Alienware Area 51m laptop has upgradable CPU and GPU



09 January 2019 10:11

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Dell is at the CES 2019, and has some appealing hardware on show. However, it is its specialty gaming brand Alienware that has really pushed out the boat with eyebrow raising product unveilings. In particular, the Alienware Area 51m laptop with upgradable CPU and GPU capability, and the Alienware 55 OLED Monitor for 120Hz 4K gaming, stand out.

Alienware Area 51m laptop

This machine is currently the world's most powerful gaming laptop, according to Dell. Sporting the new Legend brand identity, the Alienware Area 51m is configurable with up to an Intel Core i9-9900K and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. However, something that really sets this desktop replacement gaming laptop apart is its upgradability…

Almost twenty years after Alienware launched the first gaming laptop with upgradeable graphics it revisits and builds upon the idea. As well as the socketed swappable Intel 8th gen desktop CPU, Dell has used a swappable DGFF GPU slot for NVIDIA's RTX 20-series cards (up to the RTX 2080). Of course memory and storage can also be upgraded by the owner (max 64GB of RAM). The only hitch with the Dell Graphics Form Factor (DGFF) will be the limited supplier choice for a GPU upgrade.

The Alienware Area 51m is based around a 17.3-inch panel and this too is configurable. The options include; a 60Hz display, 60Hz display with G-Sync, 144Hz with Tobii eye tracking, 144Hz with G-Sync, or 144Hz with G-Sync and Tobii eye tracking.

With the 17-inch chassis, power on tap, a hefty cooling system, and upgradability - the dimensions and weight of the Alienware Area 51m aren't its most attractive features. It measures 410mm x 402mm with depth varying from 27.65mm to 42mm. Weight is 3.87kg.