Word to the RTX 3060-powered Alienware laptop going for $980

Imagine saving $720 on an entry-level gaming laptop and still getting one of the most attractive machines on the market. Okay, that’s just my opinion. People often see it as a little thick around the edges, or they will downplay the funny looking exhausts, but I’ve always had a thing for the round spacecraft look of these machines.

And that hip sci-fi look isn’t all this portable machine needs. There is also some useful hardware in it.

The idea of ​​packing the Alienware M15 R6 for just $980 (opens in new tab) is a pretty tempting option, especially since you generally don’t see gaming laptops with 30-series graphics cards in them for under $1,000 until people roll around like Prime Day. But with Nvidia’s RTX 40-series graphics cards looming, we’re likely to see a lot more beastly gaming laptops come in at a more palatable price.

Penetrating to the core, this machine comes with a latest-generation CPU that exemplifies Intel’s lower-end offerings. It’s a 6-core 12-thread CPU, with 2.7GHz base blocks and 4.5GHz turbo, meaning it’s not slow when it comes to gaming.

Coupled with that 11th-generation processor, Dell has opted for Nvidia’s RTX 3060 mobile graphics card, which keeps the frames flying at the laptop’s native 1080p resolution. And to top it off, you get a 3ms response time on a 165Hz gaming monitor, complete with G-Sync, meaning the frames that get thrown away are buttery smooth and every move you make matters.

The main drawback of this configuration is that it only comes with 8 GB of DDR4 memory, running at 3,200 MHz. Now, that should get you through the basics of gaming, but don’t expect to do a lot of multitasking with this one. RAM is clearly where Alienware has skimped to get the price down, but don’t despair. It’s entirely possible to get your own laptop-friendly RAM kit in there, if you’re feeling handy.

We’d consider this machine great for low-level competitive gaming at medium resolutions, but definitely consider increasing the RAM if you’re going for it.

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