Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Alienware M17 R3
Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
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Today's review of the gaming Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop explores the performance to value relationship of its hardware components. We will be comparing some of the most demanding games to see some expected frame rates for the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz 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. Games are beginning to lean on more CPU cores for extra processing. Fortunately this CPU has 6 cores, making it an excellent gamers processor choice.
Graphics Card - Today’s AAA 2021 gaming is dealt with well by the GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile. Not perfect but certainly this is a good gamer laptop choice of graphics card. The GPU in this laptop comes with 6GB of VRAM. This is a good amount for today’s AAA games.
System Memory - This laptop system memory is excellent at meeting today’s 2021 system requirements demands and with its 32GB of RAM it will certainly meet the requirements of games into the near future as well.
Screen Size - This panel, which is 17.3", is excellent for displaying 2021 AAA game details and having some nice space to showcase games on. We are often looking for a gaming laptop to have at least a 17 inch screen, to give the gaming laptop enough viewability for game details. The smaller the screen, the harder it can be to see some details on the game menus and hover over tips, that are so common in games nowadays.
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. With just 60Hz refresh rate this is ok and passable for gaming, but ideally you are looking for a screen with a higher rate.
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K 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 Far Cry 6, New World and Forza Horizon 5 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 4K resolution while the games would be running at Ultra video settings. 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 2060 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 491 games at their min specs and then 295 games can be run at recommended graphics requirements.
Far Cry 6 FPS Low to Ultra 1080p Graphics Settings Results Graph
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Comparing Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
We really want to see how the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K 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.
We currently give the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop a 7.7 out of 10 for its P2P score. Where the higher the better rating. As mentioned the figure will adjust as new hardware is released and performance expectations shift over time. Looking at how this configuration of the Alienware M17 R3 laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 9th spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
32GB DDR4 2666MHz
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
2x USB 3.1
1x Thunderbolt 3
1x Micro SD
Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
Looking outside of the Alienware M17 R3 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 116%worse rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. The 2nd best model for Price to Performance ratings today is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. It’s price is listed as $1049. Comparing our Alienware M17 R3 laptop on its P2P shows our review model to have 89%worse Price to Performance score when compared against the 2nd best laptop range for P2P.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
The Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 451 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 499 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at New World which shows our laptop CPU has 41%better performance than it. How about Forza Horizon 5, where we see our CPU is 32%better. Then there is 9%better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Far Cry 6.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our Alienware M17 R3 review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. We have the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it, which currently has 59%better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
Currently 295 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile. Or 491 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is New World and our laptop GPU delivers 31%better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Forza Horizon 5 in which we see our laptop graphics has 11%worse performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 19%worse performance when we put our laptop gpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $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. 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.
Of the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, 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.