Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 20th July 2020
The Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
Is the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - An excellent CPU for running AAA game requirements, especially during the 2021 gaming year. It will be solid for some time to come as well. The processor in this laptop has 6 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - The graphics solution we find in this gaming laptop can run most modern AAA titles and is an excellent 2021 laptop gaming choice of GPU. This GPU has 8GB of VRAM. This is excellent and plenty for modern AAA gaming.
System Memory - An excellent amount of system memory, the 32GB is capable of running AAA titles during the 2021 gaming year and we would expect beyond that as well.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 17.3" screen can deliver a good viewable amount of real estate for modern games and in terms of screen size this is a step towards the laptop being an excellent gaming laptop choice. You can of course game on smaller screen laptops, but in game menus could become tricky to see on smaller screens.
Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. As far as refresh rates go, this laptop can be picked up with a 60Hz screen. When looking into modern gaming laptops this would be ok, but you would consider higher panel rates if you want to enjoy top frames per second..
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 Far Cry 6, Battlefield 6 and Battlefield 2042 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. Coming loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, this laptop is capable of beating 500 games at their minimum system specs and 493 games at their recommended system specs. This is when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games.
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop compared tto other gaming laptops, we focus on the performance ability of the hardware and then the relative price of the laptop. Of course a laptop is often more than just its core tech components, like CPU and GPU, but for this exercise we want a standardised way of looking across laptops to see what value they have to today’s laptop gamer. So we consider $ of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
A 5.9 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. Here we look at how our version of this Alienware M17 R3 laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 13th in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M17 R3 i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1829.99||47%|
|i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1599.99||45%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1799.99||41%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1949.99||41%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2079.99||41%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1849.99||40%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$1929.99||34%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2099.99||34%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2079.99||30%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2179.99||29%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2329.99||25%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2929.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3079.99||0%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$3329.99||6%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3479.99||10%|
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 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop is currently 181% worse rating when comparing price to performance. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $1049.00. The Alienware M17 R3 laptop in this review is 145% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
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. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 45% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz which is found in this review laptop.
Our laptop CPU beats 463 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 500 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
Recommended processor requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop CPU to some popular games of today. First off there is Battlefield 6 and our laptop CPU delivers 17% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Battlefield 2042 in which we see our laptop processor has 17% better performance compared to the game's CPU specs. And then there is 16% better performance when we put our laptop cpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
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. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card in it that performs 16% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile graphics hardware.
Today there are 493 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our GPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 500 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
Games these days have a range of graphics requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop GPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Far Cry 6 and our laptop graphics gets 4% better performance rating. Next we have Battlefield 6 where our graphics card gets 27% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Battlefield 2042, which has a performance difference of : 27% better, when put against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile.
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its price tag today is $12.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $29 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s 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|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$43.05|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$56.99|
Of the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, priced at $47.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 recorded at 12th Mar 2020.