Dell has announced that it is refreshing the M14x, M17x and M18 gaming laptops with new Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon HD graphics cards and Intel's new third-generation Ivy Bridge processors.

The enhanced systems include: the M14x, the 3D-capable M17x, and the M18x.

The new M14x features optional dual drive configurations, up to 16GB of memory, a Blu-ray combo optical drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics engine with GDDR5 graphics memory.

The Alienware M17x delivers the latest Nvidia and AMD graphics card options, up to 32GB of memory, optional 17.3-inch 120Hz WideFHD WLED 3D display, and THX 3D surround sound. It is one of the first laptops to offer the AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics card and the latest GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 660M and 675M graphics solutions.

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Top of the pile is the Alienware M18x. The new model delivers up to 200w of mobile graphics power when configured with the optional Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M graphics enabling an NVIDIA SLI experience and up to 4GB of GDDR5 graphics memory. It wil feature such specs as an 18.4-inch Full HD 1080p WLED backlit LCD, up to 750GB 7200RPM SATA hard drives, and support for a triple solid state drive option – 768GB SSD (3 x 256GB SSD).

A configuration featuring dual AMD Radeon HD 7970m with CrossFire will be available in the coming weeks, says Dell.

All three laptops are compatible with Intel’s third-generation processors and Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technologies, and feature HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 for fast data transfer, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3D HD gaming capability, optional Blu-ray disc drive and exceptional surround-sound quality from Klipsch speakers.

Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x are available now on and with standard configurations starting at £999 for the M14x, £1299 for the M17x, and £1699 for the M18x.