Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super 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
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K 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.
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Is the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The processor we find in this laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements with ease, making it an excellent 2022 laptop gaming choice for CPU. 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 - This laptop graphics card is excellent at running AAA titles released during 2022. Loaded up with a huge amount of VRAM, this GPU has 8GB, which makes it excellent for AAA gaming.
System Memory - A laptop with 16GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2022 and into the future.
Screen Size - We were looking for 17 inch panels as the gaming standard for top tier gaming laptops. You can certainly game on smaller laptops but we have found that often the extra physical space helps provide 2022 games with the chance to read and make out in game menus and details that smaller panels can struggle to display clearly. So this 17.3" panel is an excellent gaming laptop choice for screen size.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. 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 2070 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop
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, Grand Theft Auto VI or Star Citizen. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 4K screen resolution. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile card that's powering the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 499 at min system specs and will run 464 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super 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 2070 Super 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.
With a P2P rating of 7.7 today the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. There look to be a number of Alienware M17 R3 versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 10th 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 2070 Super Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
It's good to see how this Alienware M17 R3 laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 118% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $999. 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 90% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is 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.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 441 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 499 games.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop CPU is 9% better in performance. Compared to Star Citizen our laptop processor is 7% worse.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Shall we see if our review laptop holds out favourably against a top GPU performance focused laptop PC that is currently available. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 27% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile.
The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 464 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 most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop video card is 3% better and then looking at Star Citizen our laptop GPU is 64% better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it has a performance difference : 3% better.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB 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. 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. 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|
|**||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|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $36.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.