Alienware’s M15 R5 is its first AMD-based gaming laptop in over a decade
Alienware has introduced the newest revision to its flagship gaming laptop lineup, the 15-inch Alienware M15 R5. It’ll begin delivery on April twentieth in the US, costing $1,793.98 to start out. The corporate is going large with its messaging that it’ll host AMD’s quick Ryzen 5000 H-series processors (as much as the octa-core Ryzen 9 5900HX) and as much as Nvidia’s RTX 3070 graphics chip. Dell says this is the first Alienware laptop since 2007 to characteristic an AMD processor.
In case you haven’t seen, AMD’s processors have been on a tear in the previous yr, delivering nice efficiency with out compromising on effectivity whenever you aren’t gaming. This is simply the newest firm to hitch alongside the likes of Asus, Lenovo, and even Dell with its G5 15 SE, to call a few. AMD-touting laptops are already amongst a number of the greatest gaming laptops you should buy. But Alienware is probably essentially the most well-known gaming model to go AMD but.
The bottom configuration of the M15 R5 has the octa-core Ryzen 7 5800H processor and Nvidia’s RTX 3060. You’ll be able to improve to the Ryzen 9 5900HX octa-core processor and the RTX 3070. Each the RTX 3060 and 3070 have a whole graphics energy degree of 115W with 10W of additional enhance accessible for as much as 125W of most graphics energy. Apparently, the 3060 has a greater base and enhance clock (base: 1,387MHz, enhance: 1,702MHz) than the 3070 possibility does (base: 1,110MHz, enhance: 1,560MHz).
Both manner, these are a number of the highest clock speeds we’ve seen but in a moderately skinny 2021 gaming laptop. Alienware is pushing the enhance clocks almost all the way in which to the ceiling, and it’s nice that it’s clear about these energy specs, since Nvidia now requires that producers share it.
Talking of dimensions, the R5 is thicker and heavier than the earlier R4 era. The bottom configuration weighs 5.34 kilos (as much as 5.93 kilos, relying on the elements inside). The R4’s base configuration weighed 4.65 kilos, for comparability. The R5 is 19.25mm thick at its entrance (as much as 22.85mm thick close to the hinge), 272.5mm deep, and 356mm vast. Every configuration will ship with an 86Wh battery, like what shipped in the M15 R4 and R3.
Display screen-wise, the R5 may be configured with a vary of high-refresh-rate shows. The bottom FHD display screen has a 3ms response time display screen with a 165Hz refresh charge, and your choices for upgrading are both a dimmer 300-nit 1080p panel with a sooner 360Hz refresh charge, 1ms response time, and solely one hundred pc sRGB shade protection, or a brighter 400-nit QHD display screen that has a 240Hz refresh charge, 1ms response time, one hundred pc DCI-P3 shade gamut, plus G-Sync, which ought to ship the smoothest expertise even when your framerate dips.
If you wish to output to a separate show, the laptop’s HDMI 2.1 port means it could actually show as much as 120 frames per second at 4K decision in case your monitor (or TV) helps it. This laptop additionally options an 2.5Gbps Ethernet port, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, one USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, one USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, and a headphone jack. There’s no Thunderbolt port, however that Intel know-how would possibly discover its manner into an Intel-based model in a while.
Dell says this is the first Alienware laptop to characteristic quick 3,200MHz DDR4 RAM, and it’s additionally user-configurable with two SO-DIMM slots. This is a transfer in the correct path, because the M15 R3 and R4 each had their RAM soldered onto the board, making it unattainable to improve after you purchased it. There are two M.2 slots inside so you possibly can improve storage post-purchase, too.
The corporate says the laptop’s paint has been engineered for “elevated stain-resistance and premium floor really feel.” This mannequin may be configured to characteristic Cherry’s Extremely-Low Profile mechanical switches. Dell introduced this keyboard collaboration for the M15 R4, and it’ll be accessible as a $150 add-on for this new mannequin, too.
In the event you’re on the lookout for a extra budget-friendly gaming laptop with a new Ryzen 5000 H-series processor, try Dell’s $899 G15 that was additionally simply introduced.
Correction: Following the announcement, Alienware modified the beginning worth of the M15 R5 to $1,793.98, down from $2,229.99. A spokesperson confirmed that there’s no distinction in phrases of specs with the beginning mannequin, the worth was merely diminished.
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