It took fourteen years for AMD to return to a laptop PC signed Alienware (Dell). It’s now done, in this year 2021, with the upcoming arrival of the m15 Ryzen Edition R5. A 15-inch laptop PC which inaugurates the “2.0” version of the American manufacturer’s “Legend” design, with meticulous finishes – ultra-resistant metallic paint, new “Cryo-tech” cooling system (a sort of marketing trick to highlight progress in heat dissipation), etc.
We find so, in his heart, Ryzen 5000 mobile processors. More precisely (your choice) the Ryzen 7 5800H or Ryzen 9 5900HX, the ultimate from AMD.
Chips engraved in 7 nm, which embed a slew of cores (8 physical and 16 logical), and which are able, since the 4000 generation, to make the nick of Intel as well in the field of energy sobriety as of the power – in multicore, as in single core with turbo frequencies revised upwards (4.6 GHz).
AMD obliges, do not count on a Thunderbolt plug, the American designer having not yet integrated this technology – it’s a shame, it is partly open.
Supported by 8 GB to 32 GB of DDR4 3200 MHz, the machines, which customers will be able to configure at purchase (on the Dell site only), are focused on gaming and offer panels optimized for gaming.
The two most high-end models, both G-Sync compatible, offer a Full HD panel with 1 ms response time at 360 Hz (!) And a better-defined QHD panel (2540 x 1440p), but a little slower. – 240 Hz all the same.
Note that the super frequency of the Full HD panel limits the maximum brightness (300 cd / m²) compared to the QHD panel which displays 400 cd / m² – and promises 100% coverage of the P3 color space. Something to seduce video editors / gamers.
No AMD for the graphics part, but two 100% Nvidia choices: RTX 3060 or RTX 3070, both equipped with 8 GB of GDDR6. The RTX 3080 is not part of the options, or at least at launch, which should not be handicapping given the target definitions of the proposed panels (1080p and 1440p).
The available equipment is comfortable – plenty of sockets including a 2.5 Gbit RJ45, optional Hello IR camera, two flash hard drive slots, etc.
However, we regret a little that the webcam is confined to 720p. In a gaming world full of streamers, offering at least an optional 1080p webcam didn’t seem like the impossible. Gamers will however be entitled to a real mechanical keyboard with the integration of the new generation of MX Ultra Low-Profile actuators which we have already told you about (for an extra 100 euros).
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The Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 will launch from April 20, and will start at $ 2,300.