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Alienware Area-51m laptops configured with an RTX 2080 will receive power-boosting BIOS in April

The top-end Alienware Area-51m laptop costs over US$5000. (Source: Dell)
The top-end Alienware Area-51m laptop costs over US$5000. (Source: Dell)
XPS and Alienware chief Frank Azor has announced on Twitter that Alienware Area-51m RTX 2080 laptops will soon be receiving a 200 W BIOS update. The Dell executive also stated that the company is aiming for an April release for this power-boosting upgrade. The previous power limit stood at 180 W for the overclockable graphics card.

Lucky owners of high-end Alienware Area-51m laptops containing Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards have just been dashed with a little more fortune. Frank Azor, the VP General Manager of XPS, Gaming, and Alienware at Dell, has recently informed users of the gaming laptop that there will soon be a BIOS update to increase the power headroom for the GPU.

According to the XPS executive, April has been targeted for this latest BIOS improvement, which will raise the power limit to 200 W. This is only applicable to Alienware Area-51m notebooks that feature Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card (overclockable). Owners of other variants, such as those with an RTX 2070 GPU, will just have to wait for further announcements.

The Alienware Area-51m is an incredibly powerful beast with its ability to support desktop CPUs, and it needs two separate power adapters because of its consumption requirements. Raising the thermal design power (TDP) to 200 W will certainly delight gamers who are looking to squeeze out a few extra fps on a laptop that already features an overclockable RTX 2080 graphics card.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-02-24 (Update: 2019-02-24)