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

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  1. garyfl

    garyfl Notebook Consultant

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    I don't expect a reply as nobody answered any of the previous questions. But if anyone could, can Optimus be used on the Area 51m? I had a dell rep say that you can switch off the discrete GPU in device manager but that sounds either sketch or a pain in the neck. If they cannot use Optimus, what battery life do these get generally browsing and web tasks like youtube? He said around 4-6 hours, which also sounds sketch on such a high end part machine.
     
  2. ThatOldGuy

    ThatOldGuy Notebook Virtuoso

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    This is not a very mobile machine. Do not expect more than 2 hours. On any of the versions with G-sync, there will be no Optimus. If you need good battery, a DTR with desktop CPU is not the way to go.

    On the models without the g-sync display... no one has really answered this definitively, but it looks like they have no optimus either. I do not know if a MUX switch exists on any of these models.
     
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    garyfl Notebook Consultant

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    Thank you for the reply, honestly anything over 2 hours is great, 2 hours was a baseline I would of been looking for in the event I could not hook it up to power
     
  4. Jaxigar

    Jaxigar Notebook Enthusiast

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    Quick question guys. I went kind of light on the memory side of things and got the 2x 256GB PCIe SSD (R0) w/ 1TB Hybrid... tbh I’m not even sure what that means.. “Hybrid” am I good on ssd/memory or should I strongly consider upgrading to something like the Samsung 860 Evo 2TB ssd M.2 that’s like $350.. note, this rig is strictly for gaming at the best level possible.. possibly streaming in the future but not now.. please advise a young grasshopper lol.. I’d prefer not being another victim to useless spending... or half ass components that lead to a lesser quality gaming experience.
     
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  5. Xatanú

    Xatanú Notebook Consultant

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    Any news from Umar about this 2400/2666 debate?
     
  6. Papusan

    Papusan JOKEBOOK's Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    You think it will run cooler? What if the hardware engineers + the chassis designers at the Notebook manufacturers follow same paths as before? Aka continue slim down chassis thickness and due this have to use less adeqvat cooling. I think you look very wrong on this.
    You put the blame on Intel? Nope! Dell's engineers + engineers from other brand etc Asus know very well how Intel's processors works. They design etc MB + cooling for desktops. They have first line info what will be needed for unlocked processors. Yet they still continue shrink down the notebook chassis thickness and shrink on needed cooling. You can't get better and better cooling in a slimmer and slimmer notebook chassis. Just look at Apple. They design and sell computers with desktop hardware and still with info from Intel continue destroy their Macbooks.

    If you have read my older posts you may seen that Dell even bragging that they offer higher TDP power limits than Intel's guidlines for needed cooling. This for XPS line. Should we blame Intel on this as well? As I said... Nope!
    If Azor or his product Specialist Umar have been more honest from the beginning, this could be avoided. People had to gather up info themself. Re-read the posts about the heat-pipes issues.
     
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    pathfindercod Notebook Virtuoso

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    How will they contain the heat from a 200w TDP GPU with shared heat pipes that cant keep the cpu from hitting 100?
     
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  8. Aram Arzumanyan

    Aram Arzumanyan Newbie

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    Hi guys, also considering to buy Area51m, but I need strong single thread performance for gaming. Beside every solutions, mentioned by ssj92 and others I propose to disable hyperthreading on 9900k, as it ads approximately 10-15 degrees. And, it is more stable allowing to better undervolt. Nowadays there are little to no AAA PC games requiring more than 6 threads. So in terms of cooling it will be better to disable two cores also. Don’t know if it is possible on area51m though. If not I’ll try 8600k which has the same IPC, max overclock and is easier dilided two. Maybe it wont be necessary to use the second PSU in this kind of setup and it will have longer battery life. So anyone who is testing now, please try and check my proposition.
     
  9. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I think its better to choose 8700K/Non-K or i5 8xxx/9xxx if you plan to disable HTT.
     
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  10. Rei Fukai

    Rei Fukai Notebook Deity

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    Nice temps out of the box ! With an static voltage temps can be brought considerably! Maybe an repaste is not even neccessary (except when pushing it past it factory spec)

    but so far seems cool
     
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