Dell Alienware m15 R5 review (2021 model – Ryzen & RTX 3070 Laptop, QHD 240Hz screen)


  1. rahul

    June 8, 2021 at 6:09 am

    I have the Dell G15 Ryzen Edition, which shares the same internals as this Alienware. Ryzens have a way of adaptively throttling using a temperature target. You can simply set this target temp using an app such as Ryzen Controller instead of disabling turbo boost. You can set something like 90 or 95 C target. It will also reduce performance when heavily loaded but at least it will be able to turbo boost during light workloads. So depends on what you need.

    I also use an external cooling pad with appropriately located fans below the intake vents on the bottom and that helped the GPU temps very highly and somewhat improved CPU perf when I was using lower target temp using Ryzen Controller.

    • Derek Sullivan

      June 8, 2021 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks Rahul, good find! I was able to get it to work this morning. I'll run a couple more tests this afternoon and update the article.

  2. Aaron

    June 13, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    I have the R5. I feel like the keyboard deck is plastic. All of the plastic components are creaky and cheap-feeling as well. I'm sending it back and buying the R4 instead. It annoys me that this laptop is basically just a re-skinned G15 instead of being a premium, higher-binned device.

  3. bittricks

    June 20, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Anyone know why Dell has, across the board, reduced its maximum battery sizes by 10 to 11 watt hour ?

    For example, the Alienware and XPS lines had configuration options of 10+ watt hours battery sizes. Now, for example, the XPS 15 is available only with an 86 watt hour battery. Same applies to Alienware options being decreased.

    No explanation I can find anywhere.

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