Alienware’s gaming notebooks often defy traditions (and pricing), with flagship products offering desktop-level performance in a mobile form factor. One such example is the Alienware Area-51m modular gaming laptop which can be upgraded both on the CPU (if the socket permits) and GPU sides, providing gamers with a fair bit of future-proofing, as misleading as it may be.
At present, you can get an Alienware Area-51m with either a 9th Gen Core i7 or a Core i9, along with NVIDIA’s RTX 20 series GPUs for graphics. However, it seems like we’ll soon be getting an upgraded Area-51m 2 with Intel’s latest 10th Gen Comet Lake-S flagship, the Core i9-10900K with as many as 10 cores and twenty threads. On the graphics side, you’re looking at NVIDIA’s newly launched RTX 20 Super laptop GPUs (not Max-Q, mind you).
As per a 3DMark listing uncovered by Twitter detective _rogame, the Core i9-10900K in the Alienware Area-51m will run at the marketed base clock of 3.70GHz with a boost frequency most likely exceeding 5GHz. Alienware laptops often come with bizarre-sized thermal solutions that are nonetheless effective. As such, you can expect prolonged boost clocks of at least 4.5 to 5GHz on the new Area-51m 2. The Firestrike physics score of 28.5K further confirms this. For reference, the Core i9-10900K under liquid cooling scores just around 30K in the same test.
On the graphics side, the GeForce RTX 2080 Super is the notebook variant of the desktop part, not the lower clocked Max-Q part. Of course, the performance will be slightly lower than the former on account of the form factor, but it shouldn’t be that far off.
Looking at Intel’s 10th Gen review embargo of May ending, we should see the announcement pertaining to the Alienware Area-51m 2 sometime in the coming months.