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Alienware m17 R5, 6900HX RX 6850M XT


Alienware m17 R5, 6900HX RX 6850M XT
Alienware m17 R5, 6900HX RX 6850M XT (m17 Series)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX 8 x 3.3 - 4.9 GHz, Rembrandt H (Zen 3+)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT - 12 GB VRAM, GDDR6
32 GB 
, DDR5-4800
17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, glossy: no, 360 Hz
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5mm
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.7 x 397.3 x 298.71 ( = 1.05 x 15.64 x 11.76 in)
64 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Webcam: HD 720p IR
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
3.3 kg ( = 116.4 oz / 7.28 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

Reviews for the Alienware m17 R5, 6900HX RX 6850M XT

Alienware m17 R5 Review: AMD Advantage Gaming Laptop Shines
Source: Hot Hardware English
So, who should buy this system? We wouldn't recommend the m17 (or any 17" laptop) to folks who are constantly on the go, like students or executive types, but that's really not what the system is meant for anyway. If you're the kind of person who wants "gaming desktop" performance, that's portable, and can't stand having a big box with wires going everywhere, this is the machine for you. It's every bit as fast as a high-midrange gaming desktop, and the price includes an excellent display, too. If you're considering a gaming notebook with a 17" form factor, the Alienware m17 R5 may be for you.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/19/2022
80% Alienware m17 R5 Review
Source: PC Mag English
The Alienware m17 R5 doesn't exactly reinvent the R4, but more advanced features and higher performance are what you want from an iterative release. With the x15 and x17 representing slimmer choices among Alienware's offerings, the m17 has room to breathe as the brand's largest and most potent option. It delivers in spades and even adds impressive battery life. Some top-dollar competitors may be faster in certain areas, but the R5 succeeds as a gaming-first machine with sky-high frame rates and plenty of configuration options. Our unit's 175-watt GPU proves its worth if you're a frame-rate-first shopper. It's undeniably pricey, but not more so than its rivals, and the starting price is closer to the midrange. While the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 and Origin EVO17-S are more-than-worthy competitors, the configuration options, style, and raw power of the Alienware m17 R5 earn it an Editors' Choice award for a big high-end gaming laptop that enthusiasts may actually buy, while the MSI GT77 retains its Editors' Choice, too, earned a few days ago, for the ultimate price-regardless dream machine.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/19/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Alienware m17 R5 (AMD Advantage): Meet the king of AMD gaming laptops
Source: Laptop Mag English
Andre 3000 and Big Boi, Salt n’ Pepa and Eric B & Rakim. Now you can add AMD and Alienware to the list of iconic duos. The collaboration has lived up to the hype and did just what they set out to do, create the most powerful 17-inch AMD gaming laptop in the Alienware m15 R5. Both the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX and Radeon RX 6850M XT GPU deliver big numbers on performance, enough to give their Intel and Nvidia-powered competitors a run for their money more often than not. And that’s with no small help from the AMD Advantage software suite designed to squeeze every bit of performance out of the system no matter the situation. The lovely 4K display, powerful speakers, ultra-low profile Cherry MX are the literal cherry on top. Oh and with that Legend 2.0 design, it’s just a stunner of a system. However, for $2,799, I definitely want a 1080p webcam and for the system to be a bit more dominant with that performance. I want to win all the time, not 80% of the exchange.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/19/2022
Rating: Total score: 100%


AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT: High-end mobile graphics card based on a Navi 22 chip (new RDNA2 architecture) and manufactured in the modern 7nm process. Offers 2,560 cores (40 CUs) and using 12 GB GDDR6 graphics memory. The game clock is specified at 2.463 GHz at 135-165 Watt TDP. 

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

R9 6900HX: Mobile Octa-Core APU using Zen 3+ cores clocked at 3.3 to 4.9 GHz and a RDNA2 graphics adapter with 12 CUs clocked at up to 2,400 MHz. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

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

3.3 kg:

In former years, this weight was representative for laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, 17 inch laptops weigh less than that.

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


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

90%: There do not exist many models, which are rated better. The most ratings get ratings, which are a bit worse.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Alienware m15 R7, i7-12700H RTX 3050 Ti
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Alienware m15 R7-VPV1K
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-S i7-12700H, 15.60", 2.69 kg
Alienware m17 R5, 6900HX RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Rembrandt (Zen 3+) R9 6900HX, 17.30", 3.3 kg
Alienware x15 R1, i9-11900H RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i9-11900H, 15.60", 2.36 kg
Alienware x17 R2-KTJKT
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-S i7-12700H, 17.30", 3.09 kg
Alienware x14 i9 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-P i9-12900HK, 14.00", 1.79 kg
Alienware m15 R7-D8YK4
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-S i7-12700H, 15.60", 2.69 kg
Alienware x15 R2, 12700H RTX 3060 QHD
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-S i7-12700H, 15.60", 2.27 kg
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Stefan Hinum, 2022-09-20 (Update: 2022-09-20)