*OFFICIAL* Alienware m15 R2 / m17 R2 Owner's Lounge

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  1. TheCodeBreaker

    TheCodeBreaker 7H3 1337

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    I couldn't find the answer to this clearly. I know they have said the only thing you can change is the M.2 SSDs but I was wondering is the RAM, 100% soldered on.
    I saw places that said you can change them, and some said, there is a single vacant slot, and others said they are soldered on. Which one is it?
     
  2. etern4l

    etern4l Notebook Deity

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    No SODIMMs for you!

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    If all the posts here in addition to Alienware's Bagman confirming this on twitter aren't clear enough, you could look at the service manual.
     
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    evangelionpunk Notebook Geek

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    Alienware Japan on youtube has confirmed it will only have 16gb soldered.

    Dell Japan selling
    M17 R2
    9980hk
    16gb
    512gb
    2080maxq
    1080p 144mhz tobi
    AC 8265
    76Wh battery

    ~$100 Amazon voucher
    6% discount coupon promotion
    Delivery ~ this month
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    ~$4000 Total cost of system


    4yr premium support promotion $200 extra combo accidental damage $30






    Similar offering for m15 r2 except price is $4150 but you get a 4k OLED HDR400 1ms 60hz screen.
     
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  4. alexnvidia

    alexnvidia Notebook Deity

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    The answer is right in the owner's manual and service manual, but to save you the time, YES it is CONFIRMED the RAMs are fully soldered with no way of upgrading it later down the line. There is no single vacant slot whatsover. read the opening thread.
     
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  5. TheCodeBreaker

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    I guess I just didn't want to believe it. Reason I asked is that they advertised it as 2x8GB.

    Thanks anyway buddy. I'll look for something different.
     
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  6. MrFreeze_Van

    MrFreeze_Van Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi,
    looking at the 2 models available in Canada, the only difference is the GPU, a model with the 2060 6GB and a model with 2070 8GB MaxQ which is 400$ more expensive. What is the catch? I thought the 2070 MaxQ version is ~ to the 2060 non MaxQ. Does the 2060 in this model have the same perf than a regular 2060?
    Thanks,
     
  7. etern4l

    etern4l Notebook Deity

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    2070 MQ is 10% faster than 2060 and has 33% more memory, however, IIRC with the m15 R1 the price difference was about 250 CAD not 400. The R2 is just ridiculous.
     
  8. Mr.Claw

    Mr.Claw Notebook Consultant

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    What a waste of an Alienware!

    I'm using the AW15 R2 from 2015 right now, and have it upgraded to 32 GB Ram. I love it to bits but it's aging quite a bit.
    I can't believe they went with a maximum of 16 GB soldered on this new one. They also removed the SD card slot and the speakers are no longer front firing either. I'm definitely not going to take this downgrade.

    PS. I'm at a loss now about what to upgrade to...
     
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    etern4l Notebook Deity

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    Similar story. I upgraded to m15 R1, and I'm happy enough (2x faster than my old AW 15R2). The only other 15" option from Dell worth looking at is the new Precision 7540, however, the RTX 3000 GPU is a bit underwhelming.
     
  10. unlogic

    unlogic Notebook Consultant

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    I’m in the same situation as you.

    The m15 R2 “legendary” design, with upgradable capability, non-inverted mobo and combine with Dell good support will be a perfect laptop. I wonder if Alienware will redesign m15 again in 2020? LOL

    By the way, I’m really curious about m15 R2 thermal. I’m surprised that not even a single review available yet o_O
     
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