Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K review, including today's price to performance

Laptop product code: Alienware M15 R1

Laptop announced date: 1st March 2019

Last reviewed: 10th August 2021

P2P score 7
Futureproof High/Ultra 1 Year 8 Months Low/Medium 5 Years 7 Months
Gaming Laptop? Good

If you are looking for the best priced gaming laptop and was wondering how well the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K can run today’s latest games, then you are in the right place. We will be focusing this review on exploring how the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K performs against the most demanding games around and really getting a better understanding of this laptop’s price to performance today.

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Is the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Good

Processor - This Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor in the laptop is an excellent gaming CPU choice for 2021 gaming. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 6 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.

Graphics Card - This graphics card, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, is good at running 2021 AAA titles and a good choice for a gamer on the move. The graphics solution in the laptop also has 8GB of VRAM. This is an excellent gamers amount of VRAM and plenty for today’s big games.

System Memory - A laptop with 32GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2021 and into the future.

Screen Size - Today’s 2021 games are well supported by the 15.6" panel found attached to this laptop. While you could find a portable laptop with more screen real estate, this is a good gamer laptop choice. 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 - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. 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.

GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop

As gamers, one of the biggest choices we make for a new portable machine is to select a laptop with the right mobile graphics card. With this laptop we are specifically considering how the price-to-performance of the graphics card looks and if it has the capability to run modern popular games like today’s most popular titles, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition and God of War 2018 in ultra graphics settings on its native 4K resolution. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 491 games at minimum system requirements and 321 games at their recommended system requirements.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition FPS Low to Ultra 1080p Graphics Settings Results Graph

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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

A key focus of this laptop review is to compare the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K to all other laptops in terms of how much its $2299.99 reflects the value of the gaming performance delivered by the this laptop’s hardware.

Our price and performance review leads us to allocate all laptops a P2P rating out of 10, which is relative to all laptops for comparison purposes and gets adjusted over time as the prices for hardware adjust and new more capable hardware is created. This laptop is currently given a 7.1 for P2P out of 10. This Alienware M15 R1 configuration is placed at 4th position, when we order the range by their price to performance ratings. Those getting closer to the 1st position in this list will be better gaming laptops for their price.

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Processor Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz
Graphics Card GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
RAM 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Screen 15.6 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Storage 256GB M.2
Ports
  • 2x USB 3.1
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • Ethernet 2500

Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table

Laptop Name Price P2P Difference
i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 $1,699.00 8 30%
i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 $1899.99 8 22%
i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K $2099.99 7 5%
i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K $2299.99 7 0%
i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 $2099.99 5 20%

Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $999. This Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop is currently 142% worse rating when comparing price to performance. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $1049. Our Alienware M15 R1 laptop currently has 111% 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?

To get a good comparison when considering how well this laptop performs in terms of processing power, we will compare it to today’s most powerful CPU focused laptop. This will at least show us what other sorts of processor-centric laptops exist and give us a relative point of laptop processor cost comparison. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 43% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.

Our laptop CPU beats 429 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 497 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.

Let's take a look and see how well our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition our laptop is 36% better, and compared to God of War 2018 it is 26% better , where as against Far Cry 6 it delivers 3% better performance.

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?

One of the most important focuses of a gaming PC is the graphics card and our review laptop is certainly no different. As such we will want to know how well our Alienware M15 R1 laptop performs in the graphical visuals area compared to what is available on the current laptop market. A great way to consider this is by putting it into a comparison against a well priced laptop that has the most powerful laptop GPU around at the moment, and then we can review its performance against that top graphics card laptop. 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 2070 Max-Q card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 53% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q.

A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 321, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 491.

How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Far Cry 6 recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 16% worse performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 36% better performance. We also see the 20% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game God of War 2018 for it’s graphics requirements.

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

Of the mice we monitor and price track, today’s top mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, priced at $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. 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
** 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

You could pick up a headset to go with the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.

Quality Headset Price (USD) Check Regional Pricing
** Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround $36.99
** HyperX Cloud Stinger $41.99
*** Logitech G635 7.1 $86.11
*** SteelSeries Arctis 5 Surround 7.1 $87.50
Can the Dell Alienware M15 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K run any game?

How well can the i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K run these popular games?

Grand Theft Auto V

Can this laptop run Grand Theft Auto V?
The laptop can run Grand Theft Auto V minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 185
M: 146
H:98
U: 70
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Far Cry: Primal

Can this laptop run Far Cry: Primal?
The laptop can run Far Cry: Primal minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 162
H:109
U: 78
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Recommended

Battlefield V

Can this laptop run Battlefield V?
The laptop can run Battlefield V minimum system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 180
H:121
U: 87
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Red Dead Redemption 2

Can this laptop run Red Dead Redemption 2?
The laptop can run Red Dead Redemption 2 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 147
M: 116
H:78
U: 56
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Minecraft

Can this laptop run Minecraft?
The laptop can run Minecraft minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 194
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Far Cry 6

Can this laptop run Far Cry 6?
The laptop can run Far Cry 6 minimum system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 106
M: 83
H:56
U: 40
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Recommended

Cyberpunk 2077

Can this laptop run Cyberpunk 2077?
The laptop can run Cyberpunk 2077 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 158
M: 125
H:84
U: 60
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Can this laptop run Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?
The laptop can run Counter-Strike: Global Offensive minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 200
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Call of Duty Warzone

Can this laptop run Call of Duty Warzone?
The laptop can run Call of Duty Warzone minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 148
M: 116
H:78
U: 56
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Recommended

Battlefield 3

Can this laptop run Battlefield 3?
The laptop can run Battlefield 3 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 194
Test Report
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Recommended

Grand Theft Auto IV

Can this laptop run Grand Theft Auto IV?
The laptop can run Grand Theft Auto IV minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 200
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Recommended

The Witcher III

Can this laptop run The Witcher III?
The laptop can run The Witcher III minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 190
H:128
U: 92
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Recommended

Battlefield 4

Can this laptop run Battlefield 4?
The laptop can run Battlefield 4 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:194
U: 139
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Recommended

New World

Can this laptop run New World?
The laptop can run New World minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 180
M: 141
H:95
U: 68
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Recommended

Valorant

Can this laptop run Valorant?
The laptop can run Valorant minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 200
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Recommended

Battlefield 1

Can this laptop run Battlefield 1?
The laptop can run Battlefield 1 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 158
M: 125
H:84
U: 60
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Recommended

FIFA 22

Can this laptop run FIFA 22?
The laptop can run FIFA 22 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 166
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Recommended

The Elder Scrolls V

Can this laptop run The Elder Scrolls V?
The laptop can run The Elder Scrolls V minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 200
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Recommended

Fallout 4

Can this laptop run Fallout 4?
The laptop can run Fallout 4 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 162
H:109
U: 78
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Recommended

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

Can this laptop run PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds?
The laptop can run PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 158
M: 125
H:84
U: 60
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Recommended

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Can this laptop run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?
The laptop can run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 148
M: 116
H:78
U: 56
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Recommended

Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Can this laptop run Assassins Creed: Valhalla?
The laptop can run Assassins Creed: Valhalla minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 82
M: 70
H:60
U: 41
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DOTA 2

Can this laptop run DOTA 2?
The laptop can run DOTA 2 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 200
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Recommended

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Can this laptop run Assassins Creed: Odyssey?
The laptop can run Assassins Creed: Odyssey minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 92
M: 79
H:68
U: 46
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Rust

Can this laptop run Rust?
The laptop can run Rust minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 160
M: 126
H:85
U: 61
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Recommended

Fortnite

Can this laptop run Fortnite?
The laptop can run Fortnite minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:194
U: 139
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Recommended

Far Cry 5

Can this laptop run Far Cry 5?
The laptop can run Far Cry 5 minimum system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 178
H:120
U: 86
Test Report
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Recommended

ARK: Survival Evolved

Can this laptop run ARK: Survival Evolved?
The laptop can run ARK: Survival Evolved minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 190
H:128
U: 92
Test Report
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Recommended

Watch Dogs

Can this laptop run Watch Dogs?
The laptop can run Watch Dogs minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 174
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Recommended

League of Legends

Can this laptop run League of Legends?
The laptop can run League of Legends minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 200
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Far Cry 3

Can this laptop run Far Cry 3?
The laptop can run Far Cry 3 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 132
M: 104
H:70
U: 50
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Assassins Creed: Origins

Can this laptop run Assassins Creed: Origins?
The laptop can run Assassins Creed: Origins minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:158
U: 113
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Crysis 3

Can this laptop run Crysis 3?
The laptop can run Crysis 3 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 200
H:200
U: 200
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Back 4 Blood

Can this laptop run Back 4 Blood?
The laptop can run Back 4 Blood minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 180
M: 141
H:95
U: 68
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Recommended

Forza Horizon 4

Can this laptop run Forza Horizon 4?
The laptop can run Forza Horizon 4 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 148
M: 119
H:103
U: 92
Test Report
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Black Desert Online

Can this laptop run Black Desert Online?
The laptop can run Black Desert Online minimum system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 180
M: 141
H:95
U: 68
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Recommended

Genshin Impact

Can this laptop run Genshin Impact?
The laptop can run Genshin Impact minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 158
M: 125
H:84
U: 60
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Call of Duty: WWII

Can this laptop run Call of Duty: WWII?
The laptop can run Call of Duty: WWII minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 158
M: 125
H:84
U: 60
Test Report
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Apex Legends

Can this laptop run Apex Legends?
The laptop can run Apex Legends minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 180
M: 141
H:95
U: 68
Test Report
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Recommended

Assassins Creed: Unity

Can this laptop run Assassins Creed: Unity?
The laptop can run Assassins Creed: Unity minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 200
M: 162
H:109
U: 78
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How well do we think the i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K can run these upcoming popular games?

God of War 2018

Could this laptop run God of War 2018?
The laptop can run God of War 2018 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 158
M: 125
H:84
U: 60
Test Report
Minimum
Recommended

Forza Horizon 5

Could this laptop run Forza Horizon 5?
The laptop can run Forza Horizon 5 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 121
M: 96
H:64
U: 46
Test Report
Minimum
Recommended

Battlefield 2042

Could this laptop run Battlefield 2042?
The laptop can run Battlefield 2042 minimum system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 70
M: 54
H:48
U: 38
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Age of Empires IV

Could this laptop run Age of Empires IV?
The laptop can run Age of Empires IV minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 180
M: 141
H:95
U: 68
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Recommended

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Could this laptop run Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy?
The laptop can run Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 127
M: 100
H:67
U: 48
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Call of Duty: Vanguard

Could this laptop run Call of Duty: Vanguard?
The laptop can run Call of Duty: Vanguard minimum system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 121
M: 96
H:64
U: 46
Test Report
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Recommended

Halo Infinite

Could this laptop run Halo Infinite?
The laptop can run Halo Infinite minimum system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 90
M: 71
H:48
U: 34
Test Report
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Farming Simulator 22

Could this laptop run Farming Simulator 22?
The laptop can run Farming Simulator 22 minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 158
M: 125
H:84
U: 60
Test Report
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Recommended

Dying Light 2

Could this laptop run Dying Light 2?
The laptop can run Dying Light 2 minimum system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 110
M: 86
H:58
U: 42
Test Report
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Recommended

Riders Republic

Could this laptop run Riders Republic?
The laptop can run Riders Republic minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 158
M: 125
H:84
U: 60
Test Report
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Recommended

Monster Hunter Rise

Could this laptop run Monster Hunter Rise?
The laptop can run Monster Hunter Rise minimum and recommended system requirements
FPS (1080p)
L: 174
M: 137
H:92
U: 66
Test Report
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