Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 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
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
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Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The processor we find in this laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements with ease, making it an excellent 2022 laptop gaming choice for CPU. The processor in this laptop has 10 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 2080 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 - This laptop’s 16GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
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. With just 60Hz refresh rate this is ok and passable for gaming, but ideally you are looking for a screen with a higher rate.
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB 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 2080 Super Mobile card that's powering the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 500 at min system specs and will run 490 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 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 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 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.
The Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K gaming laptop is currently getting a 4 on our P2P rating out of 10. Higher is better and this figure will adjust as new hardware and prices shift over time Today the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop sits at 51st place compared to all the other permutations of the Alienware Area-51M R2 range. Laptops placed nearer to 1st place in the P2P list of the model range will be better value for your money when looking at gaming laptops in this range.
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|Processor||Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile|
|RAM||16GB 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 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 278% 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. 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 230% 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 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. We will choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for our CPU comparison tests as that laptop currently has the best CPU in it at the cheapest laptop price. Its CPU is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which we will compare to our review laptop’s Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz processor. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop CPU to be 17% better in performance compared to our laptop’s processor.
Our laptop processor, the Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 484 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.
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 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our Alienware Area-51M R2 by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. Today’s MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K comes with one of the more powerful laptop graphics solutions available for game crunching at the moment, making it a good one to compare against our review laptops GPU. We will use its GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB to compare against our GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 11% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile.
The GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 490 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 500 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at Star Citizen which shows our laptop video card has 87% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), where we see our GPU is 17% better. Then there is 17% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $12.99 it should work well with this Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $32.26, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked 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|
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 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.