Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K review, including today's price to performance

Laptop announced date: 25th April 2020

Last reviewed: 15th July 2020

P2P score 6.5
Futureproof High/Ultra 3 Years 5 Months Low/Medium 8 Years 2 Months
Gaming Laptop? Excellent

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

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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.

GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB 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, 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.

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Comparing Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges

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.

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Processor Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz
Graphics Card GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
RAM 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Screen 15.6" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Storage 512GB M.2
Ports
  • 2x USB 3.1
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • 1x SD
  • Ethernet 2500

Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table

Laptop Name Price P2P Difference
i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 $1499.99 8.6 43%
i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 $1699.99 8.4 40%
i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 $1749.99 8.4 38%
i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 $1849.99 8.4 38%
i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 $1849.99 8.3 36%
i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 $1999.99 8.2 31%
i7-10750H RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 $2099.99 8.1 30%
i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K $1999.99 7.7 21%
i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 $2299.99 7.7 19%
i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K $2149.99 7.5 17%
i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K $2249.99 7.5 16%
i7-10750H RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K $2399.99 7.3 13%
i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 $2499.99 7.3 12%
i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K $2499.99 7.2 10%
i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K $2799.99 6.5 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.

How does the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?

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.

How does the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?

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.

Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop

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.

Quality Headset Price (USD) Check Regional Pricing
** HyperX Cloud Stinger $47.14
** Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround $49.99
*** Logitech G635 7.1 $69.99
*** SteelSeries Arctis 5 Surround 7.1 $99.99
Can the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K run any game?

How well can the i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K run these popular games?

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
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Watch Dogs Legion

Can this laptop run Watch Dogs Legion?
The laptop can run Watch Dogs Legion minimum and recommended system requirements
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Grand Theft Auto V

Can this laptop run Grand Theft Auto V?
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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
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Genshin Impact

Can this laptop run Genshin Impact?
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FIFA 21

Can this laptop run FIFA 21?
The laptop can run FIFA 21 minimum and recommended system requirements
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eFootball PES 2021

Can this laptop run eFootball PES 2021?
The laptop can run eFootball PES 2021 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Valorant

Can this laptop run Valorant?
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Microsoft Flight Simulator

Can this laptop run Microsoft Flight Simulator?
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Mafia: Definitive Edition

Can this laptop run Mafia: Definitive Edition?
The laptop can run Mafia: Definitive Edition minimum system requirements
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Marvel's Avengers

Can this laptop run Marvel's Avengers?
The laptop can run Marvel's Avengers minimum and recommended system requirements
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Ghostrunner

Can this laptop run Ghostrunner?
The laptop can run Ghostrunner minimum and recommended system requirements
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Fortnite

Can this laptop run Fortnite?
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Phasmophobia

Can this laptop run Phasmophobia?
The laptop can run Phasmophobia minimum and recommended system requirements
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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
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Horizon: Zero Dawn

Can this laptop run Horizon: Zero Dawn?
The laptop can run Horizon: Zero Dawn minimum and recommended system requirements
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Grand Theft Auto VI

Can this laptop run Grand Theft Auto VI?
The laptop can run Grand Theft Auto VI minimum and recommended system requirements
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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
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Forza Horizon 4

Can this laptop run Forza Horizon 4?
The laptop can run Forza Horizon 4 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Apex Legends

Can this laptop run Apex Legends?
The laptop can run Apex Legends minimum and recommended system requirements
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Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Can this laptop run Assassins Creed: Odyssey?
The laptop can run Assassins Creed: Odyssey minimum and recommended system requirements
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PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

Can this laptop run PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds?
The laptop can run PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds minimum and recommended system requirements
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Minecraft

Can this laptop run Minecraft?
The laptop can run Minecraft minimum and recommended system requirements
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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Can this laptop run World of Warcraft: Shadowlands?
The laptop can run World of Warcraft: Shadowlands minimum and recommended system requirements
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FIFA 20

Can this laptop run FIFA 20?
The laptop can run FIFA 20 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Death Stranding

Can this laptop run Death Stranding?
The laptop can run Death Stranding minimum and recommended system requirements
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Far Cry 5

Can this laptop run Far Cry 5?
The laptop can run Far Cry 5 minimum system requirements
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Baldurs Gate 3

Can this laptop run Baldurs Gate 3?
The laptop can run Baldurs Gate 3 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Watch Dogs 2

Can this laptop run Watch Dogs 2?
The laptop can run Watch Dogs 2 minimum and recommended system requirements
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The Witcher III

Can this laptop run The Witcher III?
The laptop can run The Witcher III minimum and recommended system requirements
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Crysis Remastered

Can this laptop run Crysis Remastered?
The laptop can run Crysis Remastered minimum and recommended system requirements
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Need For Speed Heat

Can this laptop run Need For Speed Heat?
The laptop can run Need For Speed Heat minimum and recommended system requirements
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PC Building Simulator

Can this laptop run PC Building Simulator?
The laptop can run PC Building Simulator minimum and recommended system requirements
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Metro: Exodus

Can this laptop run Metro: Exodus?
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DOTA 2

Can this laptop run DOTA 2?
The laptop can run DOTA 2 minimum and recommended system requirements
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League of Legends

Can this laptop run League of Legends?
The laptop can run League of Legends minimum and recommended system requirements
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Fortnite: Chapter 2

Can this laptop run Fortnite: Chapter 2?
The laptop can run Fortnite: Chapter 2 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Doom Eternal

Can this laptop run Doom Eternal?
The laptop can run Doom Eternal minimum system requirements
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Battlefield V

Can this laptop run Battlefield V?
The laptop can run Battlefield V minimum system requirements
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Rainbow Six: Siege

Can this laptop run Rainbow Six: Siege?
The laptop can run Rainbow Six: Siege minimum and recommended system requirements
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How well do we think the i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K can run these upcoming popular games?

Cyberpunk 2077

Could this laptop run Cyberpunk 2077?
We think the laptop can run Cyberpunk 2077 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Could this laptop run Assassins Creed: Valhalla?
We think the laptop can run Assassins Creed: Valhalla minimum and recommended system requirements
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Could this laptop run Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War?
We think the laptop can run Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War minimum and recommended system requirements
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Far Cry 6

Could this laptop run Far Cry 6?
We think the laptop can run Far Cry 6 minimum system requirements
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Immortals: Fenyx Rising

Could this laptop run Immortals: Fenyx Rising?
We think the laptop can run Immortals: Fenyx Rising minimum and recommended system requirements
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Dirt 5

Could this laptop run Dirt 5?
We think the laptop can run Dirt 5 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered

Could this laptop run Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered?
We think the laptop can run Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered minimum and recommended system requirements
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