Alienware m15 / i9-8950HK Review by Ultra Male

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  1. Ultra Male

    Ultra Male Super Tweaker

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    Alienware M15 - 15.6" FHD 144Hz - i9-8950HK-RTX 2080 Max-Q - EPIC SILVER

    CPU:
    Intel 9th Generation "Coffee Lake" Core i9-8950HK (2.9-4.8 GHz) 6 Core - 12 Thread Processor, 12MB SmartCache
    Thermal Paste: Stock
    Memory: Samsung M471A4G43MB1-CTD 2666 MHz 64GB DDR4 RAM
    GPU: nVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (90W) 8GB GDDR6
    Sound: Alienware Sound Center and Audio Recon software
    Headset: Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset AW988
    Screen: AU Optronics B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED) 15.6" FHD 144Hz IPS Screen
    Wireless: Killer Wireless-AC 1550
    Storage: 2x Samsung 960 PRO 2TB [RAID 0] + 2TB Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD
    Keyboard: Alienware AlienFX mSeries Keyboard
    Mouse: Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse AW959
    Battery: 60 WHr
    Power: 240W AC Power Adapter
    Extra(s): Alienware Graphics Amp, Alienware Vindicator 15" Backpack v2.0, Razer Manticor Mouse Pad
    Operating System: Windows 10 Enterprise
    Warranty: 4 Years Premium Support + 4 Year HIDevolution US Warranty + LIFETIME HIDevolution Technical Support
    Accidental Damage: 4 Year Accidental Damage Service

    Reseller/System Builder: HIDevolution
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    Benchmarks:

    Note:
    I am using the stock thermal paste that came with the laptop and won't test it with Liquid Metal or any other thermal paste as I am returning it back to Dell so I need to keep it in stock form.

    I am returning it for 2 reasons: 1) Not very happy with the temps of the i9-8950HK, the laptop is simply too small with inadequate cooling to have the 8950 HK run at its advertised speeds despite doing a -125mV undervolt. 2) I have a pretty good amount of backlight bleed on the bottom left and bottom right corner of the screen so Dell Dubai are considering this machine a DOA.

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    Last edited: Apr 7, 2019
  2. iunlock

    iunlock 9900K @ 5.5GHz

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    Looking forward to it!
     
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  3. CptXabaras

    CptXabaras Overclocked, Overvolted, Liquid Cooled

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    :D i was waiting for this

    Edit: please, beside the synthetic benchmarks, run games on it. I'm more interested in those, being a gamer, than the synthetics, which i use just to assest the cooling system performance before and after repastes :)
     
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  4. Terreos

    Terreos Notebook Deity

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    WOOHOO!

    If you're taste is anything like mine then you should be happy with this. Been a champ for me so far. I was skeptical since I heard enough negative things about it to make it seem like a flop. But, being hands on with it now for about a week I can safely say this is a nice little machine that packs a good punch. The only real thing I can complain about is that my model with the RTX 2060 comes with a 180w psu instead of the 230w. I think it should come standard with 230w and they should make a custom one as many manufactures have 230-240w psu's that are smaller than the 180w. :rolleyes:
     
  5. judal57

    judal57 Notebook Deity

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    i would like to see thermals without any cooling pad or something like that, only a raiser for the back
     
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  6. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    I'll be doing a video review on this as well similar to my Area-51m review. Hope it helps complement @Ultra Male review.
     
  7. Papusan

    Papusan JOKEBOOK's Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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  8. alexnvidia

    alexnvidia Notebook Deity

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  9. Ultra Male

    Ultra Male Super Tweaker

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    That's what I have right now, the laptop is just raised on the cooling pad which is not connected. Stay tuned
     
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  10. Papusan

    Papusan JOKEBOOK's Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    For yoo bruh:)
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    What yoo have.
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