Laptop announced date: 25th April 2020
Last reviewed: 15th July 2020
The Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
Is the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - An excellent CPU for running AAA game requirements, especially during the 2020 gaming year. It will be solid for some time to come as well. Games are beginning to lean on more CPU cores for extra processing. Fortunately this CPU has 6 cores, making it an excellent gamers processor choice.
Graphics Card - This laptop has an excellent choice of graphics card for modern AAA games during 2020. With 8GB of VRAM available to the GPU, this graphics solution doesn’t have to worry about a shortage, when it comes to modern AAA gaming, making it an excellent choice..
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB of RAM is excellent for 2020 gaming.
Screen Size - This laptop screen (15.6") in 2020 offers up a good amount of gaming screen real estate for gamers on the move, while keeping the physical laptop footprint portable. In games the physical size of the screen can help with being able to read in game menus without squinting. In our minds, if you have a smaller 1.5Kg or larger 3.5Kg laptop with you, it's always going to be a lump to transport. And so for a gaming laptop we would rather see the games more clearly on a larger 17inch screen, upon arriving at a destination, rather than compromise a game’s experience. But for some it will be the other way around. Fortunately there will be something for everyone in the laptop marketplace.
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 top refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz which is excellent for gaming. Get a panel with over 60Hz refresh rate would certainly be suitable for gaming.
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 1080p resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Cyberpunk 2077 or Watch Dogs Legion. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile card that's powering the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 500 at min system specs and will run 487 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
We currently give the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop a 8.2 out of 10 for its P2P score. Where the higher the better rating. As mentioned the figure will adjust as new hardware is released and performance expectations shift over time. Looking at how this configuration of the Alienware M15 R3 laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 6th spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1499.99||10%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1699.99||7%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1749.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1849.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1849.99||4%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1999.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2099.99||1%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$1999.99||8%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2||$2299.99||9%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2149.99||12%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2249.99||12%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2399.99||16%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2499.99||17%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K||$2499.99||19%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2799.99||31%|
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 102% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $986.99. Another great model is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $858.54. Our Alienware M15 R3 laptop is 88% worse on Price to Performance.
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. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 35% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz which is found in this review laptop.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 480 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 500 games.
Recommended processor requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop CPU to some popular games of today. First off there is Watch Dogs Legion and our laptop CPU delivers 28% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Assassins Creed: Valhalla in which we see our laptop processor has 28% better performance compared to the game's CPU specs. And then there is 28% better performance when we put our laptop cpu against Cyberpunk 2077 recommended specs.
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this Alienware M15 R3 mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. We have the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 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 27% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile.
The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 487 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 500 games when looking at beating 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 Watch Dogs Legion which shows our laptop video card has 45% better performance than it. How about Assassins Creed: Valhalla, where we see our GPU is 45% better. Then there is 45% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Cyberpunk 2077.
The Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a physical 15.6" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? We normally see a 60Hz screen refresh rate accompanying most 4K laptop panels. Which means a game would reach a top 60 FPS before it maxed out, even if the laptop’s hardware was powerful enough to deliver frame rates that were better than that. Today’s AAA games are usually too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. What refresh rate does the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 panel have available? It can be picked up with the following 144Hz refresh rates.
So a quick lowering of a AAA game’s screen resolution, from a native 4K laptop panel down to either 1080p or perhaps 1440p would increase the frame rate. And thus improve the stability of your gameplay. But a laptop display panel has a fixed number of pixels. Moving away from that exact number of pixels in a game lowers the definition quality of the graphics in the game. Making the experience sub par and if you do this often, then this seriously puts into question your choice for a 4K gaming laptop. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor with 75Hz, is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is currently priced at $294.99 and would work well with our Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 5th Aug 2020, where it would cost $272.99.
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $829.99. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $799 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $797.05, which we recorded on 11th Aug 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
If you are looking for a good value mouse to go with your Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, then the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $11.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $19, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. With its a current price of $47.14 it should work well with this Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 on 12th Mar 2020.