General Notes on the Dell Alienware 17 R5:
Base unit came with GTX1060 6gb, M.2 Sandisk 2280 128Gb, 1Tb 2.5″ Hard drive…
Quick comparison to an older unit, no dual HDD option, no DVD/Burner drive, less USB drive slots, no SD card slot, but lots of newer VR friendly options, faster CPU and faster/more current GPU
Benchmark results, see this link,
M.2 upgrade device that worked for me – in Slot 2:
WD Black M.2 2280 500Gb PCIe nvme [$129]
Note – Sandisk V-Nand will NOT work for Slot 2
Slot 3 is M.2 2240
More to come, pics, and videos
Dell Emc Windows 10 recovery usb image download link
Using the software Superposition Benchmark – click here to download.
For CineBench – click here to download the free benchmark software’
Compared with my custom main workstation PC, using a dual card 8Gb GTX1080 and 4Gb GTX970
With same workstation, just with the GTX1080 8Gb card
From above, it seems my main PC as l have researched is limited a bit when a 4Gb GTX970 is in it.
Also note the processor is much older, compared to that in my new laptop below.
Below is the Alienware 17 R5 Results