Alienware Area51m vs Origin PC Eon17X Battle of the big laptopdesktop hybrids

first_img Origin PC Eon-17X 60.22 Price as reviewed (USD) 30,271 We’ve seen a handful of these ambitious experiments over the years, and right now two of the latest models have just been tested in the CNET Labs. The Alienware Area-51m and Origin PC Eon-17X both feature the desktop-class Intel Core i9-9900K and the new Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU. This combination made these our two top-performing laptops so far from all of 2018-2019. What’s the difference between these two? Here’s where they diverge. Cost The Alienware is a hefty $4,499 as configured, which is pretty far up the laptop scale. The very similar Origin we tested (note it has 16GB of RAM versus 32GB in the Alienware) rings up at about $3,800. Component prices can shift quickly, so build-to-order systems like this may cost more or less depending on exactly when you order. Design Both of these are huge, desk-hogging monsters. For the Area-51m, Alienware says it spent years working on a top-to-bottom redesign. In my opinion, it doesn’t go far enough, but it’s still a carefully designed, aesthetically pleasing laptop that makes the most of its bulk. The Eon-17X, as in the case of most boutique gaming laptops, is built into a generic-looking off-the-shelf chassis that has hardly changed over the past few years. Many custom lid color and illustration options are available, but let’s just say that you’re really going for inner beauty here. Upgradability User-accessible parts have really been a major selling point of the Area-51m. Its desktop CPU can be replaced, and so can its semicustom GPU. But, it’s not easy to get to those parts without doing some midlevel surgery on your system, and the GPU can only be replaced by hypothetical future compatible parts, which don’t yet exist. Origin PC doesn’t promise CPU or GPU upgrades, but the company does offer free labor on RAM and storage upgrades if you send the system to them. Origin PC, in addition to its stellar reputation for hands-on support, offers a much wider array of configuration options in its system-building tool, so you should be able to hit your dream specs pretty closely from the start.  01-gaming-comparison-laptops Sarah Tew/CNET These are both great gaming laptops, aimed at slightly different slices of the same high-end market. If you’re looking for a laptop with the beating heart of a desktop, here’s our head-to-head guide to these two leading choices. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Note: Longer bars indicate better performance. Origin PC Eon-17X Tags (2) 512GB SSD RAID 0 + 1TB HDD 121 $4,499 Review • Alienware Area-51m review: a gaming laptop that goes the bigger-is-better school of design. Operating system Note: Longer bars indicate better performance. $1,999 See it Comment 5,735 Metro Exodus RTX benchmark (fps) 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz $3,750 5,769 Sarah Tew/CNET Years ago, one could make a legitimate argument that real high-end PC gaming required an actual desktop PC, because so-called gaming laptops just weren’t up to the task. Back then, you often paid a significant premium for much slower performance, and your laptop graphics hardware wouldn’t age well at all. Over time, however, the difference has narrowed significantly. So much so that starting with the GeForce GTX 10 series in 2016 and continuing with the new RTX 20 series, GPU leader Nvidia no longer splits mobile graphics off into a separate product line. The desktop and laptop versions share the same names and very close to the same capabilities. But while gaming laptops are better than ever, thanks in part to those Nvidia’s GTX and RTX GPUs, there’s yet another level serious laptop gamers can aspire to. A very few laptops go that extra mile and include actual desktop components inside oversize laptop frames. 17.3-inch, 1,920×1,080 display 1:53 Alienware Area-51m See the Area-51m at AlienwareSee the Eon-17X at Origin PC Note: Longer bars indicate better performance. Origin PC Eon-17X 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3GHz Windows 10 Home (64-bit) Alienware Area-51m 17.3-inch, 1,920×1,080 display Intel Nvidia Mentioned Above Alienware Area-51m Gaming Laptop Laptop -WNSER7CR5101H Origin PC Eon-17Xcenter_img 29,598 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Alienware Area-51m 3.6GHz Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6GHz Intel Core i9-9900K System: Note: Longer bars indicate better performance. Alienware Area-51m Geekbench 4 (multicore) Networking 41 Photos Origin PC Eon-17X Graphics 62.24 500GB SSD + 2TB HDD Share your voice Alienware Area-51m promises power and upgrades 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1 Display size/resolution 3DMark Port Royal (RTX) 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 The best new gaming laptops, ranked Shadow of the Tomb Raider (fps) CPU 114 Windows 10 Home (64-bit) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Storage Alienware Area-51m 1 Laptops Gaming Now playing: Watch this: Alienware Area-51m Memory Two laptops with desktop CPUs comparedlast_img read more

Modis digital push bolsters Indias appetite for egold

first_imgAn Indian salesperson calculates the price of gold bracelets at a jewellers in Hyderabad on July 22, 2015.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia’s appetite for gold is insatiable.While the country’s $34 billion market for gold is changing, thanks to government regulations, the love for yellow metal fails to die down. In fact, the advent of smartphones, e-wallets and some investment programs are bringing new buyers into the business.Online gold purchases have been growing worldwide for years. But they are a new idea in India, where jewelry and pieces of gold are often kept by individuals or given as gifts, a report by Reuters said.”In India, the action is really starting now. The digitization of the economy will certainly lead to the digitization of gold,” Somasundaram PR, managing director of India operations for the World Gold Council, told Reuters. He believes the digitalization of gold will grow in the coming 12-24 months.A lot of it has to do with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to Digital India initiative as his government is exploring ways to digitally empower every citizen.But the situation is slightly different with gold. In the last few years, Indian households have allocated a larger portion of their savings in physical assets as lower returns from financial assets and high inflation have eroded real returns and led to an increase in gold price.However, the sentiment has changed considerably over the past year due to softening of inflation and amidst growing interest in the elctronic gold.India’s gold imports in February dropped a quarter from a year earlier to 63 tonnes as higher prices curtailed demand in the world’s second-biggest consumer of bullion.Gold is an essential part of the bride’s dowry in India, the world’s second-largest consumer of yellow metal, and also a popular gift from family and guests at weddings.Nitin Misra, senior vice president at digital wallet provider Paytm, told Reuters that “about 40 percent of sales” happen during the “off-season” for buying gold in India.As of December 2017, about 1.4 million of its customers held some gold balance in their electronic accounts.Market experts believe gold trading will increase in the coming weeks ahead of Akshaya Tritiya festival on April 18 when buying gold is considered auspicious.According to the World Gold Council estimates, total Indian gold demand stood at 727 tons in 2017, and is expected to rise to 800 tons in 2018. In China, the country using the most gold, demand was 953.3 tons last year.last_img read more

Social media apps used to share leaked questions answers

first_img“One, two, three… ‘Ka’ is the answer for all three of them! What is next?…What next? Hurry up… Time is running out.”Students and guardians in groups were humming while sharing leaked answers and questions ahead of a Junior School Certificate (JSC) examination in front of an exam centre in the capital on 14 November.A video recorded on the day also shows a group of students surrounded by their female guardians were seen busy sharing answers to the leaked questions among them in front of Mazedul Islam Model High School.The video also shows they got the questions through their smart phones.Some guardians alleged that the authorities concerned have failed to stop question paper leaks as the leakers are using digital devices to reach the students.The guardians also said the leakers are mainly sharing the question papers through Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and Viber.“We have received a few allegations in this regard. The intelligence and BTRC have been asked to investigate into the matter,” said Tapan Kumar Sarkar, an examination controller of the Dhaka Intermediate and Secondary Education Board.The authorities have also asked the BTRC authorities to inspect the Facebook links that were involved with the question leaks, he added.Earlier, the authorities banned carrying cameras and smart phones at the exam centres after a group of teachers were found to have been leaking questions from the exam centres.last_img read more