Dell Alienware m15 R3 vs ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506

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Review

Evaluation of Dell Alienware m15 R3 and ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506 important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Dell Alienware m15 R3
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 144 versus 60 Hz
  • Easier to carry: weighs 190 grams less (around 0.42 lbs)
Advantages of the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506
  • Around 2x better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Features a much bigger (~61%) battery – 90 against 56 watt-hours
  • Can run popular games at about 25-34% higher FPS
  • Thinner bezels and 8% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • User-upgradable RAM (up to 32GB)
  • Smaller footprint: 7% more compact case (142.7 vs 154.1 square inches)
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 2.11 kg (4.65 lbs) 2.3 kg (5.07 lbs)
Dimensions 360.3 x 276 x 20.5 mm
14.19 x 10.87 x 0.81 inches
359.8 x 256 x 24.5 mm
14.17 x 10.08 x 0.96 inches
Area 994 cm2 (154.2 inches2) 921 cm2 (142.8 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~67.5% ~72.9%
Side bezels 7.5 mm 7.2 mm
Colors Black, Gray Black, Gray
Transformer No No
Opening angle 140° 120°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber Yes No
Number of fans 2 2
Noise level 50 dB 49 dB

Display

Size 15.6 inches 15.6 inches
Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Refresh rate 144 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 141 ppi 141 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
HDR support No No
Touchscreen No No
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Matte
Display tests
Contrast 800:1 -
sRGB color space 99.2% -
Adobe RGB profile 63.7% -
DCI-P3 color gamut 100% -
Response time 7 ms -
Max. brightness

Battery

Capacity
Voltage 11.4 V -
Full charging time 2:30 hr -
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Bottom Left
Charge power 130 / 180 / 240 W 200 W
Weigh of AC adapter 895 gramm 460 gramm

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 2.5 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz
Cores 4 6
Threads 8 12
L3 Cache 8 MB 16 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630 Radeon RX Vega 7
Fabrication process 14 nm 7 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP - 75 W
Nvidia Optimus - MUX
Type Dedicated Dedicated
Fabrication process 7 nm 8 nm
GPU base clock 1375 MHz 1403 MHz
GPU boost clock 1645 MHz 1635 MHz
FLOPS 4.632 TFLOPS 6.7 TFLOPS
Memory size 4 GB 4 GB
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus 128 bit 128 bit
Memory speed ~14 Gbps 12 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 1408 2048
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 88 64
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 32 40
GPU performance
4.632 TFLOPS
6.7 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 2x8 GB 1x8 GB
Clock 2666 MHz 3200 MHz
Type DDR4 DDR4
Upgradable No Yes
Total slots - 2
Max. ram size - 32 GB

Storage

Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x) PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x512 GB
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 3 1
NVMe Yes Yes

Sound

Audio chip Realtek ALC3281-CG -
Speakers 2.2 2.0
Power 4x4W 2x2W
Dolby Atmos No -
Loudness 89.5 dB 73.9 dB
Microphones 2 2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5.1 v5.2
Fingerprint No No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A 3x USB 3.1 3x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 1x USB 3.1 1x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 3 No
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0 1x HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort 1x v1.4 No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) Yes Yes
SD card reader Yes No
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No Yes
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.7 mm -
Touchpad
Size 10.6 x 6.0 cm -
Surface Glass Plastic
Windows Precision Yes Yes
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