Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 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
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 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 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor is excellent, and it meets and runs AAA titles released during 2022 with little problem. The 10 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2022. The 8GB that this graphics solution has is excellent for all modern gaming.
System Memory - An excellent amount of system memory, the 64GB is capable of running AAA titles during the 2022 gaming year and we would expect beyond that as well.
Screen Size - An excellent panel size, the 17.3" screen on this laptop has the physical viewability and real estate for 2022 games to be clearly displayed. Sometimes getting smaller laptops can mean squinting and struggling to see menu wording in games or being able to read hover over tags of units.
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. 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 RTX 2070 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
With this gaming laptop we will be exploring how well it can run modern, demanding and popular games that are out now or will be coming out over the coming months. Currently we will want to understand its gaming performance compared to its overall laptop cost and we can do this by looking at how it could run popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 4K. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile card that's powering the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 499 at min system specs and will run 464 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 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 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 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.
A 4.2 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. With a number of Alienware Area-51M R2 laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 46th position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
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|Processor||Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super 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 265% worse rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. The next best model is MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $1049. Our Alienware Area-51M R2 review laptop is 218% worse when comparing Price/Performance against the next top P2P laptop. Again this is purely a value for performance comparison, and many things go into helping us choose the right laptop for us. This is a good indicator but it's certainly then worth looking through the range for other configurations of a laptop you are interested in to find the right price point for you.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now the processing power is one of the primary areas that we will pay for in any PC and so let's see how our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 17% better compared to our 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.
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 Star Citizen which shows our laptop CPU has 7% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), where we see our CPU is 21% better. Then there is 21% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 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. Lets look at the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB which we compare to the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 27% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Interestingly we can see 464 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 499 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
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 Star Citizen and our laptop GPU delivers 64% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) in which we see our laptop graphics has 3% better performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 3% better performance when we put our laptop gpu against Grand Theft Auto VI recommended specs.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
Of the mice we monitor and price track, today’s top mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, 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. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $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|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K is, Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround with a price of $36.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.