Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 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
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Today's review of the gaming Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop explores the performance to value relationship of its hardware components. We will be comparing some of the most demanding games to see some expected frame rates for the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz 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 - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile is no problem, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice of GPU. This GPU has 8GB of VRAM. This is excellent and plenty for modern AAA gaming.
System Memory - The 16GB RAM found in this machine is considered an excellent2021 amount for modern AAA titles and a solid gaming machine.
Screen Size - This panel, which is 17.3", is excellent for displaying 2021 AAA game details and having some nice space to showcase games on. We are often looking for a gaming laptop to have at least a 17 inch screen, to give the gaming laptop enough viewability for game details. The smaller the screen, the harder it can be to see some details on the game menus and hover over tips, that are so common in games nowadays.
Refresh Rate - If you want a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive in game. 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 2070 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 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: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition or Far Cry 6. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 4K. Coming loaded with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, this laptop is capable of beating 499 games at their minimum system specs and 472 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
Back 4 Blood
Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
We currently give the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop a 5.1 out of 10 for its P2P score. Where the higher the better rating. As mentioned the figure will adjust as new hardware is released and performance expectations shift over time. 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 15th 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 i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
16GB DDR4 3200MHz
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1
1x Thunderbolt 3
Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
Looking outside of the Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop range we can compare our review laptop to today’s leading Price to Performance laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which has a recorded price of $999. Our laptop has 217%worse rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. 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 177%worse against it for price to performance.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Our laptop CPU beats 499 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 500 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 472 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put ina similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 499 games.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition our laptop video card is 64%better and then looking at God of War 2018 our laptop GPU is 45%better and finally compared to Far Cry 6 it has a performance difference : 1%better.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $12.99. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $32.26. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which is currently available for $36.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.