Does a docking station exist which can power on an Area 51m ?

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  1. jfmonod

    jfmonod Newbie

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    Does the USB-C port on the Area 51m accept a power-on signal ? If so, will a 180W dock switch on this machine with the lid closed ? I’m looking for a full desktop replacement solution with dual monitors that I don’t have to open and close every time I boot.

    Thanks.
     
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    ThatOldGuy Notebook Virtuoso

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    No, and you wouldn't want to drive the monitors though a thunderbolt dock anyway. Both HDMI and Display port are direct to GPU.

    I do not know your exact use, but a laptop but a 3 screen solution using the laptop would be nicer in my opinion.

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    jfmonod Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I agree. I checked the Dell 240 W TB16 Thunderbolt dock and it's not up to it. The bottleneck is that USB-C maxes out at 130W and this thing needs 180W min. Your 3 screen solution is optimal. That's the way I'm going to go.
    My use case is as a mobile desktop replacement in an architecture firm. We're rolling these out to give our Revit users more flexibility in allowing people to move around and/or work from home if necessary. I chose this particular model because it's quiet. My Asus ROG gets the same performance but sounds like a hair dryer. Why we don't have direct connect docks like my old Precision m6400 had I don't know. But they should come back.

    Cheers !

    JF
     
  4. nido23

    nido23 Notebook Geek

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    I'm not familiar about which software/apps are you using in architectural firms but if it includes taxing the CPU/GPU: it will be loud. (well, that is if you want to lower the temperature). Otherwise, you can set it to quiet and reaches 100 degrees Celcius easy all the time (which would be detrimental to the overall longetivity of your systems).
     
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    ThatOldGuy Notebook Virtuoso

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    Its all about how you tune the system. I am running 4.6 GHz @ around 1V 'static'. System keeps really cool even taxed. About 72C under quiet fan profile. Re-pasted system of course.

    If you want to run at 4.8 - 5 GHz, this thing will heat up and need more fan speed.
     
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    rinneh Notebook Prophet

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    Alienware laptops cannot be powered through usb3/tb3. No gaming laptop can except for some select asus models but not at full power.
     
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