Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Alienware Area-51M R2
Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
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Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor, the Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz, is excellent and can meet 2021 AAA title requirements with relative ease. Loaded up with plenty of processor cores, this CPU has 8, which is excellent for AAA gaming that wants extra cores for processing.
Graphics Card - This laptop has an excellent choice of graphics card for modern AAA games during 2021. This GPU has 8GB of VRAM. This is excellent and plenty for modern AAA gaming.
System Memory - Today’s AAA 2021 gaming is easily covered by the 64GB RAM in this machine, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - We were looking for 17 inch panels as the gaming standard for top tier gaming laptops. You can certainly game on smaller laptops but we have found that often the extra physical space helps provide 2021 games with the chance to read and make out in game menus and details that smaller panels can struggle to display clearly. So this 17.3" panel is an excellent gaming laptop choice for screen size.
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. If you were to get the 300Hz laptop screen option that we see this is available with then this would be an excellent refresh rate gaming laptop choice.
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
As gamers, one of the biggest choices we make for a new portable machine is to select a laptop with the right mobile graphics card. With this laptop we are specifically considering how the price-to-performance of the graphics card looks and if it has the capability to run modern popular games like today’s most popular titles, God of War 2018 and Far Cry 6 in ultra graphics settings on its native 1080p resolution. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 499 at their minimum system requirements and then 472 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compared tto other gaming laptops, we focus on the performance ability of the hardware and then the relative price of the laptop. Of course a laptop is often more than just its core tech components, like CPU and GPU, but for this exercise we want a standardised way of looking across laptops to see what value they have to today’s laptop gamer. So we consider $3649.99 of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
With a P2P rating currently of 5.2 out of 10 for the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. There look to be a number of Alienware Area-51M R2 versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 14th in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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|Processor||Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile|
|RAM||64GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz, 144Hz
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 R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 210% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $1049 and our laptop gets 171% worse against its price to performance rating.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
If you are looking for a strong CPU focused laptop then let's compare this Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 2% better compared to our laptop’s Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz.
Currently 499 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
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 CPU Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz against God of War 2018. This CPU performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 47% better performance against the game’s recommended CPU system requirements. Then we have Far Cry 6 and our laptop was 31% better in processor performance and another popular title today is God of War: Ragnarok which we saw our review laptop get 55% better compared to our laptop cpu.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the key hardware aspects in any laptop is certainly the graphics card. Our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop’s GPU solution can be compared against a laptop that has one of the most powerful GPU’s around today, which will give us a relative benchmark. And will help us know how this laptop performs against the top end GPU laptop available today. Lets look at the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB which we compare to the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 27% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 472 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 499 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against God of War: Ragnarok recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 36% 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 45% better performance. We also see the 1% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Far Cry 6 for it’s graphics requirements.
The Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop has a 17.3" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. Today’s 4K laptops normally have a 60Hz screen refresh rate which would mean that should the laptop’s hardware be capable of running a 4K game, it would be restricted to a cap of 60 frames per second. As game system requirements continue to push for more powerful hardware, the components in a laptop, and many desktops as well, are simply not capable of delivering playable frame rates at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution. We can see 300Hz, 144Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
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..
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 best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $311.99. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
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 $618 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $618 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where it was seen at $549.99.
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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.
Save your cash, don't grab a 4K laptop for gaming at the moment. A 1080p is certainly the best top end gaming laptop choice at the moment. There are not many 1440p monitors that we have seen. It could be a disappointing experience if you buy your new 4K laptop, and then for each modern game you pick up be faced with dropping resolution or graphics settings to achieve an ok FPS. Even then we will be seeing a max 60FPS because of the common 60Hz found on the 4K panel.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $12.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $32.26, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. 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|
|**||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|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $36.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.