Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB 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
Our Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
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Is the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor is no problem. As it meets game requirements of today it will likely hold its own against future release titles as well, this is an excellent CPU for a gaming laptop. With 6 of CPU cores available, this processor doesn’t have to worry too much about gaming processes bottlenecking as few games will be able to use all of these cores completely
Graphics Card - Our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q card is considered good for modern 2021 AAA gaming. With 8GB of VRAM available to the GPU, this graphics solution doesn’t have to worry about a shortage, when it comes to modern AAA gaming, making it an excellent choice..
System Memory - This system memory, 32GB, is excellent for meeting 2021 AAA game requirements.
Screen Size - The 17.3" panel found in this laptop we would consider an excellent size for modern 2021 AAA games, and the sort of screen size more serious gamers would be looking for.
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 The top panel refresh rate for this laptop is 60Hz which is ok but not really your first choice, if you want a good gaming laptop. Look for panels that we mark as good or excellent if you think this laptop hardware can get higher than 60FPS on most modern games.
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
A key choice in any gaming laptop is making sure we identify the right graphics card in the laptop and know what it is capable of in today's gaming landscape. With this laptop we are taking a closer look at how its total laptop value compares to its capability when it comes to running modern demanding games. Also lets take a look at it when running modern popular games like, God of War 2018 or God of War: Ragnarok in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. With the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q inside this laptop, this graphics card solution will be capable of meeting 491 games at their minimum system requirements and 321 games at their recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games around today.
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Comparing Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
A key focus of this laptop review is to compare the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 to all other laptops in terms of how much its $2079.99 reflects the value of the gaming performance delivered by the this laptop’s hardware.
P2P rating of 7.7 today the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. Here we look at how our version of this Alienware M17 R1 laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 4th in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
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|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1579.99||25%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1779.99||15%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1879.99||6%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2079.99||0%|
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 118% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $1049. Our Alienware M17 R1 laptop currently has 90% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now the processing power is one of the primary areas that we will pay for in any PC and so let's see how our Alienware M17 R1 laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz to compare against our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 43% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 429 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 497 games.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like God of War 2018 our laptop CPU is 26% better in performance. Compared to Far Cry 6 our laptop processor is 3% better.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 53% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 321 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 ina similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 491 games.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q compared against recommended graphics requirements for God of War 2018 delivers 20% better performance while against Far Cry 6 it’s 16% worse and finally compared to God of War: Ragnarok it has a performance difference : 12% better.
The Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
The Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a physical 17.3" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? A 4K panel usually comes with 60Hz screen refresh rate that would be also setting a max FPS on any game played on the laptop, even if it’s laptop hardware could return higher FPS. Factor into the decision process about getting a 4K laptop, that most AAA games would struggle to reach 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on today’s regular laptop hardware. It’s worth noting that the Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 60Hz.
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. However, a 1080p laptop could very well have some good hardware in it, capable of playing AAA games comfortably at 4K with a few graphics setting tweaks. If this is the case then hook up the gaming laptop to a 4K or 1440p desktop monitor, for some serious home based gaming sessions. A decent desktop monitor is not going to have 60Hz getting in the way of extra FPS and is going to be enjoyably larger than the 15inch or 17inch screen thats most common on laptops.
The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
An example of a well priced 1440p desktop monitor would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which has 75Hz and is currently available for $311.99. We like to price track our favourite laptop hardware and peripherals. And as a point of note the lowest tracked price for this 1440p monitor was recorded on 9th Mar 2021, which was priced at $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
If you wanted to pick up a 4K desktop monitor to go alongside this laptop then the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz looks well priced right now. At $618 it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $618. 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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However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
Save your cash, don't grab a 4K laptop for gaming at the moment. A 1080p is certainly the best top end gaming laptop choice at the moment. There are not many 1440p monitors that we have seen. It could be a disappointing experience if you buy your new 4K laptop, and then for each modern game you pick up be faced with dropping resolution or graphics settings to achieve an ok FPS. Even then we will be seeing a max 60FPS because of the common 60Hz found on the 4K panel.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $12.99 it should work well with this Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $32.26, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated 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|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your Dell Alienware M17 R1 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, then the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.