Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 20th July 2020
Today's gaming laptop review, for the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 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.
Is the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor is excellent, and it meets and runs AAA titles released during 2021 with little problem. The 6 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This graphics card is considered an excellent 2021 choice for modern AAA games. This GPU has 8GB of VRAM. This is excellent and plenty for modern AAA gaming.
System Memory - This system memory, 16GB, is excellent for meeting 2021 AAA game requirements.
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 - 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 We can see this laptop can support high gaming refresh rates, with 144Hz screen panel built in. This is excellent refresh rates for gaming. More than 60Hz would still be suitable for gaming.
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like Far Cry 6, Battlefield 6 and Battlefield 2042. This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. A good way of considering performance of this mobile graphics card is by seeing how many of today's 500 most demanding games can be run at recommended graphics settings by the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile found in this laptop. We can also then look at the weaker minimum requirement to see how many this laptop card can run of them, and it is 499 games at their min specs and then 478 games can be run at recommended graphics requirements.
We really want to see how the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 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.
With a P2P rating of 7.9 today the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. Today the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop sits at 8th place compared to all the other permutations of the Alienware M17 R3 range. Laptops placed nearer to 1st place in the P2P list of the model range will be better value for your money when looking at gaming laptops in this range.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1829.99||10%|
|i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1599.99||8%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1799.99||6%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1949.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2079.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1849.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$1929.99||1%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2099.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2079.99||3%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2179.99||4%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2329.99||7%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2929.99||28%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3079.99||34%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$3329.99||41%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3479.99||48%|
It's good to see how this Alienware M17 R3 laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 110% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $999.00. 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 $1049.00 and our laptop gets 83% worse against its price to performance rating.
If you are looking for a strong CPU focused laptop then let's compare this Alienware M17 R3 laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 45% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
The Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 463 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 500 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended processor requirements, our laptop CPU performs as follows - Far Cry 6 our laptop CPU is 16% better and then looking at Battlefield 6 our laptop CPU is 17% better and finally compared to Battlefield 2042 it has a performance difference : 17% better.
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. A top tier graphics focused laptop is the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz. Housing a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile GPU that performs 31% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 478 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 499 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop GPU GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile against Far Cry 6. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 9% worse performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Battlefield 6 and our laptop was 12% better in graphics performance and another popular title today is Battlefield 2042 which we saw our review laptop get 12% better compared to our laptop gpu.
This laptop’s panel has a physical 17.3" screen that delivers 1920x1080 pixels natively. But should you consider moving from this 1080p laptop and searching for a 4K laptop instead, with the intention of getting better visuals for your games or movies? 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. We can see 144Hz 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. But if the laptop does have the hardware to run today's AAA titles at 4K resolution, a normal sized portable PC comes with a 15 or 17 inch panel. This might not be physically big enough to make the most of the splendors of your game. It would of course look great still, but perhaps a dedicated monitor for your desk, one that isnt 60Hz restricted would accommodate that gaming scenario.
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.
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.
The 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $299.00 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it reached the low cost price of $229.99.
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 $629.99. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $588. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $549.99, which we recorded on 13th Nov 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
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.
If you are looking for a good value mouse to go with your Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 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. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $29. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $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||$43.05|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$56.99|
Of the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, priced at $47.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.