Laptop announced date: 1st February 2019
Last reviewed: 11th February 2020
There are so many variables influencing gaming laptop prices. The hardware they have in them can be adjusted and as soon as we change it it becomes hard to know how one laptop compares to another. This laptop review will take a look at how well the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 can run today’s latest games and what sort of frame rates this Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 might achieve. Then we will look at its release price and summarise how good its price in regards to its gaming performance. From there you can compare this laptop and get a good idea of whether this is a good value choice for your gaming needs today and into the future.
Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 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 2020 laptop gaming choice for CPU. 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 GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile is an excellent gaming GPU for 2020. This GPU has 8GB of VRAM. This is excellent and plenty for modern AAA gaming.
System Memory - The 64GB is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2020.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 17.3" is an excellent screen size for modern gaming in 2020. While it is not essential to have a big laptop for gaming, having this size of physical screen space, to see your games and the in-game menus, will become quickly apparent.
Refresh Rate - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. The top end refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz for its screen. This makes it an excellent choice for gaming. Over 60Hz would be suitable, though for gaming.
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 Assassins Creed: Valhalla. Coming loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, this laptop is capable of beating 500 games at their minimum system specs and 492 games at their recommended system specs. This is when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games.
A key focus of this laptop review is to compare the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 to all other laptops in terms of how much its $ reflects the value of the gaming performance delivered by the this laptop’s hardware.
A 4.1 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own Alienware Area-51M lineup, is currently placed at 36th once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i9-9900 8-Core 3.1GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile|
|RAM||64GB DDR4 2400MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2649.99||37%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2749.99||32%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2849.99||32%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||29%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2899.99||27%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||24%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||23%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3099.99||23%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$3,499.99||22%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||21%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||20%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3299.99||20%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3149.99||20%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3249.99||20%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||19%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3349.99||16%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||14%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||14%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||13%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||13%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3499.99||13%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||12%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||12%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3749.99||12%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||11%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||11%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3699.99||11%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3799.99||8%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3899.99||6%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3999.99||6%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3949.99||5%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4099.99||4%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4149.99||4%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||4%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||4%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4399.99||0%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4499.99||2%|
How about we compare our Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 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 ($985.33) and our laptop is 276% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $858.54. Our Alienware Area-51M laptop currently has 249% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 10% better compared to our laptop’s Core i9-9900 8-Core 3.1GHz.
Our laptop processor, the Core i9-9900 8-Core 3.1GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 499 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 500 for 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 Assassins Creed: Valhalla which shows our laptop CPU has 42% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, where we see our CPU is 43% better. Then there is 42% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Cyberpunk 2077.
Shall we see if our review laptop holds out favourably against a top GPU performance focused laptop PC that is currently available. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 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 16% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile from our review laptop.
The GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 492 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 500 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop is 59% better, and compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it is 59% better , where as against Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War it delivers 48% better performance.
There is a lot of talk about getting 4K capable monitors and our review laptop has a 1080p native resolution, and a physical 17.3" panel. Lets explore if it would be better for you to grab a laptop with a 4K screen rather than the 1080p offered here? A 4K panel usually comes with 60Hz screen refresh rate that would be also setting a max FPS on any game played on the laptop, even if it’s laptop hardware could return higher FPS. Factor into the decision process about getting a 4K laptop, that most AAA games would struggle to reach 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on today’s regular laptop hardware. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 has 144Hz screen refresh rate variants available.
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 the new 4K laptop has the performance to play modern games at 4K resolution, then perhaps the laptop’s 15 or 17 inch screen isnt enough to fully enjoy the high pixel count? So if you have or can get a desktop monitor that delivers more than the 60Hz frame rate limiter, for that gaming experience then you can keep your laptop mobile and still enjoy high end gaming.
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $294.99. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 5th Aug 2020, where it cost $272.99.
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. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $780. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where it was seen at $797.05.
[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.
Perhaps in the future the 4K gaming laptop would make sense but for now certainly move forward on the 1080p laptop over the 4K options. This way your new laptop remains, well mobile and built for purpose. Picking up a 4K laptop for gaming should be a great choice but at the moment you would sadly be turning down the display quality by dropping resolution or game settings to get the game to deliver more FPS, and even then the 4K panel will likely be capped at 60FPS due to the hertz refresh rate it often comes with.
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $11.99 it should work well with this Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $38. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $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||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$58.95|
You could pick up a headset to go with the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which today is $30.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 where we saw it for $25.98.