I Was Hands on with Alienware Area 51m w/ RTX 2080 and i9-9900K. AMA!

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  1. GizmoSlip

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    So I was able to get hands on with the Alienware Area 51m, and wow, I was impressed overall. The build quality, the keyboard, the trackpad, the bezeless display, the design. It is all very impressive. The main question is how cool the 9900k + RTX 2080 will run in the laptop. We'll have to see! Feel free to ask any questions, and I'll try to check by here every now and then and answer them. Here's my hands on video of the Area 51m:



    What things would you guys like to see in my full review of the Area 51m? Cheers! Brandon
     
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    See if you can pass 136W cpu using command center, bios, throttlestop, or xtu.
     
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    1) If you did not get the top end model (example i7-9700K + RTX 2070). Would you be able to game on a single 330W adapter?

    Or is the second adapter needed to power the GPU? (and only 1 adapter triggers iGPU on the CPU or something)

    2) How far can you open the display (estimate at angle)?

    3) Any light-bleed on the 1080P panel that you could see (if still got hands on it, use black video test)

    4) Speakers: how is the bass and overall quality

    5) Does the black (or white) version have that rubber finish (soft touch) all over it again in this model?

    6) We have conflicting reports that not all models will have same cooling configuration (some say heatsink will be different and another said that there will be less intake vents). Can you confirm if any of this is true?
     
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    Temps? I ordered the 9700k / 2080 hoping the 9900k has reasonable temps so I would for sure be in the clear :)
     
  5. Mr. Fox

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    I have a good friend that got up close and personal with one at CES. The 9900K hit 99°C in Cinebench R15.
     
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    Figured as much. I got the 9700k so I should be fine. Also cinebench temps would be way higher then gaming.
     
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    Well, I don't think there is any good excuse for that. It shouldn't have a cooling system that allows that, and they should stop advertising overclocking as a benefit when the TDP and thermal management do not allow that to be done properly. Companies should not sell broken products. Or, maybe CES just wasn't a high priority for them and they sent a bad sample. :vbwink:

    Oh wait... remember, Azor says it is perfectly normal and fine for modern laptops to get that hot. Silly me, I forgot. Their BGA tripod models do that, too... so it must be normal.
     
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    That might be true if it wasn't a unified cooling design.
     
  9. drek20

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    Is anyone surprised a 9900k runs hot in a laptop? Lol I forsure am not. I do have hope for the 9700k however. My desktop 9700k runs at 60c under load however with an aio.

    Not gonna lie not sure what that means lol
     
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    Yes and no. No because a 9900K runs hot in a desktop unless you delid and put it on water. Yes because there should not be any excuse for any laptop to run hot. This applies to all brands and all specs. And, all brands are guilty of the same sins with laptops.
     
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