Alienware M15 R5 vs. Alienware M15 R4

Here is a side by side comparison between Alienware M15 R5 and Alienware M15 R4 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Alienware M15 R5 vs. Alienware M15 R4

The 2021 Alienware M15 R5 features the 45W AMD Zen 3 8-core AMD Ryzen 7-5800H up to 8-core AMD Ryzen 9-5900HX with the boost speed up to 4.60 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 R5 (2021) 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 R5 vs. Alienware M15 R4: Specs Comparison

Alienware M15 R5 image

Alienware M15 R5

Alienware M15 R4 image

Alienware M15 R4

Key Features
What's new
  • AMD Ryzen 5000 Series - It's the first Alienware M15 gaming laptop that features AMD processors with up to 8-core AMD Ryzen R7 5800H or R9 5900HX.
  • Upgradable and Faster Memory - It's now equipped with a faster DDR4 memory to bump the speed up from 2933 MHz to 3200 MHz
  • GeForce RTX™ 30-series graphics - It now comes with the second generation of RTX technology that available in NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti, 3060, and 3070 with 8GB of GDDR6.
  • New QHD [email protected] Display - A great new display with a high display resolution with a 240Hz refresh rate.
  • Native [email protected] Support - The M15 R5 has the latest native HDMI 2.1b port to support 4K at 120Hz display output.
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
  • No MicroSD card slot
  • No lock slot
  • No Mini DisplayPort
  • No Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
  • No Thunderbolt port
  • Same 10th Gen Intel processors as its predecessor.
AvailabilityAlienware M15 R5Alienware M15 R4
Released20212021
Release InfoAnnounced on April 20, 2021
  • Announced on January 12, 2021 (CES 2021)
  • Available on January 26, 2021
PricingStarting at $2,149.99
Alienware M15 R5 AMD Ryzen Price
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
$1,349.00
Was: $1,599.99
Dell Inspiron 14 5482 14 Inch FHD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7-8565U up to 4.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI, Windows 10, Grey) (Renewed)
Dell Inspiron 14 5482 14 Inch FHD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7-8565U up to 4.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI, Windows 10, Grey) (Renewed)
By Dell
$755.63
Premium Dell Latitude E6430 14 Inch HD Business Laptop (Intel Core i7-3520M up to 3.6GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HDD USB, DVD, HDMI, VGA, Windows 10 Pro) (Renewed)
Premium Dell Latitude E6430 14 Inch HD Business Laptop (Intel Core i7-3520M up to 3.6GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HDD USB, DVD, HDMI, VGA, Windows 10 Pro) (Renewed)
By Dell
$499.00
Alienware M15 R4 Price
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3070 Gaming Laptop Full HD (FHD), 15.6 inch - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3070 Gaming Laptop Full HD (FHD), 15.6 inch - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$2,399.99
Dell_Alienware Alienware M15 R4 Gaming Laptop 15.6" FHD 300Hz, Intel Core i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 8GB Graphics (16GB DDR4 RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD) RGB Backlit, Webcam, Windows 10 Bundle JTD Pad
Dell_Alienware Alienware M15 R4 Gaming Laptop 15.6" FHD 300Hz, Intel Core i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 8GB Graphics (16GB DDR4 RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD) RGB Backlit, Webcam, Windows 10 Bundle JTD Pad
By Dell_
$2,269.99
Dell_Alienware Alienware M17 R4 Gaming Laptop, 17.3" FHD 360Hz, Intel Core i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB Graphics (16GB DDR4 RAM | 2TB PCIe SSD) RGB Backlit, Webcam, Windows 10 Bundle JTD Pad
Dell_Alienware Alienware M17 R4 Gaming Laptop, 17.3" FHD 360Hz, Intel Core i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB Graphics (16GB DDR4 RAM | 2TB PCIe SSD) RGB Backlit, Webcam, Windows 10 Bundle JTD Pad
By Dell_
$2,949.99
DisplayAlienware M15 R5Alienware M15 R4
Size15.6 Inches15.6 Inches
Info
  • 15.6” FHD with 165Hz
    1920 x 1080 141 PPI 9ms response time 300 nits 16:9 100% sRGB color gamut 1000:1 Anti-glareWVA 6W
  • 15.6” FHD with 360Hz
    1920 x 1080 141 PPI 5ms response time 300 nits 16:9 100% sRGB color gamut 1000:1 Anti-glareWVA 8W
  • 15.6” QHD with 240Hz
    2560 x 1440 188 PPI 9ms response time 400 nits 16:9 99% DCI-P3 color gamut 1000:1 Anti-glareWVA 10W
  • 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
    3840 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 R5Alienware M15 R4
Size Comparison
Dimensions14.02” x 10.73” x 0.47 - 0.76” (356.20 x 272.50 x 12 - 19.25 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
Weight5.34 - 5.93 lbs (2.42 - 2.69 kg)Starting at 4.65 lbs (2.10 kg) up to 5.51 lbs (2.50 kg)
ColorsDark Side of the Moon with High Endurance Clear Coat and Silky Smooth Finish
  • 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.
    • RGB per-key backlit Cherry mechanical keyboard.
    • AlienFX lighting
    • Includes anti-ghosting and N-key rollover technology
    • 1.8mm key travel
    • 0.2mm-dish concave key design
  • Touchpad
    • 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 USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 with DisplayPort
  • 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 Port
  • 1 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port with PowerShare
  • 1 x RJ-45
  • 1 x HDMI 2.1
    Supports up to [email protected] display out.
  • 1 x Headset port
  • 1 x Power/DC-in Port
  • 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 R5Alienware M15 R4
Processor
  • AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 3.20 → 4.40 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 16MB L3 Cache, 45W
  • AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
    8 cores, 16 threads, 3.30 → 4.60 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 16MB L3 Cache, 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
  • AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H
    AMD Radeon™ Graphics
    8 Graphics Cores, 2000 MHz
  • AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
    AMD Radeon™ Graphics
    8 Graphics Cores, 2100 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 RTX™ 3050 Ti
    4GB GDDR6 VRAM.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060
    6GB GDDR6 VRAM.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070
    8GB GDDR6 VRAM.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070
    8GB GDDR6 VRAM.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080
    8GB GDDR6 VRAM.
Memory
8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
3200MHz Dual-channel DDR4 SDRAM.
2 x SO-DIMM slots.
8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
2933 MHz Dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
Storage2 x M.2 2230/2280 slots (Up to 2TB each)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 R5Alienware M15 R4
Wi-FiRivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x
Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Up to 2400 Mbps WiFi 6 802.11a/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.
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2
  • Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i › Bluetooth 5.1
EthernetGigabit 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 R5Alienware M15 R4
Size
  • 56 WHr, 3-cell smart lithium-ion battery
  • 86 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion battery
86 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion with Alienware Battery Defender
Power Supply
180W 240W
power adapter.
240W (19.50 VDC/12.31A)
SoftwareAlienware M15 R5Alienware 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
    Supports AlienFX lighting, Game Library with auto-tune game profile functionality.
  • Alienware Adrenalin
  • 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 R5Alienware M15 R4
CameraFront-facing camera
Alienware HD (1280x720 resolution) camera.
Front-facing camera
Alienware FHD (1920x1080 resolution) camera.
Audio
  • Controller: Realtek ALC3254
    • 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection
    • Alienware Sound Center via Alienware Command Center
  • Speakers:
    • 2 x 2W speakers
  • Microphone:
    • Dual-array microphones
  • 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 R5Alienware M15 R4
Sensors
  • Tobii Eyetracking technology (optional)
Security
  • 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
Alienware M15 R5 AMD Ryzen Price
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
$1,349.00
Was: $1,599.99
Dell Inspiron 14 5482 14 Inch FHD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7-8565U up to 4.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI, Windows 10, Grey) (Renewed)
Dell Inspiron 14 5482 14 Inch FHD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7-8565U up to 4.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI, Windows 10, Grey) (Renewed)
By Dell
$755.63
Premium Dell Latitude E6430 14 Inch HD Business Laptop (Intel Core i7-3520M up to 3.6GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HDD USB, DVD, HDMI, VGA, Windows 10 Pro) (Renewed)
Premium Dell Latitude E6430 14 Inch HD Business Laptop (Intel Core i7-3520M up to 3.6GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HDD USB, DVD, HDMI, VGA, Windows 10 Pro) (Renewed)
By Dell
$499.00
Alienware M15 R4 Price
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3070 Gaming Laptop Full HD (FHD), 15.6 inch - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
Alienware m15 R4 RTX 3070 Gaming Laptop Full HD (FHD), 15.6 inch - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$2,399.99
Dell_Alienware Alienware M15 R4 Gaming Laptop 15.6" FHD 300Hz, Intel Core i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 8GB Graphics (16GB DDR4 RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD) RGB Backlit, Webcam, Windows 10 Bundle JTD Pad
Dell_Alienware Alienware M15 R4 Gaming Laptop 15.6" FHD 300Hz, Intel Core i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 8GB Graphics (16GB DDR4 RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD) RGB Backlit, Webcam, Windows 10 Bundle JTD Pad
By Dell_
$2,269.99
Dell_Alienware Alienware M17 R4 Gaming Laptop, 17.3" FHD 360Hz, Intel Core i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB Graphics (16GB DDR4 RAM | 2TB PCIe SSD) RGB Backlit, Webcam, Windows 10 Bundle JTD Pad
Dell_Alienware Alienware M17 R4 Gaming Laptop, 17.3" FHD 360Hz, Intel Core i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB Graphics (16GB DDR4 RAM | 2TB PCIe SSD) RGB Backlit, Webcam, Windows 10 Bundle JTD Pad
By Dell_
$2,949.99
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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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