Alienware has announced the latest revision of its flagship gaming laptop lineup, the 15-inch Alienware M15 R5. It starts shipping on April 20 in the US and costs $ 2229.99 to start. The company goes big with its announcements that it hosts AMD’s fast Ryzen 5000 H-series processors (up to the 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 basic configuration of the M15 R5 has the octa-core Ryzen 7 5800H processor and Nvidia’s RTX 3060. You can upgrade to the Ryzen 9 5900HX octa-core processor and the RTX 3070. Both the RTX 3060 and 3070 have a total graphics power level of 115W with 10W extra boost available for up to 125W maximum graphics power. Interestingly, the 3060 has a higher base and boost clock (base: 1,387MHz, boost: 1,702MHz) than the 3070 setting 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 gaming laptop. Alienware is pushing boost clocks almost all the way to the ceiling, and it’s nice that it’s transparent with these power specs, as 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, just like what comes in the M15 R4 and R3.
On screen, the R5 can be configured with a variety of monitors with high refresh rates. The base FHD monitor has a response time of 3 ms with 165Hz refresh rate, and your upgrade options are either a lighter 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 display that has a 240Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time, 100 percent DCI-P3 color scale plus G-Sync, which should deliver the smoothest experience even if your frame rate drops.
To send to a separate monitor, the notebook’s HDMI 2.1 port means it can display up to 120 frames per second. Second in 4K resolution if your 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 that Intel technology might find its way into an Intel-based version later.
Dell says that this is the first Alienware laptop to have fast 3,200 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 their RAM soldered on the board, making it impossible to upgrade after you bought it. There are two M.2 slots inside, so you can also upgrade the stock 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 have Cherry’s ultra-low profile mechanical switches. Dell announced this keyboard collaboration for the M15 R4, and it will also be available as a $ 150 addition to 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.