*OFFICIAL* Alienware Area-51M Owner's Lounge

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  1. ssj92

    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    Because our laptops have G-SYNC and are wired directly to the internal GPU, we are stuck using external displays with the graphics amplifier.

    The amplifier is only useful if you decide to use external displays. I mean you could of course add one for video editing like me or macOS usage or even a Quadro for CAD, but all of that will be done on an external GPU.

    ONLY way to use the external GPU internally would be if the game supported mGPU in DX12 mode, which allows you to use any mix of GPUs.
     
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    tito37 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello everyone, my certified refurbished Area 51M is arriving tomorrow! Super excited, got a fairly barebones 8700 + 2080 model. Figured I can’t change the screen, color, GPU (for now), and other things so I’d get the best in those things, upgrade elsewhere over time. This will be my first Windows computer in several years, if someone here would be willing to help me over DMs once in a while with my questions, I’d really appreciate it. I’ve done a lot of research but it’s one thing to watch videos and read forums, another to actually do things.
     
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    sparrow21 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the info. Can I still upgrade the internal gpu then? Swap out the 2060 for something more powerful someday and retain the built in gsync screen?


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  4. ssj92

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    Yes, I'd go with 2080. However, as of right now the DGFF 2080 isn't available for sale. You can try contacting dell support and see if they would sell you one or tweet at Umar and see if he can do something.
     
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    IXVIXXII Notebook Consultant

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    Hello, sorry to ask but I wasn't able to find the post, could someone post a link to "how to get the Alienware head in the system after a clean OS instal" thing ? That would be appreciated ;)
     
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  6. Fire Tiger

    Fire Tiger Notebook Deity

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    @IXVIXXII I think this is what you are looking for.
     
  7. Pezzza

    Pezzza Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi everyone,

    Today I noticed something strange with my area 51m, the GPU (2080) power never exceeds 177 Watt while 200W (1.0.0.3) vbios is installed. This result in low GPU usage in games / bench. The performance drop isn't huge but still I don't understand. I am using 1.5.0 BIOS and the temp never reach 70 so I guess no throttling issue here.

    Thanks for your help
     
  8. larkdrawde

    larkdrawde Newbie

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    what do you guys re-install after a fresh windows installation? i mean apart from the ones listed on ultra male's guide? do i need the aw command center?
     
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    I have AWCC installed to control the fans. I have most of the apps mentioned in that guide along with ThrottleStop, some of the benchmark apps and then the host of launchers needed these days for games.
     
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    Ludwig Tornheden Notebook Enthusiast

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    are your DDR4s really 2666mhz Fire Tiger?
     
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