updated 11:50 am EDT, Tue July 24, 2007
Alienware SSD Drive Option
Alienware revealed today that for the first time, three of its notebook lines -- the m5550, m9700, and m9750 -- now have the option of a 64GB solid-state hard drive, giving them the quick load times, extra battery life, and absolute shockproofing of flash memory while still providing enough room for games and other core software needed by desktop replacement PCs. The 17-inch m9700 and m9750 models are also the first anywhere to ship with the option of dual flash drives in a RAID stripe that offers the same 64GB space but at an even faster, desktop-like speed. Customers can also establish the best of both worlds with a dual-drive configuration that includes a 32GB flash drive for the OS and a 200GB, 7200RPM conventional hard disk for games and other media, Alienware says.
The options are available today and vary in price depending on the individual system; choosing the 64GB RAID adds $1,100 to the base $2,099 price of the m9750, while the dual-drive option grows the price by $800. The cost of adding a single 64GB solid-state disk has yet to be announced but should fall between the prices for the other two flash options.