Alienware 17-inch laptops have always delivered strong performance. But thanks to an update that adds support for up to a Radeon RX 6850M XT GPU and a new 480Hz display, Alienware says the refreshed m17 R5 is the most powerful AMD Advantage laptop yet.
Designed to take advantage of features like AMD’s Smart Access Memory, SmartShift Max, and FreeSync Premium, the latest configuration of the m17 R5 aims to squeeze every framerate while maintaining Alienware’s signature sci-fi aesthetic. Specs include either an AMD Ryzen 7 6800H CPU or Ryzen 9 6900HX chip, up to 64GB of DDR5 RAM, 4TB of NVMe storage, and a Radeon RX 6850M XT graphics card with 12GB of vRAM. For people who aren’t interested in the AMD Advantage platform or just prefer NVIDIA cards, the m17 R5 can also be configured with up to an RTX 3080 Ti GPU.
As for display options, new for 2022 is an incredibly fast Full HD 480Hz panel (which will also be available on the x17 R2), which is the highest refresh rate you can get on a laptop today. Unless you’re a hardcore competitive gamer, however, consider Alienware’s UHD display instead, which has a much wider color gamut (99 percent of DCI-P3 vs 100 percent sRGB) and significantly better brightness (500 nits for UHD vs 300 nits for FHD).
Another bonus for AMD fans is that systems with a Radeon RX 6850M XT GPU also get Alienware’s Cryo-Tech cooling, which features a 3.5x larger vapor chamber compared to older m17 R4 models, as well as a smaller one , but more efficient CPU fan. And like all current M-series gaming laptops, the m17 R5 supports both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, as well as Alienware’s ComfortView Plus blue light filter technology.
However, the only major downside aside from its price is that the new m17 R5 is definitely not light, with a maximum weight of 7.3 pounds (depending on the exact configuration). No matter which model you choose, make sure you have a sturdy bag for on the go.
The refreshed m17 R5 is available starting today with a starting price of $1,600, or around $2,800 when equipped with a Ryzen 9 CPU and RX 8650 M Xt GPU.
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