While everybody else was busy including Nvidia’s new RTX graphics chips to their laptops at this yr’s CES, Dell’s been busy with one thing else fully for his or her new flagship Alienware Area-51m laptop computer. As effectively as being the primary laptop computer to bear their new Alienware Legend design, it’s additionally the world’s first laptop computer to have a full-blown desktop Intel Core i9-9900K CPU crammed inside it. And to prime all of it off, it’s even upgradeable, too.
Available on January 29th for a reasonably eye-watering $2549, the Area-51m is Dell’s second flagship gaming laptop computer to function upgradeable processors and graphics chips. It’s not fully clear what elements you’ll be capable to improve them to but, or certainly how simple will probably be to swap them out and in, however hopefully I’ll be capable to discover out quickly as soon as overview samples can be found.
Not that you simply’ll truly have to improve it for some time, as Intel’s Core i9-9900Ok processor is by far the quickest shopper desktop processor out there right this moment – or at the very least will probably be till AMD releases their even speedier top-end 3rd Gen Ryzen CPU that was demoed at CES earlier this week.
That’s a fairly large leap out of your prime finish laptop computer processor, and will give the Area-51m some severe multi-tasking chops for each gaming and extra artistic duties like picture and video modifying alike. Throw in 64GB of RAM, Tobii eye-tracking tech and a 17.3in, 1920×1080, 144Hz show with super-thin bezels and that is one severely quick desktop substitute.
Weirdly, the one factor that’s missing in Dell’s specs sheet is what sort of graphics chip they’ve put in it. I wasn’t capable of see it within the flesh at CES this week so I’ll be following this up with Dell early subsequent week to try to discover out, however I feel it’s going to in all probability be an RTX 2080. That’s based mostly on the small print in Dell’s declare about it being “the world’s most powerful laptop”, which states it’s outfitted with the i9-9900Ok, 64GB of DDR 2666MHz RAM and an 8GB Nvidia RTX graphics chip, however I’ll replace this with extra data as soon as I’ve acquired correct affirmation.
From early footage, I’d additionally say I’m fairly a fan of their new Legend look. While I’m much less sure concerning the large A51 brand on the again of the lid (see above), I just like the look of its tremendous slim bezels and well-proportioned keyboard, and it doesn’t look overly chunky both – at the very least not in the identical means because the Asus ROG Mothership does, anyway.
It’s not simply the surface that’s been redesigned both, as Dell’s Legend revamp additionally extends beneath the floor within the type of a brand new thermal and cooling system. This has been constructed particularly with overclocking in thoughts, however I’ll have to attend and see how this fares in follow earlier than passing judgement on it.
Either means, the information of a correct Core i9 laptop computer is fairly thrilling, and will hopefully pave the way in which for extra desktop-based laptops sooner or later. It may all be a throttling catastrophe, after all, particularly given the issues I had with a regular PC cooler once I examined the Core i9 for myself, however right here’s hoping Dell’s new Legend innards are as much as the duty of protecting the whole lot good and chilly.
For extra information and fingers on previews from this yr’s CES, try our CES 2019 tag.