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Alienware m15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Alien on a diet. Alienware's first ultra-thin laptop maintains the spirit of the original Alienware 15 R4 while propelling the series forward into the super-light gaming category. Of course, some sacrifices had to be made when moving to a smaller design, but it's mostly a success especially in terms of Turbo Boost performance and chassis rigidity.

Top: Alienware m15, Bottom: Alienware 15 R4
Top: Alienware m15, Bottom: Alienware 15 R4

Unveiled in October, the Alienware m15 is Dell's answer to the increasing demand for thin-and-light enthusiast gaming laptops made popular by the advent of Nvidia's Max-Q series. The traditional mainline Alienware 13, 15, and 17 series that we've been familiar with all these years just can't compete against the sleeker, sharper, and lighter MSI GS65, Asus Zephyrus GX501/GX531, Gigabyte Aero 15X, or Razer Blade 15 that have since appeared. Thus, pressure was on Dell to shrink the Alienware 15 form factor into something more bite-sized and the result is what we have here today in our labs.

As of this writing, SKUs are limited to the Core i7-8750H CPU with either GTX 1060 standard or GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics and a potential for GTX 1080 by early next year. Display options range from 1080p60 to 1080p144 or 2160p60 (or 4K UHD). Our test unit on hand is the upper mid-range SKU retailing for about $1900 USD.

Dell has made it clear that the Alienware m15 is its own series and that it will not replace the existing Alienware 15 lineup anytime soon. Even so, we'll be comparing it directly to the Alienware 15 R4 to catch the pros and cons of the smaller chassis as well the aforementioned ultra-thin alternatives that the new Alienware is competing with.

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Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q (m15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 1215 MHz, Memory: 8008 MHz, GDDR5, 398.89, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666, 1333.3 MHz, PC4-21300, 19-19-19-43, Dual-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics B156HAN, IPS, AUO80ED, Dell P/N: K055G, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G, 512 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 21 x 363 x 275 ( = 0.83 x 14.29 x 10.83 in)
Battery
90 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, AlienFX, Keyboard Light: yes, AlienwareFX, Mobile Connect, Command Center, OnScreen Display, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.16 kg ( = 76.19 oz / 4.76 pounds), Power Supply: 720 g ( = 25.4 oz / 1.59 pounds)
Price
1900 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

With both the Alienware 15 R4 and Alienware m15 on hand, we can directly compare Dell's new ultrathin design to the original. In short, the m15 comes close in terms of rigidity with its excellent torsional resistance around the thinner base and smaller lid. It's slightly more flexible overall, but creaking is minimal at worst for a firm and high quality impression much like on the original series. Where it's noticeably weaker is the center of its chiclet keyboard as it is slightly more susceptible to flexing than the beveled keyboard of the Alienware 15 R4. Beyond that, we're thoroughly impressed at how Alienware has managed to create a thin-and-light notebook while maintaining a strong first impression.

Visually, the m15 utilizes magnesium alloy for the base and outer lid, the same rubberized palm rests as the 15 R4, and new glossy plastic for the speaker grilles and bezel rims. The glossy surfaces are a mixed bag when compared to the uniform matte bezels of the larger model or unibody design of the competing Blade 15 as they look a bit cheap for a notebook in this price range. Additionally, fingerprint and grease will buildup on the palm rests, trackpad, and keyboard relatively quickly. The two hinges are smaller than the hinges on the Alienware 15 R4 and slightly weaker for a bit more teetering as a result.

Construction quality is excellent with no major gaps or crevices between materials on our test unit. It's not entirely perfect, however, as the bottom bezel does not sit flat against the edge of the screen and so a small gap is visible. This gap does not appear on the Alienware 15 R4.

The size and weight differences between the Alienware 15 R4 and m15 can't be understated. The new system is 38 percent lighter and 30 percent smaller than its larger sibling all while offering the same size display. Dell was able to achieve this by narrowing the side bezels and removing the large rear "jet-engine" ventilation grilles present on the Alienware 15 and Alienware 17. If anything, the m15 only exacerbates how large and unwieldy the original Alienware design can be these days. 

Even with this in mind, the m15 is still thicker and larger than competing ultrathin 15-inch gaming laptops especially in terms of width. Its two side bezels may be narrow, but the top and bottom bezels are very thick for a larger footprint. Thus, its excellent rigidity comes at the cost of size and weight in relative terms. The Blade 15 feels just as strong as the Alienware m15, if not more so, while being smaller and lighter.

Magnesium alloy surfaces with rubberized palm rests for comfort
Magnesium alloy surfaces with rubberized palm rests for comfort
The plastic glossy speaker grilles and bezels contrast the otherwise all-matte look
The plastic glossy speaker grilles and bezels contrast the otherwise all-matte look
The "jet-engine" style exhaust grilles of the larger Alienware 15 are gone for an angular and sharper design
The "jet-engine" style exhaust grilles of the larger Alienware 15 are gone for an angular and sharper design
Lid opened to maximum angle of about ~175 degrees
Lid opened to maximum angle of about ~175 degrees
Thinner towards the front with slanted corners for a less boxier look
Thinner towards the front with slanted corners for a less boxier look
New design is 36 mm shorter in width compared to the old Alienware 15 R4
New design is 36 mm shorter in width compared to the old Alienware 15 R4
Hinges are slightly smaller this time for a less rigid hold
Hinges are slightly smaller this time for a less rigid hold
The fat rear jet-engine grilles of the Alienware 15 R4 have been reduced in size significantly
The fat rear jet-engine grilles of the Alienware 15 R4 have been reduced in size significantly
Redesigned glossy corners to accommodate the narrow side bezels
Redesigned glossy corners to accommodate the narrow side bezels
Bottom bezel remains thick. The super glossy bezels and speaker grilles are a mixed bag
Bottom bezel remains thick. The super glossy bezels and speaker grilles are a mixed bag
389 mm / 15.3 inch 305 mm / 12 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 3.5 kg7.75 lbs363 mm / 14.3 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 2.2 kg4.76 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.8 kg4.05 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 268 mm / 10.6 inch 15.8 mm / 0.622 inch 2.1 kg4.62 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2.1 kg4.58 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17.3 mm / 0.681 inch 2.1 kg4.53 lbs

Connectivity

The Alienware m15 has the exact same ports as the Razer Blade 15 but with one special extra: the proprietary Graphics Amplifier port. Unlike Thunderbolt 3, this port offers the full PCIe x16 bandwidth for the external Alienware Graphics dock should users choose to go that route.

Port positioning has its pros and cons. While the side ports are easy to reach, they occupy desk space and are rather close to the front. The commonly used USB Type-C port on the rear can be annoying to access since it is quite small. The larger Alienware 15 includes two USB Type-C ports to avoid this small nuisance.

There is still no SD card reader which shouldn't be surprising since the larger standard model omits one as well.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: 2x USB 3.1 Type-A
Right: 2x USB 3.1 Type-A
Rear: HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPort 1.3, Thunderbolt 3, Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, AC adapter
Rear: HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPort 1.3, Thunderbolt 3, Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, AC adapter
Left: Noble Lock, Gigabit RJ-45, USB 3.1 Type-A, 3.5 mm combo audio
Left: Noble Lock, Gigabit RJ-45, USB 3.1 Type-A, 3.5 mm combo audio

Communication

Serviceable M.2 WLAN module
Serviceable M.2 WLAN module

All current SKUs come standard with the Killer 1550 for integrated Bluetooth 5 and theoretical transfer rates of 1.73 Gbps. Its key advantages over the Intel 9560 are its Killer Control Center software and customizeable network prioritization features that hardcore gamers may appreciate. The module can also turn the notebook into an access point to extend the wireless range of a home network.

Our test server is limited by a 1 Gbps line and so the Killer 1550 can perform faster than what we've recorded below. We didn't experience any connectivity issues during our time with the unit.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alienware 15 R4
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
690 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
688 MBit/s ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
683 MBit/s ∼99% -1%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
681 MBit/s ∼99% -1%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
666 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
693 MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Alienware 15 R4
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
692 MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
658 MBit/s ∼95%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
643 MBit/s ∼93% -2%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
633 MBit/s ∼91% -4%

Maintenance

Serviceability requires a Philips screwdriver and sharp edge. Gone is the reinforced skeleton of the Alienware 15 series for a completely open motherboard design. Servicing is thus easier on the m15 at the cost of a slightly more flexible base as we've noted above. Even so, we're glad that additional disassembly is not required to service most components unlike on the MSI GS65.

Open motherboard as opposed to the thicker and more protective skeleton of the Alienware 15
Open motherboard as opposed to the thicker and more protective skeleton of the Alienware 15

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras in the box outside of the Quick Start guide and warranty card. A cleaning cloth or carrying case would have been nice additions.

The standard one-year limited warranty applies with options to extend up to five years. Please see our Guarantees, Return policies and Warranties article for country-specific information.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Dell has completely revamped the keyboard. Whereas the beveled keyboard on the 15 R4 is per-key RGB lit with no NumPad, the chiclet m15 keyboard is quad-zone RGB with a dedicated NumPad. Clatter is a bit louder but feedback feels nearly the same. The notable exceptions are the smaller first row of function keys and the Arrow keys as these are noticeably spongier on the m15 than the equivalent keys on the 15 R4. Additionally, the NumPad keys are narrower than the main QWERTY keys and they can can feel cramped to use as a result.

key travel is short at just 1.4 mm to be the same as last year's Dell Inspiron 15 7577. A deeper key travel like the 2.2 mm keys of the larger Alienware 17 or Gigabyte P55W would have made the typing experience closer to a standard desktop keyboard. Gamers may find the m15 keyboard a bit shallower than what they are accustomed to.

Annoyingly, there is no hotkey for quickly adjusting the brightness of the keyboard backlight. We can at least appreciate that all letters and symbols are highlighted when the backlight is on unlike on the Razer Blade 15 series.

Alienware Command Center home screen
Alienware Command Center home screen
Power Management settings
Power Management settings
Audio control with equalizer
Audio control with equalizer
System stats when idling
System stats when idling
System stats when Prime95+FurMark stress
System stats when Prime95+FurMark stress
Temperature and fan speed readings
Temperature and fan speed readings
Cusotmizeable logo color
Cusotmizeable logo color
Four customizeable Macro keys
Four customizeable Macro keys
Four-zone RGB backlight with 16.7 million colors
Four-zone RGB backlight with 16.7 million colors

Touchpad

The trackpad on the m15 is larger than the trackpad on the 15 R4 (10.5 x 6.5 cm vs. 10.0 x 5.0 cm) despite the significant differences in chassis size. This was achieved by omitting the dedicated mouse keys found on the 15 R4. Surface texture is otherwise similar between them except that the m15 trackpad is slightly more susceptible to flexing.

The new integrated mouse keys are very shallow in travel with slightly firmer feedback than the trackpads on the XPS 15 9570 or GS65. When compared to the 15 R4, the keys have a louder and more satisfying click when pressed. It's still a trade-off because the m15 trackpad is roomier for multi-touch inputs and general cursor control while the 15 R4 is better for more accurate mouse clicks. Either way, most users will likely have an external mouse ready for gaming purposes.

1.4 mm key travel compared to 2.2 mm on the Alienware 17
1.4 mm key travel compared to 2.2 mm on the Alienware 17
The Macro keys and layout have been changed almost completely from the Alienware 15 R4
The Macro keys and layout have been changed almost completely from the Alienware 15 R4

Display

Users can choose between 1080p 60 Hz, 1080p 144 Hz, or 4K UHD 60 Hz. Our 1080p 144 Hz SKU utilizes the same AU Optronics AUO80ED panel as found on the MSI GS65 and so both laptops share similar characteristics such as response times, contrast ratio, and color space. Dell advertises a 300-nit display, but our independent measurements are closer to 350 nits to be slightly brighter than the average gaming laptop.

Display quality is excellent with only a small hint of graininess common amongst matte panels. The very fast response times and high refresh rate are immediately noticeable and a boon to gaming to reduce both screen tearing and ghosting. Users who opt in for the pricier 4K UHD option will be gaining both a higher resolution and wider color gamut at the expense of slower refresh rate and response times.

Uneven backlight bleeding is very minor on our unit and there is no detectable pulse-width modulation from the display backlight.

Top bezel is thicker than most ultrathin gaming laptops
Top bezel is thicker than most ultrathin gaming laptops
Side bezel is just shy of 9 mm
Side bezel is just shy of 9 mm
No major uneven backlight bleeding issues
No major uneven backlight bleeding issues
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
366.2
cd/m²
361
cd/m²
364.1
cd/m²
325.4
cd/m²
353.6
cd/m²
345.4
cd/m²
314.9
cd/m²
342.6
cd/m²
340.6
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B156HAN
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 366.2 cd/m² Average: 346 cd/m² Minimum: 44.15 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 353.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 1179:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.55 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 3.37
ΔE Greyscale 4.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
88.9% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 57.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.27
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
AU Optronics B156HAN, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Razer Blade 15 2018
LGD05C0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Alienware 15 R4
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD0540), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
AU Optronics B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
AU Optronics B156HAN08.2 (AUO82ED), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
LGD05C0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
2%
-105%
-3%
38%
7%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
18 (9.2, 8.8)
17.2 (8.8, 8.4)
4%
37.6 (18.8, 18.8)
-109%
17.6 (9.2, 8.4)
2%
7.4 (3.8, 3.6)
59%
16.8 (8.4, 8.4)
7%
Response Time Black / White *
12 (6.8, 5.2)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
-0%
24 (13.2, 10.8)
-100%
12.8 (7.6, 5.2)
-7%
10 (4.4, 5.6)
17%
11.2 (6, 5.2)
7%
PWM Frequency
20830 (99)
Screen
10%
-7%
16%
13%
18%
Brightness middle
353.6
290
-18%
292
-17%
254
-28%
294
-17%
313
-11%
Brightness
346
281
-19%
278
-20%
262
-24%
275
-21%
300
-13%
Brightness Distribution
86
82
-5%
88
2%
89
3%
84
-2%
78
-9%
Black Level *
0.3
0.3
-0%
0.29
3%
0.22
27%
0.24
20%
0.33
-10%
Contrast
1179
967
-18%
1007
-15%
1155
-2%
1225
4%
948
-20%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.55
2.85
37%
4.9
-8%
2.37
48%
2.57
44%
1.29
72%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.91
6.27
21%
10.08
-27%
4.71
40%
4.88
38%
2.04
74%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.37
1.39
59%
2.27
33%
1.84
45%
2.14
36%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.1
2.4
41%
4.89
-19%
1.58
61%
2.41
41%
0.69
83%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.34 94%
2.36 93%
2.48 89%
2.5 88%
2.43 91%
CCT
7434 87%
6718 97%
7598 86%
6785 96%
6370 102%
6550 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57.9
60
4%
56
-3%
60
4%
59
2%
60
4%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88.9
94
6%
86
-3%
92
3%
91
2%
94
6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 9%
-56% / -22%
7% / 13%
26% / 17%
13% / 16%

* ... smaller is better

Color coverage is approximately 58 percent and 89 percent of the AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively, to be comparable to other high-end competitors like the Razer Blade 15 or MSI GS65. The panel strikes a great balance between response times and gamut that mainstream and hardcore gamers can appreciate. Cheaper panels, like the one on the Lenovo Legion Y7000, have noticeably more ghosting.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with a X-Rite colorimeter show accurate colors out of the box even though grayscale is slightly on the cooler side. Our calibration fixes the grayscale issue and improves color accuracy even further. Colors still become slightly less accurate at higher saturation levels since sRGB coverage is imperfect.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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↗ 6.8 ms rise
↘ 5.2 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. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
18 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9.2 ms rise
↘ 8.8 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 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.8 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 9367 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is not unlike most other gaming laptops since the display brightness is only slightly above average for its category. Remaining under shade is still the best option if possible. The wide-angle hinges can be used to reduce glare if needed.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Wide IPS viewing angles. Slight shift in colors if viewing very off angle
Wide IPS viewing angles. Slight shift in colors if viewing very off angle

Performance

The Coffee Lake-H Core i7-8750H CPU directly succeeds the last generation Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ to become the de facto processor for mainstream to enthusiast performance laptops. GPU performance is equally high-end even though there are no GTX 1080 Max-Q options unlike on last year's Zephyrus GX501.

Nvidia Optimus is included for automatic graphics switching and power savings. G-Sync is not an option as a result.

Processor

CineBench R15
CineBench R15

The i7-8750H in our Alienware is about 10 percent faster than the average i7-8750H in our database due to its excellent Turbo Boost performance. By running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, we can observe that our system can maintain higher clock rates for longer than the Lenovo Legion Y7000 or Pavilion Gaming 15 each with the exact same CPU. Our initial Multi-Thread score of 1214 points drops by just 4 percent to 1169 points by the third loop. We were worried about processor performance because of the shrunken chassis, but the end result is impressive especially after the disappointing Core i9 performance on the Alienware 15 R4 and 2018 XPS 15.

See our dedicated page on the Core i7-8750H for more technical information and benchmarks.

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Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1164 (1146.3-1213.67)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø988 (977.49-1049.42)
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060 GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1097 (1069.15-1211.83)
Razer Blade 15 Base Model GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø864 (856.88-926.63)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K
209 Points ∼96% +22%
Alienware 15 R4
Intel Core i9-8950HK
197 Points ∼90% +15%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼79%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=85)
172 Points ∼79% 0%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H
168 Points ∼77% -2%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
165 Points ∼76% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
150 Points ∼69% -13%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
138 Points ∼63% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K
1865 Points ∼43% +53%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
1218 Points ∼28%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=92)
1109 Points ∼25% -9%
Alienware 15 R4
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1083 Points ∼25% -11%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H
768 Points ∼18% -37%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
728 Points ∼17% -40%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
639 Points ∼15% -48%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
510 (min: 503.52, max: 509.87) Points ∼12% -58%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K
2.38 Points ∼98%
Alienware 15 R4
Intel Core i9-8950HK
2.28 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (1.89 - 2, n=40)
1.967 Points ∼81%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.9 Points ∼78%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.72 Points ∼70%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K
21.2 Points ∼63%
Alienware 15 R4
Intel Core i9-8950HK
12.39 Points ∼37%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (9.54 - 13.5, n=41)
12.2 Points ∼36%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.1 Points ∼24%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.35 Points ∼19%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K
8034 Points ∼74%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (6236 - 6645, n=25)
6479 Points ∼60%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
6345 Points ∼59%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5716 Points ∼53%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K
48808 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (29664 - 35307, n=25)
33163 Points ∼67%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21986 Points ∼44%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
20666 Points ∼42%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
372.39 s * ∼4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
211.977 s * ∼3%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (125 - 181, n=6)
158 s * ∼2%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (0.7 - 10832, n=56)
4055 Seconds * ∼18%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
740.35 Seconds * ∼3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
594.032 Seconds * ∼3%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K
440 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
172 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1218 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
114.41 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our Alienware a few percentage points higher than competing models.

We experienced no hardware or software issues during our time with the test unit. When attempting to reset Windows, however, the system became stuck in a boot loop. Interestingly, this exact same behavior occurred on our HP Spectre Folio 13 unit as well.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Alienware 15 R4
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
7461 Points ∼62% +19%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (5793 - 7303, n=9)
6468 Points ∼54% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
6314 Points ∼53% +1%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
6272 Points ∼52%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
6057 Points ∼51% -3%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5970 Points ∼50% -5%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5452 Points ∼45% -13%
Productivity
Alienware 15 R4
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
8586 Points ∼89% +10%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7793 Points ∼80%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (7032 - 7793, n=9)
7324 Points ∼76% -6%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7162 Points ∼74% -8%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
7150 Points ∼74% -8%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
7131 Points ∼74% -8%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6938 Points ∼72% -11%
Essentials
Alienware 15 R4
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
9189 Points ∼84% +4%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
8875 Points ∼81%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
8770 Points ∼80% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (6838 - 9270, n=9)
8199 Points ∼75% -8%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
8078 Points ∼73% -9%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
7785 Points ∼71% -12%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7200 Points ∼65% -19%
Score
Alienware 15 R4
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
6008 Points ∼77% +11%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5426 Points ∼70%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (4910 - 5728, n=9)
5223 Points ∼67% -4%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5170 Points ∼67% -5%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5059 Points ∼65% -7%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5046 Points ∼65% -7%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4646 Points ∼60% -14%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5731 Points ∼88% +6%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5706 Points ∼88% +6%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5676 Points ∼87% +5%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5637 Points ∼87% +4%
Alienware 15 R4
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
5632 Points ∼86% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (5323 - 5818, n=10)
5628 Points ∼86% +4%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5407 Points ∼83%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Alienware 15 R4
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
5541 Points ∼91% +25%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4676 Points ∼77% +6%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4658 Points ∼76% +5%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4620 Points ∼76% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (4393 - 5130, n=10)
4599 Points ∼75% +4%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4504 Points ∼74% +2%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4418 Points ∼73%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4418 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5407 points
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Storage Devices

Copper heat spreader over the occupied M.2 SSD
Copper heat spreader over the occupied M.2 SSD

Depending on the SKU, internal storage bays can include either 2x M.2 2280 slots (like our review unit today) or 2x M.2 2280 slots plus 1x 2.5-inch SATA III bay. The latter option ships with a smaller 60 Wh internal battery in order to make room for the 2.5-inch bay. The larger Alienware 15 R4 includes 3x storage bays by default without needing to cut battery capacity. Even so, we're surprised to even see 3x storage bays as an option since competing ultrathin laptops like the Gigabyte Aero 15x, Razer Blade 15, or MSI GS65 have just one or two storage bays at most.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 512 GB NVMe SSD in our test unit is the same Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G SSD as found on the Alienware 15 R4. While performance is good especially in regards to sequential read rates, the drive is still a step below the competing 512 GB Samsung PM961 as found on the Razer Blade 15. Toshiba NVMe SSDs in general tend to have slower sequential write rates than Samsung options.

Strangely, Dell configures Intel Optane for the SKUs with 3x storage bays only.

See our table of SSDs and HDDs for more benchmark comparisons.

Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Alienware 15 R4
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
AS SSD
42%
-24%
0%
21%
-0%
Copy Game MB/s
706.3
Copy Program MB/s
431.54
Copy ISO MB/s
642.49
Score Total
2667
3806
43%
1416
-47%
2039
-24%
3294
24%
2536
-5%
Score Write
862
1450
68%
435
-50%
802
-7%
1515
76%
939
9%
Score Read
1221
1584
30%
714
-42%
815
-33%
1161
-5%
1092
-11%
Access Time Write *
0.063
0.038
40%
0.053
16%
0.045
29%
0.036
43%
0.046
27%
Access Time Read *
0.116
0.051
56%
0.116
-0%
0.071
39%
0.129
-11%
0.119
-3%
4K-64 Write
655.5
1203.91
84%
310.53
-53%
570.49
-13%
1285.25
96%
742.09
13%
4K-64 Read
995.38
1299.71
31%
437.37
-56%
610.88
-39%
1030.22
4%
847.34
-15%
4K Write
93.41
93.55
0%
94.84
2%
83.83
-10%
103.63
11%
80.44
-14%
4K Read
29.17
46.45
59%
32.87
13%
43.09
48%
40.02
37%
23.36
-20%
Seq Write
1135.14
1520.94
34%
300.41
-74%
1474.76
30%
1260.72
11%
1163.11
2%
Seq Read
1967
2375.98
21%
2441.12
24%
1612.2
-18%
903.24
-54%
2212.97
13%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
49%
-10%
49%
36%
36%
Write 4K
107.4
94.15
-12%
96.85
-10%
91.46
-15%
98.17
-9%
94.43
-12%
Read 4K
42.91
39.23
-9%
35.73
-17%
40.41
-6%
39.43
-8%
37.65
-12%
Write Seq
467.5
1483
217%
362.3
-23%
1528
227%
1386
196%
1335
186%
Read Seq
2335
1371
-41%
2110
-10%
1235
-47%
1100
-53%
1404
-40%
Write 4K Q32T1
289.7
296.2
2%
318.6
10%
259
-11%
270.3
-7%
268.6
-7%
Read 4K Q32T1
354.4
342.5
-3%
366.7
3%
364.9
3%
340.3
-4%
332.8
-6%
Write Seq Q32T1
460.9
1527
231%
351
-24%
1529
232%
1454
215%
1375
198%
Read Seq Q32T1
3111
3280
5%
2813
-10%
3472
12%
1681
-46%
2627
-16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
46% / 45%
-17% / -18%
25% / 21%
29% / 27%
18% / 15%

* ... smaller is better

Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3111 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 460.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 354.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 289.7 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2335 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 467.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 42.91 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 107.4 MB/s

GPU Performance

The GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q is only about 10 percent slower than the standard GTX 1070 in the Alienware 15 R4 according to 3DMark benchmarks. Users who want the lower-end configuration of the Alienware m15 with GTX 1060 graphics will see a performance decrease of about 25 to 30 percent. Should Dell decide to introduce a GTX 1080 Max-Q option in the future like on the Alienware 15 R3, then expect a graphics boost of about 15 percent or more over the GTX 1070 Max-Q when on higher resolutions.

See our dedicated page on the GTX 1070 Max-Q for more technical information and benchmarks.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 9900K
16949 Points ∼75% +49%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
11407 Points ∼50%
Alienware 15 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK
10700 Points ∼47% -6%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
10475 Points ∼46% -8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (7458 - 12069, n=18)
9753 Points ∼43% -14%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
9607 Points ∼42% -16%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ
9019 Points ∼40% -21%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
8685 Points ∼38% -24%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
7763 Points ∼34% -32%
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
7598 Points ∼34% -33%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ
6104 Points ∼27% -46%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
5515 Points ∼24% -52%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 9900K
28606 Points ∼56% +39%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
24425 Points ∼48% +19%
Alienware 15 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK
23308 Points ∼46% +13%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
20573 Points ∼40%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
19969 Points ∼39% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (17680 - 20829, n=18)
19016 Points ∼37% -8%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
14879 Points ∼29% -28%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ
13180 Points ∼26% -36%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ
10007 Points ∼20% -51%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
8304 Points ∼16% -60%
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
7658 Points ∼15% -63%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
5289 Points ∼10% -74%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 9900K
6907 Points ∼48%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
6101 Points ∼43%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (4548 - 4795, n=5)
4687 Points ∼33%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ
2336 Points ∼16%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
1990 Points ∼14%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 9900K
20901 Points ∼51% +31%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
18505 Points ∼46% +16%
Alienware 15 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK
17675 Points ∼43% +10%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
16010 Points ∼39%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
15748 Points ∼39% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (14146 - 16165, n=16)
14910 Points ∼37% -7%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
11814 Points ∼29% -26%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ
10180 Points ∼25% -36%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ
7626 Points ∼19% -52%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
6792 Points ∼17% -58%
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
6183 Points ∼15% -61%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
4361 Points ∼11% -73%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 9900K
121397 Points ∼66% +20%
Alienware 15 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK
117493 Points ∼64% +16%
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
104506 Points ∼57% +3%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
101052 Points ∼55%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
98051 Points ∼53% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (73739 - 107807, n=16)
97317 Points ∼53% -4%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
83747 Points ∼45% -17%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ
69279 Points ∼38% -31%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7300HQ
49115 Points ∼27% -51%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
46618 Points ∼25% -54%
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
39385 Points ∼21% -61%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
31060 Points ∼17% -69%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7820HK
252862 Points ∼35%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (91895 - 312206, n=7)
209959 Points ∼29%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
110806 Points ∼15%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
100354 Points ∼14%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ
75493 Points ∼10%
3DMark 11 Performance
17408 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
35886 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
14119 points
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Gaming Performance

We recommend the GTX 1070 Max-Q at minimum if configuring with a 1080p 144 Hz display. The extra horsepower is put to good use for reaching frame rates above 100 FPS especially for more demanding titles. If your gaming habits consist mostly of less demanding titles like Fortnite, LoL, CS:GO or Overwatch, however, then the GTX 1060 should suffice if just barely.

Frame rates when idling on Witcher 3 are stable with no recurring dips to suggest no interrupting background activity.

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