Laptop announced date: 1st February 2019
Last reviewed: 11th February 2020
Welcome to our Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 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 Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 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. With 8 of CPU cores available, this processor doesn’t have to worry too much about gaming processes bottlenecking as few games will be able to use all of these cores completely
Graphics Card - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile is no problem, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice of GPU. The graphics solution in the laptop also has 8GB of VRAM. This is an excellent gamers amount of VRAM and plenty for today’s big games.
System Memory - A laptop with 16GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2021 and into the future.
Screen Size - This panel, which is 17.3", is excellent for displaying 2021 AAA game details and having some nice space to showcase games on. We are often looking for a gaming laptop to have at least a 17 inch screen, to give the gaming laptop enough viewability for game details. The smaller the screen, the harder it can be to see some details on the game menus and hover over tips, that are so common in games nowadays.
Refresh Rate - Look for higher refresh rate hertz for a gaming laptop. Ideally around 120Hz or more refresh rate on a gaming laptop screen. The laptop can only deliver FPS(frames per second) up to the listed refresh rate. So if you have hardware in your laptop that can turn out awesome frame rates on all the latest AAA titles, but a 60hz refresh rate, your laptop will be stuck at a maximum of 60FPS in all games. This laptop can be picked up with a refresh rate of 144Hz option. It is an excellent gamers choice for screen refresh rates.
One of the most important components to a gamer for this laptop is getting it’s graphics card right. We will be taking a look at the sort of price to performance ratio the laptop hardware has and in particular help us know if how well the graphics card can run Grand Theft Auto VI at 1080p ultra settings. A good way of considering performance of this mobile graphics card is by seeing how many of today's 500 most demanding games can be run at recommended graphics settings by the GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile found in this laptop. We can also then look at the weaker minimum requirement to see how many this laptop card can run of them, and it is 499 games at their min specs and then 487 games can be run at recommended graphics requirements.
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the Alienware Area-51M 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.
We review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 4.9 for P2P. Here we look at how our version of this Alienware Area-51M laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 18th in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2400MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2080 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||20%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2749.99||16%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2849.99||16%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||13%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2899.99||11%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||9%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||8%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3099.99||8%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$3,499.99||7%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||5%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||5%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3299.99||5%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3149.99||5%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3249.99||5%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||4%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3349.99||2%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||0%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||0%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||1%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||1%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3499.99||1%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||2%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||2%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3749.99||2%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||3%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||3%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3699.99||3%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3799.99||6%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3899.99||8%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3999.99||8%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3949.99||8%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4099.99||9%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4149.99||9%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||10%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||10%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4399.99||14%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4499.99||16%|
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 225% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999.00. The 2nd best model for Price to Performance ratings today is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. It’s price is listed as $853.00. Comparing our Alienware Area-51M laptop on its P2P shows our review model to have 207% worse Price to Performance score when compared against the 2nd best laptop range for P2P.
If you are wondering if this laptop is relatively well endowed in the CPU department then let's take a look at how it stacks up against the current best priced CPU focused laptop available today, to see its relative performance. The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor in it, which currently has 23% better performance than our laptop’s Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 491, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
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 Battlefield 6 which shows our laptop CPU has 29% better performance than it. How about Resident Evil 8, where we see our CPU is 12% better. Then there is 22% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our Alienware Area-51M by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. The GPU focused laptop we picked for our comparison is the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz. Its got one of the best graphics cards found in laptops at the moment, which is the GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile. It delivers 20% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 487 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put ina similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 499 games.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop GPU GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile against Grand Theft Auto VI. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 13% better performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Battlefield 6 and our laptop was 22% better in graphics performance and another popular title today is Resident Evil 8 which we saw our review laptop get 22% better compared to our laptop gpu.
This laptop has a 17.3" physical screen size with a native resolution of 1920x1080. So should you instead be thinking of picking up a 4K monitor rather than this Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2’s 1080p panel? Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. This review laptop has 144Hz refresh rate versions available.
Drop the 4K screen resolution on your AAA games to 1080p to increase the games frame rate to something more playable, and in doing so will make a game look blurry as it wouldn't be displayed in the 4K laptop’s native resolution. And so is there a point in getting a 4K screen laptop at the moment? 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.
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
Today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $307.73 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it cost $229.99.
Why not grab a monitor like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K screen. It is currently coming in with the best price tag in the 4K range of monitors that we are watching, at $629.99 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $580 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. For some extra info about this 4k monitor, during our price tracking we can see the lowest price recorded by us was $549.99, which was on 13th Nov 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
We still feel it's not the time to spend extra cash for the 4K gaming laptop due to the limitations laid out above. It would surely feel somewhat disappointing to boot up your new 4K laptop, only to then realise you have to drop down the resolution on modern titles to get them to run smoothly. And then see that anything you play is somewhat less sharp than you have seen on your older PC and capped at a maximum of 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K screen tech.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $37 during these past two weeks. 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|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, then the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $39.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.