Laptop announced date: 1st February 2019
Last reviewed: 11th February 2020
The Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor is an excellent 2021 hardware component for running modern AAA games. 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 graphics solution can certainly run a number of new 2021 releases and is a good 2021 laptop GPU choice for gamers. 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 - Our review laptop here has an excellent quantity of RAM for 2021 AAA games. The 16GB of RAM will meet the game requirements of the foreseeable future as well.
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 - Refresh rates can be hard to see, when the laptop reseller doesn't make it clear. Assume 60Hz if this is the case. Ideally for a gaming laptop you want 120Hz. This means the games you run can get up to 120 frames per second, assuming the hardware inside them is powerful enough to deliver that FPS. The refresh rate caps a games deliverable FPS even if the hardware can deliver more FPS than the Hz. If you were to get the 144Hz laptop screen option that we see this is available with then this would be an excellent refresh rate gaming laptop choice.
A key choice in any gaming laptop is making sure we identify the right graphics card in the laptop and know what it is capable of in today's gaming landscape. With this laptop we are taking a closer look at how its total laptop value compares to its capability when it comes to running modern demanding games. Also lets take a look at it when running modern popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. 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 491 games at minimum system requirements and 324 games at their recommended system requirements.
Now let us compare the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop to other gaming laptops, with regards to the performance ability it delivers and when considering the price of the laptop. Obviously there are many things that go into a quality laptop build, but at this point we want a standardised system to compare across laptops just on that criteria. It will consider $ of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
A 6.2 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB 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 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is placed at 1st 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||16GB DDR4 2400MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 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||0%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2749.99||3%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2849.99||3%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||6%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2899.99||8%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||10%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||11%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3099.99||11%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$3,499.99||12%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||13%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||14%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3299.99||14%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3149.99||14%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3249.99||14%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||15%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3349.99||18%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||20%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||20%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||20%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||20%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3499.99||20%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||22%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||22%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3749.99||22%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||23%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||23%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3699.99||23%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3799.99||26%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3899.99||29%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3999.99||29%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3949.99||30%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4099.99||31%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4149.99||31%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||32%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||32%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4399.99||37%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4499.99||39%|
It's good to see how this Alienware Area-51M laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 172% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $999.00. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $853.00. We see our Alienware Area-51M laptop scores 157% worse against it for price to performance.
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. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 23% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz which is found in this review laptop.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 491 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 in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 500 games.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended processor requirements, our laptop CPU performs as follows - Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop CPU is 22% better and then looking at Resident Evil 8 our laptop CPU is 12% better and finally compared to Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition it has a performance difference : 38% better.
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 Area-51M 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. We have the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card in it, which currently has 65% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
Today there are 324 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our GPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 491 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 21% worse performance while against Resident Evil 8 it’s 12% worse and finally compared to Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition it has a performance difference : 41% worse.
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2’s 17.3" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. A 4K panel laptop is often restricted to 60Hz. This means that even if you did have the hardware inside your laptop to run a game at 4K, you wouldnt be able to get more than 60 FPS. Most laptop hardware, and desktop hardware for that matter, is not capable of 4K ultra graphics on modern games. This particular laptop refresh rate options are 144Hz.
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. But if the laptop does have the hardware to run today's AAA titles at 4K resolution, a normal sized portable PC comes with a 15 or 17 inch panel. This might not be physically big enough to make the most of the splendors of your game. It would of course look great still, but perhaps a dedicated monitor for your desk, one that isnt 60Hz restricted would accommodate that gaming scenario.
The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
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.
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $299.00 it should go nicely with this Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. 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.
A nice performing 4K desktop monitor, should you want one to accompany this laptop, is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. Today it is priced at $629.99 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $580. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $37 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated 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|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the Dell Alienware Area-51M i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Today this headset is priced at $39.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.