Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 20th July 2020
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
Is the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This laptop processor can run modern AAA titles with little problem and is an excellent laptop CPU gaming choice for 2021. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 6 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - An excellent graphics card for running AAA titles during the 2021 gaming year. The graphics solution in the laptop also has 8GB of VRAM. This is an excellent gamers amount of VRAM and plenty for today’s big games.
System Memory - This laptop’s 32GB of RAM is excellent for 2021 gaming.
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 - Look for higher refresh rate hertz for a gaming laptop. Ideally around 120Hz or more refresh rate on a gaming laptop screen. The laptop can only deliver FPS(frames per second) up to the listed refresh rate. So if you have hardware in your laptop that can turn out awesome frame rates on all the latest AAA titles, but a 60hz refresh rate, your laptop will be stuck at a maximum of 60FPS in all games. After considering that, we can see that this laptop has an excellent 300Hz gaming laptop refresh rate. But otherwise for peace of mind, try and find a laptop panel that is more than 60Hz and that will still be ok.
Getting the right graphics card for this mobile gaming machine will be one of our key focuses. As we know it can be tricky to break this down, but we will be looking at how this laptop hardware can run across demanding and popular modern games and therefore how well the price of the machine stacks up against other gaming laptops. A few of the modern demanding or popular games we will be looking at will be, Far Cry 6, Battlefield 6 and Battlefield 2042. Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 1080p resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile 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 478 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
We review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 8.2 for P2P. As not all laptops and their prices are of course valued equally we can see that this version of the Alienware M17 R3 laptop is in 5th position on the best Price to Performance value rating. Those closer to 1st place are simply better gaming laptop options regarding the gaming performance they deliver for their price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz, 300Hz
Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1829.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1599.99||3%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1799.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1949.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2079.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1849.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$1929.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2099.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2079.99||8%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2179.99||9%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2329.99||12%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2929.99||34%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3079.99||41%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$3329.99||49%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3479.99||55%|
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $999.00. Our Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop’s price to performance is 100% worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our Alienware M17 R3 laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 75% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049.00 to consider.
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. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 45% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz which is found in this review laptop.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 463 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 in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 500 games.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Far Cry 6 delivers 16% better performance while against Battlefield 6 it’s 16% better and finally compared to Battlefield 2042 it has a performance difference : 17% better.
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. 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.
Currently 478 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile. Or 499 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
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.
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2’s 17.3" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. 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. You can find the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 panel with 144Hz, 300Hz refresh rate variants.
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. And if your laptop does have the power to run some of the modern games in 4K Ultra, you are likely to want to enjoy them on a larger than 17inch laptop panel. So at a later point perhaps buy a dedicated monitor for your desk that isnt 60Hz restricted, for those games, thus keeping your laptop for mobility.
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.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
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 32GB 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. 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.
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 $629.99 it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. We price track a number of carefully chosen laptop peripherals and during these past couple of weeks we saw that this 4k monitor has seen a slight price increase, but despite that it is still better quality to value compared to our other favourite monitors. Its recent price increased by $588, so perhaps it can be found a little cheaper elsewhere at the moment Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB 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 $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. 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||$43.05|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$56.99|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $47.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 and it was priced at $25.98.