Laptop announced date: 1st February 2019
Last reviewed: 11th February 2020
If you are looking to buy a new gaming laptop and want to know how well the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 compares to other laptops on offer then you have come to the right place. Today we are going to explore the type of performance return we can expect from this mobile gaming solution by comparing it to today’s demanding games
Is the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This laptop has an excellent processor in it for meeting modern AAA CPU requirements during 2020 gaming. Games are beginning to lean on more CPU cores for extra processing. Fortunately this CPU has 8 cores, making it an excellent gamers processor choice.
Graphics Card - The graphics solution we find in this gaming laptop can run most modern AAA titles and is an excellent 2020 laptop gaming choice of GPU. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern games.
System Memory - This laptop system memory is excellent at meeting today’s 2020 system requirements demands and with its 64GB of RAM it will certainly meet the requirements of games into the near future as well.
Screen Size - The 17.3" of physical panel screen, found in this laptop, is an excellent size to deal with the viewability requirements of 2020 AAA gaming on the move. The hardware will still need to run the games properly but this is the right sort of size screen for modern mobile AAA 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. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 144Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
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, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassins Creed: Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 1080p resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. We find a GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 497 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile is also capable of running 449 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the Alienware Area-51M laptop comes with, it gets very difficult to understand what value each permutation of this laptop will offer. To help us compare laptops based on their direct gaming value and capabilities, we defined a price to performance rating and allocated it to every laptop we review. Because as you have no doubt discovered during your research, it is very difficult to compare laptops for value against all other laptops. Even within their own model range. As soon as you adjust a single component and the laptop price shifts, what has that done to the gaming value of your laptop and is it still ok value for money? So we use a P2P rating to standardise the way we can look at all laptops. Of course laptops have tonnes of other values that are breathed into them when they are designed and they are not just about price to performance. But this is certainly a good way for us to help see the bigger picture, especially for a gaming laptop.
We currently give the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop a 4.4 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. This version of the Alienware Area-51M laptop is currently positioned at 31st 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 i9-9900 8-Core 3.1GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile|
|RAM||64GB DDR4 2400MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2649.99||30%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2749.99||25%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2849.99||25%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||23%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2899.99||20%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||18%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2999.99||17%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3099.99||17%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$3,499.99||16%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||14%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3199.99||14%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3299.99||14%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3149.99||14%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3249.99||14%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$2,949.00||13%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3349.99||10%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||8%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||8%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3449.99||8%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3549.99||8%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3499.99||8%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||6%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3649.99||6%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3749.99||6%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2060 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||5%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3599.99||5%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3699.99||5%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3799.99||3%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3899.99||1%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3999.99||1%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$3949.99||0%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4099.99||1%|
|i7-9700K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4149.99||1%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||2%|
|i7-9700 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4049.99||2%|
|i9-9900 RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4399.99||5%|
|i9-9900K RTX 2080 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2||$4499.99||7%|
It's good to see how this Alienware Area-51M 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 257% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $986.99. Second on the Price to Performance laptop ranking at the moment is the MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 which we have a recorded price of $939.99. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 233% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Alienware Area-51M laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz to compare against our Core i9-9900 8-Core 3.1GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 10% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i9-9900 8-Core 3.1GHz.
The Core i9-9900 8-Core 3.1GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 499 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 500 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended processor requirements, our laptop CPU performs as follows - Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop CPU is 42% better and then looking at Assassins Creed: Valhalla our laptop CPU is 42% better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War it has a performance difference : 58% better.
One of the key hardware aspects in any laptop is certainly the graphics card. Our Alienware Area-51M 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. A top tier graphics focused laptop is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Housing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GPU that performs 35% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 449 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 497 games.
When compared to the recommended graphics requirements of the most popular games today, like Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop GPU is 36% better in performance. Compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla our laptop graphics performance is 36% better.
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop has a 17.3" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. The refresh rate of a 4K laptop panel is often 60Hz. This figure sets a 60 frames per second cap that locks a game to no matter the capability of the hardware in the 4K laptop. However, today’s AAA games, when running at Ultra graphics settings and 4K resolution, usually require hardware that we don't see in laptops or desktops to even reach that 60FPS cap. It’s worth noting that the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 144Hz.
Dropping a game’s screen resolution down below the native 4K resolution to 1080p or 1440p, would possibly deliver the much needed FPS for stable modern AAA gaming. Down scaling that native resolution comes at a price, though. As soon as you step away from the native resolution of any monitor/ panel it lowers the clean definition of a game as the physical number of screen pixels don't match those being sent by the game. The game starts to look blurry. But if the laptop does have the hardware to run today's AAA titles at 4K resolution, a normal sized portable PC comes with a 15 or 17 inch panel. This might not be physically big enough to make the most of the splendors of your game. It would of course look great still, but perhaps a dedicated monitor for your desk, one that isnt 60Hz restricted would accommodate that gaming scenario.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $335.36. We have seen this desktop 1440p monitor recorded at a low price on 5th Aug 2020, where we saw it was costing $272.99.
Nixeus EDG XB273K 27 inch 4K FreeSync IPS 4ms 144Hz is a good value, high performing desktop display that might work well with this laptop. It's currently priced up at $635.04 and also has a 144Hz refresh rate. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 21st Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $635.04.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
Save your cash, don't grab a 4K laptop for gaming at the moment. A 1080p is certainly the best top end gaming laptop choice at the moment. There are not many 1440p monitors that we have seen. It could be a disappointing experience if you buy your new 4K laptop, and then for each modern game you pick up be faced with dropping resolution or graphics settings to achieve an ok FPS. Even then we will be seeing a max 60FPS because of the common 60Hz found on the 4K panel.
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons, which is currently available for $10.87. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 23rd Nov 2020, where it cost $10.87.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$10.87|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$30.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$52.99|
You could pick up a headset to go with the Dell Alienware Area-51M i9-9900 RTX 2070 Mobile 64GB RAM 256GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which today is $39.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 where we saw it for $25.98.