Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 20th July 2020
Today's review of the gaming Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB 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 16GB 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 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This laptop has an excellent processor in it for meeting modern AAA CPU requirements during 2020 gaming. Loaded up with plenty of processor cores, this CPU has 6, which is excellent for AAA gaming that wants extra cores for processing.
Graphics Card - Today’s AAA 2020 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 system memory, 16GB, is excellent for meeting 2020 AAA game requirements.
Screen Size - An excellent panel size, the 17.3" screen on this laptop has the physical viewability and real estate for 2020 games to be clearly displayed. Sometimes getting smaller laptops can mean squinting and struggling to see menu wording in games or being able to read hover over tags of units.
Refresh Rate - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. The refresh rate for this laptop is just ok by modern gaming standards, with a 60Hz version panel available. You will want a higher refresh rate laptop screen if the laptop regularly gets a higher game frame per second number than the refresh rate number. So if you are getting 85FPS and your screen refresh rate is 60Hz, the laptop will always cap off at 60FPS, regardless of what the hardware can return.
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, Cyberpunk 2077 or Watch Dogs Legion. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 4K screen resolution. Coming loaded with the GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, this laptop is capable of beating 493 games at their minimum system specs and 364 games at their recommended system specs. This is when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games.
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own Alienware M17 R3 range.
A 8 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. This Alienware M17 R3 configuration is placed at 7th position, when we order the range by their price to performance ratings. Those getting closer to the 1st position in this list will be better gaming laptops for their price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K 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||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1949.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2079.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1849.99||4%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$1929.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2099.99||1%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2079.99||4%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2179.99||4%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2329.99||8%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2929.99||28%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3079.99||34%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$3329.99||42%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3479.99||49%|
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $986.99. This Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop is currently 111% worse rating when comparing price to performance. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $858.54. We see our Alienware M17 R3 laptop scores 96% worse against it for price to performance.
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our Alienware M17 R3 laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 35% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 480, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Assassins Creed: Valhalla recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 28% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Cyberpunk 2077, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 28% better performance. We also see the 28% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game Watch Dogs Legion for it’s processor requirements.
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this Alienware M17 R3 mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 59% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
The GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 364 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 493 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
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 Watch Dogs Legion and our laptop GPU delivers 16% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Assassins Creed: Valhalla in which we see our laptop graphics has 16% better performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 16% better performance when we put our laptop gpu against Cyberpunk 2077 recommended specs.
Of the mice we monitor and price track, today’s top mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, priced at $11.99. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $19, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. 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|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
You could pick up a headset to go with the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K. In our spotlight at the moment is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which today is $47.14. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.