Alienware X17 R1 vs. Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)

Here is a side by side comparison between Alienware X17 R1 and Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021) specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Alienware X17 R1 vs. Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)

The 2021 Alienware X17 R1 features the 45W 11th Generation Intel Tiger Lake 8-core Intel Core i7-11800H up to 8-core Intel Core i9-11980HK with the boost speed up to 5.00 GHz. While the Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021) features the 45W 11th Generation Intel Tiger Lake 8-core Intel Core i7-11800H with the boost speed up to 4.60 GHz.

If you want to know more what's the difference between the 17.3″ Alienware X17 R1 (2021) and the 15.6″ Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021) , we have a detailed tech specs comparison between both devices for you to check out here.

Alienware X17 R1 vs. Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021): Specs Comparison

Alienware X17 R1 image

Alienware X17 R1

Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021) image

Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)

Key Features
What's new
  • 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 i9-11980HK up to 5.0 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 16GB of GDDR6.
  • Nvidia G-Sync & Advanced Optimus Technology - Available on FHD 360Hz display. While the ComfortView Plus, hardware-based low blue light technology available on all x17 configurations.
  • New 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H 8 Core (2.4GHz / 4.6GHz)
  • Two PCIe 4.0 SSD slots
  • Faster DDR4 3200 MHz memory
  • Thunderbolt 4 connectivity
What's missing
  • No lock slot
  • No Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
  • No SD card reader.
  • No USB-C charging capability.
AvailabilityAlienware X17 R1Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)
Released20212021
Release InfoAvailable on June 1, 2021Announced on July 14, 2021.
Pricing
  • $2,099.99
    i7-11800H16GB256GBRTX 3060 6GBFHD 165Hz
  • $2,479.99
    i7-11800H16GB512GBRTX 3070 8GBFHD 165Hz
  • $3,229.99
    i7-11800H32GB512GBRTX 3080 16GBUHD 120Hz
  • $3,629.99
    i9-11980HK32GB XMP512GBRTX 3080 16GBUHD 120Hz
  • $1,799.99
    i7-11800H16GB512GBRTX 3060144Hz
  • $2,099.99
    i7-11800H16GB512GBRTX 3070144Hz
  • $2,299.99
    i7-11800H16GB512GBRTX 3070165Hz
Alienware X17 Price
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$2,199.39
Alienware Area 51M Gaming Laptop, 17.3" 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10700K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Lunar Light (AWARR2-7323WHT-PUS)
Alienware Area 51M Gaming Laptop, 17.3" 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10700K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Lunar Light (AWARR2-7323WHT-PUS)
By Alienware
$2,571.82
Was: $2,899.99
Dell Alienware 17 R5 VR Ready 17.3" LCD Gaming Notebook - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz - 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM - 1 TB HHD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit (English) - 1920 x 10
Dell Alienware 17 R5 VR Ready 17.3" LCD Gaming Notebook - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz - 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM - 1 TB HHD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit (English) - 1920 x 10
By Dell
$1,329.00
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021 11800H Price
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2021: Intel Core i7-11800H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 15.6” FHD 360Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - CNC Aluminum - Chroma RGB - THX Spatial Audio - Thunderbolt 3
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2021: Intel Core i7-11800H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 15.6” FHD 360Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - CNC Aluminum - Chroma RGB - THX Spatial Audio - Thunderbolt 3
By Razer
$2,699.99
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2020: Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, 15.6” FHD 300Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2020: Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, 15.6” FHD 300Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
By Razer
$1,799.99
Was: $2,599.99
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2021: Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 15.6” QHD 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - CNC Aluminum - Chroma RGB - THX Spatial Audio - Thunderbolt 3
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2021: Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 15.6” QHD 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - CNC Aluminum - Chroma RGB - THX Spatial Audio - Thunderbolt 3
By Razer
$2,199.99
Was: $2,499.99
DisplayAlienware X17 R1Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)
Size17.3 Inches15.6 Inches
Info
  • 17.3” FHD with 165Hz
    1920 x 1080127 PPIComfortView Plus3ms response time300 nits16:9100% sRGB1000:1Anti-glareWVA7.2 W
  • 17.3” FHD with 360Hz
    1920 x 1080127 PPIComfortView PlusNVIDIA G-SyncAdvanced Optimus1ms response time300 nits16:9100% sRGB800:1Anti-glareWVA8.4 W
  • 17.3” UHD with 120Hz
    3840 x 2160255 PPIComfortView Plus4ms response time500 nits16:9100% Adobe RGB1200:1Anti-glareWVA12.2 W
  • 15.6” FHD 144Hz
    1920 x 108016:9144HzIPS100% sRGB8ms response time4.9 mm side bezelfactory calibrated
  • 15.6” QHD 165Hz
    2560 x 144016:9165HzIPS100% DCI-P33ms response time4.9 mm side bezelfactory calibrated
ExteriorAlienware X17 R1Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)
Size Comparison
Dimensions
  • 15.718” x 11.791” x 0.823” (399.23 x 299.49 x 20.9 mm)
    With FHD 360Hz diplay.
  • 15.718” x 11.791” x 0.843” (399.23 x 299.49 x 21.4 mm)
    With FHD 165Hz or UHD 120Hz diplay.
13.98” x 9.25” x 0.78” (355 mm x 235 mm x 19.9 mm)
Weight6.65 - 7.05 lbs (3.02 - 3.2 kg)4.6 lbs (2.09 kg)
Colors
Lunar light
With High Endurance Clear Coat and Silky - Smooth Finish
Anodized Black
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • 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.
  • Full-size backlit keyboard.
    • Single-zone RGB powered by Razer Chroma™
    • Anti-ghosting keyboard
  • Precise Glass Touchpad
    • A large, clickable glass touchpad with Microsoft Precision Touchpad support.
PortsLeft
  • 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).
  • 2 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
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1 x 2.5G Ethernet Port
Left
  • 1 x USB-C
    Supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps).
  • 2 x USB-A 
    Supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps).
  • 1 x HDMI 2.1
    Supports up to [email protected]
  • 1 x Kensington lock slot.
Right
  • 1 x USB-A
    Supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps).
  • 1 x USB-C
    Supports Thunderbolt 4.
  • 1 x RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port.
  • 1 x 3.5mm combo audio jack.
  • 1 x AC power port.
Internal SpecsAlienware X17 R1Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)
Processor
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.30 → 4.60 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11980HK
    8 cores, 16 threads, 3.30 → 5.00 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 65W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.30 → 4.60 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
Integrated Graphics
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11980HK
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060
    6GB GDDR6TGP: 115WDynamic Boost: 15WMax Power: 130WSpeed: 1387 → 1702 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070
    8GB GDDR6TGP: 125WDynamic Boost: 15WMax Power: 140WSpeed: 1215 → 1620 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080
    16GB GDDR6TGP: 150WDynamic Boost: 15WMax Power: 165WSpeed: 1350 → 1710 MHz
* All configurations include 12-phase HyperEfficient graphics voltage regulation.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060
    6GB GDDR6Max Power: 95W3840 CUDA cores. Speed: up to 1530 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070
    8GB GDDR6Max Power: 95W5120 CUDA cores. Speed: up to 1410 MHz
Memory
8 GB16 GB32 GB64GB
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
  • 2 x DDR4 SODIMM slots
Memory Configurations
  • Speed: 3200 MHz
  • Memory Type: Non-ECC Single or Dual-Channel
  • Minimum Memory: 4GB
  • Maximum Memory: 64B
Storage
  • 2 x M.2 2280 slots (Up to 2TB each)
    Supports RAID-0
Storage Slots
  • 2 x M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slots
Storage Configurations
  • Up to 2 x 2TB SSD
ConnectivityAlienware X17 R1Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)
Wi-FiRivet Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675w
Triple Band 2.4GHz/5GHz/6GHzUp to 2400 MbpsWiFi 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Intel AX201
Up to 2400 MbpsDual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHzWiFi 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/axBluetooth 5.1
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2Bluetooth 5.1
EthernetKiller E3100 2.5G Ethernet Controller
Transfer rate: 10/100/1000 Mbps
Gigabit LAN
Speed: 10/100/1000 Mbps.
BatteryAlienware X17 R1Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)
Size87 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion battery65Wh
Lithium-ion polymer battery.
Battery LifeUp to 6 hours of battery life
Power Supply
240W330W
power adapter.
230W
Proprietary AC Adapter.
SoftwareAlienware X17 R1Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)
OS
Windows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Upgradable to Windows 11
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Built-in Apps
  • Alienware Command Center
    AlienFX lightingGame LibraryAuto-tune game profile functionalityFusionAlienware AdrenalinAlienware Mobile Connect
  • Microsoft Office 365 (30-day trial)
Razer Synapse 3 enabled with programmable keyboard
Camera & AudioAlienware X17 R1Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)
Camera
  • Front-facing camera.
    Alienware HD (1280x720 resolution) camera.
  • Windows Hello IR support.
Front-facing camera
Top-mount front camera, 1 Megapixel (720p HD).
Audio
  • 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
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • THX® Spatial Audio
  • 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Dolby® Atmos support, 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
  • Built-in array microphone
MiscAlienware X17 R1Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021)
SensorsWindows Hello IR Camera
Security
  • Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT) security embedded
  • Kensington™ Security Slot
In the box
  • Razer Blade 15" Base Edition
  • Power adapter + regional power cord
  • Micro-fiber cleaning cloth
  • Important Product Information Guide
Warranty1 Year Hardware Service with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis
Alienware X17 Price
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
By Alienware
$2,199.39
Alienware Area 51M Gaming Laptop, 17.3" 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10700K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Lunar Light (AWARR2-7323WHT-PUS)
Alienware Area 51M Gaming Laptop, 17.3" 300hz 3ms FHD Display, Intel Core i7-10700K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDDR6, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Lunar Light (AWARR2-7323WHT-PUS)
By Alienware
$2,571.82
Was: $2,899.99
Dell Alienware 17 R5 VR Ready 17.3" LCD Gaming Notebook - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz - 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM - 1 TB HHD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit (English) - 1920 x 10
Dell Alienware 17 R5 VR Ready 17.3" LCD Gaming Notebook - Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) i7-8750H Hexa-core (6 Core) 2.20 GHz - 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM - 1 TB HHD - Windows 10 Home 64-bit (English) - 1920 x 10
By Dell
$1,329.00
Razer Blade 15 Base Edition 2021 11800H Price
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2021: Intel Core i7-11800H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 15.6” FHD 360Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - CNC Aluminum - Chroma RGB - THX Spatial Audio - Thunderbolt 3
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2021: Intel Core i7-11800H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 15.6” FHD 360Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - CNC Aluminum - Chroma RGB - THX Spatial Audio - Thunderbolt 3
By Razer
$2,699.99
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2020: Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, 15.6” FHD 300Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2020: Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, 15.6” FHD 300Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
By Razer
$1,799.99
Was: $2,599.99
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2021: Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 15.6” QHD 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - CNC Aluminum - Chroma RGB - THX Spatial Audio - Thunderbolt 3
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Gaming Laptop 2021: Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 15.6” QHD 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - CNC Aluminum - Chroma RGB - THX Spatial Audio - Thunderbolt 3
By Razer
$2,199.99
Was: $2,499.99
Alienware X17 R1 image

Alienware X17 R1: Key Features

The Alienware x17 is the thinnest 17” Alienware notebook, ever. 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, a large screen, and wants reassurance of its thermal management needs to look no further. Behold the Alienware x17.

Alienware X17: Intro Video

Alienware X17: First Look

Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021) image

Razer Blade 15 Base Edition (Mid 2021): Key Features

Introduction Video

Leap into the next generation of graphics with the new Razer Blade 15 Base Edition, now powered by @NvidiaGeForce RTX 30 Series graphics. Step into your favorite games with RTX ON and feast your eyes on breathtaking and realistic ray-traced visuals.

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