Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K 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
Today's gaming laptop review, for the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB 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 i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - Modern AAA 2022 gaming with the Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz 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. 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 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 - The 16GB is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2022.
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. This laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. Which is just ok for gaming. There are better and if you want to enjoy higher frame rates you will look for a gaming laptop with a higher refresh rate.
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Grand Theft Auto VI, Star Citizen and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 4K resolution, and 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 490 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop comes with, it gets very difficult to understand what value each permutation of this laptop will offer. To help us compare laptops based on their direct gaming value and capabilities, we defined a price to performance rating and allocated it to every laptop we review. Because as you have no doubt discovered during your research, it is very difficult to compare laptops for value against all other laptops. Even within their own model range. As soon as you adjust a single component and the laptop price shifts, what has that done to the gaming value of your laptop and is it still ok value for money? So we use a P2P rating to standardise the way we can look at all laptops. Of course laptops have tonnes of other values that are breathed into them when they are designed and they are not just about price to performance. But this is certainly a good way for us to help see the bigger picture, especially for a gaming laptop.
The Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K is getting a 4.1 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own Alienware Area-51M R2 lineup, is currently placed at 50th once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
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|Processor||Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Lets now see how our Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has 271% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $999. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $1049. We see our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop scores 224% worse against it for price to performance.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K 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?
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. 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 1% better compared to our laptop’s Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz.
Currently 498 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
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 VI and our laptop processor gets 32% better performance rating. Next we have Star Citizen where our CPU gets 20% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), which has a performance difference of : 32% better, when put against our laptop’s Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K 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?
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. 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.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 490, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the Star Citizen which currently our GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile is 87% better next let's see how well it runs against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). We can see it is 17% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 17% better.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted 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 price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop, is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Today this headset is priced at $36.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.