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

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  1. alexnvidia

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    i'm not overly obssesed with CPU cinebench performance or how little cpu will affect actual games so my questions are more about graphics, ie. RTX gpus, display panel.

    1. since alienware is using DGFF (not following any of nvidia set standards), does that mean they are using desktop class RTX 2080 GPU? from my understanding, laptop 2080 (not max q) is limited to 150W, while desktop GPU is given 215W for non FE. this is a big difference in terms of power and clock speeds. Azor did mention they will run the 2080 at180W power. so what's the deal here? is that laptop GPU standard or full desktop GPU standard? Can it be clocked higher or run at over 200W TDP?

    2. if PSU is not providing enough juice, can Area-51m run on two 2x330W PSU giving it 660W effective?

    3. any possibility for 1440p IPS high refresh rate panel? fhd is a waste for such an awesome laptop.
     
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    Heatpipe upgrade path? Lol the cooling doesn’t change between cpu/gpu choices.
     
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    We don't actually know that. There are conflicting reports on this from alienware themselves
     
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  4. Lunatik

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    Really, wasn’t aware of that. I would imagine getting the 9900k and/or the 2080 would give you the max heatpipe config forsure though.
     
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    Indeed it will because it is the highest-end configuration. The issue is with Dell's wording on the product webpage, such as "(Entry configurations do not have side-exhausts.)" and "The highest-end configurations carry 8 total heat pipes.". If this wording actually means that the lower configuration such as 8700 + 2070 doesn't come with side-exhausts and the maximum heat pipes then the upgrade path is more difficult, requiring the purchase of the top end heatsink as well. Also what is not clear is if indeed they ship with different heatsinks, does the top end heatsink come standard with which model? Only when the 2080 is selected independent of CPU or when the 9700K is selected even with the 2070.
     
  6. Lunatik

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    So with a 9700k / 2080 I should have side vents and best cooling correct?
     
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    I would imagine so, but it is not entirely clear yet.
     
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  8. Lunatik

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    I would think so. Bette be or insta cancel order. The 9700k / 2080 is definately not entry so I bet I’m ok.
     
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    My educated guess would be yes.

    The GPU consumes way more power than the CPU if you get it with a RTX 2080.
     
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    Wasn’t the 51m supposed to have the 2060 eventually too? I bet thats the config that will not have the side exhausts.
     
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