Laptop announced date: 25th April 2020
Last reviewed: 15th July 2020
Today's review of the gaming Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K laptop explores the performance to value relationship of its hardware components. We will be comparing some of the most demanding games to see some expected frame rates for the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor is an excellent 2021 hardware component for running modern AAA games. 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 2021. Loaded up with a huge amount of VRAM, this GPU has 8GB, which makes it excellent for AAA gaming.
System Memory - The 32GB RAM found in this machine is considered an excellent 2021 amount for modern AAA titles and a solid gaming machine.
Screen Size - By our standards our review laptop’s 15.6" panel is considered good for modern 2021 gaming. There are larger laptops but with this laptop you will get a good balance between portability and gaming viewability. The screen size provides a gamer with larger menus, whereas the resolution of the panel provides definition. 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 on this laptop panel is ok for gaming, at 60Hz, but a decent gaming laptop would have a higher rate, to help deliver better FPS, if the hardware was capable of that in game.
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 4K resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Battlefield 6. The GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q in this machine is currently capable of running 499 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 483 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
Now let us compare the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K laptop to other gaming laptops, with regards to the performance ability it delivers and when considering the price of the laptop. Obviously there are many things that go into a quality laptop build, but at this point we want a standardised system to compare across laptops just on that criteria. It will consider $ of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
P2P rating of 7.2 today the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. This version of the Alienware M15 R3 laptop is currently positioned at 14th when ordered in the range lineup for Price to Performance value rating. The closer to 1st place the better gaming performance it deliver for its price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1499.99||30%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1699.99||27%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1749.99||25%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1849.99||25%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1849.99||23%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1999.99||19%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2099.99||18%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$1999.99||10%|
|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||6%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2249.99||6%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2399.99||3%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2499.99||2%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K||$2499.99||0%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2799.99||10%|
How about we compare our Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($999.00) and our laptop is 138% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. The next best model is Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $853.00. Our Alienware M15 R3 review laptop is 125% 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.
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. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor in it that performs 45% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz processor.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 463 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 500 games.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop CPU is 9% better in performance. Compared to Battlefield 6 our laptop processor is 17% better.
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. Today’s Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz 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 3080 16GB Mobile to compare against our GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 28% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
Currently 483 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. Or 499 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is Battlefield 6 and our laptop GPU delivers 15% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Resident Evil 8 in which we see our laptop graphics has 15% better performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 6% better performance when we put our laptop gpu against Grand Theft Auto VI recommended specs.
If you are looking for a good value mouse to go with your Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K 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 $12.99. It’s price, over the past couple of weeks, has increased a bit, by $12.99. So with a little look around you should be able to find some more savings on this mouse. 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|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Logitech MX Master 2S||$57.95|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the Dell Alienware M15 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1000GB M.2 4K is, HyperX Cloud Stinger with a price of $39.99. Exploring the price trends for this headset shows us it has increased its price by $39.99 over the past two weeks, so perhaps there are still deals that can be found on this headset. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 recorded at 12th Mar 2020.