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Alienware m17 R5 laptop review: All-AMD gamer with great potential, but driver problems

The AMD mothership is yet to take off. In the new m17 R5, Dell bets fully on AMD, both for the processor (Ryzen 9 6900HX) and the graphics card (Radeon RX 6850M XT). We take a look at whether the components work well together in the 17-inch gamer and whether the AMD combo can stand up to its Intel/Nvidia rivals.

In 2021, we reviewed the predecessor Alienware m17 R4 with its Comet Lake CPU and RTX 3080. In doing so, some weaknesses were uncovered, which were well reflected in the review title ("Burned up in the atmosphere"). We now have the m17 R5, but complete with AMD hardware this time, in the test lab and we are naturally interested in whether the successor has finally gotten the temperature problems of the predecessor under control.

Our all-AMD model is heavily equipped with a Ryzen 9 6900HX, a Radeon RX 6850M XT and 32 GB of RAM, and costs an equally strong US$2550. For this price, you can certainly expect various optimizations. Of course, we are also interested in how the combination of AMD CPU and AMD GPU performs against various Intel/Nvidia combinations.

We compare the R5 against its predecessor, the R4, but also against similarly equipped competitors such as the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE, the Acer Predator Helios 300, the Schenker XMG Neo 17 M22 and the Gigabyte Aorus 17X XES.

m17 R5 (m17 Series)
Processor
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, Core: 2419 MHz, Memory: 2250 MHz
Memory
32 GB 
, 2x 16 GB SK Hynix DDR5-4800
Display
17.00 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 255 PPI, AU Optronics AUODBA3, IPS, AMD FreeSync, glossy: no, 120 Hz
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
SSSTC CA6-8D1024, 1024 GB 
, 960 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Zen - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: Headset
Networking
Realtek RTL8125 2.5GBe Family Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500MBit/s), MediaTek MT7921 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.7 x 397.3 x 298.71 ( = 1.05 x 15.64 x 11.76 in)
Battery
97 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo Speakers 2x 2,5 W, Keyboard: Alienware RGB AlienFX per key mSeries, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty, Premium Support and Onsite Service
Weight
3.384 kg ( = 119.37 oz / 7.46 pounds), Power Supply: 994 g ( = 35.06 oz / 2.19 pounds)
Price
3599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86.1 %
01/2023
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
R9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
3.4 kg26.7 mm17.00"3840x2160
85.3 %
04/2021
Alienware m17 R4
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
3 kg22 mm17.30"1920x1080
86.9 %
11/2022
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2.9 kg28.3 mm17.30"2560x1440
86.5 %
11/2022
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
3 kg27.65 mm17.30"2560x1440
87.6 %
08/2022
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
R9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2.8 kg27 mm17.00"2560x1600
83.7 %
08/2022
Aorus 17X XES
i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
2.7 kg30 mm17.30"1920x1080

Case - Revamped design in the m17 R5

The case has been heavily revamped, even if the difference is only visible at first glance from the color scheme and the underside. After the white R4, the new m17 now once again has a dark grey metal body, and the grilles on the baseplate are now honeycomb instead of striped. Overall, the design is almost plain for an Alienware, at least when switched off. If you switch it on, various LEDs remind you that you have an Alien gaming laptop before you.

On the other hand, the internal layout is also new, the keyboard no longer has a numpad, the arrow keys no longer protrude downwards, the ports have been changed and so on.

m17 R4
m17 R4
m17 R5
m17 R5

As before, the outer case is made of sturdy metal, while the edges of the display are made of plastic. The baseplate is also made of plastic, but has also been rubberized as an addition.

Overall, the laptop is very torsion-resistant and cracks only slightly when placed under torsional stress. The lid is also unusually stable and the overall build quality is on a high level.

It is well known that Alienware laptops are quite large due to their expansive cooling system, although competitors such as the Acer Predator have meanwhile "followed suit" in this regard.

What is striking, however, is that the m17 R5 has gained a lot of weight. The gamer now weighs a full 400 g more than its predecessor, making it the heaviest device in the comparison field. The predecessor was also thinner, even if many competitors are thicker.

Overall, the m17 is very large and, above all, heavy for its class.

Size Comparison

398 mm / 15.7 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 30 mm / 1.181 inch 2.7 kg6.04 lbs399.3 mm / 15.7 inch 295.5 mm / 11.6 inch 27.65 mm / 1.089 inch 3 kg6.6 lbs397.3 mm / 15.6 inch 298.71 mm / 11.8 inch 26.7 mm / 1.051 inch 3.4 kg7.46 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 282 mm / 11.1 inch 28.3 mm / 1.114 inch 2.9 kg6.45 lbs399.8 mm / 15.7 inch 294.3 mm / 11.6 inch 22 mm / 0.866 inch 3 kg6.61 lbs381.7 mm / 15 inch 272.8 mm / 10.7 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 2.8 kg6.15 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Equipment - Fewer ports on the m17 R5

The variety of ports has by no means developed in a positive way; various ports of the R4 have simply been omitted in the R5. These include the Alienwareport for external graphics cards, the microSD reader, and the dedicated DisplayPort. Dell simply "squeezes" the latter into the functionality of the one USB-C port. This port, in turn, does not yet support Thunderbolt or USB 4 in this year's AMD version.

The fact that there are no USB ports on the left side and that you have to connect all USB devices to the mouse side quickly proved annoying during our review. Otherwise, most of the ports are at the back with enough space between them.

Right: 2x USB-A 3.0
Right: 2x USB-A 3.0
Left: RJ45 LAN, headset
Left: RJ45 LAN, headset
Rear: USB-C 3.2 Gen2, USB-A 3.0 with PowerShare, HDMI 2.1, power connector
Rear: USB-C 3.2 Gen2, USB-A 3.0 with PowerShare, HDMI 2.1, power connector

Communication

Instead of an Intel AX or Killer Wireless module, typical for this class, Dell uses a MediaTek MT7921. Its possibilities are exhausted by the m17, but are generally limited. Rival laptops are mostly faster.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Average of class Gaming
  (685 - 1890, n=156, last 2 years)
1407 MBit/s +45%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
MediaTek MT7921
968 MBit/s
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
MediaTek RZ608
967 (949min - 978max) MBit/s 0%
Average MediaTek MT7921
  (104.2 - 968, n=16)
800 MBit/s -17%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Average of class Gaming
  (469 - 1793, n=150, last 2 years)
1275 MBit/s +30%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
MediaTek MT7921
981 MBit/s
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
MediaTek RZ608
936 (898min - 971max) MBit/s -5%
Average MediaTek MT7921
  (47.8 - 985, n=16)
820 MBit/s -16%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1648 (1133min - 1711max) MBit/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1645 (1589min - 1741max) MBit/s
Average of class Gaming
  (648 - 1878, n=75, last 2 years)
1474 MBit/s
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1350 (1269min - 1405max) MBit/s
Average MediaTek MT7921
  (829 - 1116, n=5)
938 MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1755 (1679min - 1765max) MBit/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1732 (1685min - 1744max) MBit/s
Average of class Gaming
  (853 - 1857, n=77, last 2 years)
1509 MBit/s
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1416 (680min - 1453max) MBit/s
Average MediaTek MT7921
  (609 - 1245, n=5)
894 MBit/s
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900950100010501100115012001250130013501400145015001550160016501700Tooltip
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT) MediaTek MT7921; iperf3 transmit AXE11000: Ø976 (930-1012)
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT) MediaTek MT7921; iperf3 receive AXE11000: Ø968 (947-983)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1645 (1589-1741)
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti) Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1341 (1269-1405)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1732 (1685-1744)
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti) Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1393 (680-1453)

Webcam

This is not due to the privacy settings.
This is not due to the privacy settings.

While many competitors have a Full HD webcam installed, users of the m17 have to make do with a 720p camera.

In our review model, this does not work properly. When we start it up, we get the message that no webcam is found, we click around senselessly, then suddenly a video image appears, then the error message pops up again, later another image.

On the other hand, the webcam works on another m17-R5 model, which is currently enjoying a film career with our YouTuber Alex. We suspect that something is loose in the hardware of our review model. At least we were lucky enough to be able to take our two test photos.

ColorChecker
16.9 ∆E
17.6 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
20.2 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
24 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
22 ∆E
22.6 ∆E
19 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
24 ∆E
23.4 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
20.6 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT): 17.95 ∆E min: 3.43 - max: 27.69 ∆E

Security

Gaming laptops often skimp on security features, and so does the Alienware. A fingerprint sensor is missing, and you won't find a Kensington slot here either. The 720p camera is capable of IR for facial recognition in Windows Hello.

Accessories and Warranty

Dell does not pack any accessories in the box.

The warranty in Germany only amounts to 12 months. This may differ depending on your location, so interested buyers should double-check before purchase.

Maintenance

2 screws are much longer.
2 screws are much longer.

To loosen the underside, 8 cross-head screws need to be unscrewed. Two of them are much longer, so you should remember which screws go into which thread.

Once unscrewed, the underside can be levered open almost without tools. You then have access to the fans, two RAM slots, two M.2 SSD slots, the battery, and the replaceable Wifi module.

Inside the m17 R5
Inside the m17 R5
Cooling pads on the baseplate
Cooling pads on the baseplate
M.2 SSD and replaceable Wifi module
M.2 SSD and replaceable Wifi module
2 RAM slots
2 RAM slots

Input Devices - 17 inches without numpad

Keyboard

The keyboard layout has also been revamped. Despite the 17-inch size, the numpad has been dropped, but the arrow keys are now of normal size and the layout looks very tidy. The enter key is now also normal in size, but the shift keys are somewhat shorter.

Old layout (R3, R4)
Old layout (R3, R4)
New layout without numpad (R5)
New layout without numpad (R5)

The keys themselves have a medium travel and the feedback is clearly noticeable. Overall, the typing experience is very good and typing noise is moderate.

Nowadays, a backlight is indispensable and it has to be colorful in a gaming laptop. And so the m17 allows all kinds of LED gimmicks. In addition to the RGB-per-key effects, you can also configure the Alien logos on the front and back as well as the LED bar on the back.

Adjusting the lighting
Adjusting the lighting
LED bar on the cooling system
LED bar on the cooling system

Touchpad

Touchpad
Touchpad

The average-sized (11.5 x 8 cm) touchpad has good gliding properties; it only falters slightly during very slow movements. 

The integrated click buttons have a good pressure point and provide clear feedback. In our review model, however, clicks occasionally became "stuck", i.e. a button did not spring back up after being clicked down. The clicking noise is moderate.

Display - Bright 4K panel in the Alienware

Grainy subpixels due to matte overlay
Grainy subpixels due to matte overlay
Minimal screen bleeding in the bottom right
Minimal screen bleeding in the bottom right

Dell installs a matte UHD IPS panel (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) from AU Optronics with a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

There are numerous alternative options, starting with three Full HD displays, which differ primarily in the refresh rate (165, 360, 480 Hz!), but also in the support of FreeSync vs G-Sync. Then there is a QHD display (2,560 x 1,440) with 165 Hz.

Our measurements are somewhat far removed from the advertised 3 ms response time; we measured between 11.6 and 16.4 ms. Screen bleeding is minimal, especially on the lower right edge. PWM is not used.

In a class comparison, the brightness of almost 450 nits is very good, and the illumination is also good. The black level, on the other hand, drops sharply, which means the contrast suffers somewhat.

449
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
442
cd/m²
484
cd/m²
421
cd/m²
450
cd/m²
486
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics AUODBA3 tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 486 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 449 cd/m² Minimum: 21.228 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 481 cd/m²
Contrast: 880:1 (Black: 0.55 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.8 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5, calibrated: 4.74
ΔE Greyscale 5.5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
88.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.6% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
97.2% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.42
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AU Optronics AUODBA3, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.00
Alienware m17 R4
AU Optronics AUOEC91, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
NE173QHM-NZ2, IPS, 2560x1440, 17.30
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
BOE0A1A, IPS, 2560x1440, 17.30
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
BOE0A99, IPS, 2560x1600, 17.00
Aorus 17X XES
Sharp SHP1563, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
Display
-16%
-1%
-1%
-17%
-16%
Display P3 Coverage
97.2
69.8
-28%
97.1
0%
96.8
0%
69
-29%
70.1
-28%
sRGB Coverage
99.6
99.7
0%
99.9
0%
99.9
0%
99.8
0%
99.9
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
88.4
71.6
-19%
84.8
-4%
84.8
-4%
69.6
-21%
71.9
-19%
Response Times
21%
39%
2%
41%
65%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
16.4 ?(7.8, 8.6)
13.2 ?(6.4, 6.8)
20%
5.7 ?(2.7, 3)
65%
16.4 ?(7.8, 8.6)
-0%
10.8 ?(5.1, 5.7)
34%
3.4 ?(1.4, 2)
79%
Response Time Black / White *
11.6 ?(6.2, 5.4)
9.2 ?(4.8, 4.4)
21%
10.1 ?(5, 5.1)
13%
11.2 ?(5.8, 5.4)
3%
6.1 ?(2.5, 3.6)
47%
5.8 ?(2.5, 3.3)
50%
PWM Frequency
Screen
41%
28%
17%
33%
1%
Brightness middle
484
305
-37%
320
-34%
366
-24%
415
-14%
278
-43%
Brightness
449
301
-33%
303
-33%
340
-24%
399
-11%
273
-39%
Brightness Distribution
87
93
7%
87
0%
85
-2%
90
3%
79
-9%
Black Level *
0.55
0.19
65%
0.3
45%
0.31
44%
0.43
22%
0.26
53%
Contrast
880
1605
82%
1067
21%
1181
34%
965
10%
1069
21%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.8
1.31
73%
1.1
77%
3.56
26%
1.44
70%
3.96
17%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.48
2.32
69%
2.7
64%
5.66
24%
2.33
69%
10.78
-44%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
4.74
0.91
81%
3.31
30%
0.89
81%
1.07
77%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.5
2.3
58%
1.1
80%
2.84
48%
1.8
67%
6.8
-24%
Gamma
2.42 91%
2.281 96%
2.13 103%
2.29 96%
2.132 103%
2.224 99%
CCT
6148 106%
6449 101%
6599 98%
6835 95%
6327 103%
7651 85%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
72
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94
Total Average (Program / Settings)
15% / 26%
22% / 23%
6% / 11%
19% / 23%
17% / 7%

* ... smaller is better

The Alienware offers decent color space coverage: sRGB is fully reproduced, DisplayP3 is 97 percent and AdobeRGB 88 percent. This makes the screen suitable for professional image- and video editing. 

sRGB
sRGB
DisplayP3
DisplayP3
AdobeRGB
AdobeRGB

Despite the good colour space coverage, the DeltaE values are not particularly low. A DeltaE value of close to 5 is a little too high for both the colors and the grayscales.

Our manual calibration brings the DeltaE value down to 0.46 for the grayscale and the color deviations to 3.06. The profile can be downloaded above.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation
Saturation
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Grayscale calibrated
Grayscale calibrated
Saturation calibrated
Saturation calibrated
ColorChecker calibrated
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
11.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.2 ms rise
↘ 5.4 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 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 26 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
16.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.8 ms rise
↘ 8.6 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 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.8 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: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17942 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Outdoors, the 450 nits together with the matte surface are helpful in reducing most reflections. However, the weak contrast prohibits use in direct sunlight.

Outdoors on a cloudy day.
Outdoors on a cloudy day.
Outdoors at a steep viewing angle.
Outdoors at a steep viewing angle.

The viewing-angle stability is acceptable, but not great compared to the IPS standard. When viewed from extreme angles, a considerable amount of brightness is lost.

Performance - Drivers hinder true potential

Both the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX with its eight cores and the AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT as well as the generous 32 GB of RAM place the device in the high-performance gamer category. This means that the device should be able to run all current games smoothly on the integrated display, even if not always in native 4K resolution.

Alternatively, you can go one size smaller in the configurator with the Ryzen 7 6800H and a Radeon RX 6700M. The RAM can be varied between 8 and 64 GB.

Testing Conditions

Unfortunately, Dell always has two manufacturer apps pre-installed on Alienware laptops, namely "My Alienware" and the "Alienware Command Center". While the former is primarily dedicated to support, the latter is the control center. In the Command Center, you set the lighting and the performance modes, of which there are a total of five. In addition, certain values can be overclocked manually.

Preconfigured system does not open Radeon software.
Preconfigured system does not open Radeon software.
The dreaded blue screen.
The dreaded blue screen.
System hangs during GPU switching.
System hangs during GPU switching.

We chose Performance mode for the benchmarks. Only Full Speed squeezes out even more performance, but here the fans are always maxed out.

During testing, we repeatedly encountered problems with the all-AMD configuration. At first, we couldn't access the Radeon software in the Dell preconfigured system.

Installing the latest drivers led to considerable stability issues, whereupon we installed an older, stable driver on Dell's advice. Nevertheless, a blue screen occurred once on our review model and the m17 crashed completely during a standard gaming benchmark. The same occured also in sleep mode. And this was a replacement device!

Moreover, AMD's automatic graphics switching doesn't seem to work perfectly. Unlike Nvidia's Optimus, AMD's SmartAccess always caused the system to hang for a few seconds when switching between the integrated and dedicated GPU, which was really annoying. Hopefully, more stable driver solutions will appear for this soon.

My Alienware
My Alienware
The Command Center often hangs after the system starts up.
The Command Center often hangs after the system starts up.
Performance profiles
Performance profiles

Processor

TDP CB-15 loop: Performance mode
TDP CB-15 loop: Performance mode
TDP CB-15 loop: Balanced mode
TDP CB-15 loop: Balanced mode
TDP CB-15 loop: Full Speed mode
TDP CB-15 loop: Full Speed mode
100°C on CB15 run
100°C on CB15 run
30W in battery mode
30W in battery mode

The AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX has 8 Zen3+ cores that clock from 3.3 to 4.9 GHz and can process 16 threads simultaneously.

In our CPU tests, the AMD processor performs pretty much as expected. It always remains within the 1-2 percent deviation range compared to the average of all tested laptops with the same CPU.

The Cinebench R15 loop shows that performance is very consistent. However, it fall short of its Intel i9-12900HX counterpart, and the i7-12700H in the Acer Predator Helios 300 is also faster.

Performance mode in the Control Center hardly makes a difference. Whether Balanced, Performance or Full Speed, the TDP is almost the same in all CB-15 runs.

According to HWinfo, the CPU almost constantly reached 100 °C during a Cinebench run, which is very high.

Away from the power socket, CPU performance drops by about 38 percent in Cinebench R15. Here the TDP is only a maximum of 32 W.

Cinebench R15 Multi Sustained Load

01452904355807258701015116013051450159517401885203021752320246526102755Tooltip
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT) AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX: Ø2287 (2247.19-2314.81)
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti) Intel Core i7-12700H: Ø2840 (2810.77-2881.01)
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22 AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX: Ø2230 (2203.37-2292.39)
Aorus 17X XES Intel Core i9-12900HX: Ø2729 (2696.14-2830.06)
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
CPU Performance Rating
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
86.7 pt
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
82.9 pt
Average of class Gaming
 
81.3 pt
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
71.3 pt
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
67.5 pt
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
66.3 pt
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
 
65.2 pt
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
55.2 pt
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
19965 Points +44%
Average of class Gaming
  (2435 - 34613, n=229, last 2 years)
19422 Points +40%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
18337 Points +32%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
17133 Points +24%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
14152 Points +2%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
13872 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (9709 - 15100, n=19)
13307 Points -4%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
11641 Points -16%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
1928 Points +24%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
1903 Points +22%
Average of class Gaming
  (527 - 2235, n=227, last 2 years)
1809 Points +16%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
1750 Points +13%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (1516 - 1616, n=19)
1565 Points +1%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1557 Points 0%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1554 Points
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1305 Points -16%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
7511 Points +42%
Average of class Gaming
  (930 - 13769, n=227, last 2 years)
7383 Points +39%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
7037 Points +33%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
5846 Points +10%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5549 Points +5%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5306 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (3742 - 5813, n=19)
5162 Points -3%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
4456 Points -16%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
741 Points +21%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
740 Points +21%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
697 Points +14%
Average of class Gaming
  (169 - 855, n=227, last 2 years)
697 Points +14%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
612 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (595 - 631, n=19)
610 Points 0%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
605 Points -1%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
506 Points -17%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
3101 (2605.18min - 3101.02max) Points +34%
Average of class Gaming
  (400 - 5663, n=231, last 2 years)
3074 Points +33%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
2886 Points +25%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
2830 (2696.14min - 2830.06max) Points +22%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
2315 (2247.19min - 2314.81max) Points
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
2296 Points -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (1588 - 2411, n=19)
2163 Points -7%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1853 (1809.95min - 1853.31max) Points -20%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
276 Points +10%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
274 Points +10%
Average of class Gaming
  (79.2 - 318, n=230, last 2 years)
268 Points +7%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
254 Points +2%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
250 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (241 - 261, n=19)
250 Points 0%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
248 Points -1%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
209 Points -16%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
247 Seconds * -12%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (212 - 357, n=21)
239 Seconds * -8%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
221 Seconds *
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
216 Seconds * +2%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
213 Seconds * +4%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
201 Seconds * +9%
Average of class Gaming
  (87 - 1259, n=225, last 2 years)
201 Seconds * +9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
175 Seconds * +21%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
77003 MIPS +24%
Average of class Gaming
  (11386 - 140932, n=226, last 2 years)
76641 MIPS +24%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
69778 MIPS +13%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
67427 MIPS +9%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
64439 MIPS +4%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
61988 MIPS
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (49526 - 65336, n=20)
60091 MIPS -3%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
49275 MIPS -21%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
6343 MIPS +11%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
6255 MIPS +9%
Average of class Gaming
  (2685 - 7581, n=226, last 2 years)
6113 MIPS +7%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5872 MIPS +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (5090 - 6070, n=20)
5799 MIPS +1%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
5760 MIPS 0%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5734 MIPS
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
5463 MIPS -5%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
15144 Points +51%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
15116 Points +51%
Average of class Gaming
  (1946 - 22200, n=231, last 2 years)
13504 Points +35%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
13414 Points +34%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
10126 Points +1%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
10021 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (8313 - 10490, n=21)
9642 Points -4%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
8135 Points -19%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
1902 Points +21%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
1868 Points +19%
Average of class Gaming
  (158 - 2193, n=231, last 2 years)
1805 Points +15%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
1723 Points +9%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1590 Points +1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (1523 - 1652, n=21)
1589 Points +1%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1575 Points
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1351 Points -14%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
22.5 fps +34%
Average of class Gaming
  (3 - 37.6, n=229, last 2 years)
21.1 fps +26%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
19.6 fps +17%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
17.5 fps +4%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
16.8 fps
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (12.6 - 18.7, n=20)
16.7 fps -1%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
16.5 fps -2%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
14.3 fps -15%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
95.3 s * -66%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
57.3 s *
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
56 s * +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (44.8 - 81.7, n=20)
53.1 s * +7%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
51.5 s * +10%
Average of class Gaming
  (32.8 - 332, n=223, last 2 years)
49.3 s * +14%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
37.7 s * +34%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
34.7 s * +39%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK
0.574 sec * -18%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
0.486 sec *
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (0.4627 - 0.4974, n=20)
0.483 sec * +1%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
0.4808 sec * +1%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.3609 - 4.47, n=226, last 2 years)
0.4706 sec * +3%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H
0.4556 sec * +6%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
0.4251 sec * +13%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX
0.4159 sec * +14%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
2315 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
204 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.9 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
250 Points
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Performance Rating
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
92.9 pt
Average of class Gaming
 
91.5 pt
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
85.5 pt
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
85.2 pt
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
82.8 pt
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
82.7 pt
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
 
82 pt
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
67.6 pt
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Average of class Gaming
  (3069 - 60169, n=222, last 2 years)
18514 KRay/s +14%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
17542 KRay/s +8%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
17329 KRay/s +7%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
16202 KRay/s
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
16115 KRay/s -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (10950 - 17963, n=20)
15327 KRay/s -5%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
15255 KRay/s -6%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
14726 KRay/s -9%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
104841 Points
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
98800 Points -6%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (71414 - 110797, n=20)
96546 Points -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (18567 - 252486, n=222, last 2 years)
93043 Points -11%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
90760 Points -13%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
86936 Points -17%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
78356 Points -25%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
72636 Points -31%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
Average of class Gaming
  (629 - 10389, n=222, last 2 years)
4297 MB/s +24%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
4179 MB/s +21%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
4002 MB/s +16%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
3562 MB/s +3%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
3559 MB/s +3%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
3457 MB/s
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3422 MB/s -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (2471 - 3804, n=20)
3301 MB/s -5%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Average of class Gaming
  (15371 - 200651, n=222, last 2 years)
108858 Points +4%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
105169 Points
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
104457 Points -1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
104422 Points -1%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
102178 Points -3%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
102167 Points -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (84185 - 107544, n=20)
100656 Points -4%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
92961 Points -12%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
12918 Points
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
12783 Points -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (10970 - 13205, n=20)
12630 Points -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (2137 - 32988, n=222, last 2 years)
12143 Points -6%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
11502 Points -11%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
10475 Points -19%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
10333 Points -20%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
9939 Points -23%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
57695 Points
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
54060 Points -6%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (39164 - 61370, n=20)
52842 Points -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (10291 - 134044, n=222, last 2 years)
47650 Points -17%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
44760 Points -22%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
42613 Points -26%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
39016 Points -32%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
36621 Points -37%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
167077 MB/s +204%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
135833 MB/s +147%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
134645 MB/s +145%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (54613 - 142360, n=20)
115891 MB/s +111%
Average of class Gaming
  (19065 - 328679, n=222, last 2 years)
106724 MB/s +94%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
81465 MB/s +48%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
54897 MB/s
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
39087 MB/s -29%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
1205 MB/s +41%
Average of class Gaming
  (150.9 - 2409, n=222, last 2 years)
1202 MB/s +41%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
1159 MB/s +36%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
990 MB/s +16%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
854 MB/s
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
845 MB/s -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (578 - 911, n=20)
803 MB/s -6%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
767 MB/s -10%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Average of class Gaming
  (1518 - 31796, n=222, last 2 years)
10025 KRay/s +14%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
9589 KRay/s +9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
9507 KRay/s +8%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
8777 KRay/s
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
8529 KRay/s -3%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
8518 KRay/s -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (5798 - 9540, n=20)
8175 KRay/s -7%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
7861 KRay/s -10%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
42438 MPixel/s +40%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
40386 MPixel/s +33%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
38193 MPixel/s +26%
Average of class Gaming
  (10805 - 60161, n=223, last 2 years)
36547 MPixel/s +20%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
30343 MPixel/s
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
30226 MPixel/s 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (26873 - 30604, n=20)
29389 MPixel/s -3%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
21176 MPixel/s -30%

System Performance

Performance in PCMark 10 is also nearly exactly as expected. In the "Productivity" section, AMD cards generally perform worse than laptops with Nvidia GPUs, but overall the m17 R5 falls in the middle between its competitors.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10 / Score
Aorus 17X XES
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
7899 Points +8%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7899 Points +8%
Average of class Gaming
  (5235 - 9852, n=197, last 2 years)
7573 Points +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
  (7292 - 7377, n=2)
7335 Points +1%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
Radeon RX 6850M XT, R9 6900HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
7292 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7208 Points -1%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
6966 Points -4%
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
6684 Points -8%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Average of class Gaming
  (8300 - 12334, n=196, last 2 years)
10708 Points +4%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10679 Points +4%
Aorus 17X XES
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
10589 Points +3%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
  (10250 - 10521, n=2)
10386 Points +1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10306 Points +1%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
Radeon RX 6850M XT, R9 6900HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
10250 Points
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
9740 Points -5%
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
9529 Points -7%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Aorus 17X XES
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
10237 Points +13%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
9984 Points +10%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9856 Points +8%
Average of class Gaming
  (7244 - 11833, n=196, last 2 years)
9727 Points +7%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
9564 Points +5%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
  (9090 - 9097, n=2)
9094 Points 0%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
Radeon RX 6850M XT, R9 6900HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
9090 Points
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
8798 Points -3%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
12546 Points +11%
Aorus 17X XES
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
12342 Points +9%
Average of class Gaming
  (6462 - 18475, n=196, last 2 years)
11407 Points +1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
  (11296 - 11385, n=2)
11341 Points 0%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
Radeon RX 6850M XT, R9 6900HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
11296 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10003 Points -11%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
9848 Points -13%
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
9666 Points -14%
CrossMark / Overall
Aorus 17X XES
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
2155 Points +35%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2112 Points +32%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1879 Points +18%
Average of class Gaming
  (1247 - 2334, n=167, last 2 years)
1876 Points +17%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1699 Points +6%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
Radeon RX 6850M XT, R9 6900HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1597 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
  (1596 - 1597, n=2)
1597 Points 0%
CrossMark / Productivity
Aorus 17X XES
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
2030 Points +30%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1966 Points +26%
Average of class Gaming
  (1299 - 2204, n=167, last 2 years)
1787 Points +14%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1767 Points +13%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1646 Points +5%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
Radeon RX 6850M XT, R9 6900HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1565 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
  (1551 - 1565, n=2)
1558 Points 0%
CrossMark / Creativity
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2336 Points +34%
Aorus 17X XES
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
2304 Points +33%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2057 Points +18%
Average of class Gaming
  (1275 - 2514, n=167, last 2 years)
2040 Points +17%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1867 Points +7%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
  (1738 - 1754, n=2)
1746 Points 0%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
Radeon RX 6850M XT, R9 6900HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1738 Points
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Aorus 17X XES
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
2113 Points +61%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1936 Points +47%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1724 Points +31%
Average of class Gaming
  (1030 - 2330, n=167, last 2 years)
1700 Points +29%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1405 Points +7%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
Radeon RX 6850M XT, R9 6900HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1315 Points
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
  (1310 - 1315, n=2)
1313 Points 0%
PCMark 10 Score
7292 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
63831 MB/s +27%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
62852 MB/s +25%
Average of class Gaming
  (21842 - 92565, n=222, last 2 years)
59056 MB/s +17%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
56902 MB/s +13%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (47938 - 53345, n=20)
50405 MB/s 0%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
50334 MB/s
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
50231 MB/s 0%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
37200 MB/s -26%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
69256 MB/s +36%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
68051 MB/s +33%
Average of class Gaming
  (24879 - 90647, n=222, last 2 years)
62916 MB/s +23%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
59391 MB/s +16%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
51403 MB/s +1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (43892 - 53321, n=20)
51062 MB/s 0%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
50996 MB/s
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
40708 MB/s -20%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
65800 MB/s +19%
Average of class Gaming
  (21619 - 103259, n=222, last 2 years)
61374 MB/s +11%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
60001 MB/s +9%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
56791 MB/s +3%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
55263 MB/s 0%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
55214 MB/s
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (51085 - 57202, n=20)
55188 MB/s 0%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
41392 MB/s -25%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, Radeon RX 6850M XT
94.6 ns *
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
91.3 ns * +3%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
90.8 ns * +4%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
  (80.7 - 120.6, n=20)
88.7 ns * +6%
Average of class Gaming
  (59.5 - 152.5, n=219, last 2 years)
87.2 ns * +8%
Aorus 17X XES
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
87 ns * +8%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
85.2 ns * +10%
Alienware m17 R4
Intel Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
56 ns * +41%

* ... smaller is better

DPC Latency

The Alienware didn't break a sweat when opening the Edge browser, but even opening our Notebookcheck homepage led to latencies on the laptop. The kernel and the DirectX drivers seem to be to blame, among other things. Then again, some competitors have even higher latency values.

When playing our 4K/60 fps YouTube video, there were 2 dropped frames and quite a high load on the internal GPU.

YouTube video test.
YouTube video test.
LatencyMon main
LatencyMon main
LatencyMon drivers
LatencyMon drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
4362 μs * -219%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3413 μs * -150%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1527.7 μs * -12%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
Radeon RX 6850M XT, R9 6900HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1366.3 μs *
Aorus 17X XES
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
1115 μs * +18%
Alienware m17 R4
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
585 μs * +57%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Dell installs a 1 TB NVMe Gen4 SSD from Solid State Storage Technology Corporation (SSSTC). It ranks 20th in our HDD/SSD best list, so it should be fast enough.

SSD temperature in Diskspd loop
SSD temperature in Diskspd loop

However, the installed unit does not come close to the performance of the reference model. It remains clearly below its capabilities, and the storage devices of competitors mostly run much faster.

An unsteady progression during the sustained load test reveals that the drive cannot maintain the strong performance of which it is theoretically capable. According to HWinfo, cooling is not the problem.

Storage Devices
Crystaldiskmark 6
Crystaldiskmark 6
AS SSD
AS SSD
AS SSD Copy
AS SSD Copy
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 6917.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 4965.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 355.65 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 308.74 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 55.19 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 118.53 MB/s
CDM 6 Write 4K Q8T8: 306.7 MB/s
CDM 6 Read 4K Q8T8: 991.67 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
80 pt
Aorus 17X XES
Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
75.8 pt
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
75.4 pt
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
70.3 pt
Average of class Gaming
 
60.5 pt
Average SSSTC CA6-8D1024
 
59.3 pt
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
44.6 pt
Alienware m17 R4
2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
33.6 pt
DiskSpd
seq read
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
5568 (5541.55min - 5568.34max) MB/s +62%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4272 (1951.61min - 4271.9max) MB/s +25%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
3872 (3855.82min - 3871.97max) MB/s +13%
Aorus 17X XES
Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
3871 (2700.14min - 3870.94max) MB/s +13%
Average SSSTC CA6-8D1024
  (3428 - 4119, n=6)
3772 MB/s +10%
Average of class Gaming
  (1291 - 7045, n=196, last 2 years)
3528 MB/s +3%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3428 (3412.07min - 3428.49max) MB/s
Alienware m17 R4
2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
2198 (2154.08min - 2198.45max) MB/s -36%
seq write
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7531 (7479min - 7530.7max) MB/s +132%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4394 (4343.95min - 4393.95max) MB/s +35%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
4242 (4225.7min - 4241.7max) MB/s +31%
Aorus 17X XES
Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
4224 (3372.85min - 4224.08max) MB/s +30%
Average of class Gaming
  (535 - 9307, n=196, last 2 years)
3808 MB/s +17%
Average SSSTC CA6-8D1024
  (3242 - 4167, n=6)
3689 MB/s +14%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3243 (3188.93min - 3243.04max) MB/s
Alienware m17 R4
2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
2794 (2773.48min - 2793.75max) MB/s -14%
seq q8 t1 read
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
12556 (4870.54min - 12556.3max) MB/s +83%
Aorus 17X XES
Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
6921 (6272.83min - 6920.6max) MB/s +1%
Average SSSTC CA6-8D1024
  (6810 - 6921, n=6)
6867 MB/s 0%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
6861 MB/s
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
6384 (5573.36min - 6384.17max) MB/s -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (1983 - 16089, n=196, last 2 years)
6357 MB/s -7%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6319 (1848.3min - 6318.66max) MB/s -8%
Alienware m17 R4
2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
2957 (2704.91min - 2957.4max) MB/s -57%
seq q8 t1 write
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10261 (10045.2min - 10261.4max) MB/s +112%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
5259 (5245.4min - 5258.61max) MB/s +9%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
5043 (5032.12min - 5043.21max) MB/s +4%
Aorus 17X XES
Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
4852 (4198.71min - 4852.39max) MB/s 0%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
4831 (4610.18min - 4830.79max) MB/s
Average of class Gaming
  (539 - 14571, n=196, last 2 years)
4779 MB/s -1%
Average SSSTC CA6-8D1024
  (4244 - 4831, n=6)
4578 MB/s -5%
Alienware m17 R4
2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
3255 (3119.98min - 3255.2max) MB/s -33%
4k q1 t1 read
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
86.5 (85.74min - 86.52max) MB/s +65%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
79.1 (78.08min - 79.08max) MB/s +51%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
79 (77.42min - 79.03max) MB/s +50%
Aorus 17X XES
Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
74.1 (64.69min - 74.09max) MB/s +41%
Average of class Gaming
  (30.6 - 95.9, n=196, last 2 years)
67.6 MB/s +29%
Average SSSTC CA6-8D1024
  (52.5 - 79.6, n=6)
63.8 MB/s +22%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
52.5 (50.71min - 52.46max) MB/s
Alienware m17 R4
2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
37.2 (36.5min - 37.15max) MB/s -29%
4k q1 t1 write
Aorus 17X XES
Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
319 (315.54min - 318.7max) MB/s +152%
Average SSSTC CA6-8D1024
  (126.7 - 280, n=6)
227 MB/s +79%
Average of class Gaming
  (66.6 - 421, n=196, last 2 years)
224 MB/s +77%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
221 (218.91min - 220.66max) MB/s +74%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
213 (195.99min - 212.69max) MB/s +68%
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
195.1 (194.02min - 195.09max) MB/s +54%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
126.7 (123.88min - 126.69max) MB/s
Alienware m17 R4
2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
95.3 (94.79min - 95.27max) MB/s -25%
4k q32 t16 read
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
4483 (4465.42min - 4482.78max) MB/s +432%
Aorus 17X XES
Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
3564 (3554.96min - 3563.6max) MB/s +323%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3222 (3204.74min - 3221.65max) MB/s +282%
Average SSSTC CA6-8D1024
  (843 - 3203, n=6)
2780 MB/s +230%
Average of class Gaming
  (313 - 6172, n=196, last 2 years)
2576 MB/s +206%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2148 (1952.04min - 2148.3max) MB/s +155%
Alienware m17 R4
2x Micron 2300 512 GB (RAID 0)
1650 (1311.12min - 1650.22max) MB/s +96%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
843 (833.55min - 843.1max) MB/s
4k q32 t16 write
SCHENKER XMG Neo 17 M22
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
4383 (4358.15min - 4383.06max) MB/s +1422%
Aorus 17X XES
Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
3570 (3534.41min - 3570.18max) MB/s +1140%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (i7-12700H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2623 (2563.77min - 2622.75max) MB/s +811%