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Alienware M15 R5 Laptop: Ryzen R7 5800H, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, RTX 3060 EXPIRED

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Dell Home & Office has Alienware M15 Ryzen Edition R5 Laptop on sale for $1179.99 when you checkout with Dell Preferred Account as your method of payment. Additionally, earn 2.5% in Slickdeals Cashback before purchase when you follow the cashback instructions below (PC extension required, before checkout). Shipping is free.

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  • AMD Ryzen R7 5800H 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 165Hz 3ms with ComfortView Plus Display
  • 16GB DDR4 3200MHz Memory
  • 256GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 Video Card
  • Color: Dark Side of the Moon with High Endurance Clear Coat and Silky Smooth Finish
  • Mechanical Backlit Keyboard
  • Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 802.11ax 2x2 Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 5.2
  • Windows 10-Home 64-Bit (Free upgrade to Windows 11 when available)
  • Ports
    • 3x SuperSpeed USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
    • 1x SuperSpeed USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
    • 1x HDMI 2.1
  • Weight: 5.93 lbs
  • 6-Cell 86WHr Battery

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Alienware m15 Ryzen™ Edition R5 with AMD Ryzen 5000 CPU | Dell USA

Will be on sale 7/2 on dells website. This is around the same price the Dell G15 Ryzen Edition normally is on dells normal "sale" price. Only downside is you'll definitely have to add some storage. I think you have to have a dell preffered account and or finance to get it at that price. It will also be available again a couple of days later without having to jump through those hoops.

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this is actually a incredible deal. Almost as good of a deal as the walmart legion 5 pro. You can easily just add another HDD stick, and have the 256 drive act as the OS drive.

edit: only thing you need to keep in mind with the m15r5 is the build quality and ease of access for repasting. The mobo is upside down, so it is incredibly difficult to repaste the cpu, as you will need to take the mobo out to repaste.

edit 2: this is a better deal than the legion 5 pro base model 2060 and 2tb of storage on Lenovo's official website for $1500. You can use the $321 difference to easily upgrade your HDD to 2TB and still have money left over.
The need for a MUX switch is actually pretty niche. Nvidia Optimus (dual Nvidia + Intel GPU) work by having the Intel graphics in control of the screen 100% of the time. The Nvidia GPU acts as a co-processor. When you run a game which you assign to use the Nvidia instead of Intel GPU, it draws a frame on the Nvidia GPU, then passes that completed frame to the Intel graphics for display. The Intel graphics always handles the screen drawing. That's how Optimus is able to run multiple programs simultaneously, some using the Intel and others using the Nvidia GPUs. You get the low-power consumption of the Intel graphics all the time, with the higher power consumption of the Nvidia GPU only when a program needs it. 99% of users will be fine running this way.

Having the Intel GPU always in control of the screen has two drawbacks.

V-sync is essentially always on. The Nvidia GPU's draw buffer essentially acts like a v-sync buffer, with completed frames passed to the Intel GPU for display. This adds a small amount of lag, and reduces framerate slightly, but eliminates tearing, just like v-sync. They may have tweaked this slightly when Intel added variable framerate support.
Certain old and poorly-coded newer games assume your computer only has one GPU. It searches your hardware for a GPU, and stops searching when it finds the first one. This will be the Intel graphics since it's connected to the screen. These games cannot use the Nvidia GPU at all because of the way they're coded.
Older Intel graphics couldn't handle some of the higher resolutions, higher framerates, nor adaptive framerates like Freesync like Nvidia and AMD GPUs could. This is pretty much a non-issue with modern Intel graphics, so I've struck it off the list.


A MUX switch lets you disable the Intel graphics, putting the Nvidia GPU in control of the screen. The Nvidia GPU ends up running 100% of the time so you get higher power consumption. But it gives you back the ability to turn v-sync off (at the cost of tearing), giving you a slight fps boost and less lag. And it will allow those old/poorly-coded games to use the Nvidia GPU, since there is no longer an Intel GPU for them to find. If you're not a gamer who demands absolute max fps (in which case you probably shouldn't be using a laptop), and you don't play some of these obscure games which can't run on a second GPU, you won't care about a MUX switch since you will be fine with the Intel graphics controlling the screen all the time.

In lieu of a MUX switch, many gaming laptop makers connect the Intel graphics to the screen, but the Nvidia GPU to the video out port (usually HDMI or Displayport). So if you're in the 99% who are OK with Intel drawing the screen and the laptop doesn't have a MUX switch, you may still have the capability to use the Nvidia GPU directly. If you should find yourself wanting to play without v-sync one evening, or you run across an obscure game which can't use a second GPU, you can still do those things. You just need to play on an external monitor, instead of flipping a MUX switch and rebooting to play on the laptop screen.

The AMD GPU + Intel graphics ran the same way on the laptop I played around with 5 years ago. In fact that's where I first noticed a certain game would only run on the Intel GPU. I incorrectly blamed it on the AMD GPU, before trying the game on an Nvidia + Intel graphics laptop and having the same problem. I haven't had a chance to play with a newer Ryzen laptop with dedicated AMD GPU (haven't run across one). But I assume they're set up the same way.
Repasting a brand new machine is a waste of time. Unless it wasn't applied correctly during manufacturing, changing to a "better" thermal paste isn't going to make any significant difference in operating temperatures.

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this is actually a incredible deal. Almost as good of a deal as the walmart legion 5 pro. You can easily just add another HDD stick, and have the 256 drive act as the OS drive.

edit: only thing you need to keep in mind with the m15r5 is the build quality and ease of access for repasting. The mobo is upside down, so it is incredibly difficult to repaste the cpu, as you will need to take the mobo out to repaste.

edit 2: this is a better deal than the legion 5 pro base model 2060 and 2tb of storage on Lenovo's official website for $1500. You can use the $321 difference to easily upgrade your HDD to 2TB and still have money left over.
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this is actually a incredible deal. Almost as good of a deal as the walmart legion 5 pro. You can easily just add another HDD stick, and have the 256 drive act as the OS drive.

edit: only thing you need to keep in mind with the m15r5 is the build quality and ease of access for repasting. The mobo is upside down, so it is incredibly difficult to repaste the cpu, as you will need to take the mobo out to repaste.
Do you need to repaste the CPU? Is there like an issue w/ it, or are you referring to 5-10yrs down the line?
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Do you need to repaste the CPU? Is there like an issue w/ it, or are you referring to 5-10yrs down the line?
the Alienware m15r5 is known for running a little on the hot side, especially the 3070 version. Multiple reviews have pointed out that it runs north of 100C at max load. Along with undervolting, proper repasting is the best thing that can be done to lower temperatures. However, if you decide to use this laptop for 3-4 years before upgrading, chances are slim that the machine will fail due to heat.
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It doesn't have mux, so it's a pass for me
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It doesn't have mux, so it's a pass for me
I never realized this was such an issue. The fact that you need to use an external monitor to used the dedicated GPU seems like a failed product. That is what the lack of mux is, correct?
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Repasting a brand new machine is a waste of time. Unless it wasn't applied correctly during manufacturing, changing to a "better" thermal paste isn't going to make any significant difference in operating temperatures.
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I never realized this was such an issue. The fact that you need to use an external monitor to used the dedicated GPU seems like a failed product. That is what the lack of mux is, correct?
No it's not like that! The dedicated GPU is used even without external monitor. That would be a failed product like you have said! but because integrated GPU is being also utilized for reducing power consumption and dedicated GPU is not directly connected to screen there is something like 5~10% drop in performance in games.

BUT! In my case which I want to use very power hungry engineering softwares there is a chance that these softwares can't use the dedicated GPU at all if it doesn't have mux and only has regular optimus! because I read in their guide that the laptop should not have optimus otherwise the GPU can not be utilized. Of course those softwares run better on quadro GPUs but those laptops are very expensive and can't game. This way I think I can cover both grounds. Big Grin
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I see it for $1299. I signed in with rewards - is it over?
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I never realized this was such an issue. The fact that you need to use an external monitor to used the dedicated GPU seems like a failed product. That is what the lack of mux is, correct?
No, a MUX is a switcher between the iGPU and the dGPU. The conventional, aka cheaper, way of doing this is to route the dGPU graphics through the iGPU. This increases latency and decreases performance.

By adding a MUX, you directly connect the dGPU's signal out to the screen and remove the is latency. You will have higher FPS and performance from an otherwise identical laptop if you add a MUX
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I see it for $1299. I signed in with rewards - is it over?
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I see it for $1299. I signed in with rewards - is it over?

As posted in the original post "Will be on sale tomorrow on dells website. " Wink
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Still showing $1299 for me. I have logged into my rewards account.
I also applied for Dell financing, but did not get a account number. How long does it take?
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