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Alienware 15 R3 Notebook Review

Florian Glaser (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 02/15/2017

The aliens are back. We did not have the chance to review the first edition of the Alienware 15 R3 (Skylake + Pascal), but we can finally have a look at the promising gaming notebook with the Kaby Lake update. How does the 15-inch system hold up against the competition?

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Alienware's parent company Dell offers a configurator for the Alienware 15 R3, but you cannot combine every hardware component. The German shop currently lists four base models based on Kaby Lake priced between 1649 and 2459 Euros (~$1748 and ~$2607), but you can easily increase the prices with upgrades.

There are some basic components for every model. The processor is a powerful Intel quad-core, either with (i7-7700HQ) or without Hyper-Threading (i5-7300HQ). The amount of DDR4-RAM is from 8 up to 32 GB (2400 or 2666 MHz), whereas the storage solution consists of a conventional HDD or a combination of SSD and hard drive. Dell uses a Full HD panel, which is, depending on the refresh rate (60 or 120 Hz), based on the IPS or TN technology. Both models support G-Sync.

Dell also includes a high-end GPU from Nvidia's Pascal generation. While the GeForce GTX 1060 is equipped with 6 GB GDDR5-VRAM, the GeForce GTX 1070 comes with 8 GB GDDR5. The current high-end model GeForce GTX 1080 is reserved for the 17-inch sibling Alienware 17 R4, which can also be equipped with an AMD GPU (R9 470).

But back to the 15-inch model. Wireless communications are handled by the Killer chips 1435 or 1535, and the latter is a free upgrade (as of February 2017). The same applies for the switch from the German to the English keyboard layout. You will have to pay more for an upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro. The other options are limited to the warranty and the software (Office, security).

Our test model represents the high-end configuration for 2459 Euros (~$2607).

Alienware 15 R3 (15 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1443 MHz, Memory: 4000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 378.49
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2 x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2666, Dual Channel, 2/2 slots in use, up to 32 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, HPJGK_B156HTN (AUO51ED), TN, Full HD, 120 Hz, G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel CM238
Storage
,  GB 
, SK hynix PC300 HFS256GD9MND, 256 GB NVMe-SSD + HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1 TB HDD @ 7200 rpm. Slots: 2 x m.2 Type 2280 & 1 x 2.5-inch
Soundcard
Realtek ALC298 @ High Definition Audio-Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, Sensors: Eye Tracking, Noble Lock, Graphics Amplifier
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10MBit), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 389 x 305 ( = 0.98 x 15.31 x 12.01 in)
Battery
99 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD+
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0 , Keyboard: 4 zones + Makro area, Keyboard Light: yes, 240-Watt PSU, Quick-start guide, service brochures, McAfee Security Trial, MS Office 2016 Trial, Killer Performance Suite, Tobii Eye Tracking, several manufacturer tools, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3.548 kg ( = 125.15 oz / 7.82 pounds), Power Supply: 810 g ( = 28.57 oz / 1.79 pounds)
Price
2459 Euro

 

Case

We start with the best news: The latest revision of the new gaming system also features the familiar Alienware quality. This is particularly true for the chassis, which is partly made of anodized aluminum as well as a magnesium alloy. Thanks to metal inlays on the lid and the notebook bottom, the 15-inch system features excellent stability that surpasses most competitors. One drawback is the weight: Around 3.5 kilograms is a lot, even for a high-end notebook. The previous Alienware 15 R2 (3.1 kg) is lighter, just like the GTX 1070 rivals MSI GT62VR 6RE and Schenker XMG P507 (2.9 kg). The Asus GL502VS even tips the scale at just 2.6 kg.

Another problem is the depth of the chassis. While the competition is about 27 centimeters, we can measure more than 30 centimeters on the Alienware 15 R3, which reminds us of a 17-inch system. The protruding fan area for better cooling (the hinge is shifted by about 3.5 centimeters) does not look that good.

Otherwise, we would call the design convenient. Despite the fact that some elements are pretty playful and clearly indicate a gaming notebook, the overall appearance looks very noble and sophisticated. One of the most important trademarks, the comprehensive illumination, is obviously available as well. The illuminated side areas (see pictures) might look like a "poser gimmick" at first, but there are actually some advantages in the dark (better visibility of the ports and the mouse). Speaking of a mouse: Alienware not only illuminates the keyboard but also the touchpad to make inputs easier.

Whether you like the rubberized palm rests is a matter of taste. The surface is convenient to touch but quickly attracts dirt. At just 2.5 centimeters, the Alienware 15 R3 is surprisingly slim. The hinges are another nice surprise, because they keep the display well in position and leave a firm impression (it is possible to open the lid with one hand). The maximum opening angle is almost unrivaled at ~180 degrees.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Ports

Although two USB 3.0 Type-A ports are pretty meager for a gaming system, the port selection generally meets the retail price. You can attach numerous peripherals in combination with the USB 3.0 Type-C port (left) and the Thunderbolt 3 port (rear), which also supports USB 3.1 and DisplayPort. The situation is similar for external monitors, where you can choose between the mini-DisplayPort and the HDMI 2.0 output. Both the RJ45 jack and the power connector are located at the rear as well. The Noble lock (counterpart to Kensington lock) and the two audio ports (3.5 mm jack for headset and microphone) are located on the left.

We think the connector for the proprietary Alienware Graphics Amplifier is the biggest highlight. It is an optional box that accommodates a desktop GPU. However, the box will probably become more interesting in a couple of years due to the enormous performance of the GeForce GTX 1070. That the manufacturer does not implement an optical drive is understandable in times of Steam and the like, especially since a DVD or Blu-ray burner would require a lot of space and probably affect the stability of the chassis. However, we cannot understand why there is no card reader.

Left side: Noble lock, USB 3.0 Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, microphone, headphones
Left side: Noble lock, USB 3.0 Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A, microphone, headphones
Rear: RJ45-LAN, Mini-DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt 3, Graphics Amplifier, power
Rear: RJ45-LAN, Mini-DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt 3, Graphics Amplifier, power
Right side: USB 3.0 Type-A
Right side: USB 3.0 Type-A

Communication

Dell uses products from Rivet Networks for communication. The Gigabit Ethernet Chip Killer E2500 and the wireless module Killer 1435 (WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, up to 867 Mbps) are supposed to be optimized for gamers, which is supported by the powerful Killer software (several controls and settings). Our standardized WLAN test with a distance of one meter to the router determines good transfer rates for the Alienware 15 R3. Average results of 560 Mbps (send) and 681 Mbps (receive), respectively, slightly beat the Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265 of the Schenker XMG P507 (513 and 674 Mbps, respectively).

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alienware 15 R3
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
681 MBit/s ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
674 MBit/s ∼99% -1%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alienware 15 R3
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
560 MBit/s ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
513 MBit/s ∼92% -8%

Accessories

The scope of delivery is limited to a quick-start guide and the necessary power supply. The 240-Watt power adapter is surprisingly slim (2.5 cm), just like the laptop itself, but it has a pretty big footprint in return (20 x 10 cm). SKUs with the GTX 1060 are probably shipped with a more compact PSU.

Maintenance

Many core gamers do not want to just use every option in the graphics menu; they also like to have full control over the upgrade and cleaning options inside the case. The Alienware 15 R3 performs better in this respect than the previous model. While you could only access the RAM, hard drives, and the wireless module via maintenance hatch on the Alienware 15 R2, you can now – with certain limitations – also access the fans and the cooling system.

It is once again necessary to disassemble the chassis further to access all internals and the battery. The maintenance hatch itself is easy to remove since it is "only" secured by seven screws (and you also have to pry the hatch). The Alienware 15 R3 has a total of two DDR4-RAM slots, one 2.5-inch slot, two M.2 slots (2280) with NVMe/PCIe support and one smaller M.2 slot, which can also be equipped with an SSD according to the label. Processor and graphics card are not replaceable – which is pretty common nowadays.

Warranty

A 12-month base warranty (Premium support with on-site service) is pretty sparse. An upgrade to two, three, or four years costs between 375 and 1124 Euros (~$397 and ~$1192), which is quite a lot in our opinion. The optional coverage for accidents is much more affordable.

Software

The software installation is quite comprehensive. Besides trial versions for Microsoft's Office 2016 and McAfee's LiveSafe as well as the previously mentioned Killer Performance Suite, you will also find several tools from Alienware.

The central software hub is the Command Center, which is divided into four sub-menus. It starts with AlienFX, which helps with customizing the different lighting zones. The next items are AlienFusion (power-saving plans) and AlienTactX (configuration of the macro keys). The whole package is rounded off by AlienAdrenaline, which checks the status of the Graphics Amplifier. A manual fan control or an overclocking menu for the CPU and GPU are not available. Other notebook manufacturers (like MSI, Asus & Clevo, for example) usually offer more in this respect.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Except for the missing numeric keypad, although there is sufficient space, Dell does not make any mistakes in terms of the keyboard. The matte-black, closely arranged and slightly rubberized keys (no chiclet design) provide the familiar Alienware typing experience. It is pretty soft but is still precise and accurate; pressure point and stroke do not cause any criticism. Only some of the wider keys (especially Backspace) provide a slightly strange feedback. We cannot criticize Dell for the size, either. Letters and numbers are sized at 18 x 18 millimeters, and even the shifted directional keys are decently sized. You can see the German layout on the pictures below.

We are not particularly happy with the position of the keyboard. It is located very far to the top, which results in huge palm rests, but the main keys have an unusual central position due to the macro area on the left (5 keys with 3 levels) and the lack of a numeric keypad. We had problems with some typos in the beginning, so you will need a learning period. There are hardly any limitations in terms of illumination. Four zones, dozens of colors, profiles, and modes: Tuning fans will be very happy.

Touchpad

The touchpad surface, which is fully illuminated, is not all that large at 10 x 5.7 centimeters. We would have liked a couple of millimeters more, especially in height. There is certainly enough room. Otherwise, the mouse replacement works well. The gliding capabilities are decent thanks to the smooth finish and the precision is convincing as well. Multi-touch gestures (2-4 fingers) are controlled via Dell's own touchpad software. We usually had no problems with zooming and scrolling.

We also like the fact that Alienware does not implement a ClickPad; a conventional touchpad with dedicated mouse buttons is installed instead. They have a pretty soft and quiet pressure point, similar to the keyboard, but they are still reliable. Dell also considered symmetry: The touchpad is at the center of the palm rests. The perceptible indentation, which reminds us of the Acer Predator 15, is a bit too deep for our liking.

Display

Displays with 60 Hz have been the standard for many years, but now we are seeing more and more panels with higher refresh rates. Alienware also uses the modern technology and equips some of its 15-inch models with a fast 120 Hz display. Its biggest advantage is the fast response time. While many notebooks need more than 20 ms for black-to-black switch and more than 30 ms for gray-to-gray, the AW 15 R3 manages a fast 12 and 25 ms, respectively. These results could also be from the Schenker XMG P507, which is equipped with almost the exact same 120 Hz panel (AUO52ED vs. AUO51ED).

392
cd/m²
393
cd/m²
395
cd/m²
377
cd/m²
386
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
369
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 395 cd/m² Average: 382.2 cd/m² Minimum: 18 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 386 cd/m²
Contrast: 990:1 (Black: 0.39 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.2 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 11.28 | - Ø
90% sRGB (Argyll) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.23
Alienware 15 R3
HPJGK_B156HTN (AUO51ED), 1920x1080
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Samsung 4NDDJ_156HL (SDC4C48), 1920x1080
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6 (LGD046F), 1920x1080
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD046F), 1920x1080
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
AUO B156HTN05.2 (AUO52ED), 1920x1080
Response Times
-114%
-72%
-60%
2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
25
48.8
-95%
38
-52%
34
-36%
24
4%
Response Time Black / White *
12
28
-133%
23
-92%
22
-83%
12
-0%
PWM Frequency
200
Screen
-1%
11%
16%
-8%
Brightness
382
179
-53%
290
-24%
278
-27%
365
-4%
Brightness Distribution
93
83
-11%
85
-9%
88
-5%
85
-9%
Black Level *
0.39
0.19
51%
0.32
18%
0.27
31%
0.5
-28%
Contrast
990
947
-4%
984
-1%
1011
2%
714
-28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.2
6.74
34%
4.88
52%
3.67
64%
9.93
3%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.28
6.44
43%
4.17
63%
2.73
76%
10.32
9%
Gamma
2.23 108%
2.29 105%
2.53 95%
2.49 96%
2.11 114%
CCT
11383 57%
6465 101%
6683 97%
7029 92%
10096 64%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
38
-36%
55
-7%
55
-7%
58
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
90
60
-33%
83
-8%
84
-7%
89
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-58% / -24%
-31% / -6%
-22% / 1%
-3% / -6%

* ... smaller is better

The 15-inch notebook manages a good luminance. 382 nits on average ensures a comfortable experience outdoors, and the brightness distribution (93%) is also great. Subjectively, we could not notice any clouding. The black value is not excellent at 0.39 cd/m², but the contrast is still 990:1 – a good result.

There is criticism for the mediocre color accuracy. A DeltaE-2000 deviation of more than 10 (Grayscale & ColorChecker) does not ensure an accurate picture. However, we managed to reduce the values to less than 3 by calibration, so we recommend tuning the device (our icc-file is linked in the box above). The Alienware 15 R3 is average in terms of color gamut; 90% sRGB and 59% AdobeRGB are typical for a laptop display.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
Alienware 15 R3 vs. sRGB (90%)
Alienware 15 R3 vs. sRGB (90%)
Alienware 15 R3 vs. AdobeRGB (59%)
Alienware 15 R3 vs. AdobeRGB (59%)

The viewing-angle stability is between an inexpensive TN panel and a decent IPS screen. As long as you are the only user in front of the laptop, the provided viewing angles are still acceptable. This panel is not even close to OLED screens though. We have more information about the technology behind OLED panels in our dedicated article or the review of the Alienware 13 R3, which will be published soon.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Note: It is not possible to use the processor GPU (HD Graphics 630) due to G-Sync. The corresponding iGFX switch (Fn + F7) therefore does not work. Many Clevo barebones provide a better solution, because you can just switch between G-Sync and Optimus via software/BIOS. A small consolation is the additional camera for eye-tracking.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
12 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4 ms rise
↘ 8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (27.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 13 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (44.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 60 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 959 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 30860) Hz was measured.

Performance

Our test model is equipped with pretty future-proof components. A quad-core processor from Intel and a high-end GPU with 8 GB VRAM should provide sufficient performance for the next couple of years. 16 GB DDR4-RAM and a total of 1.25 TB storage capacity are not bad, either.

Processor

Even though the Core i5-7300HQ is a very good and powerful notebook CPU, we recommend the Core i7-7700HQ for passionate gamers. Thanks to the Hyper-Threading technology, the Kaby Lake model can execute eight instead of four threads simultaneously, and some games already benefit from it. The i7-7700HQ is also a bit faster at 2.8-3.8 instead of 2.5-3.5 GHz.

Single-core rendering (mains)
Single-core rendering (mains)
Multi-core rendering (mains)
Multi-core rendering (mains)
CPU & GPU load (mains)
CPU & GPU load (mains)
Single-core rendering (battery)
Single-core rendering (battery)
Multi-core rendering (battery)
Multi-core rendering (battery)
CPU & GPU load (battery)
CPU & GPU load (battery)

The Alienware 15 R3 can utilize the CPU Turbo very well. The 14 nm chip will –depending on the number of active cores – run at 3.4-3.8 GHz as long as the power adapter is attached and the CPU is not artificially stressed. The clock on battery power will heavily depend on the GPU load. Stress for the CPU results in 3.2-3.8 GHz, and 2.7 GHz on average in 3D applications. The latter behavior is typical for a notebook.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.82 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.16 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
160 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
737 Points
Help

Our benchmark scores do not reveal any surprises. The Alienware 15 R3 is on par with other 7700HQ laptops like the Schenker XMG P507 in Cinebench R15 as well as R11.5. Older systems with the Skylake model Core i7-6700HQ are about 10% slower on average, but you will not notice any differences in practice.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼100% +1%
Alienware 15 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼99%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
147 Points ∼91% -8%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
146 Points ∼91% -9%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
143 Points ∼89% -11%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
742 Points ∼100% +1%
Alienware 15 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
737 Points ∼99%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
677 Points ∼91% -8%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼91% -8%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
673 Points ∼91% -9%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼100% 0%
Alienware 15 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼100%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.67 Points ∼92% -8%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.61 Points ∼88% -12%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.56 Points ∼86% -14%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼100% 0%
Alienware 15 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼100%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.43 Points ∼91% -9%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.41 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.3 Points ∼89% -11%

System Performance

The 15-inch system manages very good scores in the system tests thanks to the balanced hardware configuration. Both PCMark 7 and PCMark 8 see the Alienware 15 R3 at the top of the comparison. The system is conveniently responsive and also boots up very quickly. You can also feel the advantage over laptops with conventional HDDs when you copy/transfer files or install applications.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5299 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
5180 Points ∼98% -2%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
5011 Points ∼95% -5%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
5011 Points ∼95% -5%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4924 Points ∼93% -7%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
4966 Points ∼100%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4651 Points ∼94% -6%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4541 Points ∼91% -9%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
4320 Points ∼87% -13%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3822 Points ∼77% -23%
PCMark 7 - Score
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6886 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
6390 Points ∼93% -7%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
5926 Points ∼86% -14%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
5846 Points ∼85% -15%
PCMark 7 Score
6886 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4966 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7678 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5299 points
Help

Storage Devices

We are still a bit disappointed by the performance of the SSD. Dell equips the top model with a 256 GB drive with the designation SK Hynix PC300, which is attached via PCIe/NVMe, but it cannot utilize the full performance potential. While 1123 MB/s sequential read (CrystalDiskMark) deserves respect, 429 MB/s (sequential write) falls short of our expectations. This value reminds us of a SATA-III drive, which is limited at ~500 MB/s.

CrystalDiskMark SSD
CrystalDiskMark SSD
HD Tune HDD
HD Tune HDD
CrystalDiskMark HDD
CrystalDiskMark HDD

Many other PCIe/NVMe products (like the Samsung 960 Evo in the XMG P507) also manage more than 1000 MB/s for write operations. In short: Dell should use a faster SSD considering the price (similar performance figures for small files or not). There is no criticism for the secondary storage solution. The HGST Travelstar 7K1000 is fast enough and an extremely popular 1 TB HDD (7200 rpm).

Alienware 15 R3
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-7%
-44%
-23%
104%
Write 4k
122.9
143.7
17%
75.74
-38%
98.84
-20%
177.5
44%
Read 4k
37.8
42.62
13%
21.44
-43%
21.86
-42%
59.11
56%
Write 512
428.1
304.8
-29%
287.8
-33%
471.2
10%
1216
184%
Read 512
833.2
651.8
-22%
294.8
-65%
444.7
-47%
872.6
5%
Write Seq
429.2
306
-29%
312.4
-27%
485.5
13%
1635
281%
Read Seq
1123
1213
8%
485.4
-57%
523
-53%
1718
53%
Sequential Read: 1123 MB/s
Sequential Write: 429.2 MB/s
512K Read: 833.2 MB/s
512K Write: 428.1 MB/s
4K Read: 37.8 MB/s
4K Write: 122.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 541.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 429.8 MB/s

GPU Performance

You can choose between the two GPUs GeForce GTX 1060 and GeForce GTX 1070. The less powerful Pascal model is sufficient when you only want to play on a Full HD screen. Enthusiasts, however, who always want to use all the details, picture optimizations and maybe 3K or 4K resolutions, should get the GTX 1070. The DirectX 12 chip is equipped with 2048 shaders and even surpasses its desktop counterpart (1920 shaders) in this respect.

That the notebook model is still slightly slower is a result of the lower clocks or the worse Turbo utilization, respectively. Nvidia "only" advertises a Turbo range of 1443-1645 MHz, but the chip can reach up to 1900 MHz (GPU-Z Render test). The average clock of the GeForce GTX 1070 under load is ~1600 MHz in the Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark (~1100 MHz on battery). The clock was ~100 MHz higher in Battlefield 1.

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Alienware 15 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17675 Points ∼100%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17066 Points ∼97% -3%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16873 Points ∼95% -5%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16525 Points ∼93% -7%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
9293 Points ∼53% -47%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Alienware 15 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
22810 Points ∼100%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
22195 Points ∼97% -3%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
22022 Points ∼97% -3%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
21922 Points ∼96% -4%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
11509 Points ∼50% -50%
Unigine Heaven 4.0 - Extreme Preset DX11
Alienware 15 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
109.6 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
109.1 fps ∼100% 0%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
104.3 fps ∼95% -5%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
58.1 fps ∼53% -47%

As per usual, we only noticed a drop below the base frequency (throttling) in the stress test with the tools FurMark and Prime95. The memory clock of the 8 GB GDDR5-VRAM (256-bit interface) is 4000 MHz in 3D applications.

That Nvidia's Pascal architecture is a big success is confirmed in the synthetic benchmarks. The new model is almost twice as fast as the GTX 980M of the Alienware 15 R2. We cannot see big differences compared to other GTX 1070 systems, but the Alienware 15 R3 can secure the top spot in 3DMark 13, 3DMark 11 and the Unigine Heaven 4.0 Benchmark. The small advantage could also be a result of the driver; our test model was equipped with the brand-new ForceWare 378.49.

3DMark 11 Performance
16435 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
135715 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
26672 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
13728 points
Help

Gaming Performance

Our gaming check with six titles from 2016 and 2017 is not a big challenge for the GeForce GTX 1070. Even maximum details are conveniently smooth in the native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. This includes first-person shooters (Battlefield 1Titanfall 2Call of Duty Infinite Warfare), open-world titles (Watch Dogs 2) or horror games (Resident Evil 7). Even the rather poorly optimized stealth adventure Dishonored 2 runs at more than 60 FPS in the Ultra preset. Only 3K and 4K resolutions can be a bit too demanding, and the GeForce GTX 1080 might be worth a look in this case.

Titanfall 2
1920x1080 Very High (Insane Texture Quality) / Enabled AA:TS AF:16x
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
121 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
111 fps ∼92% -8%
1920x1080 High / Enabled AA:TS AF:8x
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
132 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
123 fps ∼93% -7%
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:T2X SM
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
114 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
112 fps ∼98% -2%
1920x1080 High / On AA:FX
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
121 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
114 fps ∼94% -6%
Dishonored 2
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:TX
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
73.3 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
62.1 fps ∼85% -15%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:TX
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
85.4 fps ∼100% 0%
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
85 fps ∼100%
Watch Dogs 2
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
62.9 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
55.1 fps ∼88% -12%
1920x1080 High Preset
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
83.2 fps ∼100%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
75.3 fps ∼91% -9%
Resident Evil 7
1920x1080 Very High / On AA:FXAA+T
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
130 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 High / On AA:FXAA+T
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
156 fps ∼100%
Battlefield 1
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
109 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
121 fps ∼100%
low med. high ultra
Battlefield 1 (2016) 121109fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 132121fps
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016) 121114fps
Dishonored 2 (2016) 8573.3fps
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) 83.262.9fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 156130fps
Discussion

Emissions

System Noise

The noise development of our test model is a problem. It does not matter if you run 3DMark06, Battlefield 1 or a maximum load scenario with Prime95 and FurMark: The Alienware 15 R3 always produces ~50 dB(A), which is very audible and also annoying for many users without a headset.

We suspected the fan control at first (too aggressive behavior), but the temperature measurements showed different temperatures for the CPU cores. A difference of almost 20 °C suggests a problem with the cooler position (no visual signs) or a poor job with the thermal paste. We can rule out a software bug that causes bad load scenarios, because all cores are utilized similarly in the task manager.

Noise development idle
Noise development idle
Noise development load
Noise development load
Speaker measurements
Speaker measurements

The situation is not perfect while idling, either. The fans are sometimes completely deactivated, so you can only hear a subtle murmur of the HDD, but they will sometimes pulsate and reach up to 40 dB(A), which is not necessary and is also annoying. This is untypical for Alienware systems and usually limited to Clevo barebones (where the issue can at least be improved via manual control for the fan speeds).

The Alienware 15 R3 does not really know any levels in-between. The CPU fan is either deactivated or subjectively running at full speed. Perhaps Dell can improve the big rpm changes with a BIOS update (the update tool already showed a fresh BIOS – we will test it when the time allows for it).

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 32 / 42 dB(A)
HDD
32 dB(A)
Load
49 / 50 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Noise
4%
6%
8%
-3%
Idle Minimum *
31
33.6
-8%
32
-3%
32
-3%
33
-6%
Idle Average *
32
33.8
-6%
33
-3%
33
-3%
34
-6%
Idle Maximum *
42
34
19%
34
19%
34
19%
44
-5%
Load Average *
49
39.3
20%
39
20%
40
18%
46
6%
Load Maximum *
50
51.4
-3%
51
-2%
46
8%
52
-4%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

There aren't any strange outliers when we look at the temperature development. 32-34 °C on average while idling and up to 46 °C (top) and 52 °C (bottom) in 3D scenarios are neither particularly high nor low. Longer gaming sessions are no problem thanks to the cool palm rests (up to 27 °C).

The components are much more stressed under load. We already mentioned that the Core i7-7700HQ shows very different temperatures. HWMonitor determined ~97 °C for Core #0 (up to 99 °C), but only 74 °C for Core #3 (up to 78 °C) during the stress test.

Gaming
Gaming
Stress test
Stress test
Maximum load top (Optris PI 640)
Maximum load top (Optris PI 640)
Maximum load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Maximum load bottom (Optris PI 640)

Differences of more than 10 °C are unusual based on our experiences. The cores in the Schenker XMG P507, for example, only differed by 4 °C. There was at least no significant throttling except for some very short drops to 700 MHz (according to HWiNFO). Our stress test was executed with a decent clock of 2.6 GHz.

Nvidia's Pascal generation impresses with a much better power efficiency, which is also noticeable in the temperatures. We never saw more than 70 °C on the GeForce GTX 1070. Intel on the other hand hardly made any improvements in terms of temperature management.

Max. Load
 44.1 °C46 °C42.8 °C 
 39.5 °C42.4 °C43.9 °C 
 26.6 °C25.3 °C26.4 °C 
Maximum: 46 °C
Average: 37.4 °C
50.4 °C50 °C44.5 °C
50.9 °C51.8 °C46 °C
30 °C30.6 °C28.9 °C
Maximum: 51.8 °C
Average: 42.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  41.2 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Heat
3%
9%
12%
-1%
Maximum Upper Side *
46
48
-4%
48
-4%
44
4%
49.2
-7%
Maximum Bottom *
51.8
57.3
-11%
46.8
10%
53.1
-3%
62
-20%
Idle Upper Side *
36.5
31.9
13%
33.7
8%
28.8
21%
32.4
11%
Idle Bottom *
38.2
33.4
13%
30.5
20%
28.2
26%
33
14%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The sound quality cannot fully meet the luxury image. Although the sound is not bad for a notebook, demanding users will want a more powerful bass and better precision in general. A subwoofer would have probably improved the situation for the deep tones.

The 2.0 system is at least louder than the 15-inch rival Asus GL502VS (82 vs. 77 dB(A)), which produces more precise mids and little less precise high tones. Fine tuning is possible via Alienware's Sound Center, which can be used to adjust the microphone and the speakers. It includes multiple presets like Music or Movie.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.638.22533.436.43126.529.14028.429.95024.926.76325.2268025.527.110023.131.11252336.716021.543.42002150.125021.353.331518.955.640019.359.250018.662.163019.366.480019.672.4100018.275.2125018.372.6160018.870.8200017.774.3250017.470.931501768.9400017.269.9500017.368.7630017.564.1800017.465.31000017.3621250017.455.31600017.549.7SPL30.282.5N1.452.3median 18.3Alienware 15 R3median 64.1Delta1.68.939.943.135.734.630.530.635.33632.334.234.733.132.83329.930.325.933.622.842.723.656.523.559.520.859.719.264.119.465.318.763.818.363.318.264.818.663.318.963.417.863.617.364.517.16317.164.117.269.717.368.717.160.517.255.417.151.417.249.730.376.91.441median 18.3Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032Tmedian 63.32.86.1hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Alienware 15 R3 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 71% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 17%, worst was 29%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 0.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 33% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 17%, worst was 29%
Compared to all devices tested
» 14% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Frequency Comparison (Checkboxes select/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption is similar to other GTX 1070 notebooks without graphics switching. 19-29 Watts while idling and 85-192 Watts under load are almost identical to the Asus GL502VS. The MSI GT62VR consumes more power in all tests, while the Schenker XMG P507 is more efficient thanks to the Optimus technology. One interesting comparison is the Alienware 15 R2, which consumes more power but provides less 3D performance.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 1.2 / 1.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 19 / 23 / 29 Watt
Load midlight 85 / 192 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Power Consumption
16%
-1%
-10%
12%
Idle Minimum *
19
11.4
40%
20
-5%
20
-5%
14
26%
Idle Average *
23
16.5
28%
24
-4%
26
-13%
18
22%
Idle Maximum *
29
22
24%
29
-0%
32
-10%
24
17%
Load Average *
85
94.2
-11%
86
-1%
100
-18%
87
-2%
Load Maximum *
192
192.2
-0%
183
5%
202
-5%
201
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Gaming systems without Optimus usually do not manage long battery runtimes. Dell can compensate for the problem a bit by implementing a very powerful 99-Wh battery. It lasts up to 6.5 hours while idling (low luminance). Around 4.5 hours web-browsing and 4.5 hours HD video playback are also okay and beat the rivals.

Even the XMG P507 with the deactivated GeForce does not stand a chance, which is not a surprise when you consider the small 60-Wh battery. The rivals from Asus (62 Wh @GL502VS) and MSI (75 Wh @GT62VR) also have smaller batteries. The Alienware 15 R2 on the other hand shows what a combination of switchable graphics and powerful battery is capable of. It ran for up to 13 hours (almost 7.5 hours @Wi-Fi and HD playback).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 22min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
4h 24min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 26min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 42min
Alienware 15 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, 99 Wh
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, 96 Wh
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, 62 Wh
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, 75.24 Wh
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, 60 Wh
Battery Runtime
63%
-35%
-11%
-23%
Reader / Idle
382
769
101%
243
-36%
300
-21%
Load
102
114
12%
58
-43%
97
-5%
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
264
446
69%
196
-26%
246
-7%
195
-26%
H.264
266
456
71%
213
-20%

Pro

+ a lot of features (macro keys, eye tracking, etc.)
+ clever port layout
+ many hardware options
+ numerous illumination elements
+ reference-class case quality
+ handy Alienware tools
+ pretty simple maintenance
+ good input devices
+ very high performance
+ 120-Hz option
+ powerful battery
+ Thunderbolt 3
+ G-Sync

Cons

- high noise development under load
- CPU with temperature issues
- only 12 months base warranty
- unaesthetic fan exhausts
- sound could be better
- high weight
- no card reader

Verdict

In review: Alienware 15 R3. Test model courtesy of Dell Germany.
In review: Alienware 15 R3. Test model courtesy of Dell Germany.

The visuals of the third revision of the Alienware 15 R3 are beyond any doubt (except for the protruding fan area). There is currently no other gaming notebook with such a sophisticated, stable, and well-built chassis. Then there is also the unique design, great input devices and numerous illumination elements.

There should not be any problems in the next couple of years, either. When the GPU is not powerful enough anymore, you can just attach an external solution via Thunderbolt 3 or the Graphics Amplifier port. The 120 Hz display leaves mixed feelings. Response times, luminance and the contrast are great, but viewing angles, black value and color accuracy are below average. This is the result of the TN technology (60 Hz model is based on IPS).

However, the main problem of our test model was the temperature and noise development under load, which – as explained in the section Emissions – is probably connected to the uneven warming of the CPU cores. Almost 50 dB(A) in 3D scenarios is a lot, although the Alienware 15 R3 is surprisingly slim at 2.5 cm. Maybe we will review another configuration of the 15-inch system to see whether this is a bug on our test model or a general problem. We deduct 1% from the overall rating because of the fan and temperature problems.

If you ignore this detail as well as the mediocre sound, the Alienware 15 R3 convinces in almost every respect. The Core i7-7700HQ and the GeForce GTX 1070 can handle all modern games in the Ultra preset at 1920x1080 pixels.

Alienware 15 R3 - 02/08/2017 v6
Florian Glaser

Chassis
91 / 98 → 93%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
72 / 81 → 89%
Weight
53 / 66 → 77%
Battery
77%
Display
83%
Games Performance
96%
Application Performance
96%
Temperature
85 / 95 → 90%
Noise
67 / 90 → 74%
Audio
70%
Add Points
-1%
Average
74%
86%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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