Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB 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
Today's gaming laptop review, for the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K, 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 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz processor in the laptop is an excellent gaming CPU choice for 2022 gaming. 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 - This laptop comes with a good choice of graphics card capable of running lots of 2022 AAA games. Dont underestimate the importance of your GPU VRAM in modern gaming. This GPU has 6GB of VRAM which is a good amount, that will help deliver smooth gaming experiences. There are laptop GPU solutions with more VRAM, but there are certainly some with less as well.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB of RAM is excellent for 2022 gaming.
Screen Size - An excellent panel size, the 17.3" screen on this laptop has the physical viewability and real estate for 2022 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 - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. So with those thoughts in mind and how the refresh rate impacts gaming, the review laptop has an ok refresh rate available to it. The 60Hz is certainly not great though, and if your hardware can deliver better FPS than the refresh rate, then perhaps shop around for a better refresh rate panel.
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop
One of the most important components to a gamer for this laptop is getting it’s graphics card right. We will be taking a look at the sort of price to performance ratio the laptop hardware has and in particular help us know if how well the graphics card can run Grand Theft Auto VI at 4K ultra settings. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 490 at their minimum system requirements and then 273 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
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Comparing Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K 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 currently give the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop a 8 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. There look to be a number of Alienware M17 R3 versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 7th in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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|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
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. Our Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop’s price to performance is 109% 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. Second on the Price to Performance laptop ranking at the moment is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 which we have a recorded price of $1049. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 82% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. Using the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 35% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 441 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 499 games.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 9% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 9% better performance. We also see the 7% worse performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game Star Citizen for it’s processor requirements.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the most important focuses of a gaming PC is the graphics card and our review laptop is certainly no different. As such we will want to know how well our Alienware M17 R3 laptop performs in the graphical visuals area compared to what is available on the current laptop market. A great way to consider this is by putting it into a comparison against a well priced laptop that has the most powerful laptop GPU around at the moment, and then we can review its performance against that top graphics card laptop. The GPU focused laptop we picked for our comparison is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Its got one of the best graphics cards found in laptops at the moment, which is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB. It delivers 59% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 273 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 ina similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 490 games.
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 Star Citizen and our laptop GPU delivers 31% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) in which we see our laptop graphics has 18% worse performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 18% worse performance when we put our laptop gpu against Grand Theft Auto VI recommended specs.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB 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 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $12.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $32.26, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment 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|
|**||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 the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, priced at $36.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.