Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q


Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q (15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 1290 MHz, Memory: 2500 MHz, GDDR5X, 256-Bit interface, ForceWare 387.92, No Optimus
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2666, Dual-Channel, two slots (both occupied)
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD049B), IPS, 60 Hz, G-Sync, Full-HD, glossy: no
Intel CM238
LiteOn CX2-8B256, 256 GB 
, PCIe SSD + HGST HTS721010A9E630, 1 TB HDD, 7200 rpm, free M.2-2280 drive bay
Realtek ALC298 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone-out, microphone-in, Sensors: shock sensor, Tobii Eye Tracking, Alienware Graphics Amplifier, TPM 2.0
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.4 x 389 x 305 ( = 1 x 15.31 x 12.01 in)
99 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: 4 zones, Keyboard Light: yes, 240-watt power supply, McAfee LiveSafe (trial version), MS Office 365 (trial version), 12 Months Warranty
3.55 kg ( = 125.22 oz / 7.83 pounds), Power Supply: 820 g ( = 28.92 oz / 1.81 pounds)
2929 Euro



Average Score: 91.2% - very good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 96%, features: 74%, display: 86% mobility: 67%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 86%, emissions: 77%

Reviews for the Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q

88.4% Alienware 15 R3 (i7-7820HK, GTX 1080 Max-Q, Full-HD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Gaming bolide. The Alienware 15 R3 has a matte 60-Hz IPS display that supports Nvidia's G-Sync Technology. The potent hardware displays all current games smoothly.
94% Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q das perfekte Gaming Notebook!
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 94%
Revue de presse: Alienware 15 R3 GTX 1080 Max-Q
Source: Portables4Gamers French FR→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance. Negative: Poor display; high price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/31/2017


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q: Efficient high end graphics card with 8 GB GDDR5X-VRAM based on the Pascal GP104 chip. Equipped with 2560 shader units and offers about 10-15% lower performance than a regular GTX 1080 due to lower clocks, but the power consumption is much lower in return. These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  
7820HK: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture running at 2.9 - 3.9 GHz. It is the second fastest model of the consumer H-series in the beginning of 2017. The chip also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU clocked at 350 - 1100 MHz and is manufactured in a 14 nm process (improved compared to Skylake). Compared to the Core i7-7820HQ, the 7820HK lacks business features like vPro or TXT support.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
3.55 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.

Alienware: Alienware was founded in the USA in 1996. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. Alienware has belonged to the Dell Group since 2006. The product range mainly focuses on gaming laptops and desktops. Trademark is a slightly futuristic design with an alien logo. In addition, Alienware offers workstations for private and business customers.

Alienware belongs to the mid-sized manufacturers of the notebook market. There are some reviews with average ratings overall.

91.2%: There do not exist many models, which are rated better. The most ratings get ratings, which are a bit worse.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

Asus Zephyrus GX501GI
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, Core i7 8750H, 2.3 kg
Asus Zephyrus GX501VIK
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, Core i7 7700HQ, 2.26 kg
Asus Zephyrus GX501VI-XS74
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, Core i7 7700HQ, 2.3 kg
Asus Zephyrus GX501
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, Core i7 7700HQ, 2.25 kg

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Stefan Hinum, 2017-11-24 (Update: 2017-11-24)