Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 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
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Welcome to our Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2021. Loaded up with plenty of processor cores, this CPU has 10, which is excellent for AAA gaming that wants extra cores for processing.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile is an excellent gaming graphics card for 2021 gaming. The graphics solution in the laptop also has 8GB of VRAM. This is an excellent gamers amount of VRAM and plenty for today’s big games.
System Memory - This system memory, 32GB, is excellent for meeting 2021 AAA game requirements.
Screen Size - An excellent panel size, the 17.3" screen on this laptop has the physical viewability and real estate for 2021 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 - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. Ok, after considering those thoughts on refresh rates, we have 60Hz refresh rate in the review laptop here. This isn’t great but would be mostly ok for gaming. That is unless you felt like this laptop could achieve higher FPS than the refresh rate offered here. In this case, and providing your budget allowed, look for a better refresh rate screen.
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB 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 Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition, God of War 2018 and Far Cry 6. This is done in relation to its native 4K resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. Coming loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, this laptop is capable of beating 500 games at their minimum system specs and 491 games at their recommended system specs. This is when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition FPS Low to Ultra 1080p Graphics Settings Results Graph
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Other Popular Games
Dying Light 2
Grand Theft Auto VI
Age of Empires IV
Far Cry 6
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
As you have probably discovered during your research into buying your next gaming laptop, getting an up-to-date value assessment that enables you to compare a laptop’s hardware performance against today’s games is tricky. And especially so, when we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the Alienware Area-51M R2 comes with. What we have done in this Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
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 4 for P2P out of 10. Here we look at how our version of this Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 52nd in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
Show Laptop Specifications
Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
32GB DDR4 2933MHz
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1
1x Thunderbolt 3
Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
It's good to see how this Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 278%worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $999. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $1049 and our laptop gets 230%worse against its price to performance rating.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
If you are looking for a strong CPU focused laptop then let's compare this Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 17%better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz which is found in this review laptop.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 487, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition and our laptop processor gets 47%better performance rating. Next we have God of War 2018 where our CPU gets 40%better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Far Cry 6, which has a performance difference of : 21%better, when put against our laptop’s Core i9-10900 10-Core 2.80GHz.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 491 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 GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition delivers 87%better performance while against God of War 2018 it’s 65%better and finally compared to Far Cry 6 it has a performance difference : 15%better.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB 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. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $32.26 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. 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.
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.