Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 16GB 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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Today's gaming laptop review, for the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K, will be taking a good look at how well its price compares to the hardware we find inside it. We will also have a look at the type of gaming performance it gets when running today’s more demanding games and help you judge if this is a gaming laptop that is worth your cash.
Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - This laptop processor can run modern AAA titles with little problem and is an excellent laptop CPU gaming choice for 2022. 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 - The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile is considered OK as a gaming graphics card. It will start to struggle over the coming year or so, but is an ok 2022 laptop graphics solution. The GPU in this laptop comes with 6GB of VRAM. This is a good amount for today’s AAA games.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB of RAM is excellent for 2022 gaming.
Screen Size - The 17.3" panel found in this laptop we would consider an excellent size for modern 2022 AAA games, and the sort of screen size more serious gamers would be looking for.
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. Now after those thoughts on refresh rates, today’s review laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, where we would say that is passable as a gaming laptop panel. For gaming we would consider getting a laptop with a higher refresh rate if our budget would stretch to it.
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Star Citizen. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 4K screen resolution. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile in this machine is currently capable of running 488 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 255 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
Grand Theft Auto VI FPS Low to Ultra 1080p Graphics Settings Results Graph
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
We really want to see how the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K will compare across all permutations of the Alienware Area-51M R2 model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
Our price and performance review leads us to allocate all laptops a P2P rating out of 10, which is relative to all laptops for comparison purposes and gets adjusted over time as the prices for hardware adjust and new more capable hardware is created. This laptop is currently given a 6.2 for P2P out of 10. 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 3rd 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile
16GB 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 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
Our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop should also be compared to today’s best Price to Performance model, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. When stacked up against this, our laptop has 172%worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $999 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. Another great model is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $1049. Our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop is 137%worse on Price to Performance.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Our laptop processor, the Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 475 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 500 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 20%better performance while against Star Citizen it’s 20%better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it has a performance difference : 20%better.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
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.
When compared to the recommended graphics requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop GPU is 22%worse in performance. Compared to Star Citizen our laptop graphics performance is 25%better.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $12.99. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $32.26, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
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. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.