Alienware has unveiled a new addition to its gaming laptop range, the M17. Continuing with the company’s tradition of pushing gaming performance to the limit, this 17-inch notebook is their first to use ATI CrossFireX dual graphics card technology and also incorporates the world’s first mobile Intel quad-core processors – a Core 2 Quad Q9100 or Core 2 Extreme Quad QX9300.

The two aforementioned features are optional and obviously drive the price up quite a bit, but a more basic configuration is relatively affordable (at least for Alienware’s standards) starting at $1,399. By default the M17 ships with a single ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870, 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo P8400, 2GB of DDR3 1,066MHz memory, a 160GB hard drive, and Windows Vista Home Premium.

If you're lucky enough to have some extra cash to spare, you can configure the M17 with up to 4GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage in RAID 0, an improved display and Blu-ray drive. All that performance will apparently come at the expense of style, though, as the M17 skips the recent slab-like redesign of Alienware’s laptop line and goes back to an older chassis that looks as square as a decade old laptop.