Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Alienware M17 R1
Laptop announced date: 1st January 2019
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
If you are looking for the best priced gaming laptop and was wondering how well the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 can run today’s latest games, then you are in the right place. We will be focusing this review on exploring how the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 performs against the most demanding games around and really getting a better understanding of this laptop’s price to performance today.
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Is the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor, the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz, is excellent and can meet 2021 AAA title requirements with relative ease. This laptop CPU has 6 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - This GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile graphics card is a good option for modern 2021 gaming and can run a number of AAA games smoothly. This GPU has 6GB of VRAM. This is considered a good amount of VRAm for modern games but some graphics solutions have more.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - This laptop panel is an excellent 2021 size at 17.3". This will certainly help gamers see in game details and text. You can game on smaller physical screens, but once you get to this sort of screen size its a nicer experience, while still providing mobile gaming.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. 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.
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
Getting a good price to performance gaming laptop is what we are all trying to do when looking for our next mobile machine. The key component in this is usually the graphics card. So we will of course be considering this hardware setup and how well it could run modern popular games like Back 4 Blood, Battlefield 2042 and Grand Theft Auto VI to help us know if this graphics card and laptop is a good price to performance point. We do this by considering the gaming frame rates achieved at its native 1080p resolution while the games would be running at Ultra video settings. The GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile card that's powering the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 491 at min system specs and will run 300 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 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 $1579.99 of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
Our price and performance review leads us to allocate all laptops a P2P rating out of 10, which is relative to all laptops for comparison purposes and gets adjusted over time as the prices for hardware adjust and new more capable hardware is created. This laptop is currently given a 8.8 for P2P out of 10. There look to be a number of Alienware M17 R1 versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 1st in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1579.99||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1779.99||8%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1879.99||18%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2079.99||25%|
Looking outside of the Alienware M17 R1 laptop range we can compare our review laptop to today’s leading Price to Performance laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which has a recorded price of $999. Our laptop has 75% worse rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $1049 and our laptop gets 53% worse against its price to performance rating.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Alienware M17 R1 laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. That processor performs 43% better compared to our review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 428 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended processor requirements. This figure is 497 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
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 Battlefield 2042 and our laptop CPU delivers 24% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Grand Theft Auto VI in which we see our laptop processor has 3% better performance compared to the game's CPU specs. And then there is 28% better performance when we put our laptop cpu against Back 4 Blood recommended specs.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 59% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile from our review laptop.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 300, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 491.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile compared against recommended graphics requirements for Back 4 Blood delivers 31% better performance while against Battlefield 2042 it’s 18% worse and finally compared to Grand Theft Auto VI it has a performance difference : 18% worse.
The Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop has a 17.3" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? A 4K panel laptop is often restricted to 60Hz. This means that even if you did have the hardware inside your laptop to run a game at 4K, you wouldnt be able to get more than 60 FPS. Most laptop hardware, and desktop hardware for that matter, is not capable of 4K ultra graphics on modern games. We can see 60Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
Dropping a game’s screen resolution down below the native 4K resolution to 1080p or 1440p, would possibly deliver the much needed FPS for stable modern AAA gaming. Down scaling that native resolution comes at a price, though. As soon as you step away from the native resolution of any monitor/ panel it lowers the clean definition of a game as the physical number of screen pixels don't match those being sent by the game. The game starts to look blurry. If the following is the case, where the 1080p gaming laptop could run games you love at a higher 4K resolution then you could always hook up the PC laptop to a desktop monitor. One that was much bigger than the laptop screen size, like a 31inch with 144Hz refresh rate to enjoy 1440p or 4K resolution when gaming at home. Then still have your laptop for mobile gaming as well.
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
As you can probably gather from the information above, its 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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $311.99. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 9th Mar 2021, where it would cost $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Today's best priced 4K gaming monitor comes with a 144Hz refresh rate. It is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and is currently priced at $618. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $618, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Helping us to round out our information for this 4k monitor we can see it reached a low price on 13th Nov 2020, we noted the low price at $549.99.
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The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $32.26. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 is, Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround with a price of $36.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.