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Ultra Male

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  • CPU
    i9-9900K @ 5 GHz
  • Motherboard
    Alienware Area-51m
  • RAM
    Kingston KCRXJ6-MIE 64GB 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM
  • GPU
    GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
  • Storage
    2x 2TB Samsung 960 PRO [RAID 0] + 2TB Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD
  • PSU
    180W + 330W (510W Total) AC Power Adapters
  • Display(s)
    LG 173WFG 17.3" FHD 144Hz IPS Display w/ G-SYNC + Tobii eyetracking technology
  • Keyboard
    Alienware TactX Keyboard
  • Mouse
    Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse AW959
  • Sound
    Realtek ALC3282 Audio + Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset AW988
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Enterprise

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  1. Ultra Male

    Need a powerful but portable laptop

    I recommend you one of theseL Custom Built MSI P65 Creator 8RD-021 15.6" Ultra Thin and Light Professional Laptop w/ nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI Dell XPS 15 9560-HID60 - 15.6" FHD - nVIDIA GTX 1050 - 56WHr Battery Custom Built EVOC High Performance Systems 16S-1060 15.6" Thin & Light w/ nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Custom Built ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531GS-AH76 - 15.6" FHD 144Hz w/ nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  2. Ultra Male

    Area 51m repaste

    The GPU doesn't overheat much and doesn't need the super high conductivity of liquid metal to perform well and not thermal throttle. I could have used LM but call it laziness or extra pre-cautious, I don't see the risk to reward factor and oh, I never overclock my GPU unless it's for showing off in a benchmark but for now, the RTX 2080 can handle any game at max settings easily. Also, do not underestimae Phobya NanoGrease Extreme, it is the best non-metal thermal paste right now.
  3. No problem bro. Keep up the superb recommendations that you always give. We highly appreciate that. Cheers
  4. I didn't mean you spread wrong info. I meant about this particular opinion. Noone is denying that Clevos with Prema BIOS is a better value to performance or even features, no doubt about that, in fact I was one of the main Prema BIOS testers for the Clevo P870DM and Clevo P870DM3 and also the Prema VBIOS. Yes, the Alienware is overpriced, everyone knows that since more than 10 years that's not new. They are overpriced just like Apple, partly because of the brand, the fans, the popular Alien logo and effects, the superb Dell customer service and on-site technical support. D2Ultima is also my friend by the way. If you are not a fan, you are entitled to your opinion but it is not fair that someone comes asking about a simple question such us how well Linux runs on the Area-51m and you jump in with such a vague statement as it has so many issues including cooling? Really? show me those "so many" issues and the cooling issues are there in 99% of laptops out there now due to the multi core fast CPUs. We all know heat issues can be fixed either by undervolting or applying better thermal paste unless there is a big flaw in design by the cooling system of a particular laptop which the Alienware Area-51m does NOT suffer from. Give me any test or game and I'll run it for you and show you real proof the it has no issues. I respect your suggestions and opinion as I've seen you have many great posts so please don't take this as an attack or anything. Just wanting to be fair to the laptop brand not because I own it but we have to be more specific when we make such broad claims that a certain laptop sucks otherwise it may and will deter many buyers.
  5. I asked this question for you on NBR Forum in the Area-51m owners lounge and here's a very positive reply:
  6. Ultra Male

    Help finding the right laptop

    It's very tricky finding a touch screen laptop that's NOT 4K but here is one: Custom Built Asus Zenbook Pro UX550VE-DB71T - 15.6" Ultra Slim FHD Touchscreen w/ nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI Their quality control and thermal paste jobs are top notch which is why I always order from them since I live in Dubai and cannot afford to wait eagerly to receive my laptop and have any issue. All the past 4 laptops I bought from them over the course of the last 5 years have been perfect out of the box! HIDevolution ships internationally and if you email donald@hidevolution.com who was the salesman I've been dealing with he might be able to throw in a little discount
  7. Please do not spread such info without solid proof. Yes there has been a large amount of users with burned GPU s in the first batches which has then been fixed via BIOS and VBIOS upgrades to decrease the voltage of the GPU slightly. It has one of the best cooling systems in any desktop replacement laptop out there. Additionally, it runs perfectly especially if you repaste it with some decent thermal paste which I have done but even on the stock dell paste, with a -100mV temps were in check. See my review here: Alienware m15 / i9-8950HK Review by Ultra Male You will find benchmarks and temps in the 2nd post of the review and those were taken with the stock thermal paste by the way, straight out of the box. @relleums As for your question, I've head a few people having success storied with Linux with the Area-51m although I don't know the details and I am certain you cannot control the lighting effects without the Alienware Command Center. Additionally, the lighting effects cannot be changed in the BIOS, it's done only through the Alienware Command Center. It's worth a try though to setup Linux alongside Windows so you have both. I hear that Ubuntu is the recommended Linux distro by Dell.
  8. Ultra Male

    Area 51m repaste

    Kryonaut is the worst thermal paste out there! It starts out with great performance temps, then within 3-5 days, the temps start rising slowly to a point where you can't use your laptop anymore! The best thermal pastes are as follows: - PHOBYA NanoGrease Extreme (Best thermal paste) - Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut (Best Liquid Metal if you have the patience to apply it) I replaced the crappy stock thermal paste with Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut on the CPU and PHOBYA NanoGrease Extreme on the CPU and the temps dropped by 10C for the CPU and 5C for the GPU Here's a pic of when I applied it: For regular/non liquid metal paste, I recommend you use the X Cross method rather than the pea sized dot method when applying the thermal paste. The X Cross method is the best in my experience as once the heatsink is fitted, it provides the maximum coverage with the least air bubbles https://youtu.be/EyXLu1Ms-q4
  9. Ultra Male

    Laptop with DDR4@2800mhz support?

    Clevo Laptops support XMP RAM: See: EVOC High Performance Systems P750TM-R - 15.6" FHD 144Hz / QFHD 60Hz - i5-9600K / i7-9700K / i9-9900K - RTX 2060 / 2070 / 2080 EVOC High Performance Systems P775TM1 - 17.3" FHD 60Hz / FHD 144Hz / QHD 120Hz / QFHD 60Hz - i5-9600K / i7-9700K / i9-9900K - GTX 1060 / 1070 / EVOC High Performance Systems P870TM-R - 17.3" FHD 144Hz / QHD 120Hz / QFHD 60Hz - i5-9600K / i7-9700K / i9-9900K - RTX 2070 / 2080 Also, ordering it from HIDevolution means you will get the magical Prema BIOS for free since they are a Prema Partner. The Prema BIOS fixes the CPU throttling issues which are present with the stock Clevo BIOS and unlocks a lot of features in the BIOS. Here is the full list of the Prema BIOS benefits: · Restores user ability to overclock or underclock the CPU · Restores user control over CPU power settings (voltage, watts, amps) for optimal performance and/or thermal efficiency · Restores ability to control non-turbo CPU core ratio · Restores ability to control CPU c-states and p-states · Restores ability to control BCLK (northbridge) and FCLK (System Agent) frequency · Restores ability to enable Intel Speed Shift Technology functionality · Restores ability to disable Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX) functionality which is intended for software developers who want to use that feature and causes erratic system behavior · Restores ability to control RSR, Watchdog Timer, ASPM, ACPI sleep and hibernation functionality · Restores ability to control RAM timings, clock speeds and enables the utilization of XMP profiles · Restores ability to control selection of Legacy, UEFI and CSM to install whatever operating system is desired · Restores ability to control CPU-based DEP, AES (encryption) and Virtualization · Restores ability to control GPU scaling, PCIe speed and power management features · Restores control over Thunderbolt and USB 3.1 configuration · Restores control over SATA port configuration and Intel LPM. Having the ability to disable drive ports allows exclusive control over what drive receives the BCD/boot sector, system and recovery partitions during Windows Setup and eliminates the need to physically remove non-OS drives when installing a new OS.
  10. Ultra Male

    Gaming laptop recommendations?

    Getting an RTX 2080 at that price point is difficult. Check out these 2 laptops though, one is with the full fledged RTX 2070 and the other is with the RTX 2080 Max-Q which should be on similar performance levels to the RTX 2070 as well. The RTX 2070 is no slouch and should handle any game at max settings easily. 1) EVOC High Performance Systems 17GK7 -17.3" FHD 144Hz- i7-9750H - RTX 2070 2) Custom Built MSI GS75 8SG Stealth-202 - 17.3" FHD 144Hz - i7-8750H - RTX 2080 Max-Q Check this one as well: ASUS ROG G703GI-XS71 $700 off now at $2,099 with the nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. this has the best value to be honest.
  11. Ultra Male

    Gaming Laptop with touchscreen

    Custom Built Asus Zenbook Pro UX550VE-DB71T - 15.6" Ultra Slim FHD Touchscreen w/ nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI
  12. Ultra Male

    Gaming Laptop with touchscreen

    Since you haven't provided the price range you want to stay within, here are some good touchscreen laptop options. Touchscreen Laptops
  13. Ultra Male

    New laptop

    That's the best value for money laptop these days I hear. Good luck man
  14. Ultra Male

    Laptop insanely hot

    It shouldn't, but it may happen if the factory thermal paste job was a crappy one which we all know is usually the case. Often times they just put a small dot and slap the heatsink on not caring whether or not they put enough or the thermal paste spread out properly. I suggest you look up a video of how to disassemble your laptop on YouTube or simply call Dell and let them send you a technician to help you do this but use your own thermal paste that I suggested. I just got this Alienware Area-51m in April 2019 but the temps were very high so I changed the stock thermal paste with Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut on the CPU (which is a liquid metal not the regular thermal paste) and Phobya Nanogrease Extreme on the GPU. When applying regular thermal paste (non-metal), I suggest you use the X Cross method rather than the pea sized dot method. The X Cross method is the best in my experience as once the heatsink is fitted, it provides the maximum coverage with the least air bubbles
  15. Ultra Male

    Laptop insanely hot

    Your thermal paste has probably dried out. Are you comfortable re-pasting it yourself? The best thermal paste right now is Phobya NanoGrease Extreme