Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 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
Welcome to our Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz 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) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
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Is the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The processor we find in this laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements with ease, making it an excellent 2021 laptop gaming choice for CPU. This CPU comes with 8 cores, which is excellent providing it extra resource to chew through game processing when required.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2021. 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 - This laptop’s 32GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - Our review laptop has a 15.6" panel. We certainly feel this is a good gaming laptop size in 2021 and gives a happy balance between portability and physical gaming viewability. When laptops get much smaller, it makes it harder to see in-game menus and some of the game huds can take up a lot of the screen area, leaving less space for you to see main game playing areas on physically smaller screens. Look for 17 inch laptops, if you want a gaming laptop with a suitable viewing area. But the larger laptop means you compromise on portability.
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. 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 3080 8GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop
While it can be tricky to work out the best price to performance hardware for a gaming laptop, we will be looking at how well this mobile graphics card can run demanding games that are available today or coming out over the coming months.We will consider how well it can perform while gaming at Ultra graphics setting on a 4K resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, God of War 2018 or Far Cry 6. The GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile card that's powering the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 500 at min system specs and will run 497 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz will compare across all permutations of the Alienware M15 R4 (2021) model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
The Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz is getting a 6 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. Looking at how this configuration of the Alienware M15 R4 (2021) laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 11th spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
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|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2933MHz|
15.6 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 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||59%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1949.99||52%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2149.99||35%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2349.99||27%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2649.99||22%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$2549.99||17%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$2849.99||13%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2749.99||9%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$3049.99||6%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$2949.99||2%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz||$3249.99||0%|
How about we compare our Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz 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 177% 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 142% 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) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 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. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 23% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz which is found in this review laptop.
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.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at Far Cry 6 which shows our laptop CPU has 17% better performance than it. How about God of War: Ragnarok, where we see our CPU is 46% better. Then there is 37% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, God of War 2018.
How does the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 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. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 1% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile from our review laptop.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 497, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against God of War: Ragnarok recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 70% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, God of War 2018, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 82% better performance. We also see the 27% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Far Cry 6 for it’s graphics requirements.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its price tag today is $12.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $32.26. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked 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|
You could pick up a headset to go with the Dell Alienware M15 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $36.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.