Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 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
Today's gaming laptop review, for the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K, will be taking a good look at how well its price compares to the hardware we find inside it. We will also have a look at the type of gaming performance it gets when running today’s more demanding games and help you judge if this is a gaming laptop that is worth your cash.
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Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - With the Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz processor in this laptop its excellent for 2021 gaming, capable of running today’s game processor system requirements. This CPU comes with 8 cores, which is excellent providing it extra resource to chew through game processing when required.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2021. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern games.
System Memory - The system memory (32GB) we find in this gaming laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements. This amount of RAM is an excellent 2021 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 17.3" panel size is excellent for 2021 gaming. It helps you see in game detail and feel like you have room to move your mouse about. This amount of physical space is certainly not essential but it will make this a viable laptop for gaming on the move.
Refresh Rate - Gaming laptops might well be capable of getting high frames per second nowadays, but sometimes the laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is the number of times an image can be displayed by the screen. So if your graphics card and processor can get 100 FPS in most games, it will only ever be displayed by the laptop as 60FPS because of the refresh rate of 60Hz. Look for 120Hz on a good gaming laptop, or 144Hz on an excellent gaming laptop 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 2080 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
Getting a good price to performance gaming laptop is what we are all trying to do when looking for our next mobile machine. The key component in this is usually the graphics card. So we will of course be considering this hardware setup and how well it could run modern popular games like Far Cry 6, New World and Battlefield 2042 to help us know if this graphics card and laptop is a good price to performance point. We do this by considering the gaming frame rates achieved at its native 4K resolution while the games would be running at Ultra video settings. The GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile in this machine is currently capable of running 500 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 491 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compared tto other gaming laptops, we focus on the performance ability of the hardware and then the relative price of the laptop. Of course a laptop is often more than just its core tech components, like CPU and GPU, but for this exercise we want a standardised way of looking across laptops to see what value they have to today’s laptop gamer. So we consider $3999.99 of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
P2P rating of 4.4 today the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. Today the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop sits at 40th 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 i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 252% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999. Another great model is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $1049. Our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop is 208% worse on Price to Performance.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 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?
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. Using the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 19% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 480 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended processor requirements. This figure is 500 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Battlefield 2042 recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 37% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Far Cry 6, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 20% better performance. We also see the 48% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game New World for it’s processor requirements.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 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?
One of the most important focuses of a gaming PC is the graphics card and our review laptop is certainly no different. As such we will want to know how well our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop performs in the graphical visuals area compared to what is available on the current laptop market. A great way to consider this is by putting it into a comparison against a well priced laptop that has the most powerful laptop GPU around at the moment, and then we can review its performance against that top graphics card laptop. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 11% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile from our review laptop.
Today there are 491 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our GPU’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 Graphics Card system requirements.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Far Cry 6 our laptop is 15% better, and compared to New World it is 87% better , where as against Battlefield 2042 it delivers 1% better performance.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated 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 i7-10700 RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.