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The Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
Is the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor is no problem. As it meets game requirements of today it will likely hold its own against future release titles as well, this is an excellent CPU for a gaming laptop. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 8 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - This graphics card is considered an excellent2021 choice for modern AAA games. AAA games often want a lot of VRAM from graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 8GB of VRAM, which isexcellent for modern gaming.
System Memory - The 32GB RAM found in this machine is considered an excellent2021 amount for modern AAA titles and a solid gaming machine.
Screen Size - This laptops screen dimensions create a good balance between portable and visually suitable, when considering your next gaming laptop. With 17 inch currently being the more preferable for gaming, a lot of people will prefer the smaller form factor on offer with this 15.6" screen. For the optimum gamer laptop we aim for 17 inches to deliver better in-game viewability. But of course that makes the laptop physically bigger and less portable. The choice, is yours.
Refresh Rate - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. Now after those thoughts on refresh rates, today’s review laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, where we would say that is passable as a gaming laptop panel. For gaming we would consider getting a laptop with a higher refresh rate if our budget would stretch to it.
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, Grand Theft Auto VI or Resident Evil 8. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 4K screen resolution. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 499 at their minimum system requirements and then 480 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
Grand Theft Auto VI FPS Low to Ultra 1080p Graphics Settings Results Graph
Comparing Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Have you been looking for the best gaming laptop for your buck? Well you have probably encountered what we have, which is that, only certain laptops are normally reviewed and even then the review is often using games that are now getting out of date. So we decided to factor in all permutations of the Alienware M15 R4 (2021) model range and compare them against the price adjustments those hardware variations incur when you change a GPU, for example. And so we have created this Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
This laptop gets a 6.2 for P2P. There look to be a number of Alienware M15 R4 (2021) versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 10th 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q
32GB DDR4 2933MHz
15.6" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz model range price to performance comparison table
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $999.00. Our Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop’s price to performance is 172%worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. Another great model is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $1049.00. Our Alienware M15 R4 (2021) laptop is 137%worse on Price to Performance.
How does the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 480, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
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, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 17%better performance. We also see the 6%better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game Resident Evil 8 for it’s processor requirements.
How does the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our Alienware M15 R4 (2021) review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. We have the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card in it, which currently has 27%better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q.
Interestingly we can see 480 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 499 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended graphics requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop GPU is 7%better in performance. Compared to Resident Evil 8 our laptop graphics performance is 15%better.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $36 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Reviewing all our records the lowest tracked price we have for this mouse was recorded on 15th Aug 2020, where it was priced at $11.99.
You could pick up a headset to go with the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz. In our spotlight at the moment is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which today is $41.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 recorded at 12th Mar 2020.