Alienware M15 R3 specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about 2020 Alienware M15 R3 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

Availability

Alienware M15 R3
Released2020
Release DateAvailable on May 2020
PricingStarting at $1,499.99
Generations
Alienware M15 R3 Price
Dell Alienware m15 R3 Laptop | 15.6" 1920x1080 FHD | Core i7-10750H - 512GB SSD Hard Drive - 16GB RAM - Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super | 6 cores @ 5 GHz - 8 GDDR6 Win 11 Pro
Dell Alienware m15 R3 Laptop | 15.6" 1920x1080 FHD | Core i7-10750H - 512GB SSD Hard Drive - 16GB RAM - Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super | 6 cores @ 5 GHz - 8 GDDR6 Win 11 Pro
By Dell
$1,719.00
Dell Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop (2020) | 15.6" FHD | Core i7-1TB SSD - 32GB RAM | 6 Cores @ 5 GHz - 10th Gen CPU Win 10 Home
Dell Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop (2020) | 15.6" FHD | Core i7-1TB SSD - 32GB RAM | 6 Cores @ 5 GHz - 10th Gen CPU Win 10 Home
By Dell
$1,338.82
Dell Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop (2020) | 15.6" FHD | Core i7-2TB SSD Hard Drive - 32GB RAM | 6 Cores @ 5 GHz - 10th Gen CPU Win 10 Home (Renewed)
Dell Alienware m15 R3 Gaming Laptop (2020) | 15.6" FHD | Core i7-2TB SSD Hard Drive - 32GB RAM | 6 Cores @ 5 GHz - 10th Gen CPU Win 10 Home (Renewed)
By Dell
$1,439.19
Dell m17 R3 17.3 inch FHD Gaming Laptop (Luna Light) Intel Core i7-10750H 10th Gen, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home
Dell m17 R3 17.3 inch FHD Gaming Laptop (Luna Light) Intel Core i7-10750H 10th Gen, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home
By Dell
$1,226.00
2020 Dell Alienware m15 R3 Laptop 15.6" - Intel Core i7 10th Gen - i7-10750H - Six Core 5Ghz - 512GB SSD + 512GB SSD - 20GB RAM - 1920x1080 FHD - Windows 10 Home (Renewed)
2020 Dell Alienware m15 R3 Laptop 15.6" - Intel Core i7 10th Gen - i7-10750H - Six Core 5Ghz - 512GB SSD + 512GB SSD - 20GB RAM - 1920x1080 FHD - Windows 10 Home (Renewed)
By Dell
$1,408.95

Exterior

Alienware M15 R3
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)
WeightStarting 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
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.

Display

Alienware M15 R3
Size15.6 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

Ports

Alienware M15 R3
Ports
Alienware M15 R3 Ports
Image Source: Dell
  • 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

Internal Specs

Alienware M15 R3
Processor
  1. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10300H
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.50 → 4.50 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 45W
  2. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H
    6 cores, 12 threads, 2.60 → 5.00 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 45W
  3. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.40 → 5.30 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Alienware M15 R31
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10300H1,06186.75%
2
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H1,13492.72%
3
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK1,223100.00%
01,223

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

Alienware M15 R31
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10300H3,74753.43%
2
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H5,41277.17%
3
10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK7,013100.00%
07,013
Integrated Graphics
  1. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-10300H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
  2. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1150 MHz
  3. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1250 MHz
Memory
8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
2666 MHz Dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
Onboard memory.
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)
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]

Connectivity

Alienware M15 R3
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.
Bluetooth
  • Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 › Bluetooth 5.1
Ethernet
  • Killer™ Ethernet E3000 PCI-e Gigabit ethernet controller
    Transfer rate: 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps

Battery

Alienware M15 R3
Size
  • 56 WHr, 3-cell smart lithium-ion
  • 86 WHr, 6-cell smart lithium-ion
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

Software

Alienware M15 R3
OS
Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro
Upgradable to Windows 11
Built-in Apps
  • Alienware Command Center
  • Alienware Adrenlin
  • Alienware Mobile Connect
  • Microsoft Office 365 (30-day trial)

Camera & Audio

Alienware M15 R3
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

Misc

Alienware M15 R3
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

Key Features

Alienware M15 R3
At Glance
Released in Mid
2020
16:9 FHD
15.6”
1080p 300Hz
Weight
4.65 lb
2.11 kg
Up to
Intel Core i9-10980HK
8C/16T, 2.40 → 5.30 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,223
Single Core
Geekbench 5
7,013
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
24 Execution Units, 350 → 1250 MHz
Configurable up to
32GB
2666 MHz DDR4
Alienware M15 R3 Ports
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 2080 SUPER
8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q

Photos

Our analysis and reviews

Alienware M15 R3 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Alienware M15 R3.

Supports Windows 11

Alienware M15 R3 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsAlienware M15 R3
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-10300H → Intel Core i9-10980HK
4GB RAM8GB → 32GB
64GB Drive256GB → 4TB
2 Cores CPU4 → 8 cores
Upgradable storage

Alienware M15 R3 comes with three M.2 slots that you can easily upgrade and install additional SSDs to expand the storage on the device. Learn more

Storage SlotsAlienware M15 R3
M.2x3
Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Alienware M15 R3.

Non-upgradable memory

The memory on Alienware M15 R3 is soldered to the motherboard, and there is no additional RAM slot for expansion. Since you can't change or add more RAM after you buy, you want to make sure you pick the configuration with the right amount of memory at the initial purchase. Learn more

MemoryAlienware M15 R3
Slots0 - Onboard
TypeDDR4
Speed2666 MHz

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

Slightly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i9-10980HK inside Alienware M15 R3 has a 7% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i9-9980HK inside Alienware M15 R2.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Alienware M15 R3 - Intel Core i9-10980HK
7,013
Alienware M15 R2 - Intel Core i9-9980HK
6,504
Alienware M15 R2 - Intel Core i9-9880H
6,100
Alienware M15 R3 - Intel Core i7-10750H
5,412
Alienware M15 R2 - Intel Core i7-9750H
4,880
Alienware M15 R3 - Intel Core i5-10300H
3,747
Alienware M15 R2 - Intel Core i5-9300H
3,308
Supports larger memory

Alienware M15 R3 supports a larger memory capacity than the Alienware M15 R2. It supports up to 32GB versus 16GB of system memory on the Alienware M15 R2.

Max system memory size
Alienware M15 R3
32 GB
Alienware M15 R2
16 GB