Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB 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
Its not easy trying to find out how well today’s laptops compare against other mobile gaming solutions. This review will take a look at the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K and compare it against today's current demanding games. We will also be working out how its release price relates to the performance of the laptop, to give us a guide on how well the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K hardware compares to other laptops available today.
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Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - The Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2022. This laptop CPU has 8 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can run some modern AAA game 2022 releases and is an OK for casual gamers right now. But in the coming year it could start to run into issues with the latest releases. This GPU has 6GB VRAM, which is certainly a good amount for most modern games.
System Memory - Our review laptop here has an excellent quantity of RAM for 2022 AAA games. The 32GB of RAM will meet the game requirements of the foreseeable future as well.
Screen Size - A laptop with a 17.3" screen size, like we find on this laptop, puts it into the excellent category for mobile laptops and top end 2022 gaming. Of course it always needs the hardware to backup this up.
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. Refresh rates are tied to the laptop’s screen. This laptop has an ok refresh rate for modern gaming but at 60Hz it could restrict FPS if the laptop was capable of delivering more than the refresh rate.
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
While it can be tricky to work out the best price to performance hardware for a gaming laptop, we will be looking at how well this mobile graphics card can run demanding games that are available today or coming out over the coming months.We will consider how well it can perform while gaming at Ultra graphics setting on a 4K resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Star Citizen. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile card that's powering the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 488 at min system specs and will run 255 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB 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.
We currently give the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop a 6 out of 10 for its P2P score. Where the higher the better rating. As mentioned the figure will adjust as new hardware is released and performance expectations shift over time. This version of the Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop is currently positioned at 5th when ordered in the range lineup for Price to Performance value rating. The closer to 1st place the better gaming performance it deliver for its price.
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|Processor||Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 177% worse rating between its price to performance rating and today's best valued laptop, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 that is currently priced at $999. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $1049. We see our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop scores 142% worse against it for price to performance.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. 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 19% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz processor.
Today there are 475 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our CPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 500 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum processor system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 20% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 20% better performance. We also see the 6% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game Star Citizen for it’s processor requirements.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. The GPU focused laptop we picked for our comparison is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Its got one of the best graphics cards found in laptops at the moment, which is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB. It delivers 67% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile.
Currently 255 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile. Or 488 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
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 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $32.26. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for 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|
Of the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, priced at $36.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.