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Dell and Alienware Drop Four AMD-Powered Gaming PCs

Alienware m17 R5
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If you're looking for a powerful new gaming rig that's powered by an AMD processor, Dell has some intriguing new options that are available right now. Today, the PC maker announced the launch of two Ryzen 6000-powered Alienware laptops,  a Ryzen-powered Dell G15 laptop and an Alienware Aurora desktop with the powerful Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which is now one of the best gaming CPUs you can get.

Announced at CES back in January, the Alienware m15 R7 and m17 R5 (say those five times fast) are Dell's new flagship gaming laptops in 15 and 17-inch form factors. Each comes with a choice of Ryzen 7 or 9 6000 series CPUs, up to 16GB or RAM and up to an RTX 3080 Ti GPU. 

Alienware m17 R5 and m15 R7

Alienware m15 R7

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Alienware m17 R5Alienware m15 R7
CPUUp to AMD Ryzen 9 6980HXUp to AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
GPUNvidia Geforce RTX 30-series Laptop Graphics, Up to AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT (12GB GDDR6)Nvidia RTX 30-series (up to 3080 Ti)
Display17.3 inches, 1920 x 1080, 165 Hz or 360 Hz with AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync, 3840 x 2160 120 Hz with AMD FreeSync and AMD SmartAccess Graphics15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 (165 / 360 Hz) or 2560 x 1440 (240 Hz)
RAMUp to 64GB DDR5-4800Up to 64GB DDR5-4800
StorageUp to 4TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSDUp to 4TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
NetworkingMediatek Wi-Fi 6 or Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2Mediatek Wi-Fi 6 or Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
PortsHDMI 2.1, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, Ethernet, 3.5mm audioHDMI 2.1, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio
Battery64 Whr (standard), 97 WHr56 Whr (standard), 86 Whr
Weight7.3 pounds5.93 pounds
Starting Price$1,599 $1,499

Starting at $1,599, the Alienware m17 R5 is available with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX and a choice of either Nvidia graphics (up to RTX 3080 Ti) or AMD graphics (up to Radeon RX 6580M). Its 17-inch screen is available with either 1080p or 4K resolution panels with refresh rates ranging from 120 to 360 Hz. The rather bulky gaming rig weighs as much as 7.3 pounds.

The lighter-weight (but still not light), Alienware m15 R7 starts at $1,499 and tips the scales at 5.93 pounds. It's available with up to a Ryzen 9 6900HX and up to RTX 3080 Ti graphics with no AMD GPU options. 

AMD's new Ryzen 6000 series mobile CPUs operate at up to 5-GHz (on the 6980HX model)  with as many as 8 cores and 16 threads. If you opt for the m17 R5 with Radeon graphics, you can take advantage of AMD SmartShift, which shares a maximum power allowance between the CPU and GPU for better performance.  You can also get AMD Smart Access Memory Technology which lets the CPU take better advantage of the GPU memory, and AMD Smart Access Graphics Technology which gives the graphics card more direct access to the display and promises a 15-percent increase in performance.  If you want an all-AMD option, you'll have to wait. While the models with Nvidia graphics are dropping today, the AMD Advantage version is coming "later this Spring."

The new laptops have the same design aesthetic as other recent-gen Alienware notebooks, but they are only available in the dark gray "Dark Side of the Moon" color way. Both are available with a choice of keyboards, including one with the optional Cherry MX ultra low-profile mechanical switches, which we have really enjoyed in testing prior models. You can get either with up to 4TB of storage and up to 64GB of DDR5 RAM. 

Dell G15 (5525)

If you want the latest Ryzen mobile CPU but can't afford the Alienware m15 R7, Dell's new G15 (5525) could be a better choice. Starting at $899, the affordable gaming laptop is available with up to a Ryzen 9 6900HX and RTX 3070 Ti graphics, though it has no AMD graphics option. 

The G15 (5525) has a similar look to prior G15s with a premium, but not Alien-inspired, design and a prominent rear exhaust and port section. At 5.55 pounds, it's a little lighter than the Alienware m15 R7 but it still has many of the more expensive laptop's features, including DDR5 RAM, speedy NVMe storage and a choice of 1080p or 2K, high refresh rate screens. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a mechanical keyboard option.

Dell G15 (5525)

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Dell G15 (5525)
CPUUp to AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
GPUNvidia RTX 3050, 3050 Ti, 3060 or 3070 Ti
Display15.6 inches 1920 x 1080 (120 Hz), 1920 x 1080 (165 Hz) or 2560 x 1440 (240 Hz)
RAMUp to 32GB DDR5-4800
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
NetworkingMediatek Wi-Fi 6
PortsHDMI 2.1, 3x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1x USB Type-C, Headphone, Ethernet
Battery56 Whr (standard), 86 Whr
Weight5.55 pounds
Starting Price$899

Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 

Dell's Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 has been out already, but a new configuration option, which starts at $2,949, will feature the epic Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU. When we reviewed the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, we were blown away by its 3D V-Cache, a 96MB stack of L3 cache that allows the 8-core, 16-thread chip to offer the best gaming performance on the market.

In our tests, AMD's chip beat all of its competitors, including the pricey Intel Core i9-12900KS, at both 1080p and 1440p gaming. If you're not gaming, Intel's top chips perform slightly better in single or multi-threaded tasks, however.

The Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 also has a new "Advanced CPU Liquid Cooler" that promises a 42 percent improvement over a regular liquid cooler. It also has six different AlienFX lighting zones you can control for maximum bling.

Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14

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Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R 14
CPUUp to AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D (or Ryzen 9 5950X)
GPUUp to AMD Radeon RX 6900T or Nvidia RTX 3090
RAMUp to 128GB DDR4-3600
StorageUp to 4TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Networking2.5G Ethernet, optional Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth 5.2
Ports5x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 4x USB 2 Type-A, 3x USB-C (10 Gbps), Audio jacks
Weight36.4 pounds
Starting Price$2949
Avram Piltch is Tom's Hardware's editor-in-chief. When he's not playing with the latest gadgets at work or putting on VR helmets at trade shows, you'll find him rooting his phone, taking apart his PC or coding plugins. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram developed many real-world benchmarks, including our laptop battery test.
  • sizzling
    Ambiguous title
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  • mdd1963
    sizzling said:
    Ambiguous title

    Agreed; perhaps 'intro' or 'debut' might be better. For instance, when one see's 'GM drops Camaro', one does not expect to see any good news.
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  • mdd1963
    And I'd guess that R14, for which you see a lot of 'up to xxx' references, will be much closer to $5-$6K when one specs out the 3090, the 5950X, and even 'only' 64 GB of RAM , as certainly you will pay twice as much as needed for RAM ($600 more for jumping to 128 GB, although it's hard to fathom installing that much for a gaming rig) and storage (surprisingly, there is only a $200 increase in going from 1 TB NVME to 2 TB!....)

    Yes, you can get an R14 for $2900...but it will be nothing like what is spec'd , ....short of perhaps the same case.
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  • Rdslw
    Finally, when I just need a new laptop... I thought I will be forced to take asus, as I dont want another ddr4 model...
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  • -Fran-
    Are these sporting that great "consumer friendly" DDR mod?

    If not, that's fine, but I'd love it if Tom's and everyone would put a big red label when mentioning they're using non-standard DDR modules.

    Friggen Dell... Why is everyone normalizing Apple's anti-consumer practices? It's madness.

    Regards.
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  • sycoreaper
    Rdslw said:
    Finally, when I just need a new laptop... I thought I will be forced to take asus, as I dont want another ddr4 model...

    Have fun paying a premium for DDR5 that today isn't that much faster than DDR4. Find some low CL, Dual Rank, Dual Channel RAM and call it a day.


    -Fran- said:
    Are these sporting that great "consumer friendly" DDR mod?

    If not, that's fine, but I'd love it if Tom's and everyone would put a big red label when mentioning they're using non-standard DDR modules.

    Friggen Dell... Why is everyone normalizing Apple's anti-consumer practices? It's madness.

    Regards.

    This is how it all starts.... One jack@ss company does something stupid, it becomes a trend, the trend becomes industry standard/wide.
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  • sycoreaper
    I'm perfectly happy with my Asus/ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition, not TOP of the line now or compared to these but it plays everything I throw at it without breaking a sweat.
    Reply
  • saunupe1911
    When does the new Ryzen G15 go on sale?

    Nevermind it looks Dell is rolling them out in waves
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  • Rdslw
    sycoreaper said:
    Have fun paying a premium for DDR5 that today isn't that much faster than DDR4. Find some low CL, Dual Rank, Dual Channel RAM and call it a day.

    I know, but I need 64GB ram in laptop as I have already 32GB, and I don't really have an option for more and I keep OOM my current setup.
    I tried 32GB ddr4 sodims from crucial, but the laptop refused to boot.
    I know I will pay 50% premium on those, but at least I won't have to swap while working, which will give me a worthwhile performance boost.
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  • ODuffer
    mdd1963 said:
    although it's hard to fathom installing that much for a gaming rig

    Apparently the new The Unreal Engine 5 Matrix demo is now on PC, kind of | PC Gamer doesn't run properly with 32GB of RAM. It needs 64GB!
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