Alienware 17 R2 is one of the latest gaming laptops from Dell that features a 17.3-inch screen, a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4710HQ processor, 16GB of RAM and an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M graphics card. It also comes with Windows 8.1 and once received by the buyer it’s immediately ready to play games, surf the Internet and do a plethora of other e-activities on it.
This laptop is specifically built for gaming. Gaming laptops have very high-end CPUs and graphics processors that allow gamers to play recently-released games with high texture quality and frame rate. They tend to be heavier and thicker in order to support the high-performance parts.
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Screen: 17.3 inch 16:9, 1920×1080 pixel IPS screen
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz processor (6M cache, up to 3.50 GHz)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GDDR5
Memory: 16GB DDR3L 1600(2xDIMMs)
Storage: 1TB 2.5-inch 5400 RPM HDD, 512GB M.2 SSD
Connectivity: Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1525 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Ports: 4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington lock, audio connections: audio in 3.5mm + audio out 3.5mm, Card Reader: 9-in-1, 1 port for the Alienware graphic amplifier
Battery: 96 Wh Lithium-Ion battery
Operating system: Windows 8.1
2. Removing the SSD
Remove one screw securing the SSD and take it out from the M.2 slot.
The Alienware 17 R2 comes with a Lite-On LGT-512L9G SSD, Dell P/N: 0686M7.
Lite-On LGT-512L9G SSD Specification
Random read speed up to 85,000 IOPS, random write speed up to 75,000 IOPS.
Lite-On L9G 512GB’s random read speed is 85,000 IOPS, which is 13% faster than the average 512 GB SSD.
Lite-On L9G 512GB’s random write speed is 75,000 IOPS, which is 15% faster than the average 512 GB SSD.
Sequential read speed up to 520 MB/s, sequential write speed up to 440 MB/s.
3. Removing the hard drive
Remove four screws securing the hard drive module and disconnect the SATA cable from the motherboard.
Lift it up and remove it from the laptop.
The Alienware 17 R2 features a Toshiba 1TB 5400 RPM MQ01ABD100 hard drive, Dell P/N: 01KT1K.
6. Removing the screen assembly
In order to remove the motherboard, we should remove the screen assembly.
Remove all screws securing the LCD hinges (left and right) and disconnect the LCD cable from the motherboard. You can remove the screen assembly.
7. Removing the motherboard
When the screen assembly removed, you can access the motherboard, speakers, DC jack, USB board, heat sink and cooling fan module.
Disconnect the speaker cable and USB board cable from the motherboard.
Remove all screws securing the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the motherboard from the laptop.
10. Removing the USB board
Remove two screws securing the board you can remove it.
The USB board has two USB 3.0 ports, a headset jack and a microphone jack.
Red: TPA 311D1 Class D audio amplifier
Blue: Parade 8713B USB 3.0 repeater / redrive, bidirectional
For more guides, check out the Alienware 17 R2 device page.