Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 20th July 2020
The Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK 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 i9-10980HK 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 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2021. AAA games often need extra cores to run smoothly and minimise bottleneck. This laptop processor has 8 cores, which is excellent for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics card is excellent at running AAA titles released during 2021. AAA games often want a lot of VRAM from graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 8GB of VRAM, which isexcellent for modern gaming.
System Memory - This system memory, 32GB, is excellent for meeting 2021 AAA game requirements.
Screen Size - This laptop panel is an excellent 2021 size at 17.3". This will certainly help gamers see in game details and text. You can game on smaller physical screens, but once you get to this sort of screen size its a nicer experience, while still providing mobile gaming.
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. This laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. Which is just ok for gaming. There are better and if you want to enjoy higher frame rates you will look for a gaming laptop with a higher refresh rate.
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 Battlefield 6. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 4K screen resolution. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 500 at their minimum system requirements and then 493 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K will compare across all permutations of the Alienware M17 R3 model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
The Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K gaming laptop is currently getting a 5.2 on our P2P rating out of 10. Higher is better and this figure will adjust as new hardware and prices shift over time With a number of Alienware M17 R3 laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 15th position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK 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||63%|
|i7-10750H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1599.99||60%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1799.99||56%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1949.99||55%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2079.99||55%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1849.99||54%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$1929.99||49%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2099.99||48%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2079.99||43%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2179.99||43%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2 4K||$2329.99||38%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2929.99||16%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3079.99||10%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$3329.99||4%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3479.99||0%|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the Alienware M17 R3 range. It currently offers 210% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999.00. 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 193% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. 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 32% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor.
Currently 483 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto VI and our laptop processor gets 17% better performance rating. Next we have Battlefield 6 where our CPU gets 25% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Resident Evil 8, which has a performance difference of : 6% better, when put against our laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
One of the key hardware aspects in any laptop is certainly the graphics card. Our Alienware M17 R3 laptop’s GPU solution can be compared against a laptop that has one of the most powerful GPU’s around today, which will give us a relative benchmark. And will help us know how this laptop performs against the top end GPU laptop available today. 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 2080 Super Mobile card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 16% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 493 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 500 games.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the Battlefield 6 which currently our GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile is 27% better next let's see how well it runs against Resident Evil 8. We can see it is 27% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 17% better.
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $12.99. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $37. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. 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||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which is currently available for $39.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.