Dell Alienware m18 vs m17 R5 Ryzen Edition

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Battery 97 Wh


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Performance in popular 3D games
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
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Potential battery life in light and average use
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Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

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Advantages of the Dell Alienware m18
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 480 versus 165 Hz
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Features a much bigger (~52%) battery – 97 against 64 watt-hours
  • Around 43% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Thinner bezels and 3% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Better webcam recording quality
Advantages of the Dell Alienware m17 R5 Ryzen Edition
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 930 grams less (around 2.05 lbs)
  • Smaller footprint: 10% more compact case (184 vs 203.5 square inches)

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Tests and Specifications

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Weight 4.23 kg (9.33 lbs) 3.3 kg (7.28 lbs)
Dimensions 410.3 x 319.9 x 24.1-26.7 mm
16.15 x 12.59 x 0.95-1.05 inches
397.3 x 298.7 x 26.7 mm
15.64 x 11.76 x 1.05 inches
Area 1313 cm2 (203.3 inches2) 1187 cm2 (183.9 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~71.6% ~69.5%
Side bezels 11.3 mm 7.2 mm
Colors Black, Gray Black
Material Aluminum Top: Aluminum
Middle: Aluminum
Bottom: Plastic
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° 135°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber Yes No
Liquid metal Yes No
Number of fans 4 2
Noise level (max. load) 56.7 dB 50.1 dB


Size 18 inches 17.3 inches
Refresh rate 480 Hz 165 Hz
PPI 126 ppi 127 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision No
Sync technology G-Sync G-Sync (configurable)
Touchscreen No No
Coating Matte Matte
Ambient light sensor No No
Screen space comparison
Alienware m18
18″ (16:10 ratio) = 145.6 in2
Alienware m17 R5 Ryzen Edition
17.3″ (16:9 ratio) = 127.9 in2
~13% more screen space
Display tests
Contrast 1000:1 1200:1
sRGB color space 100% 100%
DCI-P3 color gamut 100% -
Response time 3 ms 7 ms
Max. brightness


Voltage - 15.2 V
Full charging time 2:00 hr 2:00 hr
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Bottom Bottom
Charge power 300 / 330 W 180 / 240 W
Cable length 1 meters -
Weight of AC adapter 1478 / 1512 grams 994 grams


CPU name
Base frequency 2.6 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.9 GHz 4.7 GHz
Cores 14 (6P + 8E) 8
Threads 20 16
L3 Cache 24 MB 16 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics (16EU) AMD Radeon 680M
Fabrication process 10 nm 6 nm


Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 115 W 100 W
Nvidia Optimus MUX Yes, Advanced Optimus
Type Dedicated Dedicated
Fabrication process 4 nm 8 nm
GPU base clock - 1463 MHz
GPU boost clock - 1695 MHz
Memory size 6 GB 4 GB
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus 96 bit 128 bit
Memory speed ~16 Gbps 12 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2560 2560
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 80 80
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 32 48
GPU performance


RAM size
Channels 2x8 GB 1x8 GB
Clock 4800 MHz 4800 MHz
Type DDR5 DDR5
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 2 2
Max. ram size 64 GB 64 GB


Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x) PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x256 GB
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 4 2
NVMe Yes Yes


Audio chip Realtek ALC3254 Realtek ALC3254
Speakers 2.0 2.0
Power 2x2W 2x2W
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness ~83.8 dB ~82.6 dB
Microphones 2 2


Wi-Fi standard v6E v6E
Bluetooth v5.3 v5.3
Fingerprint No No
Infrared sensor Yes Optional
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
USB-A 3x USB 3.2 2x USB 4.0
USB Type-C 3x USB 4.0 3x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 No
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.1 1x HDMI 2.1
DisplayPort 1x v1.4 No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) Yes Yes
SD card reader Yes No
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes


Keyboard type Mechanical Island
Numpad Yes No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.8 mm 1.8 mm
Size 13.1 x 8.0 cm 11.5 x 8.0 cm
Surface Glass Plastic
Windows Precision Yes Yes
Further details
Notes on Alienware m18:
    - Optional CherryMX low-profile mechanical switches.
    - Supports a maximum of 9 TB of storage (2x4 TB + 2x512 TB).
    - The RAM can operate at up to 5800 MHz, thanks to the XMP profiles.
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can vary depending on the laptop's specific configuration or region.

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Write your opinion about the comparison of Dell Alienware m17 R5 Ryzen Edition and Alienware m18 or ask any questions
chris 13 August 2023 17:37
Why don't you have the M18 with AMD graphics card on here? It is available now.
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