Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K 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
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
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Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - A Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2022. The 8 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can chew through modern AAA titles and is an excellent laptop gaming choice of GPU. Dont underestimate the importance of your GPU VRAM in modern gaming. Fortunately this GPU has 8GB, making it an excellent gamers choice of GPU.
System Memory - This laptop system memory is excellent at meeting today’s 2022 system requirements demands and with its 32GB of RAM it will certainly meet the requirements of games into the near future as well.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 17.3" is an excellent screen size for modern gaming in 2022. While it is not essential to have a big laptop for gaming, having this size of physical screen space, to see your games and the in-game menus, will become quickly apparent.
Refresh Rate - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. 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 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 4K screen resolution. We find a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 500 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile is also capable of running 490 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own Alienware Area-51M R2 range.
With a P2P rating of 4.5 today the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K 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. There look to be a number of Alienware Area-51M R2 versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 36th 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 i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop should also be compared to today’s best Price to Performance model, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. When stacked up against this, our laptop has 249% worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $999 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. The 2nd best model for Price to Performance ratings today is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. It’s price is listed as $1049. Comparing our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop on its P2P shows our review model to have 205% worse Price to Performance score when compared against the 2nd best laptop range for P2P.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K 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 wondering if this laptop is relatively well endowed in the CPU department then let's take a look at how it stacks up against the current best priced CPU focused laptop available today, to see its relative performance. 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 2% better compared to our laptop’s Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz.
Our laptop CPU beats 498 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.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Stray recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 49% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 31% better performance. We also see the 31% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) for it’s processor requirements.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K 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?
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. Today’s MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K comes with one of the more powerful laptop graphics solutions available for game crunching at the moment, making it a good one to compare against our review laptops GPU. We will use its GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB to compare against our GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 11% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile.
Currently 490 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile. Or 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Stray recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 114% 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 17% better performance. We also see the 17% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) for it’s graphics requirements.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $32.26, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Another point of reference for this mouse, is that our lowest recorded price for this mouse was on 15th Aug 2020 where it was costing $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|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.