Alienware Area-51m review in progress; ask your questions here
Dell announced their biggest Alienware laptop refresh to date at CES 2019 and they were able to push it out the door faster than the Razer Blade 15 OLED or ambitious Asus ROG GZ700. The head start means we'll have our full take on the Alienware Area-51m laptop equipped with the Core i9-9900K CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU much sooner than the aforementioned competitors.
Since our review is still in progress, now would be a good time to leave any questions, comments, or concerns about the laptop here. We'll try out best to address any specific benchmarks or tests you'd like for us to check while we're already knee-deep in the system.
The Area-51m is notable for being the first Alienware laptop equipped with an LGA1151 socket to support desktop CPUs up to the Core i9-9900K. It's also the first system to sport the new removable Dell Graphics Form Factor (DGFF) graphics card so users can upgrade the GPU at will. The laptop succeeds the now-discontinued Alienware 17 series and it directly competes with many Clevo laptops including the Eurocom Sky X7C.
As a short preview, we've compared the performance of the Area-51m Core i9-9900K to our reference traditional desktop with the same CPU. Impressively, the Alienware laptop is just a 7 percent behind a "proper" Core i9-9900K even after accounting for throttling.
The Area-51m is now available at Dell.com for a starting price of $1900 USD.
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