Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 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
Our Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
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Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - Modern AAA 2023 gaming with the Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz processor is no problem. As it meets game requirements of today it will likely hold its own against future release titles as well, this is an excellent CPU for a gaming laptop. Games are beginning to lean on more CPU cores for extra processing. Fortunately this CPU has 8 cores, making it an excellent gamers processor choice.
Graphics Card - The graphics solution we find in this gaming laptop can run most modern AAA titles and is an excellent 2023 laptop gaming choice of GPU. Loaded up with a huge amount of VRAM, this GPU has 8GB, which makes it excellent for AAA gaming.
System Memory - The system memory (64GB) we find in this gaming laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements. This amount of RAM is an excellent 2023 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 17.3" screen can deliver a good viewable amount of real estate for modern games and in terms of screen size this is a step towards the laptop being an excellent gaming laptop choice. You can of course game on smaller screen laptops, but in game menus could become tricky to see on smaller screens.
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. The refresh rate for this laptop is just ok by modern gaming standards, with a 60Hz version panel available. You will want a higher refresh rate laptop screen if the laptop regularly gets a higher game frame per second number than the refresh rate number. So if you are getting 85FPS and your screen refresh rate is 60Hz, the laptop will always cap off at 60FPS, regardless of what the hardware can return.
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 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 in this machine is currently capable of running 499 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 464 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB 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 i7-10700 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K gaming laptop is currently getting a 4.7 on our P2P rating out of 10. Higher is better and this figure will adjust as new hardware and prices shift over time There look to be a number of Alienware Area-51M R2 versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 28th in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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|Processor||Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile|
|RAM||64GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the Alienware Area-51M R2 range. It currently offers 238% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $1049. The Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop in this review is 195% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 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?
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. 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 19% better compared to our laptop’s Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz.
The Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 475 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu 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.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop is 20% better, and compared to Star Citizen it is 6% better , where as against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it delivers 20% better performance.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 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?
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. A top tier graphics focused laptop is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Housing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GPU that performs 27% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile.
Our laptop GPU beats 464 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 499 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 3% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 3% better performance. We also see the 64% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Star Citizen for it’s graphics requirements.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its price tag today is $12.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. 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. 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 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 i7-10700 RTX 2070 Super Mobile 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.