Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz 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
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
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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 - This processor is excellent, and it meets and runs AAA titles released during 2021 with little problem. This laptop CPU has 8 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - The graphics solution we find in this gaming laptop can run most modern AAA titles and is an excellent 2021 laptop gaming choice of GPU. 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 - The 32GB of RAM found in this laptop is an excellent quantity to deal with the requirements of 2021 AAA gaming.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 15.6" screen is certainly a good size for 2021 gaming on the move. You could go larger, of course, but then the larger you go the less portable a laptop becomes. For gaming laptops that are still portable, we would go for 17 inch gaming laptops.
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.
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz 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, God of War 2018 or Far Cry 6. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 4K 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) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the Alienware M15 R4 (2021) laptop comes with, it gets very difficult to understand what value each permutation of this laptop will offer. To help us compare laptops based on their direct gaming value and capabilities, we defined a price to performance rating and allocated it to every laptop we review. Because as you have no doubt discovered during your research, it is very difficult to compare laptops for value against all other laptops. Even within their own model range. As soon as you adjust a single component and the laptop price shifts, what has that done to the gaming value of your laptop and is it still ok value for money? So we use a P2P rating to standardise the way we can look at all laptops. Of course laptops have tonnes of other values that are breathed into them when they are designed and they are not just about price to performance. But this is certainly a good way for us to help see the bigger picture, especially for a gaming laptop.
We score the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz 6.2 out of ten on the P2P score today. Our price to performance rating value will change for all laptops automatically, as new hardware capability is put into modern laptops and the price for hardware adjusts. With a number of Alienware M15 R4 (2021) laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 10th position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
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|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||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
|i7-10870H RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1799.99||56%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1949.99||49%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2149.99||32%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2349.99||25%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2649.99||20%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$2549.99||15%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$2849.99||11%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2749.99||7%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$3049.99||4%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$2949.99||0%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$3249.99||2%|
Lets now see how our Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has 172% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $999. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $1049. The Alienware M15 R4 (2021) laptop in this review is 137% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
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?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 23% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
Interestingly we can see 474 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s CPU 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 500 games are worse than our cpu performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like God of War 2018 our laptop CPU is 37% better in performance. Compared to Far Cry 6 our laptop processor is 17% better.
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?
A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. The GPU focused laptop we picked for our comparison is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Its got one of the best graphics cards found in laptops at the moment, which is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB. It delivers 23% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q.
The GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 476 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 499 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q compared against recommended graphics requirements for God of War 2018 delivers 50% better performance while against Far Cry 6 it’s 5% better and finally compared to God of War: Ragnarok it has a performance difference : 40% 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
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $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. 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.
|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. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.