Alienware Area-51M R2 RAM upgrade

Discussion in 'Alienware' started by jpowell490, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. etern4l

    etern4l Notebook Virtuoso

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    That's messed up - you have 3200 modules but they are only running at 2933, so it looks like this 2933 motherboard nonsense is real.
    As for why you CPU underperforms, I can't tell. Are you sure there is no thermal throttling?
     
  2. jpowell490

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    I wouldn't think so, it reads in the high 80s or low 90s at the highest. However, if I undervolt it, it gets a bit faster, but not nearly close to what it should be.
     
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    XMP is disabled in the bios, so maybe enabling it would allow the 3200, not sure.
     
  4. etern4l

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    Well, can you not enable XMP in BIOS?
    What's your Cinebench 20 score?
     
  5. ratchetnclank

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    I bought the 2933 ram but they shipped it with samsung 3200 modules. They still only run at 2933 with no option to enable XMP.
     
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    You are correct. The census here is they use different motherboards for the ram to limit it.
     
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    Using the 1.6.0 bios and Intel XTU 6.5.2.40 try applying a custom profile using the primary timings from the XMP/JEDEC 3200mhz profile. It should be able to train successfully and boot.

    XTU modifies the hidden bios options so the settings will remain applied across bootups even if uninstalled.

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    I've never been able to install XTU without breaking AWCC. Does yours still work? I need the fan control more than anything else.
     
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    I don't have AWCC as the 10700k+RX5700M runs fine in balanced mode all the time. In theory you can uninstall AWCC, install XTU, make memory profile changes, uninstall XTU, re-install AWCC.
     
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