Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Alienware M17 R3
Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Today's gaming laptop review, for the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2, 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.
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Is the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This processor is excellent, and it meets and runs AAA titles released during 2021 with little problem. 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 laptop graphics solution will struggle to run 2021 game releases making it a poor laptop GPU choice for gamers today. The 4GB VRAM in this graphics solution is just OK. There are games that could do with a lot more VRAM than this.
System Memory - The 16GB of RAM found in this laptop is an excellent quantity to deal with the requirements of 2021 AAA gaming.
Screen Size - We were looking for 17 inch panels as the gaming standard for top tier gaming laptops. You can certainly game on smaller laptops but we have found that often the extra physical space helps provide 2021 games with the chance to read and make out in game menus and details that smaller panels can struggle to display clearly. So this 17.3" panel is an excellent gaming laptop choice for screen size.
Refresh Rate - Refresh rates can be hard to see, when the laptop reseller doesn't make it clear. Assume 60Hz if this is the case. Ideally for a gaming laptop you want 120Hz. This means the games you run can get up to 120 frames per second, assuming the hardware inside them is powerful enough to deliver that FPS. The refresh rate caps a games deliverable FPS even if the hardware can deliver more FPS than the Hz. The top refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz which is excellent for gaming. Get a panel with over 60Hz refresh rate would certainly be suitable for gaming.
Radeon RX 5500M 4GB graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Far Cry 6 or New World. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB card that's powering the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 309 at min system specs and will run 0 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the Alienware M17 R3 model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
P2P rating of 8.3 today the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. With these hardware components the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is placed at 2nd position within the Alienware M17 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.
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|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 94% worse rating between its price to performance rating and today's best valued laptop, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 that is currently priced at $999. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $1049. The Alienware M17 R3 laptop in this review is 70% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB 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 R3 laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it that performs 35% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz processor.
Currently 451 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz. Or it is 499 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Far Cry 6 our laptop is 9% better, and compared to New World it is 41% better , where as against Battlefield 2042 it delivers 28% better performance.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Shall we see if our review laptop holds out favourably against a top GPU performance focused laptop PC that is currently available. A top tier graphics focused laptop is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Housing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GPU that performs 131% better when compared to our review laptop’s Radeon RX 5500M 4GB.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the Radeon RX 5500M 4GB, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 0 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 309 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the New World which currently our Radeon RX 5500M 4GB is 17% worse next let's see how well it runs against Battlefield 2042. We can see it is 52% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 45% worse.
The Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
With a 1080p native screen panel our Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a 17.3" physical screen size. This inch panel size is measured starting in one corner, say the top corner and then across the middle of the screen down to the bottom corner on the other side. And in our case it has a fixed number of pixels in that screen that are 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. We can see 144Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
As a somewhat last resort a gamer could lower a game’s displayed screen resolution away from the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. Dropping down to 1080p or maybe 1440p would deliver more frames per second in game and help provide a more stable FPS in modern AAA games. But taking this action, moving away from the native 4K resolution, immediately reduces game graphics definition and makes it look blurry. Not an ideal situation on a new gaming 4K laptop. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
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
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $311.99 it should go nicely with this Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $618. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. It's interesting that even though this is a well priced 4K monitor today, our price tracking shows it has gone up in price by $618 during recent weeks. Interestingly we spotted this 4k monitor at its lowest recorded price on 13th Nov 2020, where it was priced up as $549.99.
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If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
Paying extra for 4K gaming in a laptop is not really a good investment of your cash at the moment. We would put our extra cash in to a 1080p with better graphics card or maybe a nice mouse or headset. Because with the 4K laptop you may be sad when having to drop your favourite modern games screen resolution to get an ok frame rate. Or perhaps lowering the graphics setting to increase 4K FPS up to a stable and playable amount, only to hit a 60FPS ceiling due to the 60Hz 4K panel limit.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with 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|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. With its a current price of $36.99 it should work well with this Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.