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Alienware m15 R4 laptop in review: Now also with a mechanical keyboard

Hot flashes despite vapor chamber. How does the Alienware m15 R4 perform with the fastest laptop graphics card that's currently on the market? Is the upgrade from an RTX 3070 to an RTX 3080 worth it? What are the advantages of the new mechanical keyboard that is optionally offered by Dell? These and other questions are answered in our detailed review.
Christian Hintze, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪 🇳🇱 ...

Yes, we already reviewed the Alienware m15 R4, but only with the RTX 3070 and a "normal" keyboard. This time, not only do we have the upgrade to a stronger RTX 3080, but Dell has also installed a mechanical keyboard. Since this is only a graphics card and keyboard upgrade, we'll skip various information regarding the case, maintenance, etc., which can be found in the review of the Alienware m15 R4 (RTX 3070) or its virtually identical predecessor, the m15 R3.

Among the competitors, we include other gaming laptops with the RTX 3080 such as the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15, or the Schenker XMG Pro 15. In addition, we naturally make a comparison with the sibling configuration with the RTX 3070 (we'll just call it the sibling model) as well as with the direct predecessor, the m15 R3. Within this competition, the Alienware is one of the most expensive models, costing around 3,600 Euros (~$4,391) from Dell in our configuration.

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Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080 (m15 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-10980HK 8 x 2.4 - 5.3 GHz, 135 W PL2 / Short Burst, 135 W PL1 / Sustained, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU - 8192 MB, Core: 1605 MHz, 140 W TDP, Geforce 461.66
Memory
32768 MB 
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LGD066E (156WFG), IPS, glossy: no, 300 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G (RAID 0), 1024 GB 
, 2x 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD, 960 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-H - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combined audio jack, Card Reader: microSD reader
Networking
Intel/Killer E3100X 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10MBit/s), Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w (ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 360.3 x 276 ( = 0.79 x 14.19 x 10.87 in)
Battery
86 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (4 W), Keyboard: mechanical RGB keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.35 kg ( = 82.89 oz / 5.18 pounds), Power Supply: 800 g ( = 28.22 oz / 1.76 pounds)
Price
3,599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
06/2021
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2.4 kg20 mm15.60"1920x1080
85 %
04/2021
Alienware m15 R4
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.3 kg20 mm15.60"1920x1080
85 %
07/2020
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
2.3 kg19.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
88 %
05/2021
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2 kg16.99 mm15.60"1920x1080
84 %
02/2021
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
R9 5900HS, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2 kg20 mm15.60"2560x1440
86 %
03/2021
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2 kg19.8 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case - Stylish Alienware design

The case has been adopted from the predecessor, which is why there is more information in the review of the Alienware m15 R3. Therefore, we'll only say this much: The case looks extremely stylish, and the designers have done a very good job.

Image source: Dell
Image source: Dell

Due to its very special air vents, which protrude beyond the display at the rear end of the laptop, the device has significantly more depth than the competition, like most Alienware laptops. In terms of width and height, however, the m15 R4 is competitively small and thin.

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Size comparison

360.3 mm / 14.2 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.4 kg5.18 lbs360.3 mm / 14.2 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.3 kg5 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs357.5 mm / 14.1 inch 238 mm / 9.37 inch 19.8 mm / 0.78 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 243 mm / 9.57 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2 kg4.39 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 16.99 mm / 0.669 inch 2 kg4.45 lbs

Connectivity - Thunderbolt 3 in the m15 R4

Left: Kensington, LAN, USB-A 3.0, headset audio jack (image source: Dell)
Left: Kensington, LAN, USB-A 3.0, headset audio jack (image source: Dell)
Right: microSD, 2x USB-A 3.0 (image source: Dell)
Right: microSD, 2x USB-A 3.0 (image source: Dell)
Back: HDMI 2.1, Mini DP 1.4, Thunderbolt 3 with charging function, Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, power supply (image source: Dell)
Back: HDMI 2.1, Mini DP 1.4, Thunderbolt 3 with charging function, Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, power supply (image source: Dell)

SD card reader

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
200 MB/s ∼100% +44%
Alienware m15 R4
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
190 MB/s ∼95% +37%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
189.3 MB/s ∼95% +36%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
139 MB/s ∼70%
Average of class Gaming
  (18 - 222, n=102, last 2 years)
112 MB/s ∼56% -19%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Alienware m15 R4
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
237 MB/s ∼100% +6%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
225 MB/s ∼95% +1%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
223 MB/s ∼94%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
193 MB/s ∼81% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (20.5 - 248, n=102, last 2 years)
126 MB/s ∼53% -43%

Communication

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1360 MBit/s ∼100% +26%
Average Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
  (597 - 1550, n=7)
1156 MBit/s ∼85% +7%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
1082 (597min - 1270max) MBit/s ∼80%
Average of class Gaming
  (294 - 1645, n=172, last 2 years)
1009 MBit/s ∼74% -7%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
833 MBit/s ∼61% -23%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
675 MBit/s ∼50% -38%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1650 MBit/s ∼100% +147%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1410 MBit/s ∼85% +111%
Average Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
  (633 - 1720, n=7)
1267 MBit/s ∼77% +90%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1130 MBit/s ∼68% +69%
Average of class Gaming
  (274 - 1743, n=172, last 2 years)
1074 MBit/s ∼65% +61%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
667 (627min - 737max) MBit/s ∼40%
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Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080 Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø667 (627-737)
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080 Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1062 (597-1270)

Webcam

ColorChecker
24.2 ∆E
26.9 ∆E
25.2 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
25.7 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
25.5 ∆E
27.1 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
21 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
25.6 ∆E
16 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
25.9 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
26 ∆E
22.9 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
21 ∆E
22.9 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021: 20.7 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 27.07 ∆E
ColorChecker
10.2 ∆E
16 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
18 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
11 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
20.7 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080: 13.05 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 21.05 ∆E

Warranty

The manufacturer provides a 12-month warranty. Support extension is subject to additional costs; see below.

Warranty options (image source: Dell)
Warranty options (image source: Dell)

Input devices - The mechanical keyboard is able to convince

Keyboard

Unlike the sibling model with a "normal" chiclet keyboard, our test unit uses a mechanical keyboard, which is optionally available. However, it's not yet available on the German Alienware website, so we received a model with an English keyboard layout.

From a purely visual standpoint, however, you hardly notice a difference. The layout and design are completely unchanged compared to the normal keyboard, including the RGB lighting per key. It's only when typing that you notice significant differences. Feedback is considerably crisper than on the sibling model. The travel isn't particularly deep for a mechanical keyboard, but the typing experience is still very good, and it benefits from the pleasantly clear click feedback. However, it "clinks" and "clunks" when typing, so that entering text is considerably louder.

Furthermore, the upper row of keys, i.e. Esc, F keys, etc., doesn't seem to be mechanical; its keys feel much more muffled.

The keyboard with backlighting
The keyboard with backlighting
RGB per key such as red for WASD, for example
RGB per key such as red for WASD, for example
FX in the Command Center
FX in the Command Center

Touchpad

The touchpad isn't particularly large, but the mouse pointer can still be navigated well. The gliding capabilities of the pad's surface are also very good. It only gets a bit sluggish when it comes to extremely slow movements.

The integrated buttons are very hard, and you have to press them quite hard, but you get a good feedback after that. However, the click noise is also correspondingly quite loud.

Display - 300 Hz and good values

Matte subpixel grid
Matte subpixel grid
Minimal screen bleeding along the edges and corners
Minimal screen bleeding along the edges and corners

Unsurprisingly, the matte 15.6-inch Full HD IPS panel from LG Philips with a refresh rate of 300 Hz is exactly the same as the one in the sibling model that we already reviewed, so our measurements hardly differ. The brightness of just over 300 nits is on par with the competition, but its distribution could be a bit more uniform (86%).

Incidentally, Dell offers a total of three panels for the m15 R4. Besides this one, there is another Full HD IPS panel that "only" offers 144 Hz instead of 300 Hz and is supposed to be slightly slower (7 instead of 3 ms). The top choice is probably the more expensive 4K OLED version with higher color-space coverage, higher brightness (400 nits), and better contrasts. In return, however, you sacrifice the high refresh rate, which is 60 Hz in the 4K OLED panel. Furthermore, the IPS panel doesn't use PWM for brightness control.

Screen bleeding isn't particularly noticeable, but it's still minimally present, especially along the upper left edge.

321
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
328
cd/m²
321
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
297
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LGD066E (156WFG)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 347 cd/m² Average: 318 cd/m² Minimum: 17 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 347 cd/m²
Contrast: 1119:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.68 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 1.08
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
94% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
71% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
71.47% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.77% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
70.09% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.262
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
LG Philips LGD066E (156WFG), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Alienware m15 R4
LG Philips LGD066E, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
AU Optronics B156HAN, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
TL156VDXP02-0, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
CMN N156KME-GNA (CMN152A), IPS-Level, 2560x1440, 15.60
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
AU Optronics AUO7A8C (B156HAN12.0), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Display
-1%
-2%
-5%
20%
-1%
Display P3 Coverage
70.09
69.38
-1%
68.63
-2%
65.88
-6%
97.25
39%
69.2
-1%
sRGB Coverage
99.77
99
-1%
98.94
-1%
96.38
-3%
99.92
0%
99.65
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
71.47
70.5
-1%
69.82
-2%
67.97
-5%
86.17
21%
70.83
-1%
Response Times
-1%
17%
-60%
-17%
25%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
7.6 (2.4, 5.2)
7.4 (2, 5.2)
3%
4 (1.6, 2.4)
47%
16 (7.6, 8.4)
-111%
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
-16%
3.6 (1, 2.6)
53%
Response Time Black / White *
9.6 (3.6, 6)
10 (4.4, 5.6)
-4%
10.8 (5.2, 5.6)
-13%
10.4 (6, 4.4)
-8%
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
-17%
10 (5.2, 4.8)
-4%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-6%
-26%
7%
-53%
-4%
Brightness middle
347
333
-4%
326.7
-6%
338
-3%
327
-6%
327
-6%
Brightness
318
303
-5%
316
-1%
334
5%
309
-3%
335
5%
Brightness Distribution
86
86
0%
87
1%
94
9%
89
3%
89
3%
Black Level *
0.31
0.29
6%
0.33
-6%
0.24
23%
0.33
-6%
0.22
29%
Contrast
1119
1148
3%
990
-12%
1408
26%
991
-11%
1486
33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.68
1.8
-7%
2.4
-43%
1.39
17%
4.49
-167%
2.18
-30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.03
4.49
-48%
6.06
-100%
3.31
-9%
8.42
-178%
4.24
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.08
1.13
-5%
1.51
-40%
0.97
10%
2.27
-110%
1
7%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.8
1.9
-6%
3.2
-78%
1.6
11%
4.2
-133%
2.6
-44%
Gamma
2.262 97%
2.265 97%
2.13 103%
2.291 96%
2.173 101%
2.123 104%
CCT
6592 99%
6840 95%
7129 91%
6626 98%
7014 93%
6815 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
71
71
0%
63.7
-10%
68
-4%
86
21%
71
0%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94
93
-1%
99.2
6%
89
-5%
99
5%
93
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / -4%
-4% / -16%
-19% / -3%
-17% / -35%
7% / 0%

* ... smaller is better

The black level and contrast aren't spectacular, but they're acceptable. The color space displayed is also impressive: sRGB is almost completely covered, and AdobeRGB is still covered by 71%. The 4K OLED option provides an additional color-space boost for creators.

Alienware m15 R4 vs. sRGB (94%)
Alienware m15 R4 vs. sRGB (94%)
Alienware m15 R4 vs. AdobeRGB (71%)
Alienware m15 R4 vs. AdobeRGB (71%)

The display is already well calibrated out of the box, but a manual calibration will bring the color deviations down a bit. The corresponding ICC file can be downloaded above.

CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)

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
9.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3.6 ms rise
↘ 6 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
7.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.4 ms rise
↘ 5.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.3 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9689 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

Outdoor use is only possible to a limited extent due to the short runtimes (see the section on battery life), but the display doesn't pose an obstacle here. The matte surface eliminates most reflections, while brightness and contrast are sufficient to still be able to recognize the screen's content well, at least in places in the shade.

In the shade in a sunny day
In the shade in a sunny day
Oblique viewing angle
Oblique viewing angle

As is typical for IPS, the panel is quite viewing-angle stable. Extreme viewing angles are only accompanied by minor losses in image quality.

Performance - Strong Alienware m15

Our test model is equipped with a strong Intel CPU belonging to the Comet Lake series (Gen 10), an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, 32 GB of RAM, and a RAID 0 array consisting of two PCIe SSDs of 512 GB each. As a result, the Alienware's intended use is clearly focused on gaming, but it could also entice a creator or two - at least theoretically.

Processor

The TDP in Cinebench remains stable at around 122 watts
The TDP in Cinebench remains stable at around 122 watts

Two CPU options are offered for the m15 R4, both based on Intel's Comet Lake architecture. The Core i7-10870H and the Core i9-10980HK practically only differ by a few hundred MHz of clock rate. Moreover, the "K" in the i9 model indicates an open multiplier and consequently easier overclocking potential.

The potentially more powerful processor is installed in our test unit. Performance in the Cinebench R15 loop is quite consistent, and it does not drop significantly even after the first few runs, unlike in the XMG Pro 15, for example. The Core i9-10980HK proves to be a very strong CPU that is clearly better than the ones in most competitors with slightly weaker Intel CPUs. However, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS in the ROG Zephyrus is even faster; this is also true for the single-core tests of the various Cinebench versions.

The TDP remains constant at 122 watts throughout all runs, and the power limit is specified at 135 to 210 watts depending on the fan/power mode.

When the device is running on battery power, the CPU performance is limited despite the power mode being the same. Instead of 1,755 points, we only measured 1,255 points in the Cinebench R15 multi-core test.

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Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080 Intel Core i9-10980HK: Ø1659 (1601.67-1755.16)
Alienware m15 R3 P87F Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1338 (1320.39-1347.39)
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021 Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1091 (1047.89-1208.08)
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080) Intel Core i7-10870H: Ø1461 (1403.21-1720.43)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS: Ø1928 (1865.06-2020.1)
Cinebench R23
CPU (Single Core)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1483 Points ∼100% +21%
Average of class Gaming
  (1095 - 1619, n=44, last 2 years)
1302 Points ∼88% +6%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (1228 - 1305, n=4)
1277 Points ∼86% +4%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1228 Points ∼83%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
1216 Points ∼82% -1%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
1215 Points ∼82% -1%
CPU (Multi Core)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
12333 Points ∼100% +13%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
10947 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (9597 - 11641, n=4)
10605 Points ∼86% -3%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
10172 Points ∼82% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (4621 - 14363, n=45, last 2 years)
10072 Points ∼82% -8%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
6852 Points ∼56% -37%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
560 Points ∼100% +17%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (465 - 507, n=13)
488 Points ∼87% +2%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
479 Points ∼86% 0%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
479 Points ∼86%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
477 Points ∼85% 0%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
476 Points ∼85% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 634, n=178, last 2 years)
472 Points ∼84% -1%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
468 Points ∼84% -2%
CPU (Multi Core)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
4733 Points ∼100% +19%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
3993 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (3526 - 4487, n=13)
3933 Points ∼83% -2%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
3915 Points ∼83% -2%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
3414 Points ∼72% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=179, last 2 years)
3317 Points ∼70% -17%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
3299 Points ∼70% -17%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
2632 Points ∼56% -34%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
211 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (198 - 219, n=15)
207 Points ∼98% +5%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
203 Points ∼96% +3%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
202 Points ∼96% +2%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
201 Points ∼95% +2%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
199 Points ∼94% +1%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
198 Points ∼94%
Average of class Gaming
  (108 - 254, n=203, last 2 years)
192 Points ∼91% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
2020 (1865.06min - 2020.1max) Points ∼100% +15%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1755 (1601.67min - 1755.16max) Points ∼87%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (1606 - 1862, n=15)
1739 Points ∼86% -1%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
1720 Points ∼85% -2%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1606 (1501.78min - 1606.36max) Points ∼80% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (536 - 2804, n=214, last 2 years)
1416 Points ∼70% -19%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
1347 (1320.39min - 1347.39max) Points ∼67% -23%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
1208 Points ∼60% -31%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
411 Seconds * ∼100% -47%
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 643, n=134, last 2 years)
343 Seconds * ∼83% -23%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
326 Seconds * ∼79% -16%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
309 Seconds * ∼75% -10%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
280 Seconds * ∼68%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
279 Seconds * ∼68% -0%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (239 - 299, n=13)
277 Seconds * ∼67% +1%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
249 Seconds * ∼61% +11%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
5669 MIPS ∼100% +7%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
5437 MIPS ∼96% +2%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (5081 - 5542, n=13)
5386 MIPS ∼95% +1%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
5313 MIPS ∼94%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
5310 MIPS ∼94% 0%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
5247 MIPS ∼93% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (2945 - 6174, n=135, last 2 years)
5132 MIPS ∼91% -3%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
4504 MIPS ∼79% -15%
7z b 4
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
59680 MIPS ∼100% +23%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
48838 MIPS ∼82% +1%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
48534 MIPS ∼81%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (43786 - 49275, n=13)
47126 MIPS ∼79% -3%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
45180 MIPS ∼76% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (15146 - 75612, n=135, last 2 years)
41799 MIPS ∼70% -14%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
36430 MIPS ∼61% -25%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
35346 MIPS ∼59% -27%
Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1410 Points ∼100% +9%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (1283 - 1401, n=12)
1339 Points ∼95% +3%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1316 Points ∼93% +1%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1299 Points ∼92%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
1296 Points ∼92% 0%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
1293 Points ∼92% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1777, n=132, last 2 years)
1274 Points ∼90% -2%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
1269 Points ∼90% -2%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (7634 - 8666, n=12)
8175 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
7910 Points ∼97% +1%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
7850 Points ∼96%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
7789 Points ∼95% -1%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
7756 Points ∼95% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=132, last 2 years)
7041 Points ∼86% -10%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
6586 Points ∼81% -16%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
6380 Points ∼78% -19%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
13.8 fps ∼100% +5%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
13.2 fps ∼96%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
13.1 fps ∼95% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (12 - 14.6, n=13)
13 fps ∼94% -2%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
11.5 fps ∼83% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (4.4 - 19.8, n=134, last 2 years)
11.5 fps ∼83% -13%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
11.1 fps ∼80% -16%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
9.82 fps ∼71% -26%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
89 s * ∼100%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
60.5 s * ∼68% +32%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
60.1 s * ∼68% +32%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
55.8 s * ∼63% +37%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
54.9 s * ∼62% +38%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 98.2, n=120, last 2 years)
54.8 s * ∼62% +38%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (44 - 89, n=13)
53.7 s * ∼60% +40%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
49.3 s * ∼55% +45%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.708 sec * ∼100% -20%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
0.601 sec * ∼85% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.4907 - 1.088, n=124, last 2 years)
0.593 sec * ∼84% -0%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK
0.592 sec * ∼84%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.58 sec * ∼82% +2%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
0.578 sec * ∼82% +2%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (0.561 - 0.596, n=13)
0.576 sec * ∼81% +3%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
0.538 sec * ∼76% +9%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1755 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
150 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
198 Points
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System performance

The m15 R4 only just takes the top position in PCMark 10, closely followed by the ROG Zephyrus G15. System performance is correspondingly excellent.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
Score
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G (RAID 0)
6988 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
6896 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (6512 - 6988, n=3)
6728 Points ∼96% -4%
Alienware m15 R4
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
6640 Points ∼95% -5%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
6333 Points ∼91% -9%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-10750H, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
6255 Points ∼90% -10%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6167 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (3952 - 7884, n=186, last 2 years)
5795 Points ∼83% -17%
Essentials
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
10113 Points ∼100% +4%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G (RAID 0)
9709 Points ∼96%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
9624 Points ∼95% -1%
Alienware m15 R4
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
9577 Points ∼95% -1%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-10750H, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
9540 Points ∼94% -2%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (9312 - 9709, n=3)
9517 Points ∼94% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (7148 - 11266, n=184, last 2 years)
9450 Points ∼93% -3%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9150 Points ∼90% -6%
Productivity
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
9390 Points ∼100% +1%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G (RAID 0)
9337 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (8746 - 9337, n=3)
8960 Points ∼95% -4%
Alienware m15 R4
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
8605 Points ∼92% -8%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8422 Points ∼90% -10%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
8289 Points ∼88% -11%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-10750H, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
7860 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (5633 - 10066, n=184, last 2 years)
7853 Points ∼84% -16%
Digital Content Creation
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G (RAID 0)
10217 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (9203 - 10217, n=3)
9695 Points ∼95% -5%
Alienware m15 R4
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
9643 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
9375 Points ∼92% -8%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-10750H, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
8855 Points ∼87% -13%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
8644 Points ∼85% -15%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8262 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (3670 - 12250, n=184, last 2 years)
7240 Points ∼71% -29%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
6224 Points ∼100%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-10750H, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
5702 Points ∼92%
Average of class Gaming
  (2832 - 6277, n=124, last 2 years)
4472 Points ∼72%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4090 Points ∼66%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-10750H, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
6224 Points ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (4265 - 7104, n=124, last 2 years)
5577 Points ∼90%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5555 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
5555 Points ∼89%
PCMark 10 Score
6988 points
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DPC latencies

The first latencies already appear when opening our Notebookcheck page, and unfortunately, they increase even more when opening several tabs. The m15 R4 completes our YouTube test with a 4K/60 fps video with 42 dropped frames. We would expect more from a high-end gaming laptop. In comparison, the different Alienware models seem to suffer from the highest latencies.

An Nvidia driver and a network driver are mainly to blame here, and the infamous ACPI.sys can't be left out of this list either.

YouTube test
YouTube test
LatencyMon Main
LatencyMon Main
LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Alienware m15 R4
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
4199.3 μs * ∼100% -479%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-10750H, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
1206.3 μs * ∼29% -66%
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G (RAID 0)
725.1 μs * ∼17%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
588.3 μs * ∼14% +19%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
545.5 μs * ∼13% +25%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
355.1 μs * ∼8% +51%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The two PCIe SSDs from Western Digital are combined in a RAID 0 array and offer a total storage capacity of 1 TB (2x 512 GB). The individual drive is ranked 102nd in our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article, which means that it theoretically doesn't stand out with turbo speeds. However, speed increases in a RAID configuration, so that the pair's rates end up in 18th place.

In this way, the drive can keep up with the competition, even though the SSDs in the Razer Blade, the Zephyrus, and especially the XMG Pro are slightly faster.

AS SSD
AS SSD
AS SSD Copy
AS SSD Copy
CrystalDiskMark 6
CrystalDiskMark 6
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G (RAID 0)
Alienware m15 R4
Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-2%
-11%
1%
14%
14%
Write 4K
114.18
93.68
-18%
67.32
-41%
138
21%
156.4
37%
160.9
41%
Read 4K
43.77
48.1
10%
41.47
-5%
47.41
8%
66.69
52%
54
23%
Write Seq
2785
2239
1922
2318
2944
Read Seq
2598
2112
1673
2151
2781
Write 4K Q32T1
464.45
481.9
4%
488.9
5%
445.5
-4%
525
13%
495.2
7%
Read 4K Q32T1
546.4
520.9
-5%
556.7
2%
534.3
-2%
452.1
-17%
593.2
9%
Write Seq Q32T1
3233.3
3362
4%
2654
-18%
2976
-8%
3055
-6%
3283
2%
Read Seq Q32T1
3473.3
3200
-8%
3137
-10%
3232
-7%
3607
4%
3549
2%
Write 4K Q8T8
1374.88
Read 4K Q8T8
1446.67
AS SSD
-18%
-83%
6%
15%
28%
Seq Read
2888
2658.01
-8%
2058.19
-29%
2111.97
-27%
2949.59
2%
2959
2%
Seq Write
2786
2768.84
-1%
2315.59
-17%
2024.1
-27%
1600.23
-43%
2521
-10%
4K Read
41.98
46.07
10%
39.72
-5%
46.53
11%
53.56
28%
50.88
21%
4K Write
108.03
87.16
-19%
62.93
-42%
89.68
-17%
126.8
17%
141.06
31%
4K-64 Read
1396.13
1372.43
-2%
1334.41
-4%
1746.75
25%
1429.48
2%
2110.42
51%
4K-64 Write
1234.42
1247.32
1%
1270.68
3%
1962.08
59%
2177.16
76%
2329.04
89%
Access Time Read *
0.056
0.052
7%
0.062
-11%
0.052
7%
0.064
-14%
0.034
39%
Access Time Write *
0.035
0.098
-180%
0.388
-1009%
0.04
-14%
0.029
17%
0.026
26%
Score Read
1727
1684
-2%
1580
-9%
2004
16%
1778
3%
2457
42%
Score Write
1621
1611
-1%
1565
-3%
2254
39%
2464
52%
2722
68%
Score Total
4227
4166
-1%
3968
-6%
5280
25%
5090
20%
6412
52%
Copy ISO MB/s
1867.68
1684.53
-10%
2127.78
14%
2275.44
22%
Copy Program MB/s
811.63
668.95
-18%
706.65
-13%
592.72
-27%
Copy Game MB/s
1596.38
1492.7
-6%
1470.73
-8%
1407.7
-12%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-10% / -12%
-47% / -62%
4% / 5%
15% / 14%
21% / 24%

* ... smaller is better

2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G (RAID 0)
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3473.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3233.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 546.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 464.45 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 43.77 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 114.18 MB/s
CDM 6 Write 4K Q8T8: 1374.88 MB/s
CDM 6 Read 4K Q8T8: 1446.67 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

3DMark 11 on battery power
3DMark 11 on battery power

The laptop with the alien head contains two GPUs, the UHD Graphics 630 that's integrated into the processor and the dedicated Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, which is currently (still) the fastest graphics card for laptops. The maximum TGP is around 140 watts and consequently the same as in the sibling model with the RTX 3070; in the Alienware m17 R4, the TGP for the RTX 3080 is considerably higher at 165 watts.

Nevertheless, the m15 R4 takes the top spot in the 3DMark benchmarks, because the RTX 3080 models of the 15-inch competition use an even lower TGP (95 - 105 watts) and are therefore even beaten by the RTX 3070 in the sibling model. Overall, the m15 R4 is consequently still above the average of all laptops with the RTX 3080. It's about 8% to 10% ahead of its sibling model.

On battery power, a new 3DMark 11 run results in a graphics score of only 20,480 points instead of the previous 40,754 points that were obtained when plugged in. This means that performance is cut in half when you're on the move.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
40754 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (32521 - 43744, n=18)
39783 Points ∼98% -2%
Alienware m15 R4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
37287 Points ∼91% -9%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
35513 Points ∼87% -13%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
32521 Points ∼80% -20%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
26160 Points ∼64% -36%
Average of class Gaming
  (4545 - 43077, n=193, last 2 years)
24424 Points ∼60% -40%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
185701 Points ∼100%
Alienware m15 R4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
178400 Points ∼96% -4%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
141985 Points ∼76% -24%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
141372 Points ∼76% -24%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
133502 Points ∼72% -28%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (38816 - 192950, n=17)
127502 Points ∼69% -31%
Average of class Gaming
  (23059 - 192950, n=174, last 2 years)
102803 Points ∼55% -45%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
72702 Points ∼39% -61%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
31133 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (20538 - 32366, n=21)
28312 Points ∼91% -9%
Alienware m15 R4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
27977 Points ∼90% -10%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
27122 Points ∼87% -13%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
25113 Points ∼81% -19%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
22826 Points ∼73% -27%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
20712 Points ∼67% -33%
Average of class Gaming
  (2932 - 32366, n=202, last 2 years)
18453 Points ∼59% -41%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
11915 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (9023 - 13210, n=21)
11339 Points ∼95% -5%
Alienware m15 R4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
11019 Points ∼92% -8%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
10071 Points ∼85% -15%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
9439 Points ∼79% -21%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
9023 Points ∼76% -24%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
7910 Points ∼66% -34%
Average of class Gaming
  (852 - 13210, n=199, last 2 years)
7130 Points ∼60% -40%
3DMark 11 Performance
28747 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
57714 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
23913 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
11542 points
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Gaming performance

The strong GPU in the Alienware laptop virtually runs all modern titles at high resolutions and detail levels, and it can easily exploit the Full HD resolution of the integrated display in all games.

The results of the synthetic benchmarks can be confirmed by our real-world gaming tests: In most games, the m15 R4 performs marginally above an average mobile RTX 3080 and consequently places itself at the top of the 15-inch competition. RTX 3080 models with higher TGPs are usually only found in 17-inch gaming laptops. Compared to the sibling model with the RTX 3070 and 140 watts as well, the RTX 3080 has a lead of about 10%.

Therefore, the overall gaming performance is beyond reproach, which puts the m15 R4 at the very top of the 15-inch gaming class.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
200 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (155 - 242, n=15)
196 fps ∼98% -2%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
170 (48.6min, 73.8P0.1, 110P1 - 296max) fps ∼85% -15%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
165.2 fps ∼83% -17%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
155 (7.23min, 58.3P0.1, 107P1 - 365max) fps ∼78% -22%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
149.8 (139min - 156max) fps ∼75% -25%
Average of class Gaming
  (42.1 - 242, n=159, last 2 years)
128 fps ∼64% -36%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
112 (88min) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (90.2 - 123, n=21)
107 fps ∼96% -4%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
101 (76min) fps ∼90% -10%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
97.6 (80min) fps ∼87% -13%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
93.2 (37.9min, 45P0.1, 61.6P1 - 167max) fps ∼83% -17%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
90.2 fps ∼81% -19%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
81 (77min - 86max) fps ∼72% -28%
Average of class Gaming
  (24.3 - 123, n=198, last 2 years)
71.6 fps ∼64% -36%
Far Cry 5
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
129 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (79 - 155, n=11)
119 fps ∼92% -8%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
109 (79min - 137max) fps ∼84% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (21 - 155, n=37, last 2 years)
97.1 fps ∼75% -25%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
120 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (75 - 146, n=15)
113 fps ∼94% -6%
Alienware m15 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
107 fps ∼89% -11%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2021
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
104 (80min - 132max) fps ∼87% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (20 - 146, n=56, last 2 years)
93.5 fps ∼78% -22%
GTA V
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
165 (5.05min, 100P1 - 338max) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (137 - 172, n=14)
160 fps ∼97% -3%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
152 (50.3min, 100P1 - 254max) fps ∼92% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.3 - 179, n=50, last 2 years)
142 fps ∼86% -14%
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3080
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
98.2 (6.52min, 66.7P1 - 198max) fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (84 - 109, n=15)
96.3 fps ∼98% -2%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
90 (26.7min, 66.7P1 - 165max) fps ∼92% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (10.1 - 109, n=50, last 2 years)
81.7 fps ∼83% -17%

The frame rates observed when running The Witcher 3 for about an hour are relatively stable, so that major performance drops are not to be expected over prolonged periods of time.

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