Alienware M15 R6 vs. Alienware X15 R1

Here is a side by side comparison between Alienware M15 R6 and Alienware X15 R1 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Alienware M15 R6 vs. Alienware X15 R1

The 2021 Alienware M15 R6 features the 45W 11th Generation Intel Tiger Lake 6-core Intel Core i5-11400H up to 8-core Intel Core i9-11900H with the boost speed up to 4.90 GHz. While the 2021 Alienware X15 R1 features the 45W 11th Generation Intel Tiger Lake 8-core Intel Core i7-11800H up to 8-core Intel Core i9-11900H with the boost speed up to 4.90 GHz.

If you want to know more what's the difference between the 15.6″ Alienware M15 R6 (2021) and the 15.6″ Alienware X15 R1 (2021), we have a detailed tech specs comparison between both devices for you to check out here.

Alienware M15 R6 vs. Alienware X15 R1: Specs Comparison

Alienware M15 R6 image

Alienware M15 R6

Alienware X15 R1 image

Alienware X15 R1

Key Features
What's new
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors - Features the latest 11th Generation of Intel H-Series processors up to 8-Core Intel Core i9-11900H up to 4.90 GHz.
  • Upgradable and Faster Memory - It's now equipped with a faster DDR4 memory to bump the speed up from 3200 MHz to 3466 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, 3070 and up to RTX 3080 with 8GB of GDDR6.
  • New QHD [email protected] with G-SYNC Display - A great new display with a high display resolution with a 240Hz refresh rate.
  • Native [email protected] Support - The M15 R6 has the latest native HDMI 2.1 port to support 4K at 120Hz display output.
  • Alienware Element 31 thermal interface material - made of a Gallium-Silicone matrix that delivers a 25% improvement in thermal resistance over the previous generation.
  • Alienware’s Quad Fan Design - produces dedicated airflow using evacuative fans and dual opposite outlet fans. Moving this much air and managing heat enables this level of performance with this thin design.
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors - features the latest 11th Generation of Intel H-Series processors up to 8-Core Intel Core i9-11900H up to 4.90 GHz.
  • GeForce RTX™ 30-series graphics - it now comes with the second generation of RTX technology that available in NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060, 3070, and up to RTX 3080 with 8GB of GDDR6.
  • Nvidia G-Sync & Advanced Optimus Technology - Available on QHD 240Hz and FHD 360Hz display. While the ComfortView Plus, hardware-based low blue light technology available on all x15 configurations.
What's missing
  • No MicroSD card slot
  • No lock slot
  • No Mini DisplayPort
  • No Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
  • Non-upgradable memory
  • No lock slot
  • No Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
AvailabilityAlienware M15 R6Alienware X15 R1
Released20212021
Release InfoAnnounced on May 11, 2021Available on June 1, 2021
Pricing
  • $1,299.99
    i7-11800H8GB256GBRTX 3050 TiFHD 165Hz
  • $1,649.99
    i7-11800H16GB512GBRTX 3060FHD 165Hz
  • $1,829.99
    i7-11800H16GB1TBRTX 3070QHD 240Hz
  • $2,079.99
    i7-11800H16GB1TBRTX 3070QHD 240Hz
  • $1,999.99
    i7-11800H16GB256GBRTX 3060FHD 165Hz
  • $2,379.99
    i7-11800H16GB512GBRTX 3070FHD 165Hz
  • $2,629.99
    i7-11800H32GB1TBRTX 3070FHD 165Hz
  • $2,929.99
    i9-11900H32GB1TBRTX 3070FHD 360Hz
Alienware M15 R6 Price
Alienware m15 R6, 15.6 inch QHD 240Hz Non-Touch Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home- Dark Side of the Moon (Latest Model)
Alienware m15 R6, 15.6 inch QHD 240Hz Non-Touch Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home- Dark Side of the Moon (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$1,749.99
Alienware m15 R4 Gaming Laptop, 15.6 inch Full HD (FHD) - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
Alienware m15 R4 Gaming Laptop, 15.6 inch Full HD (FHD) - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$1,803.89
2021 Dell Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition Laptop 15.6" - AMD Ryzen 9 - Ryzen 9-5900 - 12 Core 4.7Ghz - 1TB SSD - 32GB RAM - Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 - 1920x1080 FHD - Windows 10 Home Dark
2021 Dell Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition Laptop 15.6" - AMD Ryzen 9 - Ryzen 9-5900 - 12 Core 4.7Ghz - 1TB SSD - 32GB RAM - Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 - 1920x1080 FHD - Windows 10 Home Dark
By Dell
$2,143.15
Alienware X15 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
$2,099.99
Was: $2,399.99
Alienware Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse AW610M: 16000 DPI Optical Sensor - 350 Hour Rechargeable Battery Life - 7 Buttons - 3-ZONE Alienfx RGB Lighting
Alienware Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse AW610M: 16000 DPI Optical Sensor - 350 Hour Rechargeable Battery Life - 7 Buttons - 3-ZONE Alienfx RGB Lighting
By Alienware
$76.54
Was: $85.00
Alienware Stereo PC Gaming Headset AW310H: 50mm Hi-Res Drivers - Sports Fabric Memory Foam Earpads - Works with PS4, Xbox One & Switch via 3.5mm Jack
Alienware Stereo PC Gaming Headset AW310H: 50mm Hi-Res Drivers - Sports Fabric Memory Foam Earpads - Works with PS4, Xbox One & Switch via 3.5mm Jack
By Alienware
$58.10
Was: $68.45
DisplayAlienware M15 R6Alienware X15 R1
Size15.6 Inches15.6 Inches
Info
  • 15.6” FHD with 165Hz
    1920 x 1080141 PPIComfortView Plus3ms response time300 nits16:9100% sRGB color gamut1000:1Anti-glareWVA6W
  • 15.6” FHD with 360Hz
    1920 x 1080141 PPIComfortView PlusNVIDIA G-SyncAdvanced Optimus1ms response time300 nits16:9100% sRGB color gamut1000:1Anti-glareWVA7.6W
  • 15.6” QHD with 240Hz
    2560 x 1440188 PPIComfortView PlusNVIDIA G-SyncAdvanced Optimus2ms response time400 nits16:999% DCI-P3 color gamut1000:1Anti-glareWVA10.15 W
  • 15.6” FHD with 165Hz
    1920 x 1080141 PPIComfortView Plus3ms response time300 nits16:9100% sRGB color gamut1000:1Anti-glareWVA6W
  • 15.6” FHD with 360Hz
    1920 x 1080141 PPIComfortView PlusNVIDIA G-SyncAdvanced Optimus1ms response time300 nits16:9100% sRGB color gamut1000:1Anti-glareWVA7.6W
  • 15.6” QHD with 240Hz
    2560 x 1440188 PPIComfortView PlusNVIDIA G-SyncAdvanced Optimus2ms response time400 nits16:999% DCI-P3 color gamut1000:1Anti-glareWVA10.15 W
ExteriorAlienware M15 R6Alienware X15 R1
Size Comparison
Dimensions14.02” x 10.73” x 0.51 - 0.76” (356.20 x 272.50 x 12.9 - 19.25 mm)
  • 14.16” x 10.915” x 0.642” (359.7 x 277.25 x 16.3 mm)
    With FHD 165Hz diplay.
  • 14.16” x 10.915” x 0.626” (359.7 x 277.25 x 15.9 mm)
    With FHD 360Hz or QHD 240Hz diplay.
Weight5.93 lbs (2.69 kg)5 - 5.2 lbs (2.27 - 2.36 kg)
Colors
Dark Moon
Dark Side of the Moon with High Endurance Clear Coat and Silky Smooth Finish
Lunar light
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Alienware mSeries 4-Zone AlienFX RGB keyboard.
    • 1.7mm key travel
    • Includes anti-ghosting technology
  • Alienware's CherryMX ultra-low-profile mechanical laptop keyboard with per-key AlienFX lighting.
    • 1.8mm key travel
    • Includes N-key rollover technology
  • Touchpad
    • Multi-touch gesture touchpad with integrated scrolling.
    • 4.13 x 2.36 in (105 mm x 80 mm) precision touchpad with multi-touch gesture support.
  • Keyboard
    • Alienware X-Series thin keyboard
    • Per-key RGB LED with AlienFX lighting
    • Anti-ghosting and N-key rollover technology.
    • 1.5mm key travel.
  • Touchpad
    • Multi-touch gesture Premium Precision glass touchpad with integrated scrolling.
    • 4.13 x 2.36 in (105 mm x 80 mm) precision touchpad with multi-touch gesture support.
    • Supports AlienFX touchpad.
Ports
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    Supports 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4, and PD output 15W (5V/3A).
  • 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
Left
  • 1 x Headset port
Right
  • 1 x Power/DC-in Port
Back
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    Supports USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4, and PD output 15W (5V/3A).
  • 1 x USB-C
    Supports USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4, and PD output 15W (5V/3A).
  • 1 x USB-A
    Supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 with PowerShare
  • 1 x HDMI 2.1
    Supports up to [email protected] display out.
  • 1 x MicroSD Card Slot
Internal SpecsAlienware M15 R6Alienware X15 R1
Processor
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400H
    6 cores, 12 threads, 2.70 → 4.50 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.30 → 4.60 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.50 → 4.90 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.30 → 4.60 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.50 → 4.90 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
Integrated Graphics
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    16 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti
    4GB GDDR6TGP: 80WMax Power: 80WSpeed: 1462.5 → 1695 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060
    6GB GDDR6TGP: 115WDynamic Boost: 10WMax Power: 125WSpeed: 1387 → 1702 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070
    8GB GDDR6TGP: 115WDynamic Boost: 10WMax Power: 125WSpeed: 1110 → 1560 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080
    8GB GDDR6TGP: 115WDynamic Boost: 10WMax Power: 125WSpeed: 1110 → 1545 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060
    6GB GDDR6TGP: 70WDynamic Boost: 20WMax Power: 90WSpeed: 1050 → 1402 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070
    8GB GDDR6TGP: 90WDynamic Boost: 20WMax Power: 110WSpeed: 930 → 1410 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080
    8GB GDDR6TGP: 90WDynamic Boost: 20WMax Power: 110WSpeed: 930 → 1365 MHz
* All configurations include 8-phase HyperEfficient graphics voltage regulation.
Memory
8 GB16 GB32 GB
3200MHz or 3466MHz Dual-channel DDR4 SDRAM.
2 x SO-DIMM slots.
  • Max 32GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 Memory
  • Max 64GB of 3466 MHz XMP DDR4 Memory
Memory Slots
  • Onbaord memory
Memory Configurations
  • Speed: 3200MHz
  • Memory Type: Dual-channel DDR4
  • Minimum Memory: 16 GB
  • Maximum Memory: 32 GB
Storage2 x M.2 2230/2280 slots (Up to 2TB each)
  • 1 x M.2 2230 slots (Up to 256GB)
  • 2 x M.2 2280 slots (Up to 2TB each)
    Supports RAID-0
ConnectivityAlienware M15 R6Alienware X15 R1
Wi-FiRivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHzUp to 2400 MbpsWiFi 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675x
Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHzUp to 2400 MbpsWiFi 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2Bluetooth 5.2
EthernetKiller E2600 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Transfer rate: 10/100/1000 Mbps
BatteryAlienware M15 R6Alienware X15 R1
Size
  • 56 WHr, 3-cell smart lithium-ion battery
  • 86 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion battery
87 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion battery
Power Supply
180W240W
power adapter.
240W
power adapter.
SoftwareAlienware M15 R6Alienware X15 R1
OS
Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Upgradable to Windows 11
Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Upgradable to Windows 11
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
    AlienFX lightingGame LibraryAuto-tune game profile functionalityFusionAlienware AdrenalinAlienware Mobile Connect
  • Microsoft Office 365 (30-day trial)
Camera & AudioAlienware M15 R6Alienware X15 R1
Camera
  • Front-facing camera.
    Alienware HD (1280x720 resolution) camera.
  • Optional Windows Hello IR support.
  • Front-facing camera.
    Alienware HD (1280x720 resolution) camera.
  • Optional Windows Hello IR support.
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
    • 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection
    • Alienware Sound Center via Alienware Command Center
  • Speakers:
    • 2 x 4W speakers
  • Microphone:
    • Dual-array microphones
MiscAlienware M15 R6Alienware X15 R1
SensorsWindows Hello IR CameraWindows Hello IR Camera
Warranty1 Year Hardware Service with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis
Alienware M15 R6 Price
Alienware m15 R6, 15.6 inch QHD 240Hz Non-Touch Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home- Dark Side of the Moon (Latest Model)
Alienware m15 R6, 15.6 inch QHD 240Hz Non-Touch Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home- Dark Side of the Moon (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$1,749.99
Alienware m15 R4 Gaming Laptop, 15.6 inch Full HD (FHD) - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
Alienware m15 R4 Gaming Laptop, 15.6 inch Full HD (FHD) - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$1,803.89
2021 Dell Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition Laptop 15.6" - AMD Ryzen 9 - Ryzen 9-5900 - 12 Core 4.7Ghz - 1TB SSD - 32GB RAM - Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 - 1920x1080 FHD - Windows 10 Home Dark
2021 Dell Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition Laptop 15.6" - AMD Ryzen 9 - Ryzen 9-5900 - 12 Core 4.7Ghz - 1TB SSD - 32GB RAM - Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 - 1920x1080 FHD - Windows 10 Home Dark
By Dell
$2,143.15
Alienware X15 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
$2,099.99
Was: $2,399.99
Alienware Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse AW610M: 16000 DPI Optical Sensor - 350 Hour Rechargeable Battery Life - 7 Buttons - 3-ZONE Alienfx RGB Lighting
Alienware Wired/Wireless Gaming Mouse AW610M: 16000 DPI Optical Sensor - 350 Hour Rechargeable Battery Life - 7 Buttons - 3-ZONE Alienfx RGB Lighting
By Alienware
$76.54
Was: $85.00
Alienware Stereo PC Gaming Headset AW310H: 50mm Hi-Res Drivers - Sports Fabric Memory Foam Earpads - Works with PS4, Xbox One & Switch via 3.5mm Jack
Alienware Stereo PC Gaming Headset AW310H: 50mm Hi-Res Drivers - Sports Fabric Memory Foam Earpads - Works with PS4, Xbox One & Switch via 3.5mm Jack
By Alienware
$58.10
Was: $68.45
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Alienware M15 R6: Key Features

The Alienware m15 R6 gaming laptop is our first laptop powered with 11th generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA® GeForce RTXTM 30-series graphics. To keep performance prioritized and temperatures under control the Alienware Cryo-tech™️ cooling technology helps and is designed to keep gameplay and confidence high. Each gaming experience on the m15 is intended to wow players visually, built around a 15” screen, with refresh rates spanning 165Hz, 240Hz, and 360Hz this new generation of M15 is focused on delivering an uncompromised visual experience. Even the visual ID has taken a step forward and introduces newly evolved Legend industrial design.

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Alienware X15 R1: Key Features

The Alienware x15 is the world’s most powerful sub-16mm gaming laptop. It is also among the first generation of X-series laptops and while they command an innovation-first prerogative, they are PC gaming masterpieces. Their evolved Legend industrial design makes them beautiful on the outside and the exclusive Alienware Cryo-tech™️ cooling technology is what makes the performance at this thinness a possibility. Any gamer looking for a high-performance gaming laptop that prioritizes design, mobility and wants reassurance of its thermal management needs to look no further. Behold the Alienware x15.

Alienware X15: Intro Video

Alienware X15: First Look

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