Laptop announced date: 25th April 2020
Last reviewed: 15th July 2020
Today's gaming laptop review, for the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K, will be taking a good look at how well its price compares to the hardware we find inside it. We will also have a look at the type of gaming performance it gets when running today’s more demanding games and help you judge if this is a gaming laptop that is worth your cash.
Is the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2020. The processor in this laptop has 6 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile is an excellent gaming graphics card for 2020 gaming. Modern AAA gaming can lean on GPU VRAM and this graphics solution comes with 8GB. This makes it excellent for gaming.
System Memory - This laptop system memory is excellent at meeting today’s 2020 system requirements demands and with its 16GB of RAM it will certainly meet the requirements of games into the near future as well.
Screen Size - This laptops screen dimensions create a good balance between portable and visually suitable, when considering your next gaming laptop. With 17 inch currently being the more preferable for gaming, a lot of people will prefer the smaller form factor on offer with this 15.6" screen. 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 - Gaming laptops might well be capable of getting high frames per second nowadays, but sometimes the laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is the number of times an image can be displayed by the screen. So if your graphics card and processor can get 100 FPS in most games, it will only ever be displayed by the laptop as 60FPS because of the refresh rate of 60Hz. Look for 120Hz on a good gaming laptop, or 144Hz on an excellent gaming laptop You can get this laptop with 60Hz refresh rate which, for gaming, is an ok refresh rate.
With this gaming laptop we will be exploring how well it can run modern, demanding and popular games that are out now or will be coming out over the coming months. Currently we will want to understand its gaming performance compared to its overall laptop cost and we can do this by looking at how it could run popular games like, Cyberpunk 2077 or Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 4K. We find a GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 500 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile is also capable of running 487 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop compared tto other gaming laptops, we focus on the performance ability of the hardware and then the relative price of the laptop. Of course a laptop is often more than just its core tech components, like CPU and GPU, but for this exercise we want a standardised way of looking across laptops to see what value they have to today’s laptop gamer. So we consider $ of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
A 7.5 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. With these hardware components the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop is placed at 11th position within the Alienware M15 R3 range, when put into the price to performance order. Those laptops closer to the number 1 position of this list are the better value propositions today.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1499.99||23%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1699.99||20%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1749.99||18%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1849.99||18%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1849.99||17%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1999.99||12%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2099.99||11%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$1999.99||4%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2||$2299.99||3%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2149.99||1%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2249.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2399.99||3%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2499.99||4%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K||$2499.99||6%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2799.99||16%|
Our Alienware M15 R3 laptop should also be compared to today’s best Price to Performance model, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. When stacked up against this, our laptop has 128% worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $985.33 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. The next best model is Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $858.54. Our Alienware M15 R3 review laptop is 111% worse when comparing Price/Performance against the next top P2P laptop. Again this is purely a value for performance comparison, and many things go into helping us choose the right laptop for us. This is a good indicator but it's certainly then worth looking through the range for other configurations of a laptop you are interested in to find the right price point for you.
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our Alienware M15 R3 laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. 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 35% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
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.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop CPU is 28% better in performance. Compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla our laptop processor is 28% better.
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop 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.
Interestingly we can see 487 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 500 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended graphics requirements of the most popular games today, like Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop GPU is 45% better in performance. Compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla our laptop graphics performance is 45% better.
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $11.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $38 during these past two weeks. Reviewing all our records the lowest tracked price we have for this mouse was recorded on 15th Aug 2020, where it was 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||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$58.95|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K laptop is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $30.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020, which had it priced at $25.98.