Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 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
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Our Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - With the Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz processor in this laptop its excellent for 2021 gaming, capable of running today’s game processor system requirements. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 8 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop comes with a good choice of graphics card capable of running lots of 2021 AAA games. Dont underestimate the importance of your GPU VRAM in modern gaming. This GPU has 6GB of VRAM which is a good amount, that will help deliver smooth gaming experiences. There are laptop GPU solutions with more VRAM, but there are certainly some with less as well.
System Memory - The 64GB of RAM found in this laptop is an excellent quantity to deal with the requirements of 2021 AAA gaming.
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 - If you want a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive in game. As far as refresh rates go, this laptop can be picked up with a 60Hz screen. When looking into modern gaming laptops this would be ok, but you would consider higher panel rates if you want to enjoy top frames per second..
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like Far Cry 6, God of War 2018 and Forza Horizon 5. This is done in relation to its native 4K resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile in this machine is currently capable of running 489 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 277 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
Far Cry 6 FPS Low to Ultra 1080p Graphics Settings Results Graph
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop comes with, it gets very difficult to understand what value each permutation of this laptop will offer. To help us compare laptops based on their direct gaming value and capabilities, we defined a price to performance rating and allocated it to every laptop we review. Because as you have no doubt discovered during your research, it is very difficult to compare laptops for value against all other laptops. Even within their own model range. As soon as you adjust a single component and the laptop price shifts, what has that done to the gaming value of your laptop and is it still ok value for money? So we use a P2P rating to standardise the way we can look at all laptops. Of course laptops have tonnes of other values that are breathed into them when they are designed and they are not just about price to performance. But this is certainly a good way for us to help see the bigger picture, especially for a gaming laptop.
P2P rating of 5.5 today the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own Alienware Area-51M R2 lineup, is currently placed at 9th once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
Show Laptop Specifications
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile
64GB DDR4 2933MHz
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1
1x Thunderbolt 3
Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
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 197%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 159%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 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 480, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
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 God of War 2018 which shows our laptop CPU has 39%better performance than it. How about Forza Horizon 5, where we see our CPU is 40%better. Then there is 20%better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Far Cry 6.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 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?
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. 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.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 277 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 489 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile.
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 GPU GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile against Far Cry 6. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 23%worse performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have God of War 2018 and our laptop was 10%better in graphics performance and another popular title today is Forza Horizon 5 which we saw our review laptop get 15%worse compared to our laptop gpu.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
If you are looking for a good value mouse to go with your Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop, then the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted on 15th Aug 2020.
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. With its a current price of $36.99 it should work well with this Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.