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Alienware m18 R1 laptop review: Bigger and heavier than the MSI Titan GT77

4x M.2 SSDs and 4x fans! Dell is reviving its 18-inch Alienware laptop with almost every feature we can think of under the sun: 4x M.2 SSDs, 480 Hz refresh rate, 175 W GPU, liquid metal cooling, vapor chamber cooling, Advanced Optimus, and even optional CherryMX mechanical keys. At almost 9 pounds, however, the Alienware m18 R1 is one of the heaviest laptops in recent memory.

Unveiled earlier this year alongside the mobile Intel Raptor Lake-H series and mobile Ada Lovelace GeForce RTX 40 series, the flagship Alienware m18 R1 is the first 18-inch model in its family since 2013. A lot has changed since then, of course, but performance hunters who want something larger than the usual 17-inch solution may find a lot to like from an 18-inch form factor where features and thermals can be maximized.

Our configuration in review is a higher-end specification with the 13th gen Core i9-13980HX CPU, 175 W GeForce RTX 4090, membrane-based RGB keyboard, and 1200p 480 Hz IPS display for approximately $2900 USD. Other SKUs are available from the RTX 4060, Core i7-13700HX, and 1600p 165 Hz display with CherryMX ultra low-profile mechanical keyboard. All configurations otherwise support G-Sync and full DCI-P3 colors.

Direct competitors include other 18-inch gaming laptops like the Razer Blade 18 or Asus ROG Strix Scar 18. MSI has yet to announce a new 18-inch model at the time of writing.

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Alienware m18 R1 (m18 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-13980HX 24 x 1.6 - 5.6 GHz, 198 W PL2 / Short Burst, 143 W PL1 / Sustained, Raptor Lake-HX
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU - 16 GB VRAM, Core: 1975 MHz, Memory: 2263 MHz, 175 W TDP, GDDR6, 531.41, Advanced Optimus, MUX
Memory
32 GB 
, SK Hynix DDR5-5800, 44-38-38-87, Dual-Channel
Display
18.00 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 126 PPI, Chi Mei 180JME, IPS, Controller: CMN18A0, Dell P/N: DN9CJ, glossy: no, 480 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM770 (Raptor Lake-S PCH)
Storage
Soundcard
Intel Raptor Lake-S PCH - cAVS
Connections
6 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Killer E3000 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500MBit/s), Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.7 x 410.3 x 319.9 ( = 1.05 x 16.15 x 12.59 in)
Battery
97 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Camera
Webcam: 1080p30
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, 2W x2, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Alienware Command Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3.891 kg ( = 137.25 oz / 8.58 pounds), Power Supply: 1.512 kg ( = 53.33 oz / 3.33 pounds)
Price
2900 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90.7 %
04/2023
Alienware m18 R1
i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.9 kg26.7 mm18.00"1920x1200
91.4 %
02/2023
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
3 kg21.9 mm18.00"2560x1600
86.6 %
02/2023
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.1 kg30.8 mm18.00"2560x1600
88.3 %
03/2023
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
3 kg23 mm17.00"2560x1600
89.9 %
03/2023
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2.9 kg27 mm17.00"2560x1600
89 %
02/2023
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.5 kg23 mm17.30"3840x2160

Case — Legend 3 Design

Chassis impressions are similar to the recent Alienware x17 R2 since the Alienware m18 R1 uses similar materials. Its dense construction and tight alignment between materials show that you don't need a unibody design like the Razer Blade 18 for a high quality feel. Everything from the center of the keyboard to the outer lid are firmer and more resistant to any twisting or depressions than on many other gaming laptops including the MSI GE78.

The matte rubberized keyboard deck can be a mixed bag since it readily collects unsightly grease and fingerprints over time.

The Alienware model is significantly heavier than the 18-inch Blade 18 or ROG Strix Scar 18 by almost a full kilogram each to be one of the heaviest laptops of the year. In fact, our delivery courier even commented on how heavy the shipping box was relative to its small size. Much of the weight can be attributed to the extended rear, thicker profile, and vapor chamber cooler all intended to improve cooling. If you care about travel weight, then you might want to consider the MSI Titan GT77 instead which is actually lighter and thinner than our Alienware.

Slightly rubberized palm rests with smooth metal for the outer lid and bottom base
Slightly rubberized palm rests with smooth metal for the outer lid and bottom base
The extended rear aids in cooling, but it adds significantly to the overall weight and size of the model
The extended rear aids in cooling, but it adds significantly to the overall weight and size of the model
No more Tobii eye-tracking options... probably for the best
No more Tobii eye-tracking options... probably for the best
Alienware power button unfortunately does not double as a fingerprint reader
Alienware power button unfortunately does not double as a fingerprint reader
Lid can only open to a maximum of ~130 degrees
Lid can only open to a maximum of ~130 degrees
Signature hexagon ventilation grilles shared between Alienware models
Signature hexagon ventilation grilles shared between Alienware models

Size Comparison

410.3 mm / 16.2 in 319.9 mm / 12.6 in 26.7 mm / 1.051 in 3.9 kg8.58 lbs399 mm / 15.7 in 294 mm / 11.6 in 30.8 mm / 1.213 in 3.1 kg6.83 lbs399.9 mm / 15.7 in 275.4 mm / 10.8 in 21.9 mm / 0.862 in 3 kg6.68 lbs397 mm / 15.6 in 330 mm / 13 in 23 mm / 0.906 in 3.5 kg7.65 lbs381.7 mm / 15 in 272.8 mm / 10.7 in 27 mm / 1.063 in 2.9 kg6.34 lbs380 mm / 15 in 298 mm / 11.7 in 23 mm / 0.906 in 3 kg6.62 lbs297 mm / 11.7 in 210 mm / 8.27 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Connectivity — More Than Usual

There are more integrated ports on the Alienware than on the competing Razer Blade 18 or Asus ROG Strix Scar 18. The catch, however, is that most of the ports are tightly packed along the rear edge which makes them a bit more difficult to access.

USB-C monitors are only supported on the two rear USB-C ports as the third USB-C port along the right edge does not support video-out.

Front: No ports
Front: No ports
Right: USB-C 3.2 Gen. 1
Right: USB-C 3.2 Gen. 1
Rear: 2x USB-C 4 w/ Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort 1.4, and 15 W PD, USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, HDMI 2.1, Mini-DisplayPort 1.4, SD card reader, AC adapter
Rear: 2x USB-C 4 w/ Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort 1.4, and 15 W PD, USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, HDMI 2.1, Mini-DisplayPort 1.4, SD card reader, AC adapter
Left: 2.5 Gbps RJ-45, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, 3.5 mm headset
Left: 2.5 Gbps RJ-45, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, 3.5 mm headset

SD Card Reader

The integrated SD card reader is along the rear of the unit unlike on most other laptops. Transfer rates are nonetheless very fast at over 2x the speeds on the MSI Titan GT77.

Fully inserted SD card still protrudes by half its length. The integrated SD reader is not spring-loaded
Fully inserted SD card still protrudes by half its length. The integrated SD reader is not spring-loaded
SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
202 MB/s +6%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
190.7 MB/s
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK (AV Pro V60)
182.9 MB/s -4%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
83.5 MB/s -56%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
77.2 MB/s -60%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK (AV Pro V60)
220.6 MB/s +6%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
208.5 MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
207.8 MB/s 0%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
89.9 MB/s -57%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
86.2 MB/s -59%

Communication

An Intel Killer 1675i comes standard for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 compatibility. Killer is an Intel sub-brand optimized for gaming laptops and so the Killer 1675i is essentially an Intel AX211 at heart. Performance is excellent and reliable when paired to our Asus AXE11000 test router.

Removable M.2 WLAN module
Removable M.2 WLAN module
Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel AX1675s 160MHz (211NGW)
1209 (896min - 1302max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AX12
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel AX1675s 160MHz (211NGW)
1399 (1332min - 1446max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1582 (1517min, 1518.74P1 - 1636max) MBit/s +24%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1466 (748min - 1542max) MBit/s +15%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1295 (1034min - 1383max) MBit/s +2%
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1272 (922min - 1396max) MBit/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1196 (618min - 1298max) MBit/s -6%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1890 (1843min - 1936max) MBit/s +64%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1545 (1508min, 1510.9P1 - 1569max) MBit/s +34%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1362 (1249min - 1437max) MBit/s +18%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1225 (1116min - 1351max) MBit/s +6%
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1155 (761min - 1320max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1495 (758min - 1574max) MBit/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1230 (1091min - 1327max) MBit/s -18%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1516 (769min - 1565max) MBit/s +11%
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1360 (1300min - 1413max) MBit/s
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Alienware m18 R1; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1470 (758-1574)
Alienware m18 R1; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1359 (1300-1413)

Webcam

The 2 MP webcam is typical on most laptops these days, but we're slightly disappointed to not see a 5 MP sensor given how large the chassis is. IR comes standard while a webcam shutter is absent unlike on the Razer Blade 18.

ColorChecker
9.2 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
8 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
6 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Alienware m18 R1: 9.55 ∆E min: 4.57 - max: 14.9 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom panel comes off very easily with just a Philips screwdriver. In comparison, the bottom panel on the new MSI GE78 requires more fiddling and tearing of an anti-tamper sticker.

Users have direct access to the battery, removable WLAN module, 4x M.2 SSD slots, and 2x DDR5 SODIMM slots. This is one of the very few laptops with support for four internal NVMe SSDs (2x M.2 2230 + 2x M.2 2280). It would have been interesting to see CAMM instead of SODIMM here especially since Dell has been championing the faster RAM technology.

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras in the box other than the AC adapter and paperwork. Note that Dell has dropped its proprietary Alienware docking port and so the older Alienware eGPU docking station is no longer supported.

The standard one-year limited warranty applies if purchased in the US.

Input Devices — Comfortable Keyboard, Spongy Touchpad

Keyboard

The membrane-based keys on our unit are probably the best we've used on any gaming laptop. Travel feels deeper and with firmer feedback than the keys on the MSI GE78 or Razer Blade 18. There's very little to complain about the keyboard here in terms of comfort.

The optional CherryMX mechanical switches are likely to be clickier but much louder. These switches are probably the same ones that Dell offers for the existing Alienware M15 and M17 series.

All key symbols are illuminated when the backlight is active unlike on older Alienware x15/x17 models where the secondary symbols are unlit.

Touchpad

Surface area is nearly identical to the clickpad on the MSI GE78 (13.2 x 8 cm vs. 13 x 8.2 cm) despite the larger 18-inch form factor of the Alienware. Though traction is smooth with minimal sticking when gliding, feedback when clicking is on the soft side which makes the experience unsatisfying. Double-clicking can feel tiring as well since each click requires a bit more force from the finger than on most other laptops.

There is an integrated numpad unlike on the 17-inch Alienware series
There is an integrated numpad unlike on the 17-inch Alienware series
Unlike on most other laptops, the numpad and arrow keys are the same size as the main QWERTY keys
Unlike on most other laptops, the numpad and arrow keys are the same size as the main QWERTY keys

Display — Extremely Fast 480 Hz Refresh Rate

The Alienware ships with a 1200p Chi Mei 180JME panel in contrast to the 1600p AU Optronics B180QAN01.0 or BOE NE180QDM panels on the Razer Blade 18 and Asus ROG Strix Scar 18, respectively. The unique characteristic separating this Chi Mei panel from the other two is its 2x faster native refresh rate of 480 Hz instead of 240 Hz. Otherwise, all three panels share similar color coverages, pixel response times, and contrast ratios. The full P3 colors and fast refresh rate make this particular Alienware model suitable for both gaming and graphics editing alike.

A second display option is available with a higher 1600p native resolution but lower 165 Hz refresh rate.

No edge-to-edge glass, OLED, or 4K options
No edge-to-edge glass, OLED, or 4K options
Narrow side bezels with thicker top and bottom bezels
Narrow side bezels with thicker top and bottom bezels
Slight graininess from the matte overlay
Slight graininess from the matte overlay
Just minor uneven backlight bleeding along the edges
Just minor uneven backlight bleeding along the edges
369.9
cd/m²
369.8
cd/m²
363.8
cd/m²
364.5
cd/m²
372.8
cd/m²
365.4
cd/m²
360.5
cd/m²
366.3
cd/m²
366.6
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei 180JME tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 372.8 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 366.6 cd/m² Minimum: 18.78 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 372.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 1165:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.92 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.98, calibrated: 0.51
ΔE Greyscale 1.5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
89.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
97.7% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.34
Alienware m18 R1
Chi Mei 180JME, IPS, 1920x1200, 18"
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
AU Optronics B180QAN01.0, IPS, 2560x1600, 18"
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
NE180QDM-NZ2, IPS, 2560x1600, 18"
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
BOE NE170QDM-NZ1, IPS, 2560x1600, 17"
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
B173ZAN06.C, Mini-LED, 3840x2160, 17.3"
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
AU Optronics B173HAN, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3"
Display
-2%
-2%
-17%
0%
-10%
Display P3 Coverage
97.7
96.9
-1%
97.2
-1%
69.1
-29%
94.9
-3%
79.2
-19%
sRGB Coverage
100
99.8
0%
99.9
0%
99.7
0%
99.9
0%
99.8
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
89.8
85.3
-5%
84.9
-5%
69.8
-22%
92.4
3%
79.6
-11%
Response Times
-11%
-34%
-148%
-675%
-153%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
3 ?(1.5, 1.5)
4.2 ?(2.1, 2.1)
-40%
5.41 ?(2.57, 2.84)
-80%
12 ?(5.4, 6.6)
-300%
38.4 ?(13.6, 24.8, n)
-1180%
12.4 ?(6.4, 6)
-313%
Response Time Black / White *
9.9 ?(5.4, 4.5)
8 ?(3.8, 4.2)
19%
8.62 ?(3.68, 4.94, n)
13%
9.4 ?(4.9, 4.5)
5%
26.6 ?(9.2, 17.4, n)
-169%
9.2 ?(5.2, 4)
7%
PWM Frequency
2380 ?(100)
Screen
-68%
-141%
-17%
57715%
-48%
Brightness middle
372.8
549.6
47%
490
31%
417.3
12%
606
63%
365.4
-2%
Brightness
367
524
43%
468
28%
387
5%
602
64%
344
-6%
Brightness Distribution
97
89
-8%
86
-11%
87
-10%
93
-4%
85
-12%
Black Level *
0.32
0.53
-66%
0.54
-69%
0.42
-31%
0.0001
100%
0.29
9%
Contrast
1165
1037
-11%
907
-22%
994
-15%
6060000
520072%
1260
8%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.92
3.32
-73%
4.97
-159%
2.14
-11%
4.8
-150%
3.17
-65%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.65
6.63
-82%
11.02
-202%
4.09
-12%
8.2
-125%
7.69
-111%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.51
2.7
-429%
2.97
-482%
0.42
18%
1.8
-253%
0.51
-0%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.5
2
-33%
7.2
-380%
3.1
-107%
6.5
-333%
5.3
-253%
Gamma
2.34 94%
2.29 96%
2.161 102%
2.19 100%
2.63 84%
2.18 101%
CCT
6607 98%
6319 103%
6515 100%
6040 108%
6596 99%
5879 111%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-27% / -46%
-59% / -96%
-61% / -36%
19013% / 37006%
-70% / -55%

* ... smaller is better

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. P3
vs. P3

The display comes pre-calibrated for accurate colors and grayscale out of the box. Calibrating the panel further ourselves would not significantly improve average deltaE values and so an end-user calibration is not necessary.

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

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
9.9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.4 ms rise
↘ 4.5 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 22 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.5 ms rise
↘ 1.5 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.5 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 17585 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is average for the category as the displays on most gaming laptops typically range between 300 to 400 nits. Even so, the immense weight of the Alienware discourages outdoor usage. The Blade 18 and Titan GT77 are brighter for better visibility outdoors. 

Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles. Colors and contrast degrade only from extreme angles
Wide IPS viewing angles. Colors and contrast degrade only from extreme angles

Performance — Intel 13th Gen + Nvidia Ada Lovelace

 
 

Testing Conditions

We set our unit to Performance mode via Windows, discrete GPU mode via Nvidia Control Panel, and Overdrive mode via Alienware Command Center prior to running any benchmarks below. Dell has completely refreshed the Command Center software this year to be easier to use and with larger font sizes than before. It still loads very slowly, however, especially when compared to the speedier MSI Center or the Schenker Control Center equivalents.

We experienced a couple of bugs with Alienware Command Center worth mentioning even after updating to the latest version at the time of writing. Firstly, the software fails to load if an external monitor is connected. Secondly, the internal fans would sometimes continue to run very loudly even when the system is sleeping or hibernating on Performance or Overdrive modes.

Advanced Optimus is supported meaning users can switch between discrete GPU and Optimus modes via Nvidia Control Panel without needing to reboot. G-Sync is available only on dGPU mode while Optimus automatically engages if an external monitor is connected.

Processor

Processor performance is one of the fastest of any mobile CPU currently in the market. Users can expect single-thread and multi-thread gains of about 10 percent and 75 percent, respectively, over the 12th gen Core i9-12900HK in the older Alienware x17 R2. AMD's top Zen 4 competitor the Ryzen 9 7945HX falls short in single-threaded loads by about 10 to 15 percent.

Despite the massive performance leap over Alder Lake-H, the performance gaps between the Core i9-13900HXCore i9-13950HX, and Core i9-13980HX are very minor at under 5 percent. Thus, if given the choice between the three CPUs, you may want to save some dough by opting for the "slower" i9-13900HX.

The lowest CPU option available is the Core i7-13700HX which is slower than our i9-13980HX by about 33 percent.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Alienware m18 R1 Intel Core i9-13980HX: Ø4934 (4579.8-4989.4)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W Intel Core i9-13980HX: Ø4735 (4684.94-4780.69)
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2 Intel Core i9-13900HX: Ø4802 (4757.37-4969.56)
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI Intel Core i9-13950HX: Ø4980 (4889.98-5226.71)
Alienware x17 R2 P48E Intel Core i9-12900HK: Ø2889 (2849.61-2917.79)
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
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
87.4 pt
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
85.9 pt
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
85.5 pt
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
 
82.7 pt
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
81.7 pt
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
81.3 pt
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
67.1 pt
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
63.3 pt
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
56.8 pt
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
50.2 pt
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
49.2 pt
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
48.3 pt
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
47.8 pt
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E -2!
Intel Core i7-11800H
46.8 pt
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
38.4 pt
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
33277 Points +2%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
32623 (30004.7min - 32622.9max) Points 0%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
32601 (28888.6min - 32601.4max) Points
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
32379 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (28301 - 33052, n=11)
30305 Points -7%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
28681 (25585.5min - 28680.9max) Points -12%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
21516 (20884.5min - 21515.7max) Points -34%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
18870 (18654.1min - 18869.7max) Points -42%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
15386 Points -53%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
14011 (13899.7min - 14010.8max) Points -57%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
13872 Points -57%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
13445 Points -59%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
13094 (12158.8min - 13093.9max) Points -60%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
13012 Points -60%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
9071 (8918.34min - 9070.5max) Points -72%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
2106 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2100 Points 0%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2092 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (1825 - 2169, n=9)
2081 Points -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2076 Points -1%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
1905 Points -10%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
1863 Points -12%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
1828 Points -13%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
1816 Points -14%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
1575 Points -25%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
1554 Points -26%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1554 Points -26%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
1508 Points -28%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
1500 Points -29%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
1270 Points -40%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
12648 Points +2%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
12541 Points +1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
12423 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (10353 - 12437, n=10)
11540 Points -7%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
10919 Points -12%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
10025 Points -19%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
8277 Points -33%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
7169 Points -42%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
5383 Points -57%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
5383 Points -57%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5306 Points -57%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
5152 Points -59%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
5083 Points -59%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
4878 Points -61%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
3531 Points -72%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
807 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
803 Points 0%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
802 Points -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
797 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (717 - 825, n=10)
789 Points -2%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
727 Points -10%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
712 Points -12%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
709 Points -12%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
706 Points -13%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
612 Points -24%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
610 Points -24%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
598 Points -26%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
596 Points -26%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
582 Points -28%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
490 Points -39%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
5227 (4889.98min - 5226.71max) Points +5%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
5205 (4749.47min - 5204.94max) Points +4%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
4989 (4579.8min - 4989.4max) Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
4970 (4757.37min - 4969.56max) Points 0%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (4358 - 5172, n=11)
4708 Points -6%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
4481 Points -10%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
3324 (3195.91min - 3323.92max) Points -33%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
2918 (2849.61min - 2917.79max) Points -42%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
2697 (2132.31min - 2697.42max) Points -46%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
2315 (2247.19min - 2314.81max) Points -54%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
2165 (2089.97min - 2164.85max) Points -57%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
2161 Points -57%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
2151 (2104.6min - 2150.88max) Points -57%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
2148 (1832.59min - 2147.65max) Points -57%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
1489 (1469.35min - 1489.04max) Points -70%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
303 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (289 - 312, n=11)
303 Points 0%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
300 Points -1%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
299 Points -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
297 Points -2%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
294 Points -3%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
272 Points -10%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
266 Points -12%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
263 Points -13%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
250 Points -17%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
245 Points -19%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
243 Points -20%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
238 Points -21%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
225 Points -26%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
203 Points -33%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
302 Seconds * -211%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
249 Seconds * -157%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
236 Seconds * -143%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
227 Seconds * -134%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
221 Seconds * -128%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
220 Seconds * -127%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
219 Seconds * -126%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
173.6 Seconds * -79%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
150 Seconds * -55%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
111 Seconds * -14%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (97 - 136, n=10)
109.3 Seconds * -13%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
101 Seconds * -4%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
100 Seconds * -3%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
100 Seconds * -3%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
97 Seconds *
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
129804 MIPS
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
127295 MIPS -2%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
127283 MIPS -2%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
123364 MIPS -5%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (104616 - 129804, n=10)
118278 MIPS -9%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
116665 MIPS -10%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
86631 MIPS -33%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
69146 MIPS -47%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
62231 MIPS -52%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
62024 MIPS -52%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
61988 MIPS -52%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
58798 MIPS -55%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
54133 MIPS -58%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
53205 MIPS -59%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
45258 MIPS -65%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
7332 MIPS +6%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
6999 MIPS +2%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (6230 - 7163, n=10)
6915 MIPS 0%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
6897 MIPS 0%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
6889 MIPS
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
6880 MIPS 0%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
6088 MIPS -12%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
5805 MIPS -16%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
5803 MIPS -16%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
5761 MIPS -16%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5734 MIPS -17%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
5669 MIPS -18%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
5640 MIPS -18%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
5367 MIPS -22%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
5338 MIPS -23%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
22200 Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
20779 Points -6%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
20634 Points -7%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (18475 - 22200, n=10)
20092 Points -9%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
20036 Points -10%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
18372 Points -17%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
15461 Points -30%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
13717 Points -38%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
12008 Points -46%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
10040 Points -55%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
10021 Points -55%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
9856 Points -56%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
9385 Points -58%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
8134 Points -63%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2081 Points +1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
2062 Points
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
2053 Points 0%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (1796 - 2139, n=10)
2051 Points -1%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2043 Points -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2035 Points -1%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
1878 Points -9%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
1821 Points -12%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
1771 Points -14%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
1632 Points -21%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1575 Points -24%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
1535 Points -26%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
1481 Points -28%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
1315 Points -36%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
34.4 fps +4%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
33.8 fps +2%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
33.1 fps
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
32.7 fps -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (27 - 33.4, n=9)
31.1 fps -6%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
31 fps -6%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
24.5 fps -26%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
21.4 fps -35%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
17.2 fps -48%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
16.8 fps -49%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
16.8 fps -49%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
16.4 fps -50%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
16.2 fps -51%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
15 fps -55%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
12.1 fps -63%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
59.3 s * -27%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
57.3 s * -23%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
57.2 s * -22%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
49.3 s * -6%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
46.7 s *
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
46.5 s * -0%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
46.5 s * -0%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
45.7 s * +2%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
45.3 s * +3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
43.4 s * +7%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (35 - 51.4, n=10)
43 s * +8%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
41.3 s * +12%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
40.7 s * +13%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
38.8 s * +17%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
32.8 s * +30%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.587 sec * -49%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.565 sec * -44%
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UH
Intel Core i9-11900H
0.533 sec * -36%
HP Omen 16-n0033dx
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
0.501 sec * -27%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
0.4897 sec * -25%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
0.486 sec * -24%
Uniwill GM6PX7X RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700HX
0.4587 sec * -17%
Razer Blade 17 (i7-12800H, RTX 3070 Ti)
Intel Core i7-12800H
0.455 sec * -16%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
0.4323 sec * -10%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
0.4159 sec * -6%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
0.4033 sec * -3%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (0.3793 - 0.4462, n=10)
0.3959 sec * -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
0.3955 sec * -1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
0.3931 sec *
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
0.3799 sec * +3%
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

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
4989 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
279 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
303 Points
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Performance Rating
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
95.2 pt
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
94.1 pt
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
91.9 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
91.7 pt
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
 
87.4 pt
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
86.3 pt
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
48.9 pt
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
29553 KRay/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
28957 KRay/s -2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
28701 KRay/s -3%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
27594 KRay/s -7%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (21332 - 29553, n=9)
26707 KRay/s -10%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
25949 KRay/s -12%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
9759 KRay/s -67%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
148168 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
144303 Points -3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
138190 Points -7%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (108001 - 148168, n=9)
132982 Points -10%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
130870 Points -12%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
129286 Points -13%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
43695 Points -71%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7142 MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7093 MB/s -1%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7029 MB/s -2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
6949 MB/s -3%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (5264 - 7142, n=9)
6559 MB/s -8%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
6338 MB/s -11%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3504 MB/s -51%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
141758 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
141427 Points 0%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
141385 Points 0%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
139649 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (126758 - 143409, n=9)
138011 Points -3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
137876 Points -3%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
107120 Points -24%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
17179 Points +3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
17117 Points +3%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
17057 Points +2%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16656 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (13785 - 17117, n=9)
16075 Points -3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
16073 Points -4%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
10402 Points -38%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
73758 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
71038 Points -4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
70739 Points -4%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
66924 Points -9%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (53398 - 73758, n=9)
66568 Points -10%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
64736 Points -12%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
27285 Points -63%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
236139 MB/s +73%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
136551 MB/s 0%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
136520 MB/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
134166 MB/s -2%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (105169 - 136520, n=9)
126745 MB/s -7%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
122159 MB/s -11%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
106367 MB/s -22%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2059 MB/s +3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2030 MB/s +1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2003 MB/s
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
1958 MB/s -2%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (1513 - 2039, n=9)
1894 MB/s -5%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
1829 MB/s -9%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
1203 MB/s -40%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16325 KRay/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
15573 KRay/s -5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
15540 KRay/s -5%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
14948 KRay/s -8%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (11431 - 16325, n=9)
14483 KRay/s -11%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
14066 KRay/s -14%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
5748 KRay/s -65%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
52949 MPixel/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
49634 MPixel/s -6%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (37069 - 52949, n=9)
46025 MPixel/s -13%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
44308 MPixel/s -16%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
44016 MPixel/s -17%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
40896 MPixel/s -23%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
34534 MPixel/s -35%

System Performance

PCMark 10 scores are comparable to other flagship gaming laptops with similar 13th gen Intel CPUs and GeForce 40 GPUs like the Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 or MSI Titan GT77 HX. Our Alienware also manages to edge out the older Alienware x17 R2 running on two Samsung PM9A1 SSDs in RAID 0.

PCMark 10 / Score
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
9016 Points +3%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8884 Points +1%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (8650 - 9068, n=4)
8810 Points +1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
8764 Points 0%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
8758 Points
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
8186 Points -7%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
7609 Points -13%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
11983 Points +7%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11761 Points +5%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
11683 Points +4%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (11215 - 11644, n=3)
11367 Points +1%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
11242 Points
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
11205 Points 0%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10755 Points +6%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (10125 - 11067, n=3)
10532 Points +4%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
10144 Points 0%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
10125 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9851 Points -3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
9645 Points -5%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
16424 Points +3%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
16012 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (15052 - 16012, n=3)
15589 Points -3%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
15430 Points -4%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
13098 Points -18%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
10611 Points -34%
CrossMark / Overall
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2195 Points +1%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2176 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2139 Points -2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
2127 Points -2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
2080 Points -4%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1935 - 2176, n=4)
2053 Points -6%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
1903 Points -13%
CrossMark / Productivity
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2032 Points +1%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2005 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1977 Points -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1969 Points -2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
1909 Points -5%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1764 - 2005, n=4)
1885 Points -6%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
1808 Points -10%
CrossMark / Creativity
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2514 Points +2%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2469 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
2455 Points -1%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2423 Points -2%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (2267 - 2469, n=4)
2395 Points -3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
2390 Points -3%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
2095 Points -15%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1904 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1891 Points -1%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1861 Points -2%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1845 Points -3%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1556 - 1904, n=4)
1670 Points -12%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
1666 Points -12%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
1634 Points -14%
PCMark 10 Score
8758 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
80776 MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
77096 MB/s -5%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (62189 - 80776, n=9)
71190 MB/s -12%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
68327 MB/s -15%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
67561 MB/s -16%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
63863 MB/s -21%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
53861 MB/s -33%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
89096 MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
86207 MB/s -3%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (62624 - 89096, n=9)
76728 MB/s -14%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
75155 MB/s -16%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
74518 MB/s -16%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
62807 MB/s -30%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
57237 MB/s -36%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
79917 MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
75814 MB/s -5%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (59912 - 79917, n=9)
69396 MB/s -13%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
67857 MB/s -15%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
67449 MB/s -16%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
60389 MB/s -24%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
54443 MB/s -32%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
98.4 ns * -24%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
92.8 ns * -17%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
89.3 ns * -12%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
87.6 ns * -10%
Average Intel Core i9-13980HX
  (79.4 - 93.2, n=9)
87.5 ns * -10%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
84.5 ns * -6%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
79.4 ns *

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DPC Latency

LatencyMon reveals DPC issues when opening multiple browser tabs of our homepage. Additionally, the system has issues playing back 4K video content as we're able to record 37 dropped frames during our minute-long test video even after repeat testing. CPU and iGPU utilization are unusually high as well at 19 percent and 55 percent, respectively. These observations suggest poor handling of background processes that may impact the activity in focus.

For what it's worth, Nvidia has acknowledged a bug related to an increase in DPC latency with graphics driver 531.29. Hopefully a fix can come soon either way.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4710.9 μs * -76%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2669.6 μs *
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1169.3 μs * +56%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
1101.9 μs * +59%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
1095 μs * +59%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
664.4 μs * +75%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices — Four M.2 Drives Total

Our unit comes configured with an SK Hynix PC801 PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSD for sequential read and write rates of up to 7000 MB/s and 6500 MB/s, respectively. Performance is competitive against the Samsung PMA1 series and our drive exhibits no issues maintaining maximum speeds with no throttling.

The Alienware does not support PCIe5 NVMe SSDs unlike on the MSI GE78 or GT77 series. Nonetheless, it supports more internal SSDs than on most other laptops.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 8
CDM 8
Supports up to 2x M.2 2280 PCIe4 x4 SSDs...
Supports up to 2x M.2 2280 PCIe4 x4 SSDs...
...plus two more M.2 2230 PCIe4 x4 SSDs
...plus two more M.2 2230 PCIe4 x4 SSDs
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 7028 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 6386 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 730.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 560 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 5579 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 4818 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 76.62 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 295.5 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
79.2 pt
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
67 pt
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
65.4 pt
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
55.6 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
49.8 pt
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
47.4 pt
DiskSpd
seq read
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
5598 (5462.22min - 5597.85max) MB/s +68%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
4931 (4875.77min - 4930.83max) MB/s +48%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
4842 (4719.64min - 4842.11max) MB/s +46%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3889 (3873.65min - 3888.73max) MB/s +17%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3834 (3626.9min - 3834.31max) MB/s +15%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
3326 (3303.54min - 3326.08max) MB/s
seq write
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7533 (7482.85min - 7532.79max) MB/s +55%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
4849 (4812.78min - 4849.24max) MB/s
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
4819 (4728.89min - 4819.25max) MB/s -1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
4199 (3998.61min - 4199.12max) MB/s -13%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3798 (3750.39min - 3798.15max) MB/s -22%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2700 (2597.32min - 2699.87max) MB/s -44%
seq q8 t1 read
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
13195 (9412.86min - 13194.8max) MB/s +94%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11242 (10740.3min - 11242.2max) MB/s +65%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
10774 (9137.92min - 10774max) MB/s +58%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
6815 (6081.32min - 6815.12max) MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
6810 (6260.27min - 6809.87max) MB/s 0%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6264 (5914.09min - 6264.25max) MB/s -8%
seq q8 t1 write
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9942 (9912.92min - 9941.76max) MB/s +63%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
8404 (8165.05min - 8403.71max) MB/s +38%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
8227 (8104.29min - 8226.71max) MB/s +35%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
6097 (6073.79min - 6096.81max) MB/s
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4905 (4886.66min - 4904.61max) MB/s -20%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
4426 (4263.58min - 4426.04max) MB/s -27%
4k q1 t1 read
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
83.1 (79.37min - 83.07max) MB/s +18%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
79.3 (77.82min - 79.25max) MB/s +13%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
74.5 (73.46min - 74.52max) MB/s +6%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
70.4 (69.8min - 70.36max) MB/s
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
59.8 (59.59min - 59.78max) MB/s -15%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
57.5 (57.09min - 57.53max) MB/s -18%
4k q1 t1 write
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
293 (278.18min - 292.65max) MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
280 (267.82min - 279.79max) MB/s -4%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
213 (205.52min - 212.72max) MB/s -27%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
170.2 (168.21min - 170.2max) MB/s -42%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
124 (123.44min - 123.99max) MB/s -58%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
103.7 (103.17min - 103.74max) MB/s -65%
4k q32 t16 read
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
5703 (5624.48min - 5703.41max) MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3203 (3180.36min - 3203.41max) MB/s -44%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1469 (1266.81min - 1469.47max) MB/s -74%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1359 (1291.24min - 1359.27max) MB/s -76%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
874 (867.39min - 873.79max) MB/s -85%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
711 (692.26min - 710.64max) MB/s -88%
4k q32 t16 write
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
3719 (3569.84min - 3718.59max) MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
2209 (1041.25min - 2208.74max) MB/s -41%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1424 (1251.47min - 1423.75max) MB/s -62%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
494 (480min - 493.6max) MB/s -87%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
461 (442.02min - 461.29max) MB/s -88%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
350 (343.49min - 350.45max) MB/s -91%
AS SSD
Score Total
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
10562 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
7745 Points -27%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6019 Points -43%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
4941 Points -53%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4850 Points -54%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
4364 Points -59%
Score Read
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
3622 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3490 Points -4%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2035 Points -44%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
1948 Points -46%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1885 Points -48%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
1858 Points -49%
Score Write
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
5110 Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3235 Points -37%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
2566 Points -50%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
2137 Points -58%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1877 Points -63%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
1691 Points -67%
Seq Read
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9511 MB/s +61%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
7888 MB/s +34%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
6561.69 MB/s +11%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
5891.83 MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
5770.79 MB/s -2%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4077.84 MB/s -31%
Seq Write
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7181 MB/s +27%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
5634.39 MB/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
5041 MB/s -11%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3951.34 MB/s -30%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
3480.87 MB/s -38%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2631.22 MB/s -53%
4K Read
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
72.8 MB/s +12%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
69.72 MB/s +7%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
69.21 MB/s +6%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
65.13 MB/s
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
58.36 MB/s -10%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 2023 G834JY-N6005W
2x Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR (RAID 0)
58 MB/s -11%
4K Write
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
248.62 MB/s <