Laptop announced date: 25th April 2020
Last reviewed: 15th July 2020
If you are looking to buy a new gaming laptop and want to know how well the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K compares to other laptops on offer then you have come to the right place. Today we are going to explore the type of performance return we can expect from this mobile gaming solution by comparing it to today’s demanding games
Is the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor, the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz, is excellent and can meet 2020 AAA title requirements with relative ease. Games are beginning to lean on more CPU cores for extra processing. Fortunately this CPU has 8 cores, making it an excellent gamers processor choice.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2020. Modern AAA gaming can lean on GPU VRAM and this graphics solution comes with 8GB. This makes it excellent for gaming.
System Memory - The system memory (32GB) we find in this gaming laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements. This amount of RAM is an excellent 2020 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - This is a good screen size for gamers. This laptop has a 15.6" and is suitable for running new release titles during the 2020 gaming year. 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 a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive in game. 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.
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, Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs Legion in ultra graphics settings on its native 4K resolution. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 500 games at minimum system requirements and 487 games at their recommended system requirements.
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 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.
With a P2P rating of 6.5 today the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. This Alienware M15 R3 configuration is placed at 15th 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1499.99||43%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1699.99||40%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1749.99||38%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1849.99||38%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1849.99||36%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1999.99||31%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2099.99||30%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$1999.99||21%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2||$2299.99||19%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2149.99||17%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2249.99||16%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2399.99||13%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2499.99||12%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K||$2499.99||10%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2799.99||0%|
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $986.99. Our Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop’s price to performance is 165% worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. Second on the Price to Performance laptop ranking at the moment is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 which we have a recorded price of $858.54. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 146% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
If you are looking for a strong CPU focused laptop then let's compare this Alienware M15 R3 laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it, which currently has 23% better performance than our laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
Our laptop CPU beats 496 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 500 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
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 35% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Assassins Creed: Valhalla in which we see our laptop processor has 35% better performance compared to the game's CPU specs. And then there is 35% better performance when we put our laptop cpu against Cyberpunk 2077 recommended specs.
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our Alienware M15 R3 by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 27% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile.
Our laptop GPU beats 487 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 500 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for 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.
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $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. 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|
|*||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|
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. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.