Pros

  • Superior performance

Cons

  • Hefty price tag

At A Glance

Alienware's latest desktop is a gaming powerhouse, but its power comes at a steep price.

Manufacturer’s Description

Dell Alienware Area-51 ALX Gaming Desktop Computer Alienware Area-51 ALX 12GB DDR3 1333MHz (3x 4GB) Tri Channel Memory Intel Core i7 960 (3.2GHz, 8MB Cache) No Monitor 1.5TB RAID 0 (2x 750GB SATA-II, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache HDDs) 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability Dual 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5870 CrossfireX Enabled

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.alienware.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number DPCWHX13
Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Extreme X9770
Processor speed 3200.0 MHz
Display
Display size 24.0 inches
Included monitor No
Monitor model number Samsung Syncmaster 245BW
Display type LCD
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset EVGA Nvidia 9800 GX2
Video Bus PCI Express
Video Memory Type DDR3
Storage
Raid type RAID 0
Drive size 1320.0 GB
Expansion slots
Open PCI Express X16 Slots 1.0
Open PCI Express X1 Slots 1.0
Number of PCI slots 2.0
Number of PCI-Express Slots 4.0
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x6)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (front) (x2)
  • FireWire Port (rear)
  • FireWire Port (front)
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Slots 3
Parallel Port No
Memory
Memory size 4096.0 MB
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Speed 4.0
Optical Drive Type BD-RE
Included Drives 3
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit)
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)
External Drive Bays 3.0
Internal Drive Bays 4.0

Performance

Overall Rating
WorldBench 6 Score 148.0
WorldBench 6 Rating Superior
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 152.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 301.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 210.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 235.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 286.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 232.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 150.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 305.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 164.0   seconds (lower is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 171.0
Gaming
Overall Graphics Score Superior