Alienware M17 R5 specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about 2022 Alienware M17 R5 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

Availability

Alienware M17 R5
Released2022
Release Date
  • Announced on January 4, 2022 (CES 2022)
  • Available starting in Spring 2022.
PricingStarting at $1,599
Applicable Models
  • Alienware m17 R5
  • Alienware m17 R5 AMD
  • 2022 Alienware m17
  • 2022 Alienware m17 AMD
Generations
Alienware M17 R5 Price
Alienware M17R5 Gaming Laptop - 17.3-inch FHD 480Hz Display, AMD Ryzen 9-6900HX, 32GB DDR5 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GDDR6, Windows 11 Home, 1 Year Support - Dark Side of the Moon, Black
Alienware M17R5 Gaming Laptop - 17.3-inch FHD 480Hz Display, AMD Ryzen 9-6900HX, 32GB DDR5 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GDDR6, Windows 11 Home, 1 Year Support - Dark Side of the Moon, Black
By Alienware
$1,979.97
Dell Alienware m17 Ryzen Edition R5 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" FHD | Core Ryzen 9 - 1TB SSD - 16GB RAM - RTX 3060 | Cores - 12GB GDDR6 Win 11 Home (Renewed)
Dell Alienware m17 Ryzen Edition R5 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" FHD | Core Ryzen 9 - 1TB SSD - 16GB RAM - RTX 3060 | Cores - 12GB GDDR6 Win 11 Home (Renewed)
By Dell
$1,090.99
Dell Alienware m17 Ryzen Edition R5 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" FHD | Core Ryzen 7 - 512GB SSD - 16GB RAM - RTX 3060 | 8 Cores @ 4.7 GHz - 12GB GDDR6 Win 11 Home (Renewed)
Dell Alienware m17 Ryzen Edition R5 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" FHD | Core Ryzen 7 - 512GB SSD - 16GB RAM - RTX 3060 | 8 Cores @ 4.7 GHz - 12GB GDDR6 Win 11 Home (Renewed)
By Dell
$1,784.99
Dell Alienware m17 Ryzen Edition R5 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" FHD | Core Ryzen 9-1TB SSD Hard Drive - 32GB RAM - RTX 3080 | 8 Cores @ 4.9 GHz - 8GB GDDR6X Win 11 Home
Dell Alienware m17 Ryzen Edition R5 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" FHD | Core Ryzen 9-1TB SSD Hard Drive - 32GB RAM - RTX 3080 | 8 Cores @ 4.9 GHz - 8GB GDDR6X Win 11 Home
By Dell
$1,699.00
Dell Alienware m17 Ryzen Edition R5 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" QHD | Core Ryzen 9-1TB SSD - 32GB RAM - 6850M XT | 8 Cores @ 4.9 GHz - 12GB GDDR6 Win 11 Home (Renewed)
Dell Alienware m17 Ryzen Edition R5 Gaming Laptop (2022) | 17.3" QHD | Core Ryzen 9-1TB SSD - 32GB RAM - 6850M XT | 8 Cores @ 4.9 GHz - 12GB GDDR6 Win 11 Home (Renewed)
By Dell
$1,449.99

Exterior

Alienware M17 R5
Dimensions15.64 x 11.76 x 0.5756 ~ 1.05 ~ 0.89 inches (397.3 x 298.71 x 14.62 ~ 26.7 ~ 22.6 mm)
Weight7.3 lbs. (3.3 kg)
Colors
Dark Side of the Moon
With High Endurance Clear Coat.
Keyboard and TrackpadKeyboard
  • Alienware M Series 1-Zone AlienFX keyboard
    • 1.8mm key travel
    • Includes Anti-ghosting technology
  • Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB keyboard
    • 1.8mm key travel
    • Includes N-key rollover 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 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.
Chasis InformationChassis Features
  • Based on Alienware's Legend 2.0 industrial design language
  • Engineered with Alienware Cryo-Tech™Cooling technology
  • Constructed with copper alloy thermal components
  • Vapor chamber cooling technology
    Only found in configurations using AMD Ryzen 9 processors and Radeon RX 6850M XT graphics.

Display

Alienware M17 R5
Size17.3 Inches
Info
  • 17.3” FHD 165Hz
    1920 x 1080, 16:9, 127 PPI, 165Hz 3ms, 300 nits, 100% sRGB, AMD FreeSync, NVIDIA G-SYNC, Advanced Optimus, ComfortView Plus, Dolby Vision.
  • 17.3” FHD 360Hz
    1920 x 1080, 16:9, 127 PPI, 300Hz 1ms, 300 nits, 100% sRGB, AMD FreeSync, NVIDIA G-SYNC, Advanced Optimus, ComfortView Plus, Dolby Vision.
  • 17.3” UHD 120Hz
    3840 x 2160, 16:9, 255 PPI, 300Hz 3ms, 500 nits, 100% Adobe RGB, AMD FreeSync, AMD SmartAccess, ComfortView Plus, Dolby Vision.

Ports

Alienware M17 R5
Ports
Left
  • 1 x RJ-45
    2.5Gb Ethernet standard.
    1Gb Ethernet on models with RTX 3050 Ti.
  • 1 x Headset 
    3.5mm jack.
Right
  • 2 x USB-A 
    1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps).
    1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) with PowerShare.
Back
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 4 Gen 2 (40Gbps), 15W PD-out, DisplayPort 1.4 standard.
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps), 15W PD-out, DisplayPort 1.4 on models with RTX 3050 Ti.
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps).
  • 1 x HDMI 2.1
    Supports up to 4K@120Hz display out.
  • 1 x Power/DC-in Port

Internal Specs

Alienware M17 R5
Processor
  1. AMD Ryzen™ 7 6800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 3.20 → 4.70 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 16MB L3 Cache, 45W
  2. AMD Ryzen™ 9 6900HX
    8 cores, 16 threads, 3.30 → 4.90 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 16MB L3 Cache, 45W
  3. AMD Ryzen™ 9 6980HX
    8 cores, 16 threads, 3.30 → 5.00 GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 16MB L3 Cache, 45W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Alienware M17 R51
AMD Ryzen™ 7 6800H1,45096.67%
2
AMD Ryzen™ 9 6900HX1,500100.00%
01,500

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

Alienware M17 R51
AMD Ryzen™ 7 6800H8,54896.30%
2
AMD Ryzen™ 9 6900HX8,876100.00%
08,876
Integrated Graphics
  1. AMD Ryzen™ 7 6800H
    AMD Radeon™ 680M Graphics
    12 Graphics Cores, 2200 MHz
  2. AMD Ryzen™ 9 6900HX
    AMD Radeon™ 680M Graphics
    12 Graphics Cores, 2400 MHz
  3. AMD Ryzen™ 9 6980HX
    AMD Radeon™ 680M Graphics
    12 Graphics Cores, 2400 MHz
Memory
  • 8GB 16GB 32GB
    Dual Channel DDR5 4800MHz
Memory Slots
  • 2 x DDR5 SODIMM slots.
Memory Configurations
  • Speed: 4800MHz
  • Memory Type: Dual-channel DDR5
  • Minimum Memory: 16 GB
  • Maximum Memory: 32 GB
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce RTX™
  • 3050 Ti - 4GB GDDR6
    TGP: 80W, Dynamic Boost: 10W, Max Power: 90W, Speed: 1462.5 → 1695 MHz.
  • 3060 - 6GB GDDR6
    TGP: 115W, Dynamic Boost: 25W, Max Power: 130W, Speed: 1387 → 1702 MHz.
AMD Radeon™ RX
  • 6700M - 10GB GDDR6
    Max Power with AMD SmartShift MAX: 135W.
  • 6850M - 12GB GDDR6
    Max Power with AMD SmartShift MAX: 175W.
Storage
  • Storage slots: 2 x M.2 2280 PCIe slots
Single Storage Configuration
  • 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Dual Storage Configuration
  • 512GB 1TB 2TB 4TB
    RAID-0 (2 x PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD)

Connectivity

Alienware M17 R5
Wi-Fi
  • Mediatek Wi-Fi 6 MT7921
    Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz , WiFi 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
  • Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6E WCN6856
    Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz , WiFi 6E 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2
Ethernet
  • Realtek RTL8111H-CG Gigabit ethernet controller
    Transfer rate: 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • Realtek RTL8125BGS 2.5Gb ethernet controller
    Transfer rate: 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps

Battery

Alienware M17 R5
Size
64Wh 97Wh
Power Supply
180 240W
Barrel type power adapter.

Software

Alienware M17 R5
OSWindows 11
Home Pro
Built-in AppsAlienware Command Center
  • Dashboard navigates all features, including themes, system performance, and overclocking
  • Game Library to manage titles from multiple services
  • FX supports full RBG values up to 16.8 million colors
  • Power Management adjusts power plans with a game
  • Overclocking controls system performance and overclocking profiles
  • Sound Center dials in the perfect sound by managing sound profiles, audio effects, and Audio Recon

Camera & Audio

Alienware M17 R5
Camera
  • Front-facing camera.
    Alienware HD (1280x720 resolution) camera.
  • Optional Windows Hello IR support.
Audio
  • Dolby Atmos-certified audio.
    • 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

Misc

Alienware M17 R5
SensorsOptional Windows Hello IR Camera
SecurityWindows Hello IR camera for Facial Biometrics

Key Features

Alienware M17 R5
At Glance
Released in Early
2022
16:9 4K UHD
17.3”
2160p 120Hz
Weight
7.3 lb
3.31 kg
Up to
AMD Ryzen 9-6980HX
8C/16T, 3.30 → 5.00 GHz
With integrated
AMD Radeon™ 680M Graphics
12 Graphics Cores, 2400 MHz
Upgradable up to
32GB
4800 MHz DDR5
AMD Radeon
RX 6850M
12GB GDDR6 SmartShift up to 175W

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Supports Windows 11

Alienware M17 R5 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsAlienware M17 R5
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7-6800H → AMD Ryzen 9-6980HX
4GB RAM8GB → 32GB
64GB Drive256GB → 4TB
2 Cores CPU8 cores
Upgradable storage

Alienware M17 R5 comes with two M.2 slots that you can easily upgrade and install an additional SSD to expand the storage on the device. Learn more

Storage SlotsAlienware M17 R5
M.2x2
Upgradable memory

The Alienware M17 R5 has two RAM slots which you can use to add or replace with a larger one if it isn't already at the maximum size that the system chipset support. Learn more

MemoryAlienware M17 R5
Slotsx2
TypeDDR5
Speed4800 MHz
Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to AMD Radeon RX 6850M 12GB GDDR6 SmartShift up to 175W

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

Supports faster memory

Alienware M17 R5 supports a faster memory speed than the Alienware M17 R4. It supports up to 4800MHz versus 2933MHz of system memory on the Alienware M17 R4.

Memory type and speed
Alienware M17 R5 - DDR5
4,800 MHz
Alienware M17 R4 - DDR4
2,933 MHz
Upgradable memory

Alienware M17 R5 comes with two SODIMM slots that allow you to replace or upgrade when needed. On the flip side, you can't upgrade RAM on the Alienware M17 R4 since it has onboard memory.

MemoryAlienware M17 R5Alienware M17 R4
Slots
x2
Onboard
TypeDDR5DDR4

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

About 25% heavier

Alienware M17 R5 weighed 7.3 pounds, 25% heavier than the 5.51 pounds Alienware M17 R4.

WeightAlienware M17 R5Alienware M17 R4
Pound
7.3 lbs.
5.51 lbs.
Kilogram
3.31 kg
2.50 kg