Alienware's CRAZY upgradeable laptop

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Dennis PlayZ
Dennis PlayZ 20 hours ago
Why does this hedgehog keep on coming back?
Kevin Forget
Kevin Forget Day ago
so much money yet no 1440p...
Madhava Reddy
can i upgrade the internal memory ?
Traincraft101 2 days ago
Linus: ...And also... to tell you guys... *about our sponso-* Me: *closes browser tab*
1080 ti
1080 ti 3 days ago
Is the Alienware CPU compatible with Amd Ryzen?
firstliight24 5 days ago
I want to know about the Alienware chair in the background with the moving lights on it.
Stealthy Wolf
Stealthy Wolf 7 days ago
If Dell / AW is the only one out there with a replaceable GPU and CPU in a laptop. Considering how HP sautered CPU's in their laptops now and just kinda plopped them on the market for 5 different categories. I don't think I would ever buy another HP laptop. Just the GPU itself being able to be swapped for a few years makes it worth the money instead of disposable. My HP laptop is 12 years old. But it's one of the few laptops that were made with a 18" screen that still works for simple things. My only fear is buying one of those laptops that lasts 3 years then stops turning on or charging. I think, Fujitsu, Toshiba and Sony hit a wall when it came from old school to 2019 technology. Then there's desktop, but good luck trying to find convienence. Apple is out of the question for reliability and ease of repairs. They are trying to make their computers worse than Dodges electronics on cars. You just can't fix em!
Shon Moody
Shon Moody 9 days ago
I'm actually thinking about sending back my m15 for this. Of course the Area 51 is 500 more but that's with better specs and uogradeability. My reasoning is why not spend a little more on something that could last you 5 years longer. I'm not worried about weight. Being a buff tech geek, and workin out since I was 12 it shouldnt bother me. I 'll just probably get as laptop pad if I wanna rest it on my legs for awhile. Then the other thing that comes to mind is "Unlimted Power." It excites me lol
Jay Unknown
Jay Unknown 13 days ago
i really dont like the video about the part of being impossible as clevo / sager / prostar / HID / EUROCOM has been doing this for year , P750TM1,P775TM1,P870TM1 all support the i9 9900k as well all the intel desktop chip and the older gens the p750/p775/p870 support the lga 1151 desktop chips as well and you linus know this more then most!!! as i really find this funny with all the marketing saying "THE WORLDS FIRST LAPTOP WITH A DESKTOP CPU " IS A LIE , as well the thermal paste is worst i have seen lol .. on the cpu ... but keep in mind alien ware was what company before dell bought the logo ????
gsilva220 14 days ago
If you want upgradeability/cost effectiveness, buy a barebones laptop, and/or an EGPU. Nvidia killed MXM for a reason. People will only be able to get graphics cards for these things from dell/alienware, how much do you think hey will cost?
mike hunt
mike hunt 23 days ago
Once again Dell its OP. Dell is the only company moving towards right to repair. Dell has the best customer service ever. They will send me parts for me to replace on my own. I use to work for them and their policy are so amazing! Dell is the version of mac using Wndows. Apple says some to our genius bar. Dell says we will send you the part or we will have a tech to visit you. This dell warrant does not apply to anyone who does not buy a higher end. If you buy inspiron you will not get this service you will just get apple service asking you to bring it in.
TheHollow Knight
TheHollow Knight 26 days ago
Looks like a good long-term investment
Darius Beaumont
Darius Beaumont 27 days ago
any chance i can go inside linus's brain and press the delete key? too much trash and its filling up the disk...
Daniel Daring
Daniel Daring Month ago
On May 6th I ordered area51m 9900k, 2060gpu custom build from Dell. They told me it would be delivered by the 23rd. On the 16th I asked for an update and the agent told me there had been a parts shortage, but that the machine was built and only lacked some kind of software update. Each subsequent day when I asked for any update I was told the same thing; the laptop would ship and arrive on time. Finally, on the 22nd, when I managed to speak to a manager, he told me the order failed to reach production, (meaning the laptop had not even begun to be built) and that I would need to cancel the order and rebook it all over again, waiting probably another 3-6 weeks. There was no explanation as to why the order was never processed nor why agents were telling me all along that the machine had already been built and would ship according to schedule. Dell blatantly lied to me for 3 weeks. I cancelled the order, but there was no way I was gonna trust Dell with rebooking the order. They lied to me every step of the way; they could not be trusted for anything after that. MAYBE they would fulfill the order properly the next time, but how could I trust them? There was ZERO offer for compensation for lost time and to add insult to injury, the sales consultant I spoke with said she'd make sure the rebooking price stayed the same, as though she was doing me some kind of favor by NOT charging me more! I'm currently in the process of filing a complaint with the better business bureau. Dell stole 3 weeks of my time waiting for them to do what they said they would do. Now I've ordered through HIDevolution; they are a little more expensive but they have a much better reputation AND they offer delidding and other services which Dell does not. MAYBE Dell will fulfill your order properly, but don't trust them. Check around online and you will see they are notorious for this kind of behavior. I thought I would be the exception, but I was very much mistaken. They will lie straight to your face and offer as many apologies as it takes to make you give up. If you want a custom laptop, do not go with Dell.
Daniel Daring
Daniel Daring 26 days ago
@haha9413 It's dishonest to pause production but still take orders as though there is no problem. This is the kind of thing I was getting from Dell day after day. They simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth.
haha9413 26 days ago
They pause the production because these a few A51m people bought got on fire and melt down. They try to fix the issue before shipping it to new customers.
Filatuss Month ago
You should get an alienware area 51 alx and upgrade it to 2019
YouTube Commenter
Dell doing something cool? Noooooo.... get the hell out 😯
Watts Op
Watts Op Month ago
With how tightly compact those components are I'm sure the life expectancy of that laptop will be reduced comparative to that that of a regular laptops vs a computer.
Adrian Month ago
what kinda of gaming chairs are those in the back round looks like they have lights in them
Bit Whiskey
Bit Whiskey Month ago
Btw, dell should have talked to Clevo and the the a51 would have mxm
Bit Whiskey
Bit Whiskey Month ago
I have an Eurocom sky x4c with desktop parts. I’m running a 9600k and rtx 2060 MXM 3.1 and it’s way easier to open and upgrade compared to the a51
Clem Fandango
Clem Fandango Month ago
Just plug me alienware graphics amp in.....
Pham Son
Pham Son Month ago
This thing will probably cost like 6 or 7000 bucks Too much money for me.......
jigga jaw
jigga jaw Month ago
I dunno man... 1080p video? Don't think so. Gotta be at least 2k these days, but preferably 4k.
Baja CaliFa
Baja CaliFa Month ago
✊✊🤣🤣🤣 this guy always crack me out always God bless u and ur future man!!🙏🏽
Occhio Doro
Occhio Doro Month ago
This right here is mah pretty boy swag
Norbert Baylon
Norbert Baylon Month ago
*Meanwhile Apple casually solders their RAM into the motherboard*
Tim Minh
Tim Minh Day ago
Jeremy Stig , it’s because when ever you want to upgrade, you’d have to trade it in for a better product.
Jeremy Stig
Jeremy Stig Day ago
Soldering RAM saves a bit of space, but i'm not sure wether that's really the reason why Apple does it.
Echo1975 Day ago
My problem with that is that whenever you try to desolder something else on the board that is close to the ram which results in the ram solder melting which breaks the ram.
paarthurwax Month ago
51k likes for a video about the Alienware Area 51M. Genius.
Sergio Hernández
This incredible expansion but hahaha I laughed the young man who did not know how to disarm it hahahaha and wanted to show it. but great job good video I liked. I was watching the video and said you need to disconnect more things, and the wifi hahahaha xd, great video. it made my day. a hug from Mexico.
Evan Le
Evan Le Month ago
Australian price for 2080 is 5700
Mario Cruz
Mario Cruz Month ago
Can you upgrade the screen on this
virus nano
virus nano Month ago
I would be wet when I start take off alienware.
khent bernardo
khent bernardo Month ago
any one hear this haha 5:44 hahaha
I۞_۞I Month ago
Maybe we'll get to the point of modular GPUs
Muddy Digger
Muddy Digger Month ago
I notice ypu seem to be swearing more lately. love you vids tech tips but I can no longer watch them with my son.
Lepadatu cristian-mihail
10:12 No clapping (just pretend) ? :(
Vincent L.
Vincent L. Month ago
Everything I know about size.. and heat ... 👌🏼
Daryl Quincy
Daryl Quincy Month ago
Dell of all people!? They always made the least accessible, least upgradeable kit. You have to admire a company that can learn the simplest single lesson in a mere 30 years!
Jo-Erlend Schinstad
That is very impressive hardware and the ability to open it up and clean it, makes me think it could last for a long time, making the cost less scary. But I'm wondering; can you choose to use the Intel graphics on the monitor instead of the Nvidia graphics? The ability to use a laptop for gaming is very cool, but you still want to do serious stuff with such an expensive machine. It would be very nice if I could just run Windows in a VM, passing through the nVidia graphics to that VM, stealing the graphics using Looking Glass and displaying it as a window on Ubuntu.
I am Trash
I am Trash Month ago
at 2:27 to 3:35 linus sounds very british
Cewkie Beats
Cewkie Beats Month ago
I never watched the video half way but I’m sure this laptop is over 2k ;-;
simon gleybman
simon gleybman Month ago
holy laptop
Azam HuQ
Azam HuQ Month ago
have to admit that is one beautiful looking laptop
Deebo Nash
Deebo Nash Month ago
Linus is so smooth in talking. And humble and honest.... truly has a passion for his Job. 👏
Kirby Month ago
It would look pretty sick in spacegray or black.
"you got a dented ass prism, but you have a pristine screen." If thats not advertising nothing is.
Kai Meier
Kai Meier Month ago
Lol? An RTX 2080 Ti with 6Gigs of Gddr6 Memory?
Owen Wint
Owen Wint 2 months ago
He so funny
It's Teddy
It's Teddy 2 months ago
LMAO that thermal paste application tho
Veritech Girl
Veritech Girl 2 months ago
ugh! This machine is so gorgeous - trying to justify pulling the trigger on its price tag though . . .
DrawTimeInc Month ago
I’d wait. People are having a good amount of issues with them.
Veritech Girl
Veritech Girl 2 months ago
0:32 what brand gaming chair is that???
miguel riveiro
miguel riveiro 2 months ago
01:29 Ghost frame!!!!
Gunny 2 months ago
you can buy now with the cheap cheap price of two googolplex dollars
Steam 2 months ago
Seriously this device is over priced for a machine that only does 1080p lol haha wow Alienware being brought by Dell was a sad day for gaming laptops.
speedracer123222 2 months ago
They should add this new flu standard to the dell g series. Imagine a g3 17” having upgradeable gpu even though I don’t like the look of the exhaust for higher end ones I would take it if it only added barely on the back and be able to upgrade
No Name
No Name 2 months ago
I'm considering one of these for the 64Gb RAM it can take and the 8 core i9. Should be a good portable machine for heavy numerical computational work. I checked the Razer Blade but it seems the RAM is limited. So far I'm liking this Dell. Does anyone know if it would take more than 64Gb if the memory became available in the future?
Xtreme Performance
Xtreme Performance 2 months ago
This isn't the first time or even near that with desktop CPUs...One gaming laptop has CPU that hits 5.1ghz plus numerous other laptops with amd and Intel CPUs plus desktop GPUs...why do they think this is the first modular laptop...most laptops besides for Mac have all hardware not soldered to the board....and come on its still a fucking dell
INDIVELOPE 2 months ago
my Alienware mx17 r4 has had 3 GPU changes :)
Helloitzkenny 2 months ago
I couldn't have been the only one with sweaty palms seeing how fluttery Linus was with that screwdriver so close to the internal components... Was honestly expecting Dell security to tackle him lol
Floyd Hopfinger
Floyd Hopfinger 2 months ago
Linus called the four dimm slots a "body thing".
Scott 2 months ago
That was boring.
Jonathan B
Jonathan B 2 months ago
I wouldn't spend that kind of money on a laptop but I'm excited at what this technology could mean for future laptops.
Mr. Seekur
Mr. Seekur 2 months ago
Screw the laptop I just want the rgb chair behind him
tevin mathes
tevin mathes 2 months ago
I cant Believe they really took heat to My suggestion in made it a reality a bout a year ago i contacted dell asking them was my Alienware m17xr3 upgradable which they toll me no its was not .so I gave them a suggestion that they should start making there laptops upgradeable .dell really does listen to the people .
Bryce Gillam
Bryce Gillam 2 months ago
M2.5 LUL that's the screw
Bill Bird
Bill Bird 3 months ago
Not the first alien upgradeable
MrSilverFox 3 months ago
This was an amazing video.
Anthony Sandoval
Anthony Sandoval 3 months ago
Dude ure tweaking 5:21-5:51
Tforce Sims
Tforce Sims 3 months ago
2/10 not nuff thermal paste.
yul merced
yul merced 3 months ago
omg what's with the thermal paste
Shinyaia 3 months ago
0:50 2080ti with 6 gb gddr6 memory whattt????
Shinyaia 3 months ago
@JViello 11gb gddr6
JViello 3 months ago
Um...yeah. What were you expecting?
Jason S
Jason S 3 months ago
Impressive machine. It's about time someone worked toward what we want
Brian Lauretta
Brian Lauretta 3 months ago
I would never buy an Alienware 👽 again, I had bought a m14 r2 in the past I customize for over $2,000 and when I got it I tried to game on it but could never game cause temps got to 95 to 100 degrees Celsius throttling right away and couldn't enjoy no good games on it, I only could use as like only a regular laptop for USvid and browsing. Now today I just bought a Sagar NP8356, I can't wait to get and try it. Hopefully I have better success to game with and do other stuff with it. This will be my 2nd gaming laptop after I had bad luck with Alienware.
Christian Latoja
Christian Latoja 3 months ago
i9900k and Rtx 2080ti inside but 1080p 144hz panel WTF
Helloitzkenny 2 months ago
@Christian Latoja yeah.
Christian Latoja
Christian Latoja 2 months ago
@Helloitzkenny well it probably Cost around 5000$+ and the Hardware Inside it can run 1080p 240fps or 1440p 144hz or 4k 60fps Max Settings
Helloitzkenny 2 months ago
You think they're going to put a 1440 @ 144Hz in there? Please
PhatLonelySkater PLS
Alienware ❤️
Logan Ronzone
Logan Ronzone 3 months ago
If you wanted to go cheap on the graphics card (2060) could you later shove in 2080?
Intelligence Injection
That employee guy is just a slave bee they send to the conference, he’s not even an engineer and he doesn’t know anything profound
t jones
t jones 3 months ago
maxed out right this moment around 5500$ USD
RunFor OurLives
RunFor OurLives 3 months ago
What a stupid idea upgradeable laptop. Technology improves. There’s really no point to upgrade a laptop unless its ram or storage. That’s it. Everything else is a waste of time. Power envelope of gpu changes. Who makes mxm cards anymore? It’s a noble idea but a stupid idea nevertheless
Arturo Tabera
Arturo Tabera 3 months ago
So the CPU is not TDP limited at all!?
E W 3 months ago
What’s that thing to the left
trusstee1 3 months ago
you should add the product name to the fucking title of the video. "proverbial money shot" earned the like
Wong Elfski
Wong Elfski 3 months ago
Dude you’re gettin a Dell
Gibson299 3 months ago
ya this thing is an overpriced waste of money. for one nobody is going to be needing to go from a 9900 in 4 years, and that GPU is proprietary and any future new ones would have to be custom made for this particular computer, witch would probably be bloody expensive. this hardly compares to the wonderful upgradability of a desktop where i can physically take any video card out their now and in the future and put one in guranteed within the next 5 years, hell More to be honest. i could take a 10 year old tower with a pci express x16 slot and fit a new 2060 in, your telling me their will be new video cards for this laptop around then? nah, just get a new lapotp.
Ohmloud 3 months ago
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houston texas
houston texas 3 months ago
S Dj
S Dj 3 months ago
Lose fucking macro keys its useless and makes you lose feeling of where real keys are. Wtf its 2019 and still useless macro keys. Also oval design at the back doesnt make any sense. Besides that its pretty amazing!
Clay Kann
Clay Kann 3 months ago
I bet the temps are insane! My msi ge75 with a I7 8750 gets pretty warm. I cant imagine this beast!
cody white
cody white 3 months ago
the person that made this lives next to me
Gaetan Denis
Gaetan Denis 3 months ago
Waring to anyone buying this system thinking it is an easy upgrade to a new gpu. Dell is selling this system with 3 different heat pipe setups. So if you are thinking of saving money now and getting the 2060 or 2070 and want to upgrade in the future you will need to buy a new heat pipes also. Don't forget a new power brick too. There is a 7 pipe config, 8 pipe config and a 8 pipe config with side pipes. Dell is not advertising this.
Wesley Mooreッ
Wesley Mooreッ 13 days ago
the 2070 has the same cooling as 2080 the 2060 doesn't
Vamer Hazard
Vamer Hazard 3 months ago
7:42 linus is going bald
JB DUARTE 3 months ago
Oh sorry i commented about this today in another video
Omgwtfpwnd 3 months ago
Should I wait to buy this later when the screen is updated(?) or nah?
Omgwtfpwnd 3 months ago
eQuALiZeR Is it true though that around June there will be an “updated” screen? Like OLED or some shit. As if it mattered.
eQuALiZeR 3 months ago
Omgwtfpwnd yeah, 240hz is just a little smoother than 144hz, but not that much
alfredoandroid357 3 months ago
Thanks for the video.. Funny stuff " Yes Linus their is a Fuxxkin I9 processer ..." lol
Chinh Phan
Chinh Phan 3 months ago
Someone needs to make an itx/atx laptop case with different screen/monitor MHz accessories. There is a market for it, matter of fact it could get rid of most of the bullshit laptops on the market.
Chinh Phan
Chinh Phan 3 months ago
@reza wahyu what are you babbling about still? Get standardized then talk.
reza wahyu
reza wahyu 3 months ago
Chinh Phan UPDATE it seems m17x r4 could run rtx series better than 1080 since it has lower power requirements cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375444941905854464/553912396054396929/csm_36922_bf0ca3acad.jpg Taken from eurocom discord.
reza wahyu
reza wahyu 3 months ago
Chinh Phan but we have m15x, m17x r4 and this thing, they using the standard 3.0b in fact almost 70% of these kind of laptops were using 3.0b and 3.1b, that's standardization you're looking for.
Chinh Phan
Chinh Phan 3 months ago
@reza wahyu look, I believe we both want the same thing here. A fully customizable laptop. This can not happen until there is a standardization of components. This starts at the base aka motherboard. The smallest form factor supported by AMD and Intel is the itx, it sounds like a good starting point.
Chinh Phan
Chinh Phan 3 months ago
@reza wahyu read my last comment about MXM3 Riser's made by Eurocom for itx boards to use mxm gpus. You're late
Randall Rash
Randall Rash 3 months ago
I am disappointed that Linus hasn’t yet got one himself yet to review in full.
Rospin Casocl
Rospin Casocl 3 months ago
The other "M2.5" label is the screw size lmao
Vi Xi
Vi Xi 3 months ago
OMG, when he removed the heat sink from the mobo, the sloppy thermal paste all over the side of the socket surprised me. Also, not surprised to see that Dell hasn't done anything to improve their crappy monitor hinges. I had an MX-14 R1, within 3 months of using it the plastic hinges cracked. I superglued that hinge back together and got rid of it asap. Since then I've never considered an Alienware laptop ever again.
MiniGamer1205 3 months ago
I love the fact that it’s white
Christopher Moodaley
Alienware non affordable laptop
reza wahyu
reza wahyu 3 months ago
Christopher Moodaley forum.notebookreview.com/threads/successful-mxm-gpu-upgraded-laptops.805136/ there you go Anyway an used m17x r4 would cost probably 200usd or 300usd While a gtx 1080 for laptop probably as much as 800usd.
reza wahyu
reza wahyu 3 months ago
Christopher Moodaley I give you the thread where you can find all successful gpu upgrades but keep in mind if you're looking to re-build a barebook like that Alienware you needs a lot of research first.
Christopher Moodaley
reza wahyu hmmm that might work thanks
reza wahyu
reza wahyu 3 months ago
Christopher Moodaley forum.notebookreview.com/threads/m17x-r4-with-gtx-1080-gddr5x-8gb.822707/ Alienware have been being the most flexible barebook from 2008 with m15x. This not even new
reza wahyu
reza wahyu 3 months ago
Christopher Moodaley get the older ones then
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