At this point, laptop makers that don’t support some kind of AMD-based setup are kind of trolling, and now Alienware is finally back on board with its first gaming laptop powered by AMD in more than a decade.
With the new m15 Ryzen Edition R5, Alienware is launching its first AMD-based laptop since the 2007 Aurora mALX, which at the time came with a massive 19-inch display, an AMD Turion 64 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and not one but two Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GPUs. GTX. SIt goes without saying that things have changed a lot in 14 years.
In the new m15 Ryzen Edition R5, Alienware supports up to a Ryzen R9 5900HX eight-core CPU and an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU with 8GB vRAM. Like the existing Alienware R4 line, the m15 Ryzen Edition also comes with a ton of display options, including 165Hz or 360Hz Full HD displays, or a 240Hz QHD display.
Alienware also offers optional 3200Mhz DDR4 RAM for the first time, while the laptop’s revamped chassis features an updated design with more powerful Cryo-Tech cooling and new high-strength paint that Dell claims is smoother and more durable than before. . And unsurprisingly, the m15 Ryzen Edition R5 also boasts a healthy selection of ports and connectivity, including HDMI 2.1, 2.5 Gbps Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6 and four USB ports (three Type-A and one Type-C). And as previously announced on the Alienware m15 R4, the m15 Ryzen Edition R5 can also be equipped with New Cherry Ultra Low Profile MX Switches (although that update will cost you more).
The new Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 (which is a real name) goes on sale April 20 for just under $ 1,800.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a gaming laptopAlienware’s parent company Dell is also announcing the new Dell G15 Ryzen Edition, which features an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU paired with an Nvidia 1650 or RTX 30-series GPU, but with a much lower starting price of just $ 900 (with an updated Intel-powered Dell G15 model will also arrive this spring starting at $ 1,000).
Aside from AMD CPU support, the biggest change for the G15 Ryzen Edition is the addition of a new cooling technology that uses larger copper heat pipes to better cool the bottom of the laptop and a revamped design with four new avant-garde finishes: Dark Shadow Gray, Specter Green with Speckles, Phantom Gray with Speckles and Obsidian Black.
The Intel-based G15 will be available first on April 13, followed by the G15 Ryzen Edition on May 4.
Finally, to accompany its new laptops, Dell also announces an updated family of gaming monitors, including the new Dell 25 Gaming Monitor featuring a 240Hz refresh rate and support for Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium technology, along with three new curved monitors with 144Hz or 165Hz refresh rates and available AMD FreeSync in 27-inch , 32-inch and 34-inch.