Alienware has announced the latest revision of the flagship laptop game, the 15-inch Alienware M15 R5. It launches April 20 in the US and costs $ 2229.99 to launch. The company is big with its announcements that it will host AMD’s fast Ryzen 5000 H-series processors (up to octa-core Ryzen 9 5900HX) and up to Nvidia’s RTX 3070 graphics chip. Dell says this is the first Alienware laptop since 2007 to have an AMD processor.
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The base configuration of the M15 R5 has an octa-core Ryzen 7 5800H processor and Nvidia’s RTX 3060. You can upgrade to the Ryzen 9 5900HX octa-core processor and RTX 3070. Both the RTX 3060 and 3070 have a total graphics power level of 115 W with 10 W extra boost available for up to 125 W with maximum graphics power. Interestingly, the 3060 has a higher base and boost clock (base: 1.387MHz, boost: 1.702MHz) than the alternative 3070 does (base: 1.110MHz, boost: 1.560MHz).
Either way, these are some of the highest clock speeds we’ve seen yet in a reasonably thin 2021 laptop. Alienware pushes the boost clocks almost all the way to the ceiling, and it’s great that it’s transparent about these power specifications, since Nvidia now requires manufacturers to share it.
Speaking of dimensions, the R5 is thicker and heavier than the previous R4 generation. The base configuration weighs 5.34 pounds (up to 5.93 pounds, depending on the components inside). The R4’s base configuration weighed 4.65 pounds, for comparison. R5 is 19.25 mm thick at the front (up to 22.85 mm thick near the hinge), 272.5 mm deep and 356 mm wide. Each configuration comes with an 86Wh battery, like the one supplied in the M15 R4 and R3.
In terms of screen, R5 can be configured with a number of screens with a high refresh rate. The basic FHD monitor has a response time of 3 ms with 165Hz refresh rate, and your upgrade options are either a dimmer 300-nit 1080p panel with a faster 360Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time and only 100 percent sRGB color coverage, or a lighter 400 -nit QHD screen that has a 240Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time, 100 percent DCI-P3 color spectrum, plus G-Sync, which will deliver the smoothest experience even if your frame falls down.
If you want to output to a separate monitor, the notebook’s HDMI 2.1 port means it can display up to 120 frames per second in 4K resolution if the monitor (or TV) supports it. This laptop also has a 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port and a headphone jack. There is no Thunderbolt port, but Intel technology may find its way to an Intel-based version later.
Dell says this is the first Alienware laptop to have fast 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM, and it is also user-configurable with two SO-DIMM slots. This is a step in the right direction, as the M15 R3 and R4 both had the RAM soldered on the board, which made it impossible to upgrade after you bought it. There are two M.2 slots inside, so you can also upgrade storage after purchase.
The company says the laptop’s paint is designed for “increased stain resistance and premium surface feel.” This model can be configured to include Cherry’s ultra-low profile mechanical switches. Dell announced this keyboard collaboration for the M15 R4, and it will also be available as an additional $ 150 for this new model.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly gaming laptop with a new Ryzen 5000 H-series processor, check out Dell’s $ 899 G15 which was also just announced.