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Area-51m R1, RTX 2080 upgrade kit? #4

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I saw that the RTX 2080 graphics cards were on sale earlier this year but I can't find any more information on that. I would like to upgrade my notebook as promised by Dell. What about the people who invested their money in the m51 R1 in this regard?

PS: Sorry for bad english and/or typos

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Re: Area-51m R1, RTX 2080 upgrade kit? #4

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Hi @JonathanSF  the Alienware Area-51m NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Upgrade kit is being sold for $1,654.73 (Part V16X7, sales SKU 490-BFDL) Here. The Cart works, so Upgrade Kit is available for purchase. 

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Re: Area-51m R1, RTX 2080 upgrade kit? #4

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Call dell and they'll have the part for you but since the new 3000 series came out it'll make the price for the rtx 2080 cheaper.

Alienware 18 RTX 2080 I7-4940MX @5Ghz
Alienware 17 R5 i9-8950HK @4.5Ghz GTX 1080 OC
Alienware 15 R1 I7-4710HQ @4.1Ghz GTX 980M OC
Alienware Area 51m R1 i9-9900K @5Ghz RTX 2080 OC
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Re: Area-51m R1, RTX 2080 upgrade kit? #4

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You will need to contact your local Dell office to find out about availability.  The 2080 upgrade kits were released late in 2019, for about $1,400 list price -- but not long thereafter the supplies dried up, with Dell promising more kits at some unspecified time in the future.  I haven't seen any announcement that more ever became available.

Unfortunately, if Dell doesn't have these, you're stranded:  these are proprietary format cards that aren't made by any other suppliers.  That being the case, don't expect prices to fall;  if anything, since this is a terminal upgrade for your model, they'll probably rise.  That's what happens when demand outstrips supply, and the part is single-source.

Don't expect the advent of the 3000 series GPUs to change anything, as these cannot be used in the R1 systems (by Dell's own announcement).  And with the small number ever produced, the 2080 cards will always be expensive as a result. 

 

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Hi @JonathanSF  the Alienware Area-51m NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Upgrade kit is being sold for $1,654.73 (Part V16X7, sales SKU 490-BFDL) Here. The Cart works, so Upgrade Kit is available for purchase. 

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Re: Area-51m R1, RTX 2080 upgrade kit? #4

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Re: Area-51m R1, RTX 2080 upgrade kit? #4

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Hi @JonathanSF  when you get the Alienware Area-51m NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Upgrade kit and before you install it, carefully check its heat dissipation capability. Users report the on-board power Mosfets burn out without extra cooling.

Unfortunately there is considerable speculation what thermal solution is in the current Dell kit. Users say it should include a backside VRM radiator part number 2WYX4 or P92K8. Other users say it should have a thermal pad. Some user say it should have an improved heat extraction fan.

However, we have no idea what is supplied in the current Dell kit. Please update this thread with what is in the Dell kit supplied to you. Thank you.  

RTX 2080 with thermal padRTX 2080 with thermal pad RTX 2080 without extra coolingRTX 2080 without extra cooling

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Re: Area-51m R1, RTX 2080 upgrade kit? #4

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here's something cheaper:

https://www.ebay.com/i/362915054980?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-213727-13078-0&mkcid=2&itemid...

Alienware 18 RTX 2080 I7-4940MX @5Ghz
Alienware 17 R5 i9-8950HK @4.5Ghz GTX 1080 OC
Alienware 15 R1 I7-4710HQ @4.1Ghz GTX 980M OC
Alienware Area 51m R1 i9-9900K @5Ghz RTX 2080 OC
My YouTube channel = Area 51 A L X


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Re: Area-51m R1, RTX 2080 upgrade kit? #4

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What is in the Dell GPU upgrade Kit (check before buying):-

The Dell kits come with three parts: a new GPU built on Dell’s DGFF (Dell Graphics Form Factor) specification; a thermal kit for that GPU (the more powerful GPUs need better cooling); and a more powerful charger. In November 2019, Dell was also offering a service where a technician will come by and perform the installation for you, should you not be comfortable taking apart your laptop yourself.

Better to start with the upgrade kit and not just the GPU?

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Re: Area-51m R1, RTX 2080 upgrade kit? #4

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There's also a warranty on the card when the kit comes from Dell -- buy used on EBay and you may save a few hundred dollars, but if the card fails in a short time, good luck unless the seller has a sterling reputation.

 

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Well yeah but if you wanna spend $1,680 on a RTX 2080 with 8gb of VRAM instead of a Fully upgradable 3080 with 14Gb of GDDR6X and HDMI 2.1 support?

 

I understand the RTX 2080 for the Area 51m has a warranty but mines already expired.

Alienware 18 RTX 2080 I7-4940MX @5Ghz
Alienware 17 R5 i9-8950HK @4.5Ghz GTX 1080 OC
Alienware 15 R1 I7-4710HQ @4.1Ghz GTX 980M OC
Alienware Area 51m R1 i9-9900K @5Ghz RTX 2080 OC
My YouTube channel = Area 51 A L X


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