Alienware M15 R3 vs. Alienware M15 R4

Here is a side by side comparison between Alienware M15 R3 and Alienware M15 R4 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Alienware M15 R3 vs. Alienware M15 R4

The 2020 Alienware M15 R3 features the 45W 10th Generation Intel Comet Lake quad-core Intel Core i5-10300H up to 8-core Intel Core i9-10980HK with the boost speed up to 5.30 GHz. While the 2021 Alienware M15 R4 features the 45W 10th Generation Intel Comet Lake 8-core Intel Core i7-10870H up to 8-core Intel Core i9-10980HK with the boost speed up to 5.30 GHz.

If you want to know more what's the difference between the 15.6″ Alienware M15 R3 (2020) and the 15.6″ Alienware M15 R4 (2021), we have a detailed tech specs comparison between both devices for you to check out here.

Alienware M15 R3 vs. Alienware M15 R4: Specs Comparison

Alienware M15 R3 image

Alienware M15 R3

Alienware M15 R4 image

Alienware M15 R4

Key Features
What's new
  • Alienware’s most thin and powerful 15" laptop ever. Now with the option for up to 10th gen Intel® Core™ i9k processors with up to 12-phase HyperEfficient Voltage regulation.
  • Up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK (8-Core, up to 5.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
  • Up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q Design
  • Up to 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
  • Up to 15.6" OLED UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz 1ms 400-nits DCI-P3 color gamut + Tobii Eyetracking technology
Faster Memory
It's now equipped with a faster DDR4 memory to bump the speed up from 2666 MHz to 2933 MHz
GeForce RTX™ 30-series graphics
It now comes with the second generation of RTX technology that available in NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 and 3080 with 8GB of GDDR6.
Native [email protected] Support
The M15 R4 has the latest native HDMI 2.1b port to support 4K at 120Hz display output.
What's missing
  • Same 10th Gen Intel processors as its predecessor.
AvailabilityAlienware M15 R3Alienware M15 R4
Released20202021
Release InfoAvailable on May 2020
  • Announced on January 12, 2021 (CES 2021)
  • Available on January 26, 2021
PricingStarting at $1,499.99Starting at $2,149.99
Alienware M15 R3 Price
New Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop, 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10th Gen, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 32GB RAM, Lunar Light, 15-15.99 inches
New Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop, 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10th Gen, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 32GB RAM, Lunar Light, 15-15.99 inches
By Alienware
$2,299.98
Was: $2,550.00
Puccy Tempered Glass Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m15 R3 15.6" (Active Area Cover Only) Protective Protectors Guard
Puccy Tempered Glass Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m15 R3 15.6" (Active Area Cover Only) Protective Protectors Guard
By Puccy
$47.08
Puccy 3 Pack Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m15 R3 15.6" TPU Guard ( Not Tempered Glass Protectors )
Puccy 3 Pack Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m15 R3 15.6" TPU Guard ( Not Tempered Glass Protectors )
By Puccy
$20.98
Alienware M15 R4 Price
Alienware New M15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6" 144hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AWYA15-7947BLK-PUS
Alienware New M15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6" 144hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AWYA15-7947BLK-PUS
By Alienware
$2,199.99
Alienware M15 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H, 15. 6" FHD 1920x1080 144Hz IPS, 16GB DDR4, 2666MHz, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR6
Alienware M15 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H, 15. 6" FHD 1920x1080 144Hz IPS, 16GB DDR4, 2666MHz, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR6
By Alienware
$1,678.99
Dell Alienware R4 15.6" Full HD Gaming Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB Memory, 1TB HDD + 8GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, Windows 10
Dell Alienware R4 15.6" Full HD Gaming Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB Memory, 1TB HDD + 8GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, Windows 10
By Alienware
$1,599.77
DisplayAlienware M15 R3Alienware M15 R4
Size15.6 Inches15.6 Inches
InfoFull HD with 144Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 141 PPI, 7ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 72% NTSC  color gamut, Anti-glare.
Full HD with 144Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 141 PPI, 7ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 72% NTSC color gamut with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology, Anti-glare.
Full HD with 300Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 141 PPI, 3ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 100% sRGB color gamut, Anti-glare.
Ultra HD with 60Hz refresh rate
  • 3180 x 2160, OLED, 282 PPI, 1ms response time, 400 nits, 16:9, HDR-400 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, 100,000:1 contrast ratio, TrueLife, 14.80W max power consumption
  • Tobii Eyetracking technology
All options
  • Wide Viewing Angles on all displays with 85 degrees viewing from all directions
  • 15.6” FHD with 300Hz
    1920 x 1080 141 PPI 3ms response time 300 nits 16:9 100% sRGB color gamut Anti-glareWVA6.3W
  • 15.6” UHD with 60Hz
    3180 x 2160 OLED 282 PPI 1ms response time 400 nits 16:9 HDR-400 100% DCI-P3 color gamut 100000:1 contrast ratio TrueLifeTobii Eyetracking technologyWVA14.8W
ExteriorAlienware M15 R3Alienware M15 R4
Size Comparison
DimensionsBase
Width: 14.19 in. (360.30 mm)
Depth: 10.87 in. (276.20 mm)
Height: 0.72 - 0.78 in. (18.30 - 19.70 mm)
300 Hz Refresh Rate Models
Width: 14.19 in. (360.30 mm)
Depth: 10.86 in. (275.90 mm)
Height: 0.70 - 0.78 in. (17.90 - 19.70 mm)
  • 14.19” x 10.879” x 0.724 - 0.807 - 0.776” (360.3 mm x 276.32 mm x 18.39 - 20.5 - 19.7 mm)
    Alienware M15 R4 with OLED display models
  • 14.19” x 10.863” x 0.701 - 0.783 - 0.776” (360.3 mm x 275.92 mm x 17.8 - 19.9 - 19.7 mm)
    Alienware M15 R4 with 300Hz display models
WeightStarting at 4.65 lbs (2.10 kg) up to 5.51 lbs (2.50 kg)Starting at 4.65 lbs (2.10 kg) up to 5.51 lbs (2.50 kg)
Colors
  • Dark Side of the Moon with High Endurance Clear Coat
  • Lunar Light with High Endurance Clear Coat
  • Dark Side of the Moon with High Endurance Clear Coat
  • Lunar Light with High Endurance Clear Coat
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard
    • Alienware mSeries 4-Zone AlienFX RGB keyboard.
    • Alienware mSeries keyboard with per-key RGB LED.
  • AlienFX lighting
  • Includes anti-ghosting and N-key rollover technology
  • 1.7mm key travel
  • 0.2mm-dish concave key design
  • 4.13 x 2.36 in (105 mm x 80 mm) precision touchpad with multi-touch gesture support.
  • Keyboard
    • Alienware mSeries 4-Zone AlienFX RGB keyboard.
    • Alienware mSeries keyboard with per-key RGB LED.
  • AlienFX lighting
  • Includes anti-ghosting and N-key rollover technology
  • 1.7mm key travel
  • 0.2mm-dish concave key design
  • 4.13 x 2.36 in (105 mm x 80 mm) precision touchpad with multi-touch gesture support.
Ports
  • 1 x Power/DC-in Port
  • 1 x RJ-45 Killer™ Ethernet E3000 10/100/1000Mbps/2.5Gbps Port
  • 2 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 Port
  • 1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 port with PowerShare technology
  • 1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (USB Type-C™ with support for USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort 1.2)
  • 1 x Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 Output Port
  • 1 x Mini-Display Port 1.4 (certified) Output Port
  • 1 x Audio Out 1/8" Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset)
  • 1 x Wedge-shaped lock slot (cable and lock sold separately)
  • 1 x microSD 5.1, UHD-II HD312 Card Reader
  • 1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 Port
    Supports USB Type-C™ with support for USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort 1.2.
  • 2 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port
  • 1 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 port with PowerShare technology
  • 1 x RJ-45 Killer™ Ethernet E3000 10/100/1000Mbps/2.5Gbps Port
  • 1 x Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
  • 1 x HDMI 2.1
    Supports up to [email protected] display out.
  • 1 x Mini-Display Port 1.4 (certified) Output Port
  • 1 x Audio Out 1/8" Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset)
  • 1 x Wedge-shaped lock slot (cable and lock sold separately)
  • 1 x microSD 5.1, UHD-II HD312 Card Reader
  • 1 x Power/DC-in Port
Internal SpecsAlienware M15 R3Alienware M15 R4
Processor
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10300H
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.50 → 4.50 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H
    6 cores, 12 threads, 2.60 → 5.00 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.40 → 5.30 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10870H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.20 → 5.00 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.40 → 5.30 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
Integrated Graphics
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10300H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1150 MHz
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1250 MHz
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10870H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1200 MHz
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1250 MHz
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce GTX® 1650 Ti (4GB GDDR6)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce GTX® 1660 Ti (6GB GDDR6)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 (6GB GDDR6) OC Ready
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 (8GB GDDR6)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 SUPER (8GB GDDR6)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 SUPER (8GB GDDR6) with Max-Q Design
  • AMD RX5500M (4GB GDDR6)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070
    8GB GDDR6 VRAM.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080
    8GB GDDR6 VRAM.
Memory
  • 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
    2666 MHz Dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
2933 MHz Dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
StorageAvailable Slots
  • One M.2 2230 slot (Up to 512GB)
  • Two M.2 2230/2280 slots (Up to 2TB each)
Single Drive
  • 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 2 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
RAID-0
  • 512GB (2x256 PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
  • 1TB (2x 512 PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
  • 2TB (2x 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
  • 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
RAID-0 Plus
  • 1TB (2x 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
  • 2TB (2x 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
  • 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
Available Slots
  • One M.2 2230 slot (Up to 512GB)
  • Two M.2 2230/2280 slots (Up to 2TB each)
Single Drive
  • 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 2 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
RAID-0
  • 512GB (2x256 PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
  • 1TB (2x 512 PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
  • 2TB (2x 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
  • 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
RAID-0 Plus
  • 1TB (2x 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
  • 2TB (2x 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
  • 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
ConnectivityAlienware M15 R3Alienware M15 R4
Wi-Fi
  • Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
    Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz up to 2400 Mbps, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
  • Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i
    Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz up to 2400 Mbps, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
Bluetooth
  • Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 › Bluetooth 5.1
  • Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i › Bluetooth 5.1
Ethernet
  • Killer™ Ethernet E3000 PCI-e Gigabit ethernet controller
    Transfer rate: 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps
  • Killer™ Ethernet E3100X PCI-e Gigabit ethernet controller
    Transfer rate: 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps
BatteryAlienware M15 R3Alienware M15 R4
Size
  • 56 WHr, 3-cell smart lithium-ion
  • 86 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion
86 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion with Alienware Battery Defender
Power Supply
  • E4 130W (19.50 VDC/6.70A)
  • E4 180W (19.50 VDC/9.23A)
  • E4 240W (19.50 VDC/12.31A)
* Support Hybrid Power
240W (19.50 VDC/12.31A)
SoftwareAlienware M15 R3Alienware M15 R4
OS
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Built-in Apps
  • Alienware Command Center
  • Alienware Adrenlin
  • Alienware Mobile Connect
  • Microsoft Office 365 (30-day trial)
  • Alienware Command Center
    Supports AlienFX lighting, Game Library with auto-tune game profile functionality.
  • Alienware Adrenalin
  • Alienware Mobile Connect
  • Microsoft Office 365 (30-day trial)
Camera & AudioAlienware M15 R3Alienware M15 R4
Camera
  • Front-facing camera
    Alienware FHD (1920x1080 resolution) camera.
Front-facing camera
Alienware FHD (1920x1080 resolution) camera.
Audio
  • Controller: Realtek ALC3281-CG
    • 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection
    • Alienware Sound Center via Alienware Command Center
  • Speakers:
    • 4-Way (Woofer/Tweeter) Stereo Speaker Design
    • Output: 4-5W
    • Introduces Discrete Smart Amp Woofer technology
    • Delivers 2.5x bass improvement over the previous generation
    • Delivers 2x treble improvement over the previous generation
    • Delivers 30% loudness improvement over the previous generation for full-range performance
  • Microphone:
    • Digital-array microphones in camera assembly
  • Controller: Realtek ALC3281-CG
    • 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection
    • Alienware Sound Center via Alienware Command Center
  • Speakers:
    • 2-Way (Woofer/Tweeter) Stereo Speaker Design
    • Includes Discrete Smart Amp Woofer technology
  • Microphone:
    • Digital-array microphones in the camera assembly
MiscAlienware M15 R3Alienware M15 R4
Sensors
  • Tobii Eyetracking technology (optional)
  • Tobii Eyetracking technology (optional)
Security
  • Wedge-shaped lock slot
  • Wedge-shaped lock slot
MoreCHASIS
  • Based on Alienware's Legend industrial design language
  • Engineered with Alienware's Advanced Cryo-Tech Cooling technology
  • Engineered with HyperEfficient Voltage Regulation
  • Constructed with a Magnesium Alloy exterior shell and copper alloy thermal components
CHASIS
  • Based on Alienware's Legend industrial design language
  • Engineered with Alienware's Advanced Cryo-Tech Cooling technology
  • Engineered with HyperEfficient Voltage Regulation
  • Constructed with a Magnesium Alloy exterior shell and copper alloy thermal components
Alienware M15 R3 Price
New Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop, 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10th Gen, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 32GB RAM, Lunar Light, 15-15.99 inches
New Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop, 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10th Gen, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 32GB RAM, Lunar Light, 15-15.99 inches
By Alienware
$2,299.98
Was: $2,550.00
Puccy Tempered Glass Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m15 R3 15.6" (Active Area Cover Only) Protective Protectors Guard
Puccy Tempered Glass Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m15 R3 15.6" (Active Area Cover Only) Protective Protectors Guard
By Puccy
$47.08
Puccy 3 Pack Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m15 R3 15.6" TPU Guard ( Not Tempered Glass Protectors )
Puccy 3 Pack Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m15 R3 15.6" TPU Guard ( Not Tempered Glass Protectors )
By Puccy
$20.98
Alienware M15 R4 Price
Alienware New M15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6" 144hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AWYA15-7947BLK-PUS
Alienware New M15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6" 144hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AWYA15-7947BLK-PUS
By Alienware
$2,199.99
Alienware M15 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H, 15. 6" FHD 1920x1080 144Hz IPS, 16GB DDR4, 2666MHz, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR6
Alienware M15 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H, 15. 6" FHD 1920x1080 144Hz IPS, 16GB DDR4, 2666MHz, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR6
By Alienware
$1,678.99
Dell Alienware R4 15.6" Full HD Gaming Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB Memory, 1TB HDD + 8GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, Windows 10
Dell Alienware R4 15.6" Full HD Gaming Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB Memory, 1TB HDD + 8GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, Windows 10
By Alienware
$1,599.77
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Alienware M15 R4: Key Features

Alienware CryoTech™
  • 66 CPU fan blades
  • 66 GPU fan blades
  • 64mm CPU fan blade diameter
  • 64mm GPU fan blade diameter • 4x copper-alloy heat pipes
  • 244.5g of copper-alloy material
  • CPU Vapor Chamber cooling technology
Hyper-Efficient Voltage Regulation

All configurations are designed with the following specification

  • 6-phase CPU voltage regulation
  • 12-phase GPU voltage regulation

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