Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Alienware M15 R4 (2021)
Laptop announced date: 28th February 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Welcome to our Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This laptop processor can run modern AAA titles with little problem and is an excellent laptop CPU gaming choice for 2021. This CPU comes with 8 cores, which is excellent providing it extra resource to chew through game processing when required.
Graphics Card - This graphics card is considered an excellent 2021 choice for modern AAA games. With 8GB of VRAM available to the GPU, this graphics solution doesn’t have to worry about a shortage, when it comes to modern AAA gaming, making it an excellent choice..
System Memory - An excellent amount of system memory, the 32GB is capable of running AAA titles during the 2021 gaming year and we would expect beyond that as well.
Screen Size - This laptop screen (15.6") in 2021 offers up a good amount of gaming screen real estate for gamers on the move, while keeping the physical laptop footprint portable. In games the physical size of the screen can help with being able to read in game menus without squinting. A gaming laptop screen size, in our eyes, would be 17 inches. We would certainly consider the more portable 15inch, but value gaming viewability and user experience over the slightly improved portability with the smaller screen sizes. A bigger laptop means heavier and harder to move around but more screen space to view games with.
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. With that in mind, we see that this laptop comes with an excellent 300Hz refresh rate for gaming. Of course, anything over 60Hz is good for gaming focused laptops.
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Far Cry 6 or New World. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. With the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q inside this laptop, this graphics card solution will be capable of meeting 499 games at their minimum system requirements and 476 games at their recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games around today.
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Comparing Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
With a P2P rating of 7.7 today the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. There look to be a number of Alienware M15 R4 (2021) versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 4th in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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|Processor||Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2933MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10870H RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1799.99||25%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1949.99||19%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2149.99||6%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2349.99||0%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2649.99||4%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$2549.99||9%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$2849.99||12%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2749.99||16%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$3049.99||20%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$2949.99||25%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$3249.99||27%|
How about we compare our Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz 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 ($999) and our laptop is 118% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 90% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $1049.
How does the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Alienware M15 R4 (2021) laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 24% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 472 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 500 games.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Battlefield 2042 recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 35% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Far Cry 6, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 16% better performance. We also see the 46% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game New World for it’s processor requirements.
How does the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our Alienware M15 R4 (2021) by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. Lets look at the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB which we compare to the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 23% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 476, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 499.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the New World which currently our GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q is 70% better next let's see how well it runs against Battlefield 2042. We can see it is 8% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 5% better.
The Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? A 4K panel laptop is often restricted to 60Hz. This means that even if you did have the hardware inside your laptop to run a game at 4K, you wouldnt be able to get more than 60 FPS. Most laptop hardware, and desktop hardware for that matter, is not capable of 4K ultra graphics on modern games. This particular laptop refresh rate options are 300Hz.
As a somewhat last resort a gamer could lower a game’s displayed screen resolution away from the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. Dropping down to 1080p or maybe 1440p would deliver more frames per second in game and help provide a more stable FPS in modern AAA games. But taking this action, moving away from the native 4K resolution, immediately reduces game graphics definition and makes it look blurry. Not an ideal situation on a new gaming 4K laptop. If your 1080p laptop has the hardware to run today’s AAA games comfortably at 4K, then plug your laptop into your desktop 4K monitor, when you are at home for some serious gaming sessions. As that desktop monitor probably isn't 60Hz restricted and is physically larger than the relatively small 17inch laptop screen size. We do just that here, with a 27inch 144Hz Nvidia GSync 1440p desktop monitor and an Alienware 51M laptop sporting a desktop RTX 2080.
However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
The 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $311.99 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Today's best priced 4K gaming monitor comes with a 144Hz refresh rate. It is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and is currently priced at $618. We price track a number of carefully chosen laptop peripherals and during these past couple of weeks we saw that this 4k monitor has seen a slight price increase, but despite that it is still better quality to value compared to our other favourite monitors. Its recent price increased by $618, so perhaps it can be found a little cheaper elsewhere at the moment Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where it was seen at $549.99.
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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.
Paying extra for 4K gaming in a laptop is not really a good investment of your cash at the moment. We would put our extra cash in to a 1080p with better graphics card or maybe a nice mouse or headset. Because with the 4K laptop you may be sad when having to drop your favourite modern games screen resolution to get an ok frame rate. Or perhaps lowering the graphics setting to increase 4K FPS up to a stable and playable amount, only to hit a 60FPS ceiling due to the 60Hz 4K panel limit.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.