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Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD)

Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD)
alaScore 92

138 reviews

Feb, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 reviews of Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Views about the usability and design are overall positive. The size and price also get good opinions. Views are divided on the reliability.

price, size, design, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Alienware X51 Mini Desktop - Black

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People really like the design. The usability is also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive comments about the size. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

price, usability, design

size

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware X51 AX51-9302BK Desktop (Matte Stealth Black)Alienware X51 AX51-9300BK DesktopAlienware X51 AX51R3-5510BLK Desktop (6th Generaton Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 2 TB HDD) NVIDIA GTX 960

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Gordon Mah Ung (maximumpc.com)

Alienware X51 Review

 

Powerful console-size PC with Nvidia Optimus technology

Needs bay for SSD; lacks SATA 6Gb/s support and front USB 3.0 ports

DON’T BLINK, it’s not a game console. It’s something far better—a PC that’s as small as the original Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with the promise of pretty good gaming performance, too.

May, 2012

Expert review by: Gordon Mah Ung (maximumpc.com)

Alien Autopsy: We Look Inside the Alienware X51

 

Besides chocolate and coconut, oil and water, gaming and small form factor usually don't mix. That's something Alienware is hoping to fix with its new incredibly small X51 box.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: Christopher Null (wired.com)

Review: Alienware Andromeda X51

 

Alienware's offer: Give us $1,000, and we'll give you an excellent gaming desktop in a pint-sized design that's easy to lug around.

Plenty of ports and power for most gaming needs. Super portable: 15 percent the size of a regular Alienware tower. Modular internal design makes replacing or upgrading parts easy. Sturdy build. Reasonably quiet

Necessarily limited expansion options: 330-watt power supply and physical issues mean replacing the video card is tricky. Still more expensive than a DIY system. Power brick is the size of a man’s shoe

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (theverge.com)

Alienware X51 review

 

Do you identify yourself as a PC gamer? Or do you prefer consoles, perhaps? Truth be told, there's not a lot separating the two these days. With notable exceptions, today's top games are built for...

Good value for the money ; Small form factor makes for a place-anywhere gaming PC ; Clever case allows for easy upgrades

Cheaper configurations have limited upgrade potential ; No wireless controller or remote ; No solid state drive option

A stone's throw shy of the perfect living room PC

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Christopher Null (pcworld.com)

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Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Alienware X51

 

The front of the system has the usual backlit alien head Alienware logo, flanked by the lit color panels. Next to the slot-loading DVD drive on the front are two USB 2.0 ports and two audio jacks for a headset. On the back, you'll find a Kensington...

Nice performance from a compact system. Easy-to-service interior. USB 3.0 ports. HDMI video output. Up to three monitor support. Integrated Wi-Fi

External power supply. No internal expansion room whatsoever. Some fan noise

The Alienware X51 gaming desktop goes after the console gamer that wants a bit more out of their gaming experience.

Expert review by: thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Dell Alienware X51 Review

 

The Alienware X51 sports a nice and compact chassis with good internal hardware. However, it isn't as stylish and over-the-top as previous Alienware desktops. Cutting down on Alienware�s characteristic excesses, the X51 aims to provide gamers a slim...

Sleek design, form factor, Good hardware, Decent overall performance

Expensive, Graphics could've been better, Older processor

Oct, 2012

HARDWAREHEAVEN - RECOMMENDED

Expert review by: Stuart_Davidson (hardwareheaven.com)

Alienware X51 Desktop Review

 

Alienware are a company who are very well known for creating high performance desktop and portable systems. For years now they have been creating some of the fastest pre-built systems around and since becoming part of Dell the build and design quality...

Alienware are a company who are very well known for creating high performance desktop and portable systems. For years now they have been creating some of the fastest pre-built systems around and since becoming part of Dell the build and design quality...

Feb, 2012

GOOD FOR GAMING!

Expert review by: Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Alienware X51

 

Gaming-PC makers, take note: One of your biggest wheels—the folks behind some of the hunkiest PCs around—just made clear that bigger isn't always better. Most gamers don't need a computer with a case roomy enough for three graphics cards, six hard...

Compact, well-designed chassis ; Good performance for mainstream gamers, at a price lower than many larger alternatives

Very large external power brick ; Small size means minimal expandability ; Blu-ray drive is a $100 extra

The compact X51 is a sleek-looking, console-like gaming PC at a reasonable price. It’s best for those more concerned about enjoying games than getting ultimate performance and extreme upgradability.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Alienware X51

 

When dedicated gamers and neophytes alike think of top-end gaming super computers, it's likely that Alienware is the brand that comes to mind. The Alienware X51 gaming computer combines the company's legendary experience with cutting-edge hardware to...

The amazing design and high-end processor are two big pluses for this machine

The PC lacks an SSD and has only one optical drive

This PC lacks some niceties, but the powerful i7 980 processor, dual video cards and overall quality build make the Alienware Area-51 ALX a very solid choice.

Product Specifications

Design

Water cooling system: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:1536 / 2 / 2048 / 4 / 4096
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:3
Graphics adapter DVI-D ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter DVI-I ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
Number of execution units:24
NVIDIA G-SYNC: Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: No
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x412 / 1912
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA (D-Sub), Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) / DVI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Optical Drive

Optical drives quantity:1

Performance

Password protection: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 4 / 6
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.1 ports quantity:2

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 34.1 / 34.2
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1333,1600,1866,2133 / 1600,2133 / 2133,1333,1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / SmartCache / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-6100 series / Intel Core i5-6400 Desktop Series / Intel Core i5-6600 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-4700 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-6700 Desktop Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):51 / 65 / 84 / 91

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX): Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel Wireless-AC Technology: Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor package size:37.5
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2013D / PCG 2015C / PCG 2015D

Software

Operating System Language:ENG

Storage

Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2