Laptop announced date: 1st February 2019
Last reviewed: 11th February 2020
If you are looking to buy a new gaming laptop and want to know how well the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 compares to other laptops on offer then you have come to the right place. Today we are going to explore the type of performance return we can expect from this mobile gaming solution by comparing it to today’s demanding games
Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - A Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2020. AAA games often need extra cores to run smoothly and minimise bottleneck. This laptop processor has 8 cores, which is excellent for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2020. Loaded up with a huge amount of VRAM, this GPU has 8GB, which makes it excellent for AAA gaming.
System Memory - This system memory, 16GB, is excellent for meeting 2020 AAA game requirements.
Screen Size - This laptop panel is an excellent 2020 size at 17.3". This will certainly help gamers see in game details and text. You can game on smaller physical screens, but once you get to this sort of screen size its a nicer experience, while still providing mobile gaming.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. If you were to get the 144Hz laptop screen option that we see this is available with then this would be an excellent refresh rate gaming laptop choice.
A key choice in any gaming laptop is making sure we identify the right graphics card in the laptop and know what it is capable of in today's gaming landscape. With this laptop we are taking a closer look at how its total laptop value compares to its capability when it comes to running modern demanding games. Also lets take a look at it when running modern popular games like, Cyberpunk 2077 or Assassins Creed: Valhalla in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. With the GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile inside this laptop, this graphics card solution will be capable of meeting 497 games at their minimum system requirements and 451 games at their recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games around today.
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own Alienware Area-51M range.
This laptop gets a 5.8 for P2P. Today the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop sits at 4th place compared to all the other permutations of the Alienware Area-51M range. Laptops placed nearer to 1st place in the P2P list of the model range will be better value for your money when looking at gaming laptops in this range.
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|Processor||Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2400MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2649.99||6%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2749.99||2%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2849.99||2%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||0%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2899.99||2%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||4%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||5%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3099.99||5%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$3,499.99||6%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||7%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||8%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3299.99||8%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3149.99||8%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3249.99||8%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||9%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3349.99||12%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||13%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||13%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||14%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||14%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3499.99||14%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||16%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||16%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3749.99||16%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||17%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||17%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3699.99||17%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3799.99||20%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3899.99||22%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3999.99||22%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3949.99||23%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4099.99||24%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4149.99||24%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||25%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||25%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4399.99||29%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4499.99||32%|
How about we compare our Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($986.99) and our laptop is 190% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our Alienware Area-51M laptop against the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 169% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $858.54 to consider.
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our Alienware Area-51M laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 16% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz.
Today there are 499 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our CPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 500 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum processor system requirements.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended processor requirements, our laptop CPU performs as follows - Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop CPU is 39% better and then looking at Watch Dogs Legion our laptop CPU is 39% better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 39% better.
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. We have the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it, which currently has 35% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile.
Today there are 451 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our GPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 497 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Assassins Creed: Valhalla recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 36% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Cyberpunk 2077, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 36% better performance. We also see the 36% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Watch Dogs Legion for it’s graphics requirements.
A common thing to explore is, what is the best gaming laptop screen resolution at the moment, as our review laptop is a 1080p. This laptop also has a 17.3" physical screen size (that's measured from a top corner to the bottom corner on the other side of the screen) and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall resolution. 4K laptops have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. We can see 144Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
Dropping a game’s screen resolution down below the native 4K resolution to 1080p or 1440p, would possibly deliver the much needed FPS for stable modern AAA gaming. Down scaling that native resolution comes at a price, though. As soon as you step away from the native resolution of any monitor/ panel it lowers the clean definition of a game as the physical number of screen pixels don't match those being sent by the game. The game starts to look blurry. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $294.99. We have seen this desktop 1440p monitor recorded at a low price on 5th Aug 2020, where we saw it was costing $272.99.
If you wanted to pick up a 4K desktop monitor to go alongside this laptop then the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz looks well priced right now. At $829.99 it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $799 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. Helping us to round out our information for this 4k monitor we can see it reached a low price on 11th Aug 2020, we noted the low price at $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $11.99 it should work well with this Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. This mouse has also dropped its price by $19 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Today this headset is priced at $47.14. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 and it was priced at $25.98.