Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 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
Welcome to our Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
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Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - A Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2022. This CPU comes with 10 cores, which is excellent providing it extra resource to chew through game processing when required.
Graphics Card - The graphics card sat in this laptop is OK for a number of today’s 2022 AAA game releases, but we are getting to the edge of its capability at running the big titles. 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 64GB of RAM is excellent for 2022 gaming.
Screen Size - Our review laptop has what we would consider, an excellent laptop panel size for 2022 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 - Look for higher refresh rate hertz for a gaming laptop. Ideally around 120Hz or more refresh rate on a gaming laptop screen. The laptop can only deliver FPS(frames per second) up to the listed refresh rate. So if you have hardware in your laptop that can turn out awesome frame rates on all the latest AAA titles, but a 60hz refresh rate, your laptop will be stuck at a maximum of 60FPS in all games. So with those thoughts in mind and how the refresh rate impacts gaming, the review laptop has an ok refresh rate available to it. The 60Hz is certainly not great though, and if your hardware can deliver better FPS than the refresh rate, then perhaps shop around for a better refresh rate panel.
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Grand Theft Auto VI, Star Citizen and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 4K resolution, and at Ultra video settings. Now this comes with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 488 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 255 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own Alienware Area-51M R2 range.
With a P2P rating currently of 4.9 out of 10 for the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. Here we look at how our version of this Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 21st in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
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|Processor||Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||64GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
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 225% worse rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 184% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049 to consider.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 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. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 17% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 483, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop CPU is 21% better in performance. Compared to Star Citizen our laptop processor is 7% better.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this Alienware Area-51M R2 mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. We choose the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop as one of the best GPU laptop performers today to compare graphics ability with our laptop. This puts a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card from that laptop, one of the best laptop graphics cards available at the moment, against our review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile. This comparison shows that laptop to be 67% better comparably in performance as our review laptop.
Today there are 255 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 488 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the Star Citizen which currently our GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile is 25% better next let's see how well it runs against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). We can see it is 22% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 22% worse.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 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|
|**||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|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which is currently available for $36.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.