*OFFICIAL* Alienware Area-51M R1 Owner's Lounge

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  1. lestat2k7

    lestat2k7 Notebook Guru

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    Which laptop is the top dog right now for the best performance at 17"? Is there a website that compares all laptops like this? I only see some laptop comparisons, not a comprehensive list where you can filter things by year, processor, etc. That would be nice. I ask because I remember seeing 51m R1 at the top of so many benchmarks.
     
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    pathfindercod Notebook Virtuoso

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    Hey Bro - page doesn't exist error

     
  3. Pass_00

    Pass_00 Notebook Consultant

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    My situation... refurbed i9900k 2080 64GB and 1tb nvme drive. Paid 3670 cad (roughly 2600 USD). Running 1.8.1 w/ 180 vbios.

    Adjusting the fans to full causes a physical vibration that pulsates through my left wrist. Fan is clear of dust/obstruction- when I spin it with my finger I see it wobbles even at low speeds. This imbalance or bad bearing is causing this problem. While gaming in balance mode the issue is not present or barely noticeable. Peak temps after 3 hrs of warzone CPU 86 and GPU 76 (only power throttle).
    The fan issue warrants a full refund and I still have the ability to do so within the next two weeks. If I go the R2 route I won't be able to afford the top specs like I got here so keep that in mind. 10700k and 2080S is what I would prefer if going R2 route. I am debating trying to sell this locally to see what kind of offers I get to offset the cost of the R2. I have seen fans being sold on ebay part number BSM1012MD, but don't know if they are the same fans or even if the ones embedded in the 2080 heatsink are replaceable. I seen a pic previously posted in the forum displaying an R2 heatsink with the fans out. Not saying I'm going this route but its a worst case scenario thing. After 2 weeks I still have 11 months of repair or replace, maybe wait till I know they have some refurbed R2s in stock then do a repair. I doubt they do the hardware repairs themselves (maybe I'm wrong though).

    I'm going to try contacting DELL and see if there's anything they can do (about the heatsink) and maybe push for a discount on the R2. Orders are starting June 9th... realistically when will someone actually receive it? Are preorders starting before this?
     
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  4. Spartan@HIDevolution

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    check now I just updated it again with a new IRST Driver and new Killer E3000 driver
     
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  5. Muyfa666

    Muyfa666 Notebook Evangelist

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    I notice the 51M is not available for sale anymore on my countrys Dell page. I guess the R2 is approaching fast... ;-)
     
  6. G46VW

    G46VW Notebook Consultant

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    I asked this previously, is anyone currently using there Area-51m with the valve index without issues? If you are can you post your setup and cords used.
     
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    Latest LAN/WLAN/Bluetooth Drivers 21-May-20

    Killer E2X Ethernet Driver v9.0.0.50

    Killer E2K Ethernet Driver v10.038.1118.2019

    Killer E3000 Ethernet Driver v10.039.212.2020

    Killer E3100 Ethernet Driver v1.0.0.13

    Killer 1550/1650/Intel WLAN Drivers v21.90.3

    Killer 1202 WLAN Driver v10.0.0.355

    Killer 1435-1535 WLAN Driver v12.0.0.938

    Killer 1525 WLAN Driver v12.0.0.448

    Intel Wireless Bluetooth Driver v21.90.2

    Realtek LAN Driver v10.35.510.2019
     
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  8. FXi

    FXi Notebook Deity

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    I do. If I need performance I can drop to 1080. For those of us who have to do more than game with a "laptop" (which may be less true for the 51m model) the more finely rendered text and font pitches are welcome. I appreciate that there is a choice - so both kinds of buyers can still enjoy the machine. The only thing that might have been a bit more helpful would have been 120hz 4K, because less pixel lag is helpful. But realistically the increased color gamut is useful, the contrast is superb vs all other options short of OLED, and the brightness is great if you are ever either outside or lucky enough to work in front of a large sunny window. Don't take this wrong. 4K isn't everyone's cup of tea. But it does have a value for some users. I'm one.
     
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    Thanks for your input! Am thinking maybe I keep the R1 (it's Dark Side of the Moon). Not sure if you or anyone knows but is there a chance that the R2 will be upgradeable to next gen (RTX 3080) GPU, or is it likely to have same constraints as R1? I guess I could add RTX 3080 down the track via a graphics amplifier? What about 10th gen intel - likely to be upgradeable to 11th+gen? Also - I'm not a hardcore gamer - new to the scene basically - am I going to notice the difference between R1 RAM speed and the higher speed options that are likely to be available with R2?
     
  10. Biker Gremling

    Biker Gremling Notebook Evangelist

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    Dell made clear that the upgrades for the GPU are of the same generation, so I wouldn't count on the R2 getting an RTX 3000 upgrade.

    Same with the CPU, Dell should release a BIOS update to support 11th Gen. Likely not happening.

    RAM speeds do give a difference, but something people forget is about latency (you can run 2400 CL14 memories on the R1, and that's about 2666 or faster memory performance) . However, in the grand scheme of things, not such a huge difference on the Intel platform.

    Enviado desde mi HTC One M9 mediante Tapatalk
     
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