%
ADATA CH11 500GB
186GB free, PID a11a
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
37.9% Below average
Read 88.1
Write 86.9
Mixed 69.5
103% 81.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.53
4K Write 1.95
4K Mixed 0.27
78% 0.92 MB/s
Poor: 11%
This bench: 37.9%
Great: 38%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Hynix HMA451S6AFR8N-TF 2x4GB
2 of 2 slots used
8GB SODIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below expectations (22nd percentile)
61.5% Good
MC Read 23.1
MC Write 25
MC Mixed 21.5
66% 23.2 GB/s
SC Read 8.8
SC Write 16
SC Mixed 12.4
35% 12.4 GB/s
Latency 88.8
45% 88.8 ns
Poor: 35%
This bench: 61.5%
Great: 74%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical 17 R3 Builds (Compare 1,501 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 16%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 62%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

System: Alienware 17 R3

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