Alienware’s M17 R5 Ryzen Edition is going whole hog on AMD

One of Alienware’s coolest CES 2022 announcements is the 17-inch M17 R5 Ryzen Edition. It looks a lot like the previous iteration, but inside the chassis it’s an AMD Advantage machine, kind of like this Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage. What that means in Alienware’s case is that it’s a showcase for AMD’s new Ryzen 7 and 9 6000 series processors, the Radeon RX 6850M XT graphics chip, as well as a few features made possible by all that AMD synergy. .

This model supports AMD SmartShift Max, SmartAccess Memory and SmartAccess Graphics makes its debut on this machine. The simple version of what? SmartShift translates into that each of the laptop’s components can work together to deliver a fast experience or at least something greater than the sum of its parts.

Alienware M17 R5 Ryzen Edition

It’s hard to tell from jargon how well a laptop should perform with the latest, most demanding apps and games, but the specs look promising. At the high end (prices have not been made public for this configuration unfortunately), the M17 R5 Ryzen Edition can be configured with the octa-core Ryzen 9 6980HX and a Radeon RX 6850M XT graphics chip with 12 GB GDDR6 VRAM that can consume 175 W of power with SmartShift Max.

That’s a lot of power for a GPU in a mobile machine, and I’m excited to see how that translates into stutter-free gameplay, especially on the 4K display option with a 120Hz refresh rate (3ms response time) and FreeSync adaptive sync support. . This model can be configured with 1080p panels with a 165 Hz refresh rate and a 3 ms response time or a 360 Hz refresh rate with a faster 1 ms response time.

This model has two DDR5 SO-DIMM slots and can be configured with up to 64 GB of dual-channel RAM clocked at 4,800 MHz. Single and dual storage configurations are available, with a maximum storage of 4 TB for both.

Alienware M17 R5 Ryzen Edition

If you prefer Nvidia graphics, Alienware offers multiple options, starting with the RTX 3050 Ti and going up to the RTX 3080 Ti. Prices start at $1,599, but the top model will almost certainly cost hundreds of dollars more than that. And as for ports, every configuration above the base model 3050 Ti includes a 2.5Gbps Ethernet port, a headphone jack, three USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a power plug, an HDMI 2.1 port, and a USB-C 4 Gen 2 port. .

Unlike the Alienware X-series laptops, this M17 model is aimed at gamers who want a desktop replacement machine, complete with a large screen. Alienware says this machine, along with all of its new X-Series and M-Series laptops for 2022, will have Dolby Vision HDR. However, this model won’t be one you’ll likely want to lug around a lot, as it weighs 6.82 pounds. Look out for this model to be released sometime in the spring of 2022.

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