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Alienware Area-51m review in progress; ask your questions here

Alienware Area-51m review coming soon; ask your questions here (Image source: Dell)
Alienware Area-51m review coming soon; ask your questions here (Image source: Dell)
Can a laptop equipped with the Core i9-9900K CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU match or exceed the performance of a desktop PC with the same core specifications? If you have any other pressing concerns before investing in the pricey purchase, just let us know below.

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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Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1875 (1847.15-1952.27)
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1887 (1855.46-1948.65)
Notebookcheck Desktop PC 2018 GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1996 (1969.67-2021.02)
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Allen Ngo, 2019-03-20 (Update: 2019-03-20)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.