Pros

  • Well-constructed

Cons

  • Tired case design

At A Glance

This updated version of an old favorite remains competitive, but we wouldn’t place bets on it winning races.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.alienware.com

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
Processor speed 2830.0 MHz
Display
Display size 22.0 inches
Included monitor No
Monitor model number Samsung 2253BW
Display type LCD
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Visiontek HD4870 X2
Video Bus PCI Express
Video Memory Type DDR3
Storage
Raid type RAID 0
Drive size 820.0 GB
Expansion slots
Open PCI Express X16 Slots 2.0
Number of PCI slots 2.0
Open PCI Express X1 Slots 2.0
Number of PCI-Express Slots 5.0
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 5
Parallel Port No
Memory
Memory size 4096.0 MB
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Speed 10.0
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
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 120.0
WorldBench 6 Rating Very Good
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 219.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 332.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 193.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 318.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 323.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 327.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 204.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 335.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 206.0   seconds (lower is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 242.0
Gaming
Overall Graphics Score Good
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1024x768 135.84   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1680x1050 132.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1920x1200 136.94   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 2560x1600 133.35   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1024x768 88.74   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1680x1050 89.75   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1920x1200 87.65   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 2560x1600 88.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3 with AA, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 168.27   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3 with AA, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 166.53   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 166.97   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 167.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 2560x1600 89.83   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 1920x1200 96.67   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 1680x1050 96.83   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 1024x768 97.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 2560x1600 96.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 1920x1200 97.63   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 1680x1050 98.37   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 1024x768 97.73   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry with AA, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 189.79   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry with AA, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 193.01   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 193.21   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 196.78   Frames per second (higher is better)