Alienware m15 Review: Thin, Light, Dense, Deadly
Alienware M15 Review: PCMark And 3DMark Performance
Next we ran PCMark 10, which simulates real-life productivity, content creation and consumption scenarios by testing several common applications. This is a trace-base benchmark that employs specific, real software applications and workloads.
The Alienware m15's fast Intel Core i7-8750H processor basically guarantees an excellent score in the PCMark 10, but it's worth noting that Dell's new gaming machine also performs well against competing devices with the same CPU. The graphics processor plays a lesser role in these tests, which is why all of the Core i7-8750H notebooks perform similar to each other. The minute differences between the notebooks with similar CPUs arise mostly from differences in memory configurations and storage subsystems. In this test, just the Origin EVO15-S achieves a better overall score thanks to a higher productivity score. On the Essentials and Digital Content Creation tests, the Alienware m15 is second to none in our test group.
In 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme the Alienware m15 with its GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q far outstrips the Acer's Predator Helios 300 and Dell's Alienware 13 R3. It also holds a strong lead over Origin's EVO15-S, which is equipped with the same GPU. It's still not quite the match for the full blown GeForce GTX 1070 inside of Asus's ROG G752, but it comes close.
In 3DMark's Time Spy benchmark, the Alienware m15 climbs to the number three spot in our charts, surpassing the Asus ROG G752. As the GeForce GTX 1070 should always be faster than the Max-Q version, we'd take an educated guess that the Alienware m15 was able to pull ahead thanks to it's faster Intel 8th Gen six-core processor and perhaps its more robust cooling solution.