Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 20th July 2020
Our Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super 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 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - With the Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz processor in this laptop its excellent for 2021 gaming, capable of running today’s game processor system requirements. This CPU comes with 6 cores, which is excellent providing it extra resource to chew through game processing when required.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2021. Loaded up with a huge amount of VRAM, this GPU has 8GB, which makes it excellent for AAA gaming.
System Memory - The 32GB is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2021.
Screen Size - An excellent panel size, the 17.3" screen on this laptop has the physical viewability and real estate for 2021 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 - 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 You can get this laptop with 60Hz refresh rate which, for gaming, is an ok refresh rate.
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Grand Theft Auto VI, Resident Evil 8 and Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 4K resolution, and at Ultra video settings. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 499 at their minimum system requirements and then 479 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
A key focus of this laptop review is to compare the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K to all other laptops in terms of how much its $ reflects the value of the gaming performance delivered by the this laptop’s hardware.
Our price and performance review leads us to allocate all laptops a P2P rating out of 10, which is relative to all laptops for comparison purposes and gets adjusted over time as the prices for hardware adjust and new more capable hardware is created. This laptop is currently given a 7.5 for P2P out of 10. This version of the Alienware M17 R3 laptop is currently positioned at 11th when ordered in the range lineup for Price to Performance value rating. The closer to 1st place the better gaming performance it deliver for its 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" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1829.99||18%|
|i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1599.99||16%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1799.99||13%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1949.99||12%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2079.99||12%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1849.99||12%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$1929.99||8%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2099.99||7%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2079.99||4%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2179.99||3%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2329.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2929.99||19%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3079.99||25%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$3329.99||32%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3479.99||38%|
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 $999.00. This Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop is currently 125% worse rating when comparing price to performance. Second on the Price to Performance laptop ranking at the moment is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 which we have a recorded price of $853.00. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 112% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
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. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor in it that performs 45% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz processor.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 463 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended processor requirements. This figure is 500 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop is 9% better, and compared to Resident Evil 8 it is 3% worse , where as against Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition it delivers 28% better performance.
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. Today’s Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz comes with one of the more powerful laptop graphics solutions available for game crunching at the moment, making it a good one to compare against our review laptops GPU. We will use its GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile to compare against our GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 31% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile.
The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 479 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 499 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended graphics requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop GPU is 3% better in performance. Compared to Resident Evil 8 our laptop graphics performance is 12% better.
A mouse 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 4K laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Of the mice we price track, it is one of the best valued mice today and currently priced at $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $37 during these past two weeks. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.38|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop, is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Today this headset is priced at $39.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.