Laptop announced date: 1st March 2019
Last reviewed: 15th July 2020
Its not easy trying to find out how well today’s laptops compare against other mobile gaming solutions. This review will take a look at the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K and compare it against today's current demanding games. We will also be working out how its release price relates to the performance of the laptop, to give us a guide on how well the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K hardware compares to other laptops available today.
Is the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor is an excellent 2021 hardware component for running modern AAA games. Loaded up with plenty of processor cores, this CPU has 6, which is excellent for AAA gaming that wants extra cores for processing.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can run plenty of modern AAA game releases in 2021 and is a good gaming laptop GPU choice. Loaded up with a huge amount of VRAM, this GPU has 8GB, which makes it excellent for AAA gaming.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - This laptop screen size is capable of meeting 2021 gaming, making it a step closer to being a good laptop for gamers. Larger laptop screens normally equal less squinting at on screen text, providing the resolution is set inline with the screens native pixel count. We normally look to the 17 inch panels for focused gaming laptops, but this 15.6" screen is the most common and popular in the market, due to portability versus viewability. Look to the 17 inch laptops for a better physical screen size, so you can enjoy the games more clearly. That is our normal ideal gaming laptop screen size.
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. The refresh rate for this laptop is just ok by modern gaming standards, with a 60Hz version panel available. You will want a higher refresh rate laptop screen if the laptop regularly gets a higher game frame per second number than the refresh rate number. So if you are getting 85FPS and your screen refresh rate is 60Hz, the laptop will always cap off at 60FPS, regardless of what the hardware can return.
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, Resident Evil 8 and Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition 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. Now this comes with the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 491 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 348 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB 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 $ of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
With a P2P rating of 7.4 today the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. Today the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop sits at 3rd place compared to all the other permutations of the Alienware M15 R1 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,699.00||24%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1899.99||15%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2099.99||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2299.99||5%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2099.99||27%|
How about we compare our Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($999.00) and our laptop is 130% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our Alienware M15 R1 laptop against the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 117% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $853.00 to consider.
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our Alienware M15 R1 laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz to compare against our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 53% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Currently 443 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz. Or it is 499 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 3% better performance rating. Next we have Resident Evil 8 where our CPU gets 9% worse performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, which has a performance difference of : 23% better, when put against our laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
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 choose the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop as one of the best GPU laptop performers today to compare graphics ability with our laptop. This puts a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card from that laptop, one of the best laptop graphics cards available at the moment, against our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. This comparison shows that laptop to be 59% better comparably in performance as our review laptop.
Interestingly we can see 348 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 491 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at Resident Evil 8 which shows our laptop video card has 8% worse performance than it. How about Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, where we see our GPU is 36% worse. Then there is 17% worse performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Of the mice we price track, it is one of the best valued mice today and 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 $37 during these past two weeks. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K is, Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround with a price of $39.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.