Alienware Launches Area 51-m R2 Gaming Laptop w/ Intel Core i9-10900K and NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super| AMD Radeon RX 5700M

A few days back I had reported that Alienware was prepping to upgrade the Area 51-m laptop with Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake-S CPUs and the GeForce RTX 20 Super GPUs. Today, the official announcement has come from the Dell subsidiary, and all the technical specifications are now available. As already reported the new Alienware Area-51m R2 comes with four CPU options. The Core i7-10700K and the Core i9-10900K (and their non-K variants) with eight and ten cores, respectively. The base and boost clocks are the same as the full-fledged desktop part.

However, it would be safe to assume that both chips will be limited to the Turbo Boost 2.0 or at best 3.0 clocks, rather than the Thermal Velocity Boost. Furthermore, unlike most desktop parts, the PL2 values will be more strictly implemented here, with a Tau of around 1 minute or less.

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On the GPU side, there is a slew of options. You can choose between the budget RTX 2060 or the GTX 1660 Ti or the higher-end RTX 2070 Super and 2080 Super. Surprisingly, even the Navi based Radeon RX 5700M is also available as a potential option. The default memory options range from 8GB dual-channel DDR4-2933MT/s to 32GB DDR4 3200MT/s (XMP).

As for storage, there are single, dual, and RAID configurations. The single tops out at 2TB NVMe SSD while the dual offers up to 512GB NVMe SSD + 2TB 7200 RPM HDD.

There are three main display options. A midrange 1080p 144Hz screen with 300 nits of brightness and 72 NTSC color gamut, an upgraded 300Hz model with 100% sRGB color gamut, and finally, a 4K model with a refresh rate of 60Hz and 500 nits of brightness. It has a high-quality 100% Adobe RGB color gamut. These are all 17″ screens with Tobii eye-tracking support. Furthermore, the 1080p variant also comes with NVIDIA G-Sync support.

The keyboard and I/O are a standard high-end Alienware affair. You get the AlienFX RGB keyboard, 3x USB 3.2 ports, a Thunderbolt 3.0, a DP 1.4 and HDMI 2.0b for additional displays.

The Alienware Area 51-m R2 is powered by a 90Wh battery along with a 180+180W adapter that scales to 240+330W for higher-end configurations. The laptop has a thickness of 1.7″ and a weight of 4.1 kg for the starting model. The price starts at a hefty $3,049.99.


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