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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. Additionally, you may 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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Specs:
  • 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
  • Alienware mSeries 4-Zone AlienFX RGB 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
  • 6-Cell 86WHr Battery

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Dell has the Alienware m15 r5 for $1180 again except you dont need to finance this time.

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Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5
AMD Ryzen R7 5800H (8-Core, 20MB Total Cache, up to 4.4 GHz Max Boost Clock)
Windows 10 Home English
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 6GB GDDR6
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 165Hz 3ms with ComfortView Plus
16GB DDR4 3200MHz
256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
Alienware mSeries 4-Zone AlienFX RGB keyboard
Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 802.11ax 2x2 Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 5.2

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Its pretty decent for the specs you get. Build quality and heat has been an issue for this model though.
We use a few Dell Inspiron and Alienware systems in my house every day... only issue was really my 7559 4K laptop due to a weak hinge - covered under warranty twice over 3 years. Just dropped out of warranty.

IDK... If you are into tech and are polite to the techs I have never had an issue. Quick phone or web chat and either a tech or a box sent out next day. Pending parts of course.

My Alienware 17 R1 (Ranger) with the i7-4900MQ / RTX 780 is still running strong after 7 years. I used it every day for 10-16 hours a day for 5 of those and then used the 7559 for about a year followed by my m17 r1. The m17 r1 has been used about 10-16 hours a day for the past year and only minor heat issues if the heatsinks got clogged.

m17 r1 was upgraded to 64GB, second nvme disk added, and of course OS rebuilt with Win10 Enterprise. Used 90% of the time on my lap and although I picked up better paste and pads to replace the OEM ones, I never had a need for non-gaming use. Gaming times go on a cooling pad to keep things stable.

The system I had originally purchased for my replacement was a Lenovo P71 with pretty much identical specs (i7-980xh one had a RTX3000, one RTX 4000 and one with a 5000). Alienware only has a 2060 max-P, but all of the Lenovo's ran super hot to the point where I could not use it on my lap. I run the AW m17r1 in shorts w/o issue.

The P71 did seem faster though as the IOPS felt faster when driving multiple VMs. Granted, the drives in there may have been faster than my Samsung 970 Evo.

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Its pretty decent for the specs you get. Build quality and heat has been an issue for this model though.
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Its pretty decent for the specs you get. Build quality and heat has been an issue for this model though.
A serious issue? Someone I know is eyeing this for VR but in general they don't play that demanding of games.

Mostly going with this for CPU and GPU for the price, they missed the dell deal a couple days ago.
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Whats this mean?

Lowest weight: 2.42 Kgs. (5.34 lbs.)
Maximum weight: 2.69 Kgs. (5.93 lbs.)
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not sure on the cooling capabilities to be honest
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A serious issue? Someone I know is eyeing this for VR but in general they don't play that demanding of games.

Mostly going with this for CPU and GPU for the price, they missed the dell deal a couple days ago.
Its not too bad. The CPU can push the thermal throttle limits but so do many other gaming laptops. I bought this exact laptop a couple months ago for ~1400 and ended up sending it back because of small QC issues. At this price, I would consider it again if I hadnt purchased something else already.
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Ordered the dell g15 5515 identical specs but 512gb SSD instead of 256 for $103 less. Bought a 1TB 2280 nvme ssd (Adata SX8200 Pro) from Amazon for $106 after promo code + the mounting screw/bracket to install it for $10. For a difference of $13 I'm getting + 1.25TB of SSD. I don't care about the extra blinky lights on the Alienware.

However, I think that deal is sold out. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this. Great specs and will be a great machine. I love my Alienware Aurora R11 desktop I bought last July.
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Its pretty decent for the specs you get. Build quality and heat has been an issue for this model though.
I've read plenty of people solving the "heat issues" with a couple of simple settings changes. There's info in the previous threads, YouTube, and a couple forums people posted.

I picked up the g15 with the same specs for around $950 after cash back, but this is enticing. I really would much rather have this with the full keyboard. Hmm
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Why is Dell such a shit company Big Grin
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Decent specs for the price. Too bad it's Dell though. I'd never buy a Dell.
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Whats this mean?

Lowest weight: 2.42 Kgs. (5.34 lbs.)
Maximum weight: 2.69 Kgs. (5.93 lbs.)
If I had to guess, different battery sizes or perhaps the top spec 3080 comes with a beefier power supply?
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I just bought that G15 Del from the July 4 sale. Is this a better deal?
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Decent specs for the price. Too bad it's Dell though. I'd never buy a Dell.
We use a few Dell Inspiron and Alienware systems in my house every day... only issue was really my 7559 4K laptop due to a weak hinge - covered under warranty twice over 3 years. Just dropped out of warranty.

IDK... If you are into tech and are polite to the techs I have never had an issue. Quick phone or web chat and either a tech or a box sent out next day. Pending parts of course.

My Alienware 17 R1 (Ranger) with the i7-4900MQ / RTX 780 is still running strong after 7 years. I used it every day for 10-16 hours a day for 5 of those and then used the 7559 for about a year followed by my m17 r1. The m17 r1 has been used about 10-16 hours a day for the past year and only minor heat issues if the heatsinks got clogged.

m17 r1 was upgraded to 64GB, second nvme disk added, and of course OS rebuilt with Win10 Enterprise. Used 90% of the time on my lap and although I picked up better paste and pads to replace the OEM ones, I never had a need for non-gaming use. Gaming times go on a cooling pad to keep things stable.

The system I had originally purchased for my replacement was a Lenovo P71 with pretty much identical specs (i7-980xh one had a RTX3000, one RTX 4000 and one with a 5000). Alienware only has a 2060 max-P, but all of the Lenovo's ran super hot to the point where I could not use it on my lap. I run the AW m17r1 in shorts w/o issue.

The P71 did seem faster though as the IOPS felt faster when driving multiple VMs. Granted, the drives in there may have been faster than my Samsung 970 Evo.
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