Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB 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
Welcome to our Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
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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 processor we find in this laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements with ease, making it an excellent 2021 laptop gaming choice for CPU. With 8 of CPU cores available, this processor doesn’t have to worry too much about gaming processes bottlenecking as few games will be able to use all of these cores completely
Graphics Card - An excellent graphics card for running AAA titles during the 2021 gaming year. This GPU has 8GB of VRAM. This is excellent and plenty for modern AAA gaming.
System Memory - Today’s AAA 2021 gaming is easily covered by the 32GB RAM in this machine, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - A laptop with a 17.3" screen size, like we find on this laptop, puts it into the excellent category for mobile laptops and top end 2021 gaming. Of course it always needs the hardware to backup this up.
Refresh Rate - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. You can get this laptop with 60Hz refresh rate which, for gaming, is an ok refresh rate.
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop
Getting the right graphics card for this mobile gaming machine will be one of our key focuses. As we know it can be tricky to break this down, but we will be looking at how this laptop hardware can run across demanding and popular modern games and therefore how well the price of the machine stacks up against other gaming laptops. A few of the modern demanding or popular games we will be looking at will be, Far Cry 6, New World and Forza Horizon 5. Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 4K resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. We find a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 500 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile is also capable of running 491 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Have you been looking for the best gaming laptop for your buck? Well you have probably encountered what we have, which is that, only certain laptops are normally reviewed and even then the review is often using games that are now getting out of date. So we decided to factor in all permutations of the Alienware M17 R3 model range and compare them against the price adjustments those hardware variations incur when you change a GPU, for example. And so we have created this Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
We currently give the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop a 5.2 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. 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.
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|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
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. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $1049. We see our Alienware M17 R3 laptop scores 171% worse against it for price to performance.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our Alienware M17 R3 laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. We will choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for our CPU comparison tests as that laptop currently has the best CPU in it at the cheapest laptop price. Its CPU is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which we will compare to our review laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop CPU to be 23% better in performance compared to our laptop’s processor.
Today there are 474 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our CPU’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 processor 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 New World and our laptop CPU delivers 46% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Forza Horizon 5 in which we see our laptop processor has 38% better performance compared to the game's CPU specs. And then there is 17% better performance when we put our laptop cpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
How does the Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our Alienware M17 R3 review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it that performs 11% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile graphics hardware.
Currently 491 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile. Or 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at New World which shows our laptop video card has 87% better performance than it. How about Forza Horizon 5, where we see our GPU is 27% better. Then there is 15% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Far Cry 6.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $12.99 it should work well with this Dell Alienware M17 R3 i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K laptop. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $32.26, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. 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|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.