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Alienware x15 R2 Laptop Review: Ultrabook-like UFO soars with Core i9-12900H and 140 W RTX 3080 Ti

E.T. says Hi! Dell has refreshed the Alienware x15 lineup with the new x15 R2. This year's x15 R2 offers internal upgrades to Intel Alder Lake-H and Nvidia RTX 30 Series Ti GPUs while retaining much of the design as the previous generation. The Alienware x15 R2 finds enough room to flex its muscles despite the thin chassis and will definitely appeal to the enthusiast gamer, but there are a few areas of concern to be aware of.

It's been some time since Dell has replaced the Alienware m15 series with the x15. The x15 series basically sports the same design language as the m15's Legend chassis but is now slimmer. This year, we have the Alienware x15 R2 and the Alienware x17 R2 vying for a slice of your hard-earned pie.

We have previously reviewed the Alienware x15 R1 and the Alienware x17 R2, so now it's time to check out the Alienware x15 R2 as well and see what this year's Alder Lake-H refresh has in store for us.

This year's Alienware x15 R2 is more or less a rehash of the last gen x15 R1. However, we see some much-needed internal improvements including upgrades to Intel 12th gen Alder Lake-H, Nvidia RTX 30 Ti graphics, Dolby Vision displays, and more. 

Our test Alienware x15 R2 is equipped with an Intel Core i9-12900H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, a 1080p 360 Hz display, 32 GB LPDDR5-4800 RAM, and a 1 TB Samsung PM9A1 NVMe SSD. This configuration will set you back by ₹3,68,190 (~US$4,500 or €4,583) if ordered online via Dell India.

In this review, we put the Alienware x15 R2 through its paces and see whether the new upgrades add up to a great experience for the asking price.

Alienware x15 R2 P111F (x15 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-12900H 14 x 1.8 - 5 GHz, 140 W PL2 / Short Burst, 140 W PL1 / Sustained, Alder Lake-P
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU - 16 GB VRAM, 140 W TDP, GDDR6, Game Ready Driver 516.59, Advanced Optimus
Memory
32 GB 
, Quad-channel LPDDR5-4800, Timings: 60-48-48-112
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, No, AU Optronics B156HAN (AUO8092), IPS, Dolby Vision, Nvidia G-Sync, glossy: no, HDR, 360 Hz
Storage
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR, 1024 GB 
, 867 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Alder Lake-P PCH - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio jack, Card Reader: Realtek microSD card reader
Networking
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): 15.9 x 359.7 x 277.33 ( = 0.63 x 14.16 x 10.92 in)
Battery
87 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell, Alienware Battery Defender
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Camera
Webcam: Alienware HD 720p webcam with Windows Hello IR
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2W Stereo with Dolby Atmos, Keyboard: Alienware X Series, Keyboard Light: yes, Type-C to RJ-45 dongle, Alienware Command Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.36 kg ( = 83.25 oz / 5.2 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
3,68,190 INR
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
87.7 %
10/2022
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2.4 kg15.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
86.3 %
05/2022
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
2.3 kg27.2 mm15.60"2560x1440
88.2 %
05/2022
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
R9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2.6 kg20.5 mm16.00"3840x2400
87.4 %
06/2022
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2.4 kg23.4 mm15.60"3840x2160
88.3 %
08/2022
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3.3 kg23 mm17.30"1920x1080
86.9 %
03/2022
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
2.3 kg23.4 mm15.60"1920x1080
88.3 %
05/2022
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2.1 kg16.99 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case: Every inch an Alienware in a near-ultrabook chassis

The Legend 2.0 chassis is largely unchanged from the x15 R1 and is just as eye-catching. The x15 R2 looks quite slim for the hardware on offer, and Alienware has managed to get the mix of class and gamery aesthetics just right.

The two-tone paint job with a white chassis and a black keyboard deck looks appealing and smooth to touch. The hallmark alien head logo on the back of the lid and the power button glows in pristine RGB as do the rear stadium RGB lights made of 90 micro-LEDs, all of which can be fully customized or turned off in the Alienware Command Center. 

The rear vents sport a honeycomb pattern to add a bit of suave. The bottom panel has a plastic construction as well and sports patterned intake vents. 

Though the keyboard deck construction is largely plastic, it feels quite premium and uniform without any sharp edges or wanton flex — something that previous generation Alienwares were notoriously famous for. There is some flex, but that is observed only when deliberately applying pressure. The display lid is made of magnesium alloy for rigidity with the number "15" distinctly etched.

Overall, the Alienware x15 R2 gives off great vibes on first look with its ultrabook-like form factor while retaining signature Alienware features.

Size Comparison

397 mm / 15.6 inch 330 mm / 13 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 3.3 kg7.28 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 267 mm / 10.5 inch 23.4 mm / 0.921 inch 2.4 kg5.37 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 267 mm / 10.5 inch 23.4 mm / 0.921 inch 2.3 kg5.1 lbs354 mm / 13.9 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 27.2 mm / 1.071 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs359.7 mm / 14.2 inch 277.33 mm / 10.9 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 2.4 kg5.2 lbs359.7 mm / 14.2 inch 277.25 mm / 10.9 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 2.4 kg5.18 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 266 mm / 10.5 inch 20.5 mm / 0.807 inch 2.6 kg5.64 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 16.99 mm / 0.669 inch 2.1 kg4.61 lbs

Connectivity: All ports stern side

The arrangement of ports in the Alienware x15 R2 is akin to what we've seen with the x15 R1.

Towards the left, we have a power adapter port while the right houses just the 3.5 mm combo audio jack. The audio jack is placed farther towards the rear, which can be irksome if your wired headsets use shorter cables.

The rear houses a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port with PowerShare, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, and a Thunderbolt 4 port. The USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 4 ports support Power Delivery. A microSD card reader and a HDMI 2.1-out port round up the port selection. A Kensington lock slot and an RJ-45 jack are not available. However, Dell bundles a USB Type-C to RJ-45 dongle in the box that offers 2.5 GbE LAN connectivity.

The port placement poses no hindrance while attaching multiple peripherals. That being said, the unilateral placement of all major ports at the rear can make accessing them a tad cumbersome especially if you swap peripherals a lot.

Left: DC-in
Left: DC-in
Right: 3.5 mm combo audio jack
Right: 3.5 mm combo audio jack
Rear: USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A with PowerShare, Thunderbolt 4, microSD card reader, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, and HDMI 2.1-out
Rear: USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A with PowerShare, Thunderbolt 4, microSD card reader, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, and HDMI 2.1-out

SD Card Reader

The microSD card reader performs admirably in our tests. The performance seems a bit slower than what we had seen previously with the x15 R1, but it is in the same league as that of the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 and the Razer Blade 15 Advanced.

SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H (AV Pro V60)
195.8 MB/s ∼100% +32%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
155 MB/s ∼79% +4%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
155 MB/s ∼79% +4%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
148.5 (139.82min - 150.43max) MB/s ∼76%
Average of class Gaming
  (18.5 - 222, n=86, last 2 years)
112.8 MB/s ∼58% -24%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
78 MB/s ∼40% -47%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
69.1 (68.5min - 72.99max) MB/s ∼35% -53%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H (AV Pro V60)
223.8 MB/s ∼100% +6%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
210.33 MB/s ∼94%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
185 MB/s ∼83% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (20.5 - 263, n=75, last 2 years)
136.6 MB/s ∼61% -35%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
88.14 MB/s ∼39% -58%

Communication

The Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i WLAN card offers decent networking performance
The Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i WLAN card offers decent networking performance

The x15 R2 is equipped with a Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i WLAN card. The performance is decent, but we've seen faster throughput from this card in other laptops. We did observe some dips in the 5 GHz transmit test, but the connection overall was quite stable during testing with our reference Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 router.

We did not notice any tangible benefits in switching over to the 6 GHz band, save for slightly higher average receive speeds and higher peak throughput values.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card
1695 (1556min - 1768max) MBit/s ∼100% +10%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1621 (1412min - 1672max) MBit/s ∼96% +6%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1617 (831min - 1687max) MBit/s ∼95% +5%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1610 (1421min - 1675max) MBit/s ∼95% +5%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1536 (1157min - 1686max) MBit/s ∼91%
Average Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
  (1330 - 1622, n=7)
1515 MBit/s ∼89% -1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1482 (962min - 1587max) MBit/s ∼87% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (740 - 1780, n=37, last 2 years)
1374 MBit/s ∼81% -11%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1748 (903min - 1835max) MBit/s ∼100% +19%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1727 (866min - 1759max) MBit/s ∼99% +18%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1714 (1600min - 1749max) MBit/s ∼98% +17%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card
1692 (1567min - 1738max) MBit/s ∼97% +16%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1691 (1589min - 1731max) MBit/s ∼97% +16%
Average Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
  (1464 - 1714, n=9)
1624 MBit/s ∼93% +11%
Average of class Gaming
  (685 - 1769, n=44, last 2 years)
1467 MBit/s ∼84% 0%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1464 (1236min - 1688max) MBit/s ∼84%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1590 (1401min - 1680max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (1237 - 1875, n=20, last 2 years)
1538 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
Average Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
  (1348 - 1659, n=8)
1503 MBit/s ∼95% -5%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1488 (1300min - 1531max) MBit/s ∼94% -6%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1481 (1314min - 1543max) MBit/s ∼93% -7%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1857 (831min - 1948max) MBit/s ∼100% +23%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1680 (1438min - 1732max) MBit/s ∼90% +12%
Average Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
  (1416 - 1723, n=9)
1594 MBit/s ∼86% +6%
Average of class Gaming
  (886 - 1857, n=22, last 2 years)
1547 MBit/s ∼83% +3%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1505 (1309min - 1719max) MBit/s ∼81%
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Alienware x15 R2 P111F Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1590 (1401-1680)
Alienware x15 R2 P111F Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1505 (1309-1719)
Alienware x15 R2 P111F Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1536 (1157-1686)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1695 (1556-1768)
Alienware x15 R2 P111F Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1464 (1236-1688)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1691 (1567-1738)

Webcam

In the age of FHD webcams, Dell includes a paltry 720p shooter in the Alienware x15 R2. The webcam is just about serviceable for the occasional video call. Colors show large deviations and dark areas turn out to be quite noisy. Image sharpness and detailing is subpar even under adequate ambient lighting conditions. There is no physical webcam shutter provided.

ColorChecker
15.5 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
21 ∆E
20.1 ∆E
20.5 ∆E
16 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
24 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
14 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
15 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Alienware x15 R2 P111F: 13.9 ∆E min: 3.32 - max: 23.99 ∆E

Security

The x15 R2 sports an integrated IR camera that supports Windows Hello-based biometric authentication. There is no fingerprint reader available.

The IR camera is easy to enroll and is quite responsive. A TPM 2.0 module is also present.

Accessories

Apart from the 240 W power adapter and the usual paperwork, Dell also bundles a USB Type-C to RJ-45 2.5 Gb Ethernet dongle in the box.

Maintenance

The internals can be accessed by simply removing the six Philips screws on the bottom panel. It does take some effort to fully pry open the bottom panel from the chassis. There is no maintenance hatch provided.

The internal layout is unchanged from last year, which also means that once again you have to put up with soldered RAM. The NVMe SSD, Killer Wi-Fi card, and the 87 WHr battery can be replaced if needed.

Alienware x15 R2 internals
Alienware x15 R2 internals

Warranty

The Alienware x15 R2 comes with Dell's one-year Premium Support Plus and Onsite Service facility as standard. Additional warranty and support options can be added during checkout at Dell.com.

Input Devices: Secondary keys remain unlit

Keyboard

The keyboard remains unchanged from the x15 R1. Dell employs an Alienware X Series thin keyboard with a 1.5 mm key travel, N-key rollover, and anti-ghosting technology. There are no mechanical keys owing to the thin chassis.

Typing on the x15 R2's keyboard is generally a pleasant experience owing to good tactile feedback. The full-size arrow keys are also carried forward from the x15 R1 and are a welcome addition. However, the secondary symbols on the Function keys continue to remain unlit, which makes it irksome to use them in the dark.

Touchpad

The 10.5 cm x 6 cm touchpad feels a bit smaller compared to the competition but offers a smooth gliding experience. Windows Precision gestures are supported. Clicking does require some effort at times and can also benefit from some added feedback.

Unlike the x15 R1, the x15 R2's touchpad color scheme matches the rest of the keyboard deck but is still a fingerprint and grime magnet.

The Alienware x15 R2's keyboard and touchpad offer a decent input experience with room for improvement
The Alienware x15 R2's keyboard and touchpad offer a decent input experience with room for improvement

Display: 360 Hz G-Sync panel with Dolby Vision and no PWM

Our Alienware x15 R2 is equipped with a 1080p 360 Hz panel. This is an Nvidia G-Sync panel with support for Dolby Vision HDR. Users can also configure the x15 R2 with FHD 165 Hz and QHD 240 Hz panel options with G-Sync and Dolby Vision support.

The 1080p resolution results in a larger pixel size with an overall density of 141 PPI. We observed significant backlight bleeding at all four corners under long exposure.

The x15 R2's display characteristics are similar to what we had seen before with the 2020 Alienware m15 R3, which also features the same panel. Brightness distribution is decent at 82%, and the 1033:1 measured contrast ratio offers a good subjective viewing experience.

Sub-pixel matrix
Sub-pixel matrix
Significant backlight bleed seen at the corners under long exposure
Significant backlight bleed seen at the corners under long exposure
325
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B156HAN (AUO8092)
X-Rite i1Basic Pro 3
Maximum: 341 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 315.6 cd/m² Minimum: 16.45 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 341 cd/m²
Contrast: 1033:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.96 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2, calibrated: 1.46
ΔE Greyscale 3.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
75.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
74.7% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.15
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
AU Optronics B156HAN (AUO8092), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
LG Philips 156QHG, IPS, 2560x1440, 15.60
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
BOE CQ NE156QHM-NZ2, IPS-level, 2560x1440, 15.60
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Sharp SHP1544 LQ173M1JW08, IPS-Level, 1920x1080, 17.30
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
BOE NE156FHM-NZ3, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
TL156VDXP02-0, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Display
16%
14%
-3%
-4%
-13%
Display P3 Coverage
74.7
97.8
31%
96.2
29%
70.8
-5%
70.1
-6%
65.3
-13%
sRGB Coverage
100
99.9
0%
99.9
0%
98.9
-1%
99.5
0%
85.1
-15%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
75.7
84.5
12%
73
-4%
72.1
-5%
67.4
-11%
Response Times
-429%
-232%
-64%
-209%
-168%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
1.47 ?(0.49, 0.98)
12 ?(6, 6)
-716%
7.86 ?(4.02, 3.84)
-435%

4.21 ?(1.98, 2.23)
-186%

3.03 ?(1.28, 1.75)
-106%
5.8 ?(3.4, 2.4)
-295%
4.3 ?(2.4, 1.9)
-193%
Response Time Black / White *
4.32 ?(2.17, 2.15)
10.4 ?(6, 4.4)
-141%
7.5 ?(3.89, 3.61)
-74%
5.28 ?(2.32, 2.96)
-22%
9.6 ?(5.2, 4.4)
-122%
10.5 ?(5.7, 4.8)
-143%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-4%
-24%
-7%
4%
30%
Brightness middle
341
409.5
20%
346
1%
280
-18%
353.1
4%
330
-3%
Brightness
316
390
23%
329
4%
275
-13%
325
3%
315
0%
Brightness Distribution
82
88
7%
91
11%
79
-4%
85
4%
89
9%
Black Level *
0.33
0.47
-42%
0.59
-79%
0.4
-21%
0.38
-15%
0.24
27%
Contrast
1033
871
-16%
586
-43%
700
-32%
929
-10%
1375
33%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.96
3.48
-18%
3.06
-3%
2.1
29%
2.24
24%
1.47
50%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.33
6.31
-18%
5.81
-9%
5.83
-9%
5
6%
2.73
49%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.46
0.89
39%
2.57
-76%
1.58
-8%
1.02
30%
0.63
57%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.7
5
-35%
3.3
11%
4
-8%
1.8
51%
Gamma
2.15 102%
2.16 102%
2.12 104%
2.13 103%
2.24 98%
2.282 96%
CCT
6351 102%
6591 99%
7021 93%
7060 92%
6864 95%
6499 100%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-139% / -67%
-81% / -61%
-25% / -15%
-70% / -28%
-50% / -7%

* ... smaller is better

The Alienware x15 R2's color space coverage is good considering that this is primarily a gaming laptop. The sRGB color gamut is fully covered, and the 75.7% AdobeRGB coverage should still be amenable for non-professional content creation. Display P3 coverage is also decent at 74.7%.

vs. sRGB - 100% coverage
vs. sRGB - 100% coverage
vs. AdobeRGB - 75.7% coverage
vs. AdobeRGB - 75.7% coverage
vs. Display P3 - 74.7% coverage
vs. Display P3 - 74.7% coverage

Out-of-the-box color accuracy is nothing to write home about but is nevertheless serviceable with an average grayscale Delta E of 3.7 and an average ColorChecker Delta E of 2.96.

Our standardized calibration routine using the X-rite i1Basic Pro 3 spectrophotometer and Calman Ultimate color calibration software from Portrait Displays helps in perceivable improvements in color accuracy by narrowing the average grayscale Delta E to 0.7 and the average ColorChecker Delta E to 1.46. We still notice higher deviations in the red color. 

The calibrated ICC file can be downloaded from the link above.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps 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
4.32 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.17 ms rise
↘ 2.15 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 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.47 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.49 ms rise
↘ 0.98 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 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.9 ms).
Combined 50% grey to 80% grey response time increases to 7.3 ms with panel overdrive off
Combined 50% grey to 80% grey response time increases to 7.3 ms with panel overdrive off

The Alienware x15 R2's panel uses overdrive by default, and this is seen as a "horn" in the 50% grey to 80% grey response time graph. Consequently, we see a very fast 1.47 ms combined response time; it is not OLED-level but should augur well for fast-paced games. The combined 100% black to 100% white response time is also decent at 4.32 ms.

Panel overdrive is disabled at 60 Hz refresh and the combined 50% grey to 80% grey response time increases to 7.3 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 19555 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

No PWM flickering was observed across all tested brightness levels, which should bode well for reduced eye strain while gaming.

For more information, refer to our article "Why Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is such a headache", and also check out our PWM Ranking Table for PWM frequency comparison across all reviewed devices.

Despite the somewhat lower peak brightness, the Alienware x15 R2's display is quite amenable for outdoor viewing as long as there is no harsh sunlight falling directly on the screen.

We did not observe any significant loss of brightness or color information at extreme viewing angles.

Outdoor viewing under sunlight
Outdoor viewing under sunlight
Outdoor viewing under shade
Outdoor viewing under shade
Minimal loss of color and brightness at extreme viewing angles
Minimal loss of color and brightness at extreme viewing angles

Performance: Core i9-12900H offers good sustained performance

Our Alienware x15 R2 is powered by an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and a 140 W Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU. Buyers can also configure the x15 R2 with a Core i7-12700H and an RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU options along with 16 GB or 32 GB LPDDR5-5200 RAM.

 

Testing Conditions

The laptop's performance can be tuned using Alienware Command Center. We had to install the app manually as it was not present in the default factory image for some reason. We ran all tests in the Full Speed thermal profile. This results in an unlocked processor base power (PL1) and maximum turbo power (PL2) of 140 W.

Most thermal profiles including Balanced use a PL1/PL2 of 140 W whereas Battery Saver and Quiet modes use a 65 W PL1 and 140 W PL2. The choice of thermal profile mainly has an impact on fan noise, which we will come to shortly.

The Alienware x15 R2 supports Advanced Optimus. All graphics tests were run in the MSHybrid mode, but it is possible to change the GPU routing either via the BIOS or via Nvidia Control Panel.

Thermal profiles in Alienware Command Center
Thermal profiles in Alienware Command Center

Processor

The Core i9-12900H sustains well without throttling
The Core i9-12900H sustains well without throttling

The Core i9-12900H is a 14-core 20-thread Alder Lake-H processor with boosts up to 5 GHz. Of the 14 cores, eight of them are Golden Cove performance (P) cores while the remaining six are Gracemont efficiency (E) ones. The P-cores support hyperthreading.

Dell's implementation of an Element 31 (which denotes gallium in the periodic table by the way) gallium-silicone thermal interface material (TIM) seems to be working as advertised. We observed a well-sustained performance in the Cinebench R15 multi-core loop test throughout the duration of the run. 

That being said, the Alienware x15 R2 seems to be about 9% slower in this test compared to the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15, which also uses the same processor at 135 W.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Alienware x15 R2 P111F Intel Core i9-12900H: Ø2528 (2470.66-2721.46)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS Intel Core i9-12900H: Ø2788 (2732.8-2978.18)
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS Intel Core i9-12900H: Ø2372 (2349.62-2449.33)

Single-core performance is on par with other Alder Lake-H chips and even the Alder Lake-HX Core i9-12900HX in the MSI Titan GT77. We see between 1% and 21% leads in single core for the Core i9-12900H compared to the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX in the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 depending on the benchmark. The Scar 15 is able to edge out the X15 R2 in most multi-core benchmarks.

Cinebench R20 multi-core score takes a hit on battery power
Cinebench R20 multi-core score takes a hit on battery power

We noticed an 11% drop in Cinebench R20 multi-core performance on battery power likely due to the PL1 dropping down to 65 W.

Overall, the Alienware x15 R2 does not throw any surprises in our CPU benchmark suite and offers a 33% increased CPU performance compared to the x15 R1. The thin chassis may have contributed to the slightly lower scores, but Dell's thermal management is able to ensure a good sustained performance.

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 5.4: 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
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
85.9 pt ∼86%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
76.7 pt ∼77%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
73.8 pt ∼74%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
73.3 pt ∼73%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
73.1 pt ∼73%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
 
70.1 pt ∼70%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
62.8 pt ∼63%
Average of class Gaming
 
56.5 pt ∼57%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
56.4 pt ∼56%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F -2!
Intel Core i7-11800H
55.4 pt ∼55%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
22982 Points ∼100% +39%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
19064 Points ∼83% +15%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
16812 (15129.6min - 16812.1max) Points ∼73% +1%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
16575 Points ∼72%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
16530 Points ∼72% 0%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (7647 - 19648, n=17)
15805 Points ∼69% -5%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
14085 Points ∼61% -15%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
14021 (13411min - 14020.7max) Points ∼61% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (2435 - 23482, n=218, last 2 years)
13188 Points ∼57% -20%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
9777 Points ∼43% -41%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
1918 Points ∼100% +2%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
1913 Points ∼100% +1%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
1888 Points ∼98%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
1887 Points ∼98% 0%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
1855 Points ∼97% -2%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (1701 - 1921, n=17)
1855 Points ∼97% -2%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
1799 Points ∼94% -5%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1566 Points ∼82% -17%
Average of class Gaming
  (527 - 1936, n=217, last 2 years)
1548 Points ∼81% -18%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
1511 Points ∼79% -20%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
8667 Points ∼100% +27%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
7109 Points ∼82% +4%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
6812 Points ∼79%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
6594 Points ∼76% -3%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
6271 Points ∼72% -8%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (2922 - 7471, n=17)
5953 Points ∼69% -13%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5489 Points ∼63% -19%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
5316 Points ∼61% -22%
Average of class Gaming
  (930 - 9042, n=229, last 2 years)
5004 Points ∼58% -27%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
3741 Points ∼43% -45%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
738 Points ∼100% +1%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
732 Points ∼99%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
730 Points ∼99% 0%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
728 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (664 - 738, n=17)
718 Points ∼97% -2%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
717 Points ∼97% -2%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
695 Points ∼94% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (169 - 745, n=229, last 2 years)
596 Points ∼81% -19%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
595 Points ∼81% -19%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
579 Points ∼78% -21%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
3570 (3259.45min - 3569.52max) Points ∼100% +31%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
2978 (2732.8min - 2978.18max) Points ∼83% +9%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
2721 (2470.66min - 2721.46max) Points ∼76%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
2669 (2423.65min - 2668.98max) Points ∼75% -2%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (1561 - 3077, n=17)
2591 Points ∼73% -5%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
2449 (2349.62min - 2449.33max) Points ∼69% -10%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
2292 Points ∼64% -16%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
2154 (2104.27min - 2154.01max) Points ∼60% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (400 - 3652, n=227, last 2 years)
2119 Points ∼59% -22%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
1566 (1448.91min - 1565.5max) Points ∼44% -42%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
278 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
275 Points ∼99% 0%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
275 Points ∼99%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
273 Points ∼98% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (245 - 277, n=17)
268 Points ∼96% -3%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
267 Points ∼96% -3%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
249 Points ∼90% -9%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
242 Points ∼87% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (79.2 - 282, n=221, last 2 years)
236 Points ∼85% -14%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
227 Points ∼82% -17%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
306 Seconds * ∼100% -65%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 1259, n=228, last 2 years)
267 Seconds * ∼87% -44%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
220 Seconds * ∼72% -18%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
220 Seconds * ∼72% -18%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (160 - 415, n=17)
215 Seconds * ∼70% -16%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
197 Seconds * ∼64% -6%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
195.9 Seconds * ∼64% -5%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
186 Seconds * ∼61%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
175.4 Seconds * ∼57% +6%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
147 Seconds * ∼48% +21%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
86234 MIPS ∼100% +22%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
70549 MIPS ∼82%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
69083 MIPS ∼80% -2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
67680 MIPS ∼78% -4%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
66678 MIPS ∼77% -5%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
64457 MIPS ∼75% -9%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (37614 - 73489, n=17)
63437 MIPS ∼74% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (11386 - 88128, n=225, last 2 years)
55039 MIPS ∼64% -22%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
50988 MIPS ∼59% -28%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
44553 MIPS ∼52% -37%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
6256 MIPS ∼100% +7%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
6071 MIPS ∼97% +4%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
5981 MIPS ∼96% +2%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
5892 MIPS ∼94% +1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
5881 MIPS ∼94% +1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (5505 - 6120, n=17)
5880 MIPS ∼94% +1%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
5848 MIPS ∼93%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5727 MIPS ∼92% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (2685 - 6582, n=225, last 2 years)
5554 MIPS ∼89% -5%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
5449 MIPS ∼87% -7%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
16250 Points ∼100% +17%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
14140 Points ∼87% +2%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
13844 Points ∼85%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
13722 Points ∼84% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (8519 - 14376, n=17)
12562 Points ∼77% -9%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
12382 Points ∼76% -11%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
10167 Points ∼63% -27%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
9607 Points ∼59% -31%
Average of class Gaming
  (1946 - 16925, n=220, last 2 years)
9578 Points ∼59% -31%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
1923 Points ∼100% +3%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
1883 Points ∼98% +1%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
1863 Points ∼97%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
1861 Points ∼97% 0%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
1849 Points ∼96% -1%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
1842 Points ∼96% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (1731 - 1892, n=17)
1833 Points ∼95% -2%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1594 Points ∼83% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (158 - 1949, n=220, last 2 years)
1556 Points ∼81% -16%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
25.6 fps ∼100% +25%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
21.1 fps ∼82% +3%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
20.5 fps ∼80%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
19.8 fps ∼77% -3%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
18.4 fps ∼72% -10%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (9.16 - 22.5, n=17)
18.1 fps ∼71% -12%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
18 fps ∼70% -12%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
16.2 fps ∼63% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (3 - 26.6, n=229, last 2 years)
15.4 fps ∼60% -25%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
11.7 fps ∼46% -43%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Gaming
  (33.6 - 332, n=224, last 2 years)
52.2 s * ∼100% -11%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
49.2 s * ∼94% -4%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
47.1 s * ∼90%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
45 s * ∼86% +4%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
42.9 s * ∼82% +9%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (38.5 - 49.3, n=17)
42.3 s * ∼81% +10%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
40.3 s * ∼77% +14%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
39.7 s * ∼76% +16%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
39 s * ∼75% +17%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
36.3 s * ∼70% +23%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.566 sec * ∼100% -30%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.412 - 4.47, n=224, last 2 years)
0.536 sec * ∼95% -23%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
0.4799 sec * ∼85% -10%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
0.4522 sec * ∼80% -4%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (0.4218 - 0.4795, n=17)
0.4428 sec * ∼78% -2%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK
0.4392 sec * ∼78% -1%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H
0.4358 sec * ∼77%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H
0.4316 sec * ∼76% +1%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
0.4218 sec * ∼75% +3%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
0.4194 sec * ∼74% +4%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
2721 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
205 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
275 Points
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Performance Rating
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
98.5 pt ∼99%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
83.2 pt ∼83%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
81 pt ∼81%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
66.1 pt ∼66%
Average of class Gaming
 
64.1 pt ∼64%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
 
62.6 pt ∼63%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
61.6 pt ∼62%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
58.8 pt ∼59%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
46.5 pt ∼47%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F -9!
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
0 pt ∼0%
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
21797 KRay/s ∼100% +33%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
16852 KRay/s ∼77% +3%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
16424 KRay/s ∼75%
Average of class Gaming
  (2585 - 22183, n=192, last 2 years)
12283 KRay/s ∼56% -25%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (4074 - 18289, n=17)
10205 KRay/s ∼47% -38%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
9592 KRay/s ∼44% -42%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
8538 KRay/s ∼39% -48%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
8506 KRay/s ∼39% -48%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
5839 KRay/s ∼27% -64%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
107354 Points ∼100% +28%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
103794 Points ∼97% +24%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
83546 Points ∼78%
Average of class Gaming
  (12439 - 117712, n=192, last 2 years)
66849 Points ∼62% -20%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (22307 - 93236, n=17)
49288 Points ∼46% -41%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
42697 Points ∼40% -49%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
38656 Points ∼36% -54%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
38603 Points ∼36% -54%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
27801 Points ∼26% -67%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
4945 MB/s ∼100% +26%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3924 MB/s ∼79%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3547 MB/s ∼72% -10%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
3471 MB/s ∼70% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (629 - 5123, n=192, last 2 years)
3110 MB/s ∼63% -21%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (1378 - 4215, n=17)
3083 MB/s ∼62% -21%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
3031 MB/s ∼61% -23%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2992 MB/s ∼61% -24%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2013 MB/s ∼41% -49%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
110715 Points ∼100%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
106194 Points ∼96% -4%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
105314 Points ∼95% -5%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
104920 Points ∼95% -5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
104784 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (78668 - 111168, n=17)
104010 Points ∼94% -6%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
103770 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (15371 - 116406, n=192, last 2 years)
93549 Points ∼84% -16%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
85965 Points ∼78% -22%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
12969 Points ∼100% +28%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
12955 Points ∼100% +28%
Average of class Gaming
  (2137 - 17639, n=192, last 2 years)
10288 Points ∼79% +1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
10220 Points ∼79% +1%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
10136 Points ∼78%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
9756 Points ∼75% -4%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
9652 Points ∼74% -5%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (5709 - 10407, n=17)
9371 Points ∼72% -8%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
7027 Points ∼54% -31%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
57334 Points ∼100% +45%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
52544 Points ∼92% +33%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
39446 Points ∼69%
Average of class Gaming
  (7135 - 64776, n=192, last 2 years)
36463 Points ∼64% -8%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (11257 - 45581, n=17)
26708 Points ∼47% -32%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
25718 Points ∼45% -35%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
23070 Points ∼40% -42%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
23055 Points ∼40% -42%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
15765 Points ∼27% -60%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
179186 MB/s ∼100% +27%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
140758 MB/s ∼79%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
139407 MB/s ∼78% -1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
104589 MB/s ∼58% -26%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
96687 MB/s ∼54% -31%
Average of class Gaming
  (18146 - 183146, n=192, last 2 years)
95725 MB/s ∼53% -32%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
95126 MB/s ∼53% -32%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (31935 - 140758, n=17)
84340 MB/s ∼47% -40%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
65871 MB/s ∼37% -53%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
1389 MB/s ∼100% +27%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
1188 MB/s ∼86% +9%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
1091 MB/s ∼79%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
1081 MB/s ∼78% -1%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
1056 MB/s ∼76% -3%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (449 - 1193, n=17)
973 MB/s ∼70% -11%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
890 MB/s ∼64% -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (150.9 - 1408, n=213, last 2 years)
769 MB/s ∼55% -30%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
701 MB/s ∼50% -36%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
0 MB/s ∼0% -100%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
11612 KRay/s ∼100% +31%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
9001 KRay/s ∼78% +1%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
8886 KRay/s ∼77%
Average of class Gaming
  (1437 - 11913, n=192, last 2 years)
6668 KRay/s ∼57% -25%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (2235 - 10511, n=17)
5760 KRay/s ∼50% -35%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
5498 KRay/s ∼47% -38%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
4924 KRay/s ∼42% -45%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
4883 KRay/s ∼42% -45%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3257 KRay/s ∼28% -63%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
41007 MPixel/s ∼100% +3%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
40648 MPixel/s ∼99% +2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
39856 MPixel/s ∼97% 0%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
39854 MPixel/s ∼97%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
39666 MPixel/s ∼97% 0%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (20960 - 48269, n=17)
37487 MPixel/s ∼91% -6%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
29705 MPixel/s ∼72% -25%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
27416 MPixel/s ∼67% -31%
Average of class Gaming
  (8341 - 48269, n=192, last 2 years)
27040 MPixel/s ∼66% -32%

Check out our dedicated Intel Core i9-12900H page for more benchmarks and performance comparisons.

System Performance

The Alienware x15 R2 is only 9% behind the MSI Titan GT77 in overall PCMark 10 performance with the greatest deficit being seen in the Digital Content Creation component of the benchmark. CrossMark scores are comparable to that of the Scar 15 and are about 15% higher than the Ryzen 9 6900HX-powered Zephyrus Duo 16. 

Subjectively, we did not experience any hiccups in day-to-day productivity and web browsing tasks.

PCMark 10 / Score
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
8203 Points ∼100% +9%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8178 Points ∼100% +9%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H
8004 Points ∼98% +7%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7904 Points ∼96% +5%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (7139 - 8083, n=6)
7705 Points ∼94% +3%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7496 Points ∼91%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7313 Points ∼89% -2%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
7217 Points ∼88% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (4477 - 8636, n=185, last 2 years)
6959 Points ∼85% -7%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, 2x Samsung SSD 980 Pro 2TB MZ-V8P2T0 (RAID 0)
6351 Points ∼77% -15%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
11178 Points ∼100%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
11093 Points ∼99% -1%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11078 Points ∼99% -1%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H
10943 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (10254 - 11178, n=6)
10808 Points ∼97% -3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10708 Points ∼96% -4%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10597 Points ∼95% -5%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
10419 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (7334 - 11318, n=184, last 2 years)
10133 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, 2x Samsung SSD 980 Pro 2TB MZ-V8P2T0 (RAID 0)
9374 Points ∼84% -16%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10424 Points ∼100% 0%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10422 Points ∼100% 0%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10385 Points ∼100%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10178 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H
10141 Points ∼97% -2%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (9102 - 11186, n=6)
10038 Points ∼96% -3%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
9675 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (6161 - 10932, n=184, last 2 years)
9150 Points ∼88% -12%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
9022 Points ∼87% -13%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, 2x Samsung SSD 980 Pro 2TB MZ-V8P2T0 (RAID 0)
7704 Points ∼74% -26%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
13270 Points ∼100% +35%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
12857 Points ∼97% +31%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H
12541 Points ∼95% +27%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
12007 Points ∼90% +22%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (9847 - 12627, n=6)
11487 Points ∼87% +17%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
10851 Points ∼82% +10%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10351 Points ∼78% +5%
Average of class Gaming
  (5288 - 14291, n=184, last 2 years)
9933 Points ∼75% +1%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
9847 Points ∼74%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, 2x Samsung SSD 980 Pro 2TB MZ-V8P2T0 (RAID 0)
9626 Points ∼73% -2%
CrossMark / Overall
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2108 Points ∼100% +7%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2044 Points ∼97% +4%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1965 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (1696 - 1965, n=3)
1818 Points ∼86% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (974 - 2170, n=67, last 2 years)
1787 Points ∼85% -9%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1768 Points ∼84% -10%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, 2x Samsung SSD 980 Pro 2TB MZ-V8P2T0 (RAID 0)
1711 Points ∼81% -13%
CrossMark / Productivity
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1978 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1968 Points ∼99% +5%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1870 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (1622 - 1870, n=3)
1746 Points ∼88% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (907 - 2062, n=67, last 2 years)
1726 Points ∼87% -8%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1719 Points ∼87% -8%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, 2x Samsung SSD 980 Pro 2TB MZ-V8P2T0 (RAID 0)
1698 Points ∼86% -9%
CrossMark / Creativity
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2288 Points ∼100% +7%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2135 Points ∼93%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2115 Points ∼92% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (1855 - 2135, n=3)
1961 Points ∼86% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (1027 - 2366, n=67, last 2 years)
1891 Points ∼83% -11%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1868 Points ∼82% -13%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, 2x Samsung SSD 980 Pro 2TB MZ-V8P2T0 (RAID 0)
1724 Points ∼75% -19%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2069 Points ∼100% +16%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1991 Points ∼96% +12%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1777 Points ∼86%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, 2x Samsung SSD 980 Pro 2TB MZ-V8P2T0 (RAID 0)
1715 Points ∼83% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (1029 - 2230, n=67, last 2 years)
1687 Points ∼82% -5%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (1483 - 1777, n=3)
1634 Points ∼79% -8%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1633 Points ∼79% -8%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
6653 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
10574 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
6944 points
PCMark 10 Score
7496 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
70918 MB/s ∼100%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
64030 MB/s ∼90% -10%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
62959 MB/s ∼89% -11%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
61946 MB/s ∼87% -13%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
61561 MB/s ∼87% -13%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (34438 - 74264, n=17)
59730 MB/s ∼84% -16%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
53162 MB/s ∼75% -25%
Average of class Gaming
  (18074 - 77803, n=192, last 2 years)
46883 MB/s ∼66% -34%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
45395 MB/s ∼64% -36%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
66798 MB/s ∼100% +3%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
65277 MB/s ∼98% 0%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
65086 MB/s ∼97%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
65018 MB/s ∼97% 0%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
62140 MB/s ∼93% -5%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (36365 - 74642, n=17)
61578 MB/s ∼92% -5%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
53321 MB/s ∼80% -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (20318 - 76185, n=192, last 2 years)
50491 MB/s ∼76% -22%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
49035 MB/s ∼73% -25%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
65772 MB/s ∼100% +8%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
65001 MB/s ∼99% +7%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
64873 MB/s ∼99% +7%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
60909 MB/s ∼93%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
60014 MB/s ∼91% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (32276 - 65518, n=17)
58236 MB/s ∼89% -4%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
57180 MB/s ∼87% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (15975 - 68782, n=192, last 2 years)
48205 MB/s ∼73% -21%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
46932 MB/s ∼71% -23%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
118.1 ns * ∼100%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
97.6 ns * ∼83% +17%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
95.2 ns * ∼81% +19%
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
93.7 ns * ∼79% +21%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
92.3 ns * ∼78% +22%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
90.6 ns * ∼77% +23%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
88.8 ns * ∼75% +25%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (91.2 - 118.1, n=17)
76.4 ns * ∼65% +35%
Average of class Gaming
  (76.2 - 122, n=214, last 2 years)
66.1 ns * ∼56% +44%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
0 ns * ∼0% +100%

* ... smaller is better

DPC Latency

The Alienware x15 R2's DPC latency is somewhat on the higher side, but our LatencyMon tests indicate that it should still be suitable for real-time audio and video workflows. The Windows ACPI.sys driver seems to be contributing to the observed latency.

The Alienware x15 R2 has a much lower DPC latency than the competition
The Alienware x15 R2 has a much lower DPC latency than the competition
ACPI.sys seems to have the highest execution time
ACPI.sys seems to have the highest execution time
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
MSI Raider GE66 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
5785 μs * ∼100% -835%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4836 μs * ∼84% -682%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H
3882 μs * ∼67% -528%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2203.2 μs * ∼38% -256%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
638.25 μs * ∼11% -3%
Alienware x15 RTX 3070 P111F
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
1541 μs * ∼27% -149%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G533ZW-LN106WS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
892.1 μs * ∼15% -44%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
618.5 μs * ∼11%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650RX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, 2x Samsung SSD 980 Pro 2TB MZ-V8P2T0 (RAID 0)
521.5 μs * ∼9% +16%

* ... smaller is better

More comparisons across reviewed devices can be found on our DPC Latency Ranking page.

Storage Devices

The x15 R2's Samsung PM9A1 SSD has scope for better performance
The x15 R2's Samsung PM9A1 SSD has scope for better performance

The storage subsystem is one area where the x15 R2 falls short — we've seen better performance with the Samsung PM9A1 drive before. That being said, the sequential Q32T1 read and write speeds come close to the advertised values for this drive. This year's x15 R2 offers a 40% improved disk performance compared to the x15 R1's Western Digital SN730 SSD.

Disk throttling was observed towards the 43rd run of the DiskSpd read loop test at a queue depth of 8. There is no thermal solution provided either on the SSD or on the bottom panel.

Given the thin chassis, Dell does not offer space for a 2.5-inch SATA drive. However, there is a provision to add another M.2 NVMe SSD.

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 6796.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2186.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 549 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 482 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 3489 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2198 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 52.41 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 187.2 MB/s
CDM 6 Write 4K Q8T8: 527.8 MB/s
CDM 6 Read 4K Q8T8: 1373.5 MB/s