Alienware M17 R3 vs. Alienware M17 R4

Here is a side by side comparison between Alienware M17 R3 and Alienware M17 R4 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Alienware M17 R3 vs. Alienware M17 R4

The 2020 Alienware M17 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 M17 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 17.3″ Alienware M17 R3 (2020) and the 17.3″ Alienware M17 R4 (2021), we have a detailed tech specs comparison between both devices for you to check out here.

Alienware M17 R3 vs. Alienware M17 R4: Specs Comparison

Alienware M17 R3 image

Alienware M17 R3

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Alienware M17 R4

Key Features
What's new
  • Alienware’s thin 17" laptop with maximum-performance graphics. Featuring up to 12-phase graphics voltage regulation and reengineered Cryo-Tech cooling.
  • 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 - Max Performance
  • Up to 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 [Boot] + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD [Storage]
  • Up to 17.3" UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz 25ms 500-nits 100% Adobe RGB color gamut + Tobii Eyetracking technology
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.
Faster Memory
It's now equipped with a faster DDR4 memory to bump the speed up from 2666 MHz to 2933 MHz
New 360Hz Display
New to the M-series, the M17 R4 can now be configured with a 360Hz display panel offering smooth high-speed motion graphics and an sRGB 100% color gamut rating for a rich color range. Also includes NVIDIA® G-SYNC® technology for even smoother gameplay.
Native [email protected] Support
The M17 R4 has the latest native HDMI 2.1b port to support 4K at 120Hz display output.
What's missingSame 10th Gen Intel processors as its predecessor.
AvailabilityAlienware M17 R3Alienware M17 R4
Released20202021
Release Info
  • Available on May 2020
  • Announced on January 12, 2021 (CES 2021)
  • Available on January 26, 2021
PricingStarting at $1,549.99Starting at $2,149.99
Alienware M17 R3 Price
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Alienware M17 R4 Price
Alienware AW17R4-7352SLV-PUS 17in QHD Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 256SSD + 1TB HDD, Silver) VR Ready with NVIDIA GTX 1080 (Renewed)
Alienware AW17R4-7352SLV-PUS 17in QHD Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 256SSD + 1TB HDD, Silver) VR Ready with NVIDIA GTX 1080 (Renewed)
By Alienware
$2,499.81
Alienware 17R4 Intel Core i7-7700HQ X4 2.8GHz 16GB 1.3TB 17.3in Win10, Silver (Renewed)
Alienware 17R4 Intel Core i7-7700HQ X4 2.8GHz 16GB 1.3TB 17.3in Win10, Silver (Renewed)
By Alienware
$1,699.98
Alienware AW17R4-7005SLV-PUS 17in Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Silver) with NVIDIA GTX 1060 (Renewed)
Alienware AW17R4-7005SLV-PUS 17in Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Silver) with NVIDIA GTX 1060 (Renewed)
By Alienware
$1,899.99
DisplayAlienware M17 R3Alienware M17 R4
Size17.3 Inches17.3 Inches
InfoFull HD with 144Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 141 PPI, 9ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 72% NTSC  color gamut, 600:1 contrast ratio, Anti-glare.
Full HD with 144Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 141 PPI, 9ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 72% NTSC color gamut with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology, 600:1 contrast ratio, Anti-glare.
Full HD with 300Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 141 PPI, 3ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 100% sRGB color gamut, 700:1 contrast ratio, Anti-glare.
Ultra HD with 60Hz refresh rate
  • 3180 x 2160, 282 PPI, 25ms response time, 500 nits, 16:9, 100% sRGB color gamut, 1,200:1 contrast ratio, 12W max power consumption
  • Tobii Eyetracking technology
All options
  • Wide Viewing Angles on all displays with 85 degrees viewing from all directions
  • 17.3” FHD with 144Hz 
    1920 x 1080 141 PPI 7ms response time 300 nits 16:9 72% NTSC NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology 600:1 contrast ratio Anti-glareWVA
  • 17.3” FHD with 360Hz
    1920 x 1080 141 PPI tms response time 300 nits 16:9 100% sRGB color gamut NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology 700:1 Anti-glareWVA
  • 17.3” UHD with 60Hz
    3180 x 2160 282 PPI 25ms response time 500 nits 16:9 100% Adobe RGB 1200:1 contrast ratio 12W maxTobii Eyetracking technologyWVA
ExteriorAlienware M17 R3Alienware M17 R4
Size Comparison
Dimensions15.74 x 11.59 x 0.89 in (399.80 x 294.30 x 22.50 mm)
  • Width: 15.74 in. (399.80 mm)
  • Depth: 11.59 in. (294.30 mm)
  • Height: 0.89 in. (22.50 mm)
15.74” x 11.585” x 0.6618 - 0.87 - 0.8154” (399.8 mm x 294.26 mm x 16.9 - 22 - 20.71 mm)
WeightStarting at 6.55 lb (2.97 kg)Starting at 5.51 lbs (2.50 kg) up to 6.55 lbs (2.97 kg)
Colors
  • Lunar Light with High Endurance Clear Coat
  • Dark Side of the Moon 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
    • Type:
      • 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
    • 1.7 mm key travel and alphanumeric keys
    • 0.2 mm-dish concave key design
  • Touchpad
    • Size: 4.13” x 3.15” (105 mm x 80 mm)
    • Premium Precision-Point glass touchpad
  • 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 E3100 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 0.125" 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 Ethernet 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 M17 R3Alienware M17 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™ 3000 series
Memory
  • 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
    • 2666 MHz Dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
    • Soldered-on.
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 M17 R3Alienware M17 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 M17 R3Alienware M17 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
  • 130W (19.50 VDC/6.70A)
  • 180W (19.50 VDC/9.23A)
  • 240W (19.50 VDC/12.31A)
  • 330W (19.50 VDC/16.92A)
  • 240W power adapter
  • 330W power adapter
SoftwareAlienware M17 R3Alienware M17 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 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 M17 R3Alienware M17 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:
    • 2-Way Stereo Speaker Design
    • Output: 4-5W
  • Microphone:
    • Digital-array microphones in the 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 M17 R3Alienware M17 R4
Sensors
  • Tobii Eye Tracking (Optional)
  • Tobii Eyetracking technology (optional)
Security
  • Wedge-shaped lock slot
  • Wedge-shaped lock slot
  • Trusted Protection Module
MoreCHASIS
  • AlienFX Lighting Zones
    • Programmable with up to 16.8 million distinct colors
  • Exterior Chassis Materials
    • Magnesium Alloy exterior shell
    • Copper Alloy thermal structures
  • Customized Features
    • AlienFX Lighting Detail
    • Programmable with up to 16.8 million distinct colors
    • Alienware Command Center
    • AlienFX Lighting Technology
    • Game Library with auto-tune game profile functionality
    • Fusion (Includes support for Overclock, Thermal, Power, Audio, and Audio Recon profiles)
  • Thermal
    • Cryo-Tech Cooling Technology
    • Dual-Intake, Dual-Exhaust Airflow Design
    • High-Voltage Driving Fans
    • Load-balancing Heat Pipes
    • Dense Copper Fin Stacks
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 M17 R3 Price
Puccy Anti Blue Light Tempered Glass Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m17 R3 17.3" (Active Area Cover Only) Protective Protectors Guard
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Puccy Tempered Glass Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m17 R3 17.3" (Active Area Cover Only) Protective Protectors Guard
Puccy Tempered Glass Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m17 R3 17.3" (Active Area Cover Only) Protective Protectors Guard
By Puccy
$49.49
Puccy 3 Pack Screen Protector Film, compatible with Dell ALIENWARE m17 R3 17.3" TPU Guard ( Not Tempered Glass Protectors )
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Alienware M17 R4 Price
Alienware AW17R4-7352SLV-PUS 17in QHD Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 256SSD + 1TB HDD, Silver) VR Ready with NVIDIA GTX 1080 (Renewed)
Alienware AW17R4-7352SLV-PUS 17in QHD Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 256SSD + 1TB HDD, Silver) VR Ready with NVIDIA GTX 1080 (Renewed)
By Alienware
$2,499.81
Alienware 17R4 Intel Core i7-7700HQ X4 2.8GHz 16GB 1.3TB 17.3in Win10, Silver (Renewed)
Alienware 17R4 Intel Core i7-7700HQ X4 2.8GHz 16GB 1.3TB 17.3in Win10, Silver (Renewed)
By Alienware
$1,699.98
Alienware AW17R4-7005SLV-PUS 17in Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Silver) with NVIDIA GTX 1060 (Renewed)
Alienware AW17R4-7005SLV-PUS 17in Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Silver) with NVIDIA GTX 1060 (Renewed)
By Alienware
$1,899.99
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Alienware M17 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
  • 4x copper-alloy heat pipes
  • 286.6g 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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