Alienware m15 R4 and m17 R4: Gaming notebooks get better VRMs with the RTX 3000

Alienware m15 R4 and m17 R4: Gaming notebooks get better VRMs with the RTX 3000

The start of Nvidia's new generation of graphics cards for notebooks also goes hand in hand with Alienware with an upgrade of the m15 and m17. From the beginning of March 2021, the manufacturer will be offering gaming amps in the m15 R4 and m17 R4 models with the mobile GeForce RTX 3060. Before that, the product maintenance brings a revised voltage regulation.

Improved VRM design and steam chamber cooling

The fourth generation of Alienware m15/m17 notebooks was refreshed in several areas at the beginning of 2021. Compared to the previous 3rd generation , which was revised a few months earlier in mid-May 2020, Alienware will equip the 15-inch or 17-inch model in the futurea more efficient voltage regulation, which comprises 12 phases. In the course of this, the manufacturer has also redesigned the cooling, which is known as the 'cryo-tech design' and uses vapor chamber technology in all configurations.

Alienware m15/m17 R4 (2021) (Image: Alienware)

One of the other innovations in Alienware's gaming notebooks for 2021 is a new display option. The fast Full HD panel typical of the series is faster at its peak with a maximum refresh rate of 360 Hz. The UHD OLED panel continues to count as an alternative to the faster TN panelOffer catalog.

Faster 360 Hz panel and DDR4-2933 RAM

Above In addition, the m15 R4 and the m17 R4, with the “R4” in the product name referring to the 4th generation, are equipped with faster DDR4-2933 RAM. So far, DDR4 RAM with 2,666 MHz was factory-installed in all notebooks . In addition, according to the manufacturer, the 15-inch and 17-inch versions in the colors 'Lunar Light' and 'Dark Side of the Moon' should be equipped with a new matt front panel.

The Processors, however, remain with Intel Comet Lake-H . The Core i5-10300H with four cores and eight threads, the Core i7-10750H with six cores and 12 threads or the Core are optionally available in the various equipment variantsi9-10980HK with eight cores and 16 threads installed in the respective top model.

GeForce RTX 3000 will be available from the beginning of March

The Alienware m15 R4 and m17 R4 will be available from January 28th in Be available in the manufacturer's shop. The graphics card upgrade to the mobile Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 should be configurable from March 9th. Alienware has not yet commented on the prices of the respective equipment variants. These should not be announced until the market launch.

The cheapest m15 R3 equipped with a six-core CPU and Radeon RX 5500M currently costs just under 1,900 euros from Alienware. For over 2,000 euros, the manufacturer lists the 15-inch configuration with the smallest Turing GPU, the GeForce GTX 1660, while the equipment variant with GeForce RTX2060 costs at least 100 euros more. For the larger form factor, Alienware charges at least 2,050 euros (RX 5500M) and 2,200 euros (GTX 1660) in the m17 R3, while the faster configurations with GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080, which are combined with the Intel eight-core, are currently priced at 2,750 euros or 3,050 euros.