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Alienware m17 R4 laptop review: Burning up into the atmosphere

Hot contender. The Alienware m17 R4 is the latest addition to Alienware's m17 lineup. Compared to the m17 R3, there's a brand new RTX 3000 graphics card, but the CPU is identical to the predecessor's top configuration. The new 360 Hz display is also currently one of the fastest on the market.
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The Alienware M17 R4 is the 17-inch model from Dell's Alienware lineup. The RGB-backlit laptops are known for their striking design and have earned a certain image in the world of gaming laptops as a result. The two other models in Alienware's portfolio are the 15-inch variant of our test device, which goes by the name of Alienware M15 R4, and the Alienware Area-51M R2. In contrast to the latter, the Alienware M17 R4 is still relatively compact, as far as you can still speak of that when it comes to a 17-inch laptop in this performance class. The Alienware M17 R4 is an updated version of the Alienware M17 R3, which we previously examined. In the following review, we'll take a look at how well the slim case copes with the new hardware and how the lightning-fast 360 Hz display performs.

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Alienware m17 R4 (m17 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-10980HK 8 x 2.4 - 5.3 GHz, 125 W PL2 / Short Burst, 90 W PL1 / Sustained, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU - 16384 MB, Core: 1710 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, 165 W TDP, GDDR6, 461.92
Memory
32768 MB 
, dual-channel DDR4, 2933 MHz
Display
17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics AUOEC91, IPS, glossy: no, 360 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-H - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined audio jack, Card Reader: microSD card reader, Alienware graphics amplifier port
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): 22 x 399.8 x 294.3 ( = 0.87 x 15.74 x 11.59 in)
Battery
86 Wh, 7167 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p webcam
Primary Camera: 0.92 MPix
Additional features
Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Alienware Command Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3 kg ( = 105.82 oz / 6.61 pounds), Power Supply: 1.3 kg ( = 45.86 oz / 2.87 pounds)
Price
3,799 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
85 %
04/2021
Alienware m17 R4
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
3 kg22 mm17.30"1920x1080
87 %
03/2021
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
3 kg27.4 mm17.30"1920x1080
88 %
02/2021
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
3 kg19.9 mm17.30"3840x2160
88 %
01/2021
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2.8 kg21.4 mm17.30"3840x2160
85 %
01/2021
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
R7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.5 kg27 mm17.30"2560x1440
85 %
09/2020
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
3 kg20.7 mm17.30"1920x1080

Case - Alienware laptop dressed in white

The case is made of a white magnesium alloy with black plastic elements. The gap dimensions are even, and the build quality is very high. This is also noticeable in the high rigidity of the construction. The design hasn't changed compared to the predecessor.

Since the dimensions and weight of the Alienware m17 R4 are virtually the same as those of the m17 R3, the new model is also one of the large and heavy contenders in the 17-inch class. In return, it's a good bit thinner than the Schenker XMG Neo 17 and the MSI GE76 Raider UH.

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Size comparison

397 mm / 15.6 inch 268.5 mm / 10.6 inch 27.4 mm / 1.079 inch 3 kg6.67 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 261 mm / 10.3 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 2.5 kg5.55 lbs399.8 mm / 15.7 inch 294.3 mm / 11.6 inch 22 mm / 0.866 inch 3 kg6.61 lbs399.8 mm / 15.7 inch 294.3 mm / 11.6 inch 20.7 mm / 0.815 inch 3 kg6.59 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 270 mm / 10.6 inch 21.4 mm / 0.843 inch 2.8 kg6.08 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 3 kg6.52 lbs

Connectivity - Thunderbolt 3 and 2.5 Gb/s LAN


Back: HDMI 2.1, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C 3.1 Gen. 2 with Thunderbolt 3, Alienware Graphics Amplifier port, power supply
Back: HDMI 2.1, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C 3.1 Gen. 2 with Thunderbolt 3, Alienware Graphics Amplifier port, power supply
Left: Security cable slot (outside of the image area), 2.5 Gb/s Ethernet port, USB 3.1 Gen. 1 with PowerShare, combined audio jack
Left: Security cable slot (outside of the image area), 2.5 Gb/s Ethernet port, USB 3.1 Gen. 1 with PowerShare, combined audio jack
Right: microSD card reader, 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 1
Right: microSD card reader, 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 1
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
212 MB/s ∼100% +12%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
199.6 MB/s ∼94% +5%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
194 MB/s ∼92% +2%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
193.9 MB/s ∼91% +2%
Alienware m17 R4
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
190 MB/s ∼90%
Average of class Gaming
  (18 - 222, n=94, last 2 years)
113 MB/s ∼53% -41%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83 MB/s ∼39% -56%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Alienware m17 R4
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
239 MB/s ∼100%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
236.8 MB/s ∼99% -1%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
213 MB/s ∼89% -11%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
203.2 MB/s ∼85% -15%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
191.6 MB/s ∼80% -20%
Average of class Gaming
  (20.5 - 257, n=94, last 2 years)
127 MB/s ∼53% -47%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
90 MB/s ∼38% -62%

Communication

The Intel-based Killer AX1650 WLAN module is responsible for wireless connectivity and offers Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. The transfer speeds that we measured are above the average of the WLAN chip and also above those of the predecessor, which is also equipped with the AX1650.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
1550 MBit/s ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1539 (842min - 1691max) MBit/s ∼99% -1%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1350 MBit/s ∼87% -13%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1240 (422min - 1441max) MBit/s ∼80% -20%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1190 MBit/s ∼77% -23%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
1182 (613min - 1213max) MBit/s ∼76% -24%
Average Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
  (597 - 1550, n=7)
1156 MBit/s ∼75% -25%
Average of class Gaming
  (294 - 1645, n=163, last 2 years)
1062 MBit/s ∼69% -31%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
1600 MBit/s ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1495 (788min - 1534max) MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
1384 (1313min - 1423max) MBit/s ∼87% -13%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1370 MBit/s ∼86% -14%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1340 MBit/s ∼84% -16%
Average Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650w
  (633 - 1720, n=7)
1267 MBit/s ∼79% -21%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1261 (629min - 1366max) MBit/s ∼79% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (140 - 1743, n=163, last 2 years)
1128 MBit/s ∼71% -29%

Webcam


Alienware m17 R4 - Webcam without shutter
Alienware m17 R4 - Webcam without shutter
ColorChecker
14.6 ∆E
25.7 ∆E
30 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
32.3 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
17.1 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
20.1 ∆E
24.7 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
21 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
12 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
24.7 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Alienware m17 R4: 19.75 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 32.34 ∆E

Maintenance


Alienware m17 R4 - Interior: The WLAN module and RAM are soldered
Alienware m17 R4 - Interior: The WLAN module and RAM are soldered
Alienware m17 R4 - Bottom cover
Alienware m17 R4 - Bottom cover

Display - Alienware m17 R4 with high-contrast 360 Hz display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Backlight bleeding
Backlight bleeding

The matte 17.3-inch IPS display has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels (Full HD) and a refresh rate of 360 Hz. The panel covers the sRGB color space almost completely and supports Nvidia G-Sync. The latter is also true for the alternatively available Full HD 144 Hz configuration, which covers 72% of the NTSC color spectrum according to the manufacturer's specifications. A 4K variant, where you exchange the high refresh rate for higher resolution, higher brightness, 100% coverage of the AdobeRGB color spectrum, and Tobii eye tracking, is also available, but it comes with a hefty additional price.

The manufacturer's specified value of 300 cd/m² is achieved by the display in our independent measurement, and although the gap is small, the brightness distribution of 93% is the highest in our comparison field. We have also included the new Alienware m15 R4 in the table, because the comparison with the fast Full HD displays makes more sense than the comparison with the 4K panels of the Gigabyte Aero 17 YC or the Razer Blade Pro 17.

306
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics AUOEC91
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 309 cd/m² Average: 300.6 cd/m² Minimum: 13 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 305 cd/m²
Contrast: 1605:1 (Black: 0.19 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.31 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 0.91
ΔE Greyscale 2.3 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
94% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
72% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
71.62% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.65% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
69.83% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.281
Alienware m17 R4
AU Optronics AUOEC91, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
AU Optronics B173HAN05.1, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
BOE NE173QHM-NY2 (BOE0977), IPS, 2560x1440, 17.30
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
AU Optronics B173HAN, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
Alienware m15 R4
LG Philips LGD066E, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Display
1%
0%
-1%
-1%
Display P3 Coverage
69.83
71.81
3%
70.46
1%
69.18
-1%
69.38
-1%
sRGB Coverage
99.65
98.09
-2%
99.47
0%
97.86
-2%
99
-1%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
71.62
73.92
3%
71.85
0%
71.43
0%
70.5
-2%
Response Times
-32%
-18%
-40%
18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
13.2 (6.4, 6.8)
20.4 (9.2, 11.2)
-55%
16.8 (8.4, 8.4)
-27%
16.8 (11.6, 5.2)
-27%
7.4 (2, 5.2)
44%
Response Time Black / White *
9.2 (4.8, 4.4)
10 (5.2, 4.8)
-9%
10 (4, 6)
-9%
14 (7.6, 6.4)
-52%
10 (4.4, 5.6)
-9%
PWM Frequency
151500
Screen
-74%
-31%
-17%
-20%
Brightness middle
305
324.6
6%
410
34%
338.3
11%
333
9%
Brightness
301
312
4%
381
27%
325
8%
303
1%
Brightness Distribution
93
87
-6%
88
-5%
91
-2%
86
-8%
Black Level *
0.19
0.28
-47%
0.37
-95%
0.27
-42%
0.29
-53%
Contrast
1605
1159
-28%
1108
-31%
1253
-22%
1148
-28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.31
3.87
-195%
2.55
-95%
1.88
-44%
1.8
-37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.32
9.35
-303%
4.33
-87%
3.23
-39%
4.49
-94%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.91
1.42
-56%
1.28
-41%
1.32
-45%
1.13
-24%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.3
6.5
-183%
3.4
-48%
2.4
-4%
1.9
17%
Gamma
2.281 96%
2.23 99%
2.275 97%
2.39 92%
2.265 97%
CCT
6449 101%
5702 114%
6637 98%
6572 99%
6840 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
72
66.3
-8%
72
0%
64.7
-10%
71
-1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94
98
4%
95
1%
97.8
4%
93
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-35% / -55%
-16% / -23%
-19% / -17%
-1% / -12%

* ... smaller is better

Thanks to the very good black level of only 0.19, the contrast of 1,605:1 is about 30% higher than in the comparison devices. The Delta E color deviation and grayscale values of 1.31 and 2.3 respectively are excellent even before calibration, and they're also in the optimal range (Delta E < 3). According to our independent measurement, the display covers 94% and 72% of the sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces, respectively.

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)

For the most part, the brightness is too low for outdoor use, but the matte layer helps keep the display content legible, at least in the shade or in darker conditions.

Alienware m17 R4 vs. sRGB (94%)
Alienware m17 R4 vs. sRGB (94%)
Alienware m17 R4 vs. AdobeRGB (72%)
Alienware m17 R4 vs. AdobeRGB (72%)
Alienware m17 R4 outdoors on a cloudy day
Alienware m17 R4 outdoors on a cloudy day

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
9.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.8 ms rise
↘ 4.4 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 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
13.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.4 ms rise
↘ 6.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.1 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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 14793 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Alienware m17 R4 - Viewing angles
Alienware m17 R4 - Viewing angles

Thanks to the underlying IPS technology, the viewing angles of the display are good. Even when viewing it from extremely steep angles, the contrast and brightness hardly change.

Performance - Alienware m17 R4 with high CPU and GPU performance

Our configuration of the Alienware m17 R4 is equipped with an Intel Core i9-10980HK and a mobile Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. The powerful duo is supported by 32 GB of soldered dual-channel DDR4 RAM running at 2,933 MHz as well as by two 512 GB NVMe SSDs in a RAID 0 setup. As for the processor, you have the choice between the aforementioned Core i9 and the Core i7-10870H. In our Cinebench R15 loop test, the latter is about 9% slower than the processor in our test model. The base configuration features a mobile Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a single 512 GB SSD.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z - Caches
CPU-Z - Caches
CPU-Z - Mainboard
CPU-Z - Mainboard
CPU-Z - Memory
CPU-Z - Memory
HWiNFO
HWiNFO

Processor

The Intel Core i9-10980HK is an octa-core processor for laptops that also offers an integrated GPU. The CPU is based on the Comet Lake architecture, and it was used in some of the predecessor's models as well. The chip clocks at 2.4-5.2 GHz or 2.4-5.3 GHz, whereby 5.3 GHz is unlikely to be reached in practice, since the CPU temperature can't exceed 65 °C (~149 °F) for this clock rate. The "K" in the name indicates that the CPU can theoretically be overclocked. The Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated into the processor takes over graphics processing in low-load scenarios, which saves power and reduces heat development.

Turbo mode is used to a high extent and is maintained steadily throughout the entire test period in the Cinebench R15 loop test. CPU performance is limited in battery mode: A Cinebench R15 run produces a score of about 1,820 when plugged in, while only around 1,500 points are reached on battery power.

As with the predecessor, the CPU performance is also at a high level compared to rivals with the same CPU, since the Core i9-10980HK unfolds its performance excellently here as well. Nevertheless, the Schenker XMG Neo 17, for example, beats all Intel rivals and is also more efficient, despite "only" being equipped with the Ryzen 7 5800H instead of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX.

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Alienware m17 R4 Intel Core i9-10980HK: Ø1833 (1809.95-1853.31)
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC Intel Core i9-10980HK: Ø1468 (1385.62-1761.11)
Alienware m17 R3 P45E Intel Core i9-10980HK: Ø1826 (1770.85-1836.46)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H) AMD Ryzen 7 5800H: Ø2061 (2036.87-2108.48)
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080 Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1482 (1469.35-1489.04)
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH Intel Core i7-10870H: Ø1671 (1653.3-1715.27)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
232 Points ∼100% +11%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
211 Points ∼91% +1%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
209 Points ∼90%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
208 Points ∼90% 0%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (198 - 219, n=15)
207 Points ∼89% -1%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
203 Points ∼88% -3%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
196 Points ∼84% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (108 - 254, n=199, last 2 years)
196 Points ∼84% -6%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
2108 (2036.87min - 2108.48max) Points ∼100% +14%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1853 (1809.95min - 1853.31max) Points ∼88%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1836 (1770.85min - 1836.46max) Points ∼87% -1%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1761 (1385.62min - 1761.11max) Points ∼84% -5%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (1606 - 1862, n=15)
1739 Points ∼82% -6%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
1715 (1653.3min - 1715.27max) Points ∼81% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (536 - 2804, n=211, last 2 years)
1498 Points ∼71% -19%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
1489 (1469.35min - 1489.04max) Points ∼71% -20%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 633, n=153, last 2 years)
330 Seconds * ∼100% -34%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
302 Seconds * ∼92% -22%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
299 Seconds * ∼91% -21%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (239 - 299, n=13)
277 Seconds * ∼84% -12%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
272 Seconds * ∼82% -10%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
247 Seconds * ∼75%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
245 Seconds * ∼74% +1%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
239 Seconds * ∼72% +3%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4 -mmt1
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
5590 MIPS ∼100% +2%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
5493 MIPS ∼98% +1%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
5463 MIPS ∼98%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
5444 MIPS ∼97% 0%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (5081 - 5542, n=13)
5386 MIPS ∼96% -1%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
5338 MIPS ∼95% -2%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
5208 MIPS ∼93% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (2945 - 6174, n=154, last 2 years)
5188 MIPS ∼93% -5%
7z b 4
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
57284 MIPS ∼100% +16%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
49275 MIPS ∼86%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (43786 - 49275, n=13)
47126 MIPS ∼82% -4%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
46659 MIPS ∼81% -5%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
46135 MIPS ∼81% -6%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
45258 MIPS ∼79% -8%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
44485 MIPS ∼78% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (15146 - 75612, n=154, last 2 years)
43260 MIPS ∼76% -12%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
540 Points ∼100% +7%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
507 Points ∼94% 0%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
506 Points ∼94%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
490 Points ∼91% -3%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (465 - 507, n=13)
488 Points ∼90% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 634, n=188, last 2 years)
484 Points ∼90% -4%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
474 Points ∼88% -6%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
465 Points ∼86% -8%
CPU (Multi Core)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
4510 Points ∼100% +1%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
4487 Points ∼99% +1%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
4456 Points ∼99%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
4020 Points ∼89% -10%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (3526 - 4487, n=13)
3933 Points ∼87% -12%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
3531 Points ∼78% -21%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
3526 Points ∼78% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=189, last 2 years)
3504 Points ∼78% -21%
Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
1354 Points ∼100% 0%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1351 Points ∼100% 0%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1351 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1344 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (1283 - 1401, n=12)
1339 Points ∼99% -1%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
1315 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1777, n=149, last 2 years)
1295 Points ∼96% -4%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
1266 Points ∼94% -6%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
8176 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (7634 - 8666, n=12)
8175 Points ∼100% 0%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
8135 Points ∼99%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
8134 Points ∼99% 0%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
8035 Points ∼98% -1%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
7991 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
7756 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=149, last 2 years)
7143 Points ∼87% -12%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
15.6 fps ∼100% +9%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
14.6 fps ∼94% +2%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
14.3 fps ∼92%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
13.5 fps ∼87% -6%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (12 - 14.6, n=13)
13 fps ∼83% -9%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
12.1 fps ∼78% -15%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
12 fps ∼77% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (4.4 - 19.8, n=153, last 2 years)
11.9 fps ∼76% -17%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 98.2, n=141, last 2 years)
54 s * ∼100% -5%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (44 - 89, n=13)
53.7 s * ∼99% -4%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
51.5 s * ∼95%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
51.4 s * ∼95% -0%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
50.8 s * ∼94% +1%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
49.5 s * ∼92% +4%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
48.8 s * ∼90% +5%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
45.3 s * ∼84% +12%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H
0.589 sec * ∼100% -3%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.587 sec * ∼100% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.4907 - 1.088, n=145, last 2 years)
0.587 sec * ∼100% -2%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK
  (0.561 - 0.596, n=13)
0.576 sec * ∼98% -0%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
0.574 sec * ∼97%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
0.564 sec * ∼96% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
0.561 sec * ∼95% +2%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
0.512 sec * ∼87% +11%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1853 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
153 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
209 Points
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System performance

In the PCMark benchmarks, our m17 R4 achieves slightly above-average scores for the CPU-GPU combination. Overall, the system performance level is consequently in the upper midfield, while the Schenker XMG Neo 17 is able to claim most benchmarks in its favor. In everyday use, the system consistently responds to inputs without delays, but we encountered a small display bug with the Alienware Command Center.

PCMark 10
Score
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
6983 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (6512 - 6988, n=3)
6728 Points ∼96% +1%
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
6684 Points ∼96%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6659 Points ∼95% 0%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
6594 Points ∼94% -1%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6531 Points ∼94% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, ESR01TBTLCG-EAC-4
6512 Points ∼93% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (3952 - 7884, n=181, last 2 years)
5936 Points ∼85% -11%
Essentials
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
10051 Points ∼100% +5%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9919 Points ∼99% +4%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
9730 Points ∼97% +2%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
9689 Points ∼96% +2%
Average of class Gaming
  (7148 - 11266, n=179, last 2 years)
9532 Points ∼95% 0%
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
9529 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (9312 - 9709, n=3)
9517 Points ∼95% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, ESR01TBTLCG-EAC-4
9312 Points ∼93% -2%
Productivity
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (8746 - 9337, n=3)
8960 Points ∼100% +2%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
8849 Points ∼99% +1%
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
8798 Points ∼98%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, ESR01TBTLCG-EAC-4
8746 Points ∼98% -1%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8448 Points ∼94% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (5633 - 10066, n=179, last 2 years)
8033 Points ∼90% -9%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
7984 Points ∼89% -9%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
7927 Points ∼88% -10%
Digital Content Creation
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
10389 Points ∼100% +7%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
10315 Points ∼99% +7%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
10130 Points ∼98% +5%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (9203 - 10217, n=3)
9695 Points ∼93% 0%
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
9666 Points ∼93%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, ESR01TBTLCG-EAC-4
9203 Points ∼89% -5%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9021 Points ∼87% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (3670 - 12250, n=179, last 2 years)
7553 Points ∼73% -22%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
6224 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
6224 Points ∼100% 0%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
5881 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (2832 - 6277, n=106, last 2 years)
4501 Points ∼72% -28%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4087 Points ∼66% -34%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
6589 Points ∼100% +19%
Average of class Gaming
  (4265 - 7104, n=106, last 2 years)
5614 Points ∼85% +1%
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
5555 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
 
5555 Points ∼84% 0%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4748 Points ∼72% -15%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
6224 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5555 points
PCMark 10 Score
6684 points
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DPC latencies

The DPC latencies are lower than in all other comparison devices, but they're still possibly not suitable for editing video and audio files in real time out of the box.

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MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
9339.1 μs * ∼100% -1497%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, ESR01TBTLCG-EAC-4
3490.1 μs * ∼37% -497%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
1820.7 μs * ∼19% -211%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
1713.5 μs * ∼18% -193%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
637.3 μs * ∼7% -9%
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
584.8 μs * ∼6%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

In our case, a RAID 0 setup consisting of two Micron 2300 NVMe SSDs serves as the storage solution. The low 4K write performance is a natural consequence of the RAID array, but the 4K read performance is partly even lower than in drive solutions with a single SSD. Nevertheless, performance tends to be a good bit higher than with the Micron 2200S RAID 0 configuration of the predecessor.

More information can be found in our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article.

Alienware m17 R4
2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
ESR01TBTLCG-EAC-4
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
3%
-6%
5%
22%
-12%
Write 4K
93.14
157.1
69%
123.5
33%
141.2
52%
206.1
121%
68.03
-27%
Read 4K
46.79
46.3
-1%
45.96
-2%
46.48
-1%
53
13%
42.04
-10%
Write Seq
2852.69
2396
-16%
1861
-35%
2433
-15%
3018
6%
2221
-22%
Read Seq
2556.2
2245
-12%
1584
-38%
1742
-32%
2575
1%
2202
-14%
Write 4K Q32T1
474.99
436.1
-8%
466.4
-2%
564.7
19%
535.2
13%
494.5
4%
Read 4K Q32T1
528.87
523.6
-1%
565.5
7%
654.5
24%
607.6
15%
539.5
2%
Write Seq Q32T1
3330.8
3086
-7%
2981
-11%
3028
-9%
3242
-3%
2623
-21%
Read Seq Q32T1
3318.8
3363
1%
3260
-2%
3424
3%
3617
9%
3159
-5%
AS SSD
7%
8%
38%
41%
-35%
Seq Read
2733
2966.65
9%
2068.48
-24%
2673.95
-2%
3019.89
10%
2060.1
-25%
Seq Write
2822
2603.53
-8%
2046.62
-27%
2458.37
-13%
2631.23
-7%
2296.83
-19%
4K Read
45.04
42.97
-5%
47.85
6%
52.08
16%
60.35
34%
35.39
-21%
4K Write
88.36
107.75
22%
87.38
-1%
113.38
28%
171.59
94%
63.14
-29%
4K-64 Read
1387.92
1683.85
21%
1932.35
39%
1881.05
36%
1410.3
2%
1337.03
-4%
4K-64 Write
1227.07
2164.3
76%
2016.74
64%
2848.53
132%
2324.17
89%
1307.22
7%
Access Time Read *
0.079
0.116
-47%
0.055
30%
0.102
-29%
0.045
43%
0.057
28%
Access Time Write *
0.095
0.106
-12%
0.128
-35%
0.033
65%
0.024
75%
0.411
-333%
Score Read
1706
2023
19%
2187
28%
2201
29%
1773
4%
1578
-8%
Score Write
1598
2532
58%
2309
44%
3208
101%
2759
73%
1600
0%
Score Total
4184
5571
33%
5612
34%
6524
56%
5429
30%
3997
-4%
Copy ISO MB/s
2413.53
2106.29
-13%
2399.74
-1%
1728.36
-28%
Copy Program MB/s
1029.76
686.92
-33%
684.03
-34%
726.92
-29%
Copy Game MB/s
1990.67
1590.03
-20%
1628.65
-18%
1585.49
-20%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / 6%
1% / 3%
22% / 24%
32% / 33%
-24% / -26%

* ... smaller is better

2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3318.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3330.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 528.87 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 474.99 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2556.2 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2852.69 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 46.79 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 93.14 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

GPU-Z
GPU-Z - Intel UHD Graphics

The mobile Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is currently the fastest laptop gaming graphics card, and it has access to a generous TDP of 165 watts (including Dynamic Boost) and 16 GB of video memory. Graphics performance is roughly on par with that of a desktop GeForce RTX 3060 Ti.

The effects of the high energy budget can be seen in the 3DMark benchmarks, which are led by the Alienware m17 R4 without exception. At the same time, you can see from the results that the new model shows an advantage of about 20% over the m17 R3. The scores show that the GeForce RTX 3080 can unleash its performance excellently in the Alienware laptop and already suggest an excellent gaming performance as well.

Graphics performance is limited on battery power. A Fire Strike run delivers physics and graphics scores of 18,713 and 6,900, respectively, on battery power, while 22,147 and 32,536 are achieved when plugged in.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Alienware m17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
43077 Points ∼100%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
42813 Points ∼99% -1%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (32521 - 43744, n=25)
39220 Points ∼91% -9%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
37171 Points ∼86% -14%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, Intel Core i9-10980HK
35128 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (1925 - 43077, n=192, last 2 years)
25603 Points ∼59% -41%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Alienware m17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
192950 Points ∼100%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
190146 Points ∼99% -1%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
169244 Points ∼88% -12%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, Intel Core i9-10980HK
160125 Points ∼83% -17%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
149262 Points ∼77% -23%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (38816 - 192950, n=23)
127718 Points ∼66% -34%
Average of class Gaming
  (23059 - 192950, n=170, last 2 years)
104580 Points ∼54% -46%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
71670 Points ∼37% -63%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Alienware m17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
32366 Points ∼100%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
32222 Points ∼100% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (20538 - 32366, n=28)
28237 Points ∼87% -13%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
27968 Points ∼86% -14%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
26486 Points ∼82% -18%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, Intel Core i9-10980HK
25597 Points ∼79% -21%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
25129 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Gaming
  (1360 - 34993, n=201, last 2 years)
19446 Points ∼60% -40%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Alienware m17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
12718 Points ∼100%
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
12678 Points ∼100% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (9023 - 13210, n=27)
11195 Points ∼88% -12%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
10898 Points ∼86% -14%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
10898 Points ∼86% -14%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, Intel Core i9-10980HK
9908 Points ∼78% -22%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-10980HK
9646 Points ∼76% -24%
Average of class Gaming
  (429 - 13210, n=200, last 2 years)
7453 Points ∼59% -41%
3DMark 11 Performance
29711 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
57555 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
24937 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
12224 points
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Gaming performance

In the practical gaming tests, our review sample performs extremely well, and even the latest games, such as Cyberpunk 2077, can be played smoothly at the highest graphics settings. Unfortunately, the display doesn't seem to cope well with some situations, because the image flickers from time to time.

More information can be found in our benchmarks list.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
231.2 (219min - 243max) fps ∼100% +10%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
211 (166min - 247max) fps ∼91%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
208.1 (190min - 220max) fps ∼90% -1%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (155 - 242, n=20)
194 fps ∼84% -8%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
187 (5.75min, 70.6P0.1, 128P1 - 368max) fps ∼81% -11%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
186.2 (179min - 197max) fps ∼81% -12%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
175 (137min) fps ∼76% -17%
Average of class Gaming
  (42.1 - 242, n=158, last 2 years)
134 fps ∼58% -36%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
120 (109min - 132max) fps ∼100% +4%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
115 (84min) fps ∼96%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
108.3 (98min - 117max) fps ∼90% -6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (90.2 - 123, n=26)
107 fps ∼89% -7%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
101 fps ∼84% -12%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
97.7 (93min - 103max) fps ∼81% -15%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
96.1 (74min) fps ∼80% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (24.3 - 123, n=194, last 2 years)
75 fps ∼63% -35%

In our The Witcher 3 test, during which the game character is not moved for the entire period, the frame rates drop slightly several times, which could possibly be due to interfering background activity or thermal throttling.

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