Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K review, including today's price to performance
Laptop announced date: 1st March 2019
Last reviewed: 15th July 2020
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If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor, the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz, is excellent and can meet 2020 AAA title requirements with relative ease. 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 - A GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2020. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern games.
System Memory - The 32GB RAM found in this machine is considered an excellent2020 amount for modern AAA titles and a solid gaming machine.
Screen Size - This laptop comes with a good screen size (15.6") which is certainly capable of viewing and playing 2020 titles. Larger screens can offer better in-game views, as often game HUDs and menus can take up a fair amount of a smaller laptop screen space and leave you squinting at the detail or text. We normally choose a 17 inch laptop for gamer screen size. This larger sort of panel would help show menus in-game and game text more clearly.
Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. Now after those thoughts on refresh rates, today’s review laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, where we would say that is passable as a gaming laptop panel. For gaming we would consider getting a laptop with a higher refresh rate if our budget would stretch to it.
One of the most important components to a gamer for this laptop is getting it’s graphics card right. We will be taking a look at the sort of price to performance ratio the laptop hardware has and in particular help us know if how well the graphics card can run Cyberpunk 2077 at 4K ultra settings. We find a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 493 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q is also capable of running 384 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
Comparing Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB 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 M15 R1 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.
This laptop gets a 7.1 for P2P. This version of the Alienware M15 R1 laptop is currently positioned at 4th when ordered in the range lineup for Price to Performance value rating. The closer to 1st place the better gaming performance it deliver for its price.
Show Laptop Specifications
Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
32GB DDR4 2666MHz
15.6" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
2x USB 3.1
1x Thunderbolt 3
Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
Looking outside of the Alienware M15 R1 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 $986.99. Our laptop has 145%worse rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $858.54. Our Alienware M15 R1 laptop currently has 127%worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this Alienware M15 R1 laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 43%better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Our laptop CPU beats 466 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 499 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the Watch Dogs Legion which currently our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz is 24%better next let's see how well it runs against Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We can see it is 24%better. Ok finally lets see it against Cyberpunk 2077. Here our laptop is 24%better.
How does the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our Alienware M15 R1 review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it that performs 53%better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics hardware.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 384 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 493 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q.
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 Watch Dogs Legion which shows our laptop video card has 20%better performance than it. How about Assassins Creed: Valhalla, where we see our GPU is 20%better. Then there is 20%better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Cyberpunk 2077.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $11.99. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $19, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $11.99.
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Its price tag today is $47.14 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 and it was priced at $25.98.