The Alienware M17 R5 Ryzen edition is powered by the new Ryzen 6000 Series processor (Ryzen 7 or 9) and the new Radeon RX 6850M XT graphics processor, making it a cutting-edge mobile gaming system, with the best of everything AMD.

An all-AMD system can be fascinating because of AMD’s SmartShift technology. To make it simple, SmartShift works at the system level and makes sure that the available power is best shared between CPU and GPU to reach maximum game FPS.

Both CPU and GPU consume a lot of power, and it’s pretty easy for one of them to have its performance limited by the amount of available power. SmartShift is a solution to avoid these situations as much as possible. In practice, I bet that CPU power is diverted to the GPU most of the time.

It’s particularly true since the Radeon 6850M XT has a Thermal Design Point (TDP) of 175W, which is enormous for a laptop, by the way.

Additionally, there’s AMD SmartAccess, a more efficient way for the CPU to access GPU memory. SmartAccess might increase a game’s performance by ~10%, depending on the game’s coding. AgainSmartAccess works only between two AMD chips.

Internals aside, the laptop’s design is very close to the prior model, so there’s no surprise there. This desktop replacement gaming laptop benefits from excellent cooling and should be very comfortable to use unless you want to carry its 7.3 Lbs around.

I like the industrial very much as it has an iconic Alienware identity with its futuristic look and gentle curves. It’s nice to have a gaming laptop that doesn’t look tacky in a well-designed home.

Alienware has a ton of options for this gaming laptop, including several choices of AMD or NVIDIA RTX 30 GPUs, 8 to 64GB of RAM, and up to 4TB of SSD storage.

There are three display options, including one 4K display for Creative users, but all three have excellent color gamut, but the primary difference is in the 300 NITs brightness for the FHD panels vs. 500 NITs for the 4K panel. Wait for the configurator to appear on the official site to start pricing your options.

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