Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB 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
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
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Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This laptop has an excellent processor in it for meeting modern AAA CPU requirements during 2021 gaming. The 10 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile is certainly a good gaming graphics card for a 2021 laptop. Modern AAA gaming uses GPU VRAM to help deliver a smooth performance in game. The graphics solution we find here has 6GB of VRAM. This is a good amount for modern gaming.
System Memory - This laptop’s 32GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - Our review laptop has what we would consider, an excellent laptop panel size for 2021 games. It will help the gamer see in-game menus and be able to see some of the detail offered in game, without having to squint. Having at least a 17.3" panel seems to be the right way to go for gaming at the moment.
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. This laptop can be picked up with a refresh rate of 300Hz option. It is an excellent gamers choice for screen refresh rates.
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
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 God of War 2018 at 1080p ultra settings. Lets compare the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 489 at their minimum system requirements and then 277 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
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 R2 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 R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
The Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 gaming laptop is currently getting a 5.9 on our P2P rating out of 10. Higher is better and this figure will adjust as new hardware and prices shift over time Looking at how this configuration of the Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 7th spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
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|Processor||Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz, 144Hz
Looking outside of the Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop range we can compare our review laptop to today’s leading Price to Performance laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which has a recorded price of $999. Our laptop has 183% worse rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 147% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $1049.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
To get a good comparison when considering how well this laptop performs in terms of processing power, we will compare it to today’s most powerful CPU focused laptop. This will at least show us what other sorts of processor-centric laptops exist and give us a relative point of laptop processor cost comparison. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 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 17% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz processor.
Currently 487 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for God of War 2018 our laptop is 40% better, and compared to Far Cry 6 it is 21% better , where as against God of War: Ragnarok it delivers 49% better performance.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 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 67% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile from our review laptop.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 277 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 489 games.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is Far Cry 6 and our laptop GPU delivers 23% worse performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have God of War: Ragnarok in which we see our laptop graphics has 3% better performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 10% better performance when we put our laptop gpu against God of War 2018 recommended specs.
The Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
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 R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2’s 17.3" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. 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. This particular laptop refresh rate options are 300Hz, 144Hz.
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? A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
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
Today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $311.99 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $229.99, which we tracked 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. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $618. 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. The cheapest we have tracked this 4k monitor was for the price of $549.99, on 13th Nov 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.
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.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $12.99. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $32.26 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. 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|
|**||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 good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 is, Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround with a price of $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.