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Dell's Alienware gaming laptops are getting new Intel processors and upgraded GPUs

By Aaron Yip - on 14 May 2020, 4:48pm

Dell's Alienware gaming laptops are getting new Intel processors and upgraded GPUs

Dell’s Alienware has announced that its range of gaming laptops, the Area-51m as well as the m17 and m15, will be getting upgrades that include Intel’s new 10th Gen chips and NVIDIA’s latest mobile RTX Super GPUs.


Alienware Area-51m R2

For its flagship model, the Area-51m (now dubbed the Area-51m R2 to differentiate it from its predecessor), Alienware has bestowed on it with Intel’s newly announced desktop-class 10th Gen processors – four processor options, to be specific. These range from the entry-level Core i7-10700 all the way up to the most powerful and unlocked Core i9-10900K, which comes with a 3.7GHz base speed and 5.3GHz maximum boosted speed.

For graphics, Alienware is offering a slew of GPU options from NVIDIA and surprise, surprise, AMD too. The selections from NVIDIA includes the very basic-level GTX 1660 Ti (with 6GB of memory), RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 Super, and for absolute graphics prowess, there is also the RTX 2080 Super available. AMD fans will only have the Radeon 5700M to choose from.

And just like the original Area-51m R1, these GPUs will once again be using Dell’s Graphics Form Factor (DGFF) modules. DGFF is a unique Alienware feature, which allows Area-51m owners to remove and upgrade their graphics cards like you could with a desktop. The kicker here for existing owners of the R1 though, is that the R2’s DGFF won’t be compatible with the original model – which kind of defeats the purpose of the Area-51m’s upgradability, if you ask us.

There are also two new display options for the Area-51m R2’s 17.3-inch display. This includes a new FHD option that is also supports a blazingly fast 300Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time for esports and shooters, and a 4K UHD panel that offers 500 nits of brightness and 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut.

The new Area-51m R2 will be available from 9 June onwards with a starting price of US$3,049.99.


Alienware m15 R3 and m17 R3

Unlike the Area-51m, the Alienware m-series comes in a slim design and the upgrades in the new m15 R3 and m17 (officially known as m15 R3 and m17 R3 for these refreshed models) are more likened to a hardware refresh.

Both notebooks will now feature the Intel’s 10th Gen H-series laptop chips and identical configurations options across the board – except for the display size. (15-inch for the m15 and 17-inch for the m17). The choices of CPU available are the i510300H, i7-10750H and the i9-10980HK. There are more GPU options here to pick from, and you have NVIDIA’s GTX 1650 Ti, 1660 Ti, RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2070 Super, and RTX 2080 Super. If an AMD solution is what you’re after, there’s only the RX 5500M available for both notebooks.

Display options for both remain the same as the previous generations; this include Full-HD with 144Hz refresh rate, a G-Sync compatible Full-HD with 144Hz refresh rate, and a Full-HD with 300Hz refresh rate. There’s also a 4K UHD option with Tobii eye-tracking for both m15 and m17, with the former having a 400-nit OLED panel option, while the m17 uses a regular albeit with a brighter 500-nits LCD panel.

Both gaming notebooks will be available from 21 May, with the m15 R3’s SRP starting at US$1,499.99 and the m17 R3 at $1,549.99 for entry-level models