Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K 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
Our Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB 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 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB 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 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - Modern AAA 2022 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. The processor in this laptop has 8 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - An excellent graphics card for running AAA titles during the 2022 gaming year. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern games.
System Memory - The 16GB of RAM found in this laptop is an excellent quantity to deal with the requirements of 2022 AAA gaming.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 17.3" panel size is excellent for 2022 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 - 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. Refresh rates are tied to the laptop’s screen. This laptop has an ok refresh rate for modern gaming but at 60Hz it could restrict FPS if the laptop was capable of delivering more than the refresh rate.
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
While it can be tricky to work out the best price to performance hardware for a gaming laptop, we will be looking at how well this mobile graphics card can run demanding games that are available today or coming out over the coming months.We will consider how well it can perform while gaming at Ultra graphics setting on a 4K resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). A good way of considering performance of this mobile graphics card is by seeing how many of today's 500 most demanding games can be run at recommended graphics settings by the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile found in this laptop. We can also then look at the weaker minimum requirement to see how many this laptop card can run of them, and it is 500 games at their min specs and then 490 games can be run at recommended graphics requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB 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 16GB 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.
A 4.5 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own Alienware Area-51M R2 lineup, is currently placed at 34th once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
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|Processor||Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
It's good to see how this Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 246% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $999. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 203% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $1049.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K 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?
Now the processing power is one of the primary areas that we will pay for in any PC and so let's see how our Alienware Area-51M R2 laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. That processor performs 2% better compared to our review laptop’s Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 498, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) which shows our laptop CPU has 31% better performance than it. How about Grand Theft Auto VI, where we see our CPU is 31% better. Then there is 55% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered.
How does the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K 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. We have the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it, which currently has 11% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile.
Interestingly we can see 490 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 500 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Games these days have a range of graphics requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop GPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered and our laptop graphics gets 65% better performance rating. Next we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) where our graphics card gets 17% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Grand Theft Auto VI, which has a performance difference of : 17% better, when put against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Dell Alienware Area-51M R2 i7-10700K RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $12.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $32.26, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for 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|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.