Alienware Area 51M and Nvida 30XX (Ampere) series 2020?

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Would/should dell honor the exchange/pay difference?

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  1. Izen

    Izen Notebook Guru

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    Hey everyone! Been a while since I've been on here. But I proudly just ordered my Area 51M last week. Got it as loaded as my budget would allow taking advantage of the 1k discount on the site.

    But I recently have just seen the rumors about the new 30XX (Ampere) series from Nvidia and the supposed performance that they're going to be offering in early 2020 and apparently cheaper than the 20XX series.

    So this brings me to question, if this becomes an option as an upgrade from Dell early next year, have they been reasonable in the past for upgrading with an "exchange" with only having to cover the difference of cost of the new GPU? For example, the dell rep when I had ordered my Area 51M said I could upgrade to the 2080 from the 2070 and would only have to pay the difference of the part (450 to 500 CAD) and they of course would take my 2070 afterwards.

    Now trust me, I know rumors are rumors and I take it with a grain of salt. But I am certain that I wont be the only one asking.

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    pathfindercod Notebook Virtuoso

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    Rumors are rumors and nobody here knows if Dell plans an upgrade or not for the 51m..
     
  3. firedragon247

    firedragon247 Notebook Enthusiast

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    True, besides, technology moves quickly and you have to accept that very quickly after you buy it there will be a more powerful version round the corner. Companies aren't going to last very long if they exchange I. The way the OP described
     
  4. MogRules

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    You mean afterwards? You sure he didn't mean at the time of purchase? I have never heard of them allowing upgrades and trading up on parts. If you want to buy a new GPU at their price sure, but I have never heard of them doing this. Their used to be a trad in program for your old hardware and they would basically buy it back off of you, but you never got much for it, it was pretty much a waste of time.
     
  5. Terreos

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    We still have no idea is they will make upgrade parts for the Area 51m. For all we know it might be discontinued next year and we'll be left with the M15 r2 and M17 r2. Even as we speak I can't see anything you can buy for the Area 51m besides the power adapters. So if you bought a RTX 2060 you can't seem to buy a 2070 or 2080 as an upgrade kit. SO if they don't have it as of right now I don't expect them to honor that at all.

    And every generation is hyped to heck and back. Look at the RTX series. I was supposed to be amazing and Ray Tracing was supposed to be the greatest feature ever. Yet when it launched there we zero and I do mean zero games that had Ray Tracing at launch. And even when it got here it was horrible for performance. So no SANE gamer gives to flips about it. It just jacked the price up to insane levels. So if the 30XX cards are cheaper it's likely because it's gonna be a rebrand on the 20XX series.

    That being said Alienware will take a bit to even bring the 30XX cards out once it is released. So that could be 3-5 months from now. So I'd grab something now and wait for the 40XX series.
     
  6. MogRules

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    They announced the first upgrade kits a few days ago.

    https://www.theverge.com/circuitbre...rea-51m-gpu-upgrade-kits-nvidia-rtx-2070-2080

    Umar also said the prices are wrong and are lower, but we don't know if this is just a sale or what.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Alienware/...the/f6v0kjv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

    I think the reason we didn't see the current upgrade kits sooner is the proportion of 2080's that were likely sold. While I know some people did buy 2060/2070 configs I imagine most probably went with the 2080 config. I presume we would see 3xxx / 4xxx series DGFF GPU's come out a lot sooner if we see them at all.
     
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  7. Terreos

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    HOLY That better be wrong because $1600 for a RTX 2080 is absurd.They better keep it at that INTRODUCTORY price.

    Glad I'm wrong and they're atleast available. Just that price man. Ouch.
     
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  8. MogRules

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    To be fair, the upgrade does come with the GPU, larger power brick, new cooling solution AND and installer. Yes it's expensive but your not just getting the GPU in that either. Either way , I agree, I hope it stays at the introductory rate. MXM cards were over $1000 as well when they were first coming out. The first MXM 1070 I can remember seeing on here was well over $1000 and people still bought those.

    I know this is US pricing as well, but when the RTX desktop GPU launched in Canada it was almost $1600 by itself :wacko:
     
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  9. Terreos

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    AH. . .I thought it was just the cooler and the card. Soooooo. . .not terrible? I haven't MXM card since. . .oh lord the AMD 4870 and I upgraded to the 6870? I remember that was maybe $500-$600? Expensive, but due able. . .inflation is crazy these days.

    Just be thankful you're not in Australia. They always seemed to get slapped with the worst in cost.
     
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    Heh, I am in Canada so were not THAT much better IMO. The cost of the Area51m in Canada is 2x what it is in the US, but yes I know you guys get the short end of the stick when it comes to costs.
     
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