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Alienware 15 R4 Disassembly and RAM, SSD, HDD upgrade options

August 8, 2018


Alienware 15 R4 has two CPU option for i7-8750H and i9-8950HK. The graphics card can choose GTX1060, GTX1070, and GTX1080. The maximum refresh rate of the display is 60Hz, but the high edition can support NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology. In addition to memory, hard drives and even wireless modules all can be upgraded in the future.

Like the previous generation, the Alienware15 R4 is equipped with a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920*1080. Although the screen refresh rate is 60Hz, it does not reach the 144Hz, but it also supports the G-sync tear-proof technology, which can be used with an external display to achieve a higher refresh rates, but in the face of the current narrow border of the game laptop, Alienware15 R4 continues the mold's ultra-wide border to make its appearance somewhat outdated.

1. Remove the bottom case

Remove the seven screws on the bottom case. There is no warranty sticker on the screw position. It can be seen that the official does not exclude the user from upgrading the hardware.
Remove bottom case

After removing the bottom case, you can see that the interior of Alienware 15 2018 is still very neat. In addition to the SSD, RAM, and HDD that users can upgrade and replace, the other parts are covered with a protective cover.
SSD, RAM and HDD

2. M.2 SSD upgrade option

It reserves two M.2 SSD slots for upgrading SSDs, of which SSD-2 slots only support PCI-E SSDs.
M.2 SSD slot

Its factory-installed SSD is located in slot 3, the SSD is Samsung's SM961, and has a capacity of 512GB.
SM961 SSD

3. Remove the RAM

Its factory memory comes from Hynix's two single 16GB, a total of 32GB DDR4 memory.
Memory

4. Remove the hard drive

The hard drive comes from HGST and has a capacity of 1TB. It has a Dell P/N: 0J30643.
Hard drive

Its wireless and Bluetooth module use the Killer 1550 series of network cards. The Dell P/N is 028V8D. But there is an Intel model on the label: 9260NGW.
Network cards

5. Remove the protection panel

For the average user, the usual upgrade and replacement stop there. If you need to replace the heatsink, fan, and battery, you need to remove the protection panel.
Remove protection panel

After removing the protection board, you can access the battery, heat sink, fan, speaker, CMOS battery, and motherboard.
Internal picture

6. Heatsink, cooling fan and speakers

The Alienware 15 R4 heat sink has three copper tubes, which are shared by the CPU and GPU.
Heat sink

CPU Fan

GPU Fan

Heat sink close-up

It comes with an 11.4V 99Wh Li-ion battery, Dell P/N: 9NJM1.
Battery

There are four speaker generator units on the left and right, located in front of the bottom.
Speaker

Chips

Source: chiphell.com