Alienware m15 R2

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by Terreos, May 28, 2019.

  1. FXi

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    The 17 probably should have saved the mem slots - given people a reason to go with the bigger model.

    I sure hope they can source a 120hz OLED panel at some point. Having one on the 15 kind of makes the 17 look like a red headed step child.
     
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    Isn't the normal for Alienware re-use same MB for both 15 and 17 inch Aw models? From what I remember you couldn't use the 2 extra Sata slots in older Aw15 who was in use for Aw 17. The cheapo way. One fits all.
     
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    I was planning to order m15 R1 on this weekend because currently Dell Japan has good rebates. After m15 R2 was announced, now I don't know what to do..LOL

    Of course, m15 R2 is not perfect and has several negative points but I really like the new Area 51m-ish design...hmm
     
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    better cooling, go with the r2 :)
     
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    I'd go with the newer R2 if you don't need:

    2 upgradable RAM slots (only 1 slot in R2)
    Higher capacity battery (60 or 90WHr on R1, Only 76Whr on R2)
     
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    I forgot to mention another key aspect of my decision to go with m15 R1 - the fact they are sold with just one 8GB. I wanted 32GB of RAM. Most competitors would sell pre-built machines with either 1x16GB or 2x8GB. Neither option really works. If I get a machine with 1x16GB, which will likely be subpar RAM, you have to either try and find a matching 16GB stick or throw it away and get a new 32GB kit. 2x8GB just gets thrown away. Aero was actually advertised as equipped with "great Samsung RAM" and there was a limited time offer to get a second stick for free. Would have to send some application and wait, subject to stock availability etc.

    Now, Dell demands extortionate amounts for RAM (approx 250% markup to retail price) and it's mediocre RAM, so the 8GB throwaway RAM option was great.

    With R2 people who want 32GB (assuming that's even going to be possible) will effectively be forced to either get 16GB variant and hunt for a compatible stick, or pay up for the inferior RAM from Dell.

    [​IMG]

    OK, and it has 90W 2070 MQ chip as opposed to 80W variants in the Blade and Aero :)
     
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    This is correct, they have been reusing the same motherboards in all systems since the AW17R2. In that sense the 17inch versions barely have any benefits over the 15inch versions because the heatsinks arent larger either is most of them, just stretched heatpipes for the larger space between the radiators.
     
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    As if it so hard to find memory stick with SK Hynix ram which they have been using for ages now. Dont make a fuzz where there is one. Their problem is that part of the ram is soldered. Now hoping they do not solder Transcend ram on their which is notorious for crapping out.

    Components are always marked up with manufacturers like these. This is nothing new. That is their whole business in general, less profit on systems, milk the profit on components and cables.

    Oh? then my Blade must be a very special one of device. Because it surely boost over 90 watts even in balanced mode.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I don't normally feed trolls, but the only 2 places non-ECC variants of SK Hynix DDR4 2666Mhz SODIMMs seem to be available from in the UK according to Google (apart from Dell I guess) are ebay and Amazon, where it's 30% more expensive than HyperX Impact.

    www.amazon.co.uk/SK-Hynix-2666MHz-PC4-21300-HMA82GU6CJR8N-VK/dp/B07PGVLPDC/
    www.amazon.co.uk/HyperX-HX426S15IB2-16-Impact-SODIMM/dp/B01N7K4DV4/

    It won't be so clear and simple for people to figure out which SODIMMs will optimally complement the soldered RAM, they would need to match the timings to modules on the market. I doubt Dell will offer a compatibility list.
    Overall, I'm not sure which part of "soldered RAM limits choice and is bad for consumers" is hard to grasp.

    How about they make more money by starting to design notebooks with lower failure and return rates?

    Good to see Razer has caught up though (hope 8750 / 2070 MQ Blade users are achieving 17550 in FireStrike now), perhaps Gigabyte have too, as per https://www.ultrabookreview.com/24787-laptops-rtx-2070-graphics/. From 11. June or so they will become much more compelling options.

    Looks like Dell had an ace up their sleeve in m15 BIOS 1.6.2 though...

    [​IMG]
     
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    All Blade 15 comes with 90 watt gpu tdp, from Gtx to Rtx model. Keep in mind m15 came later after Blade 15, 1070maxq that use 90 watt was Blade 15 followed by m15 and Zephyrus S, correct me if I’m wrong.
     
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