Laptop announced date: 1st February 2019
Last reviewed: 11th February 2020
Today's gaming laptop review, for the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2, will be taking a good look at how well its price compares to the hardware we find inside it. We will also have a look at the type of gaming performance it gets when running today’s more demanding games and help you judge if this is a gaming laptop that is worth your cash.
Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - The Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2020. 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 - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile comes with a good performing graphics card for AAA 2020 gaming. This GPU has 6GB of VRAM. This is considered a good amount of VRAm for modern games but some graphics solutions have more.
System Memory - The 32GB RAM found in this machine is considered an excellent 2020 amount for modern AAA titles and a solid gaming machine.
Screen Size - A laptop with a 17.3" screen size, like we find on this laptop, puts it into the excellent category for mobile laptops and top end 2020 gaming. Of course it always needs the hardware to backup this up.
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. This laptop can be picked up with a refresh rate of 144Hz option. It is an excellent gamers choice for screen refresh rates.
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 1080p resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Cyberpunk 2077 or Watch Dogs Legion. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 493 games at minimum system requirements and 364 games at their recommended system requirements.
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 Area-51M 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 Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
A 5.9 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. With these hardware components the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is placed at 3rd position within the Alienware Area-51M range, when put into the price to performance order. Those laptops closer to the number 1 position of this list are the better value propositions today.
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|Processor||Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2400MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2649.99||3%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2749.99||0%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2849.99||0%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||2%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2899.99||4%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||6%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||7%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3099.99||7%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$3,499.99||8%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||10%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||10%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3299.99||10%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3149.99||10%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3249.99||10%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||11%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3349.99||14%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||16%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||16%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||17%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||17%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3499.99||17%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||18%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||18%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3749.99||18%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||19%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||19%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3699.99||19%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3799.99||22%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3899.99||24%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3999.99||24%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3949.99||25%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4099.99||26%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4149.99||26%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||28%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||28%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4399.99||32%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4499.99||35%|
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 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 184% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $986.99. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 164% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $858.54.
If you are looking for a strong CPU focused laptop then let's compare this Alienware Area-51M laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it that performs 16% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz processor.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 499 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 Assassins Creed: Valhalla recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 39% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Cyberpunk 2077, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 39% better performance. We also see the 39% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game Watch Dogs Legion for it’s processor requirements.
One of the most important focuses of a gaming PC is the graphics card and our review laptop is certainly no different. As such we will want to know how well our Alienware Area-51M laptop performs in the graphical visuals area compared to what is available on the current laptop market. A great way to consider this is by putting it into a comparison against a well priced laptop that has the most powerful laptop GPU around at the moment, and then we can review its performance against that top graphics card laptop. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 59% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
Interestingly we can see 364 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 493 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at Watch Dogs Legion which shows our laptop video card has 16% better performance than it. How about Assassins Creed: Valhalla, where we see our GPU is 16% better. Then there is 16% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Cyberpunk 2077.
This laptop’s panel has a physical 17.3" screen that delivers 1920x1080 pixels natively. But should you consider moving from this 1080p laptop and searching for a 4K laptop instead, with the intention of getting better visuals for your games or movies? 4K laptops have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. A higher refresh rate is better and this Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 variant is available with 144Hz versions.
So a quick lowering of a AAA game’s screen resolution, from a native 4K laptop panel down to either 1080p or perhaps 1440p would increase the frame rate. And thus improve the stability of your gameplay. But a laptop display panel has a fixed number of pixels. Moving away from that exact number of pixels in a game lowers the definition quality of the graphics in the game. Making the experience sub par and if you do this often, then this seriously puts into question your choice for a 4K gaming laptop. If your laptop has hardware to deliver 4K you dont need the laptop to have a 4K display to enjoy modern gaming in this way. Just plug your laptop into a 4K desktop monitor, that will likely not have the 60Hz of most 4K laptop panels.
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?
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 well priced 1440p desktop monitor we have found is a ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that has a 75Hz refresh rate and priced at $294.99. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $272.99, which we tracked on 5th Aug 2020.
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $829.99. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $799, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. For some extra info about this 4k monitor, during our price tracking we can see the lowest price recorded by us was $797.05, which was on 11th Aug 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
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.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $11.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $19 during these past two weeks. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which is currently available for $47.14. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.