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Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD)

Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD)
alaScore 93

120 reviews

Aug, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 120 reviews of Alienware X51 Series (ALWX51D, ALWAD). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and price are on the whole positive. The usability and design also get good feedback.

size, design, usability, price, reliability

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 93/100 = 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 products: Alienware X51 Mini Desktop - BlackAlienware X51 Mini Desktop - Black

Aug, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 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. Reviews about the reliability and price are generally positive, but many are negative about the size and design.

usability, price, reliability

design, size

84% 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 AX51-9302BK Desktop (Matte Stealth Black)

Aug, 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: Brian Westover (toptenreviews.com)

Alienware X51 Review

 

Despite the Alienware X51's small frame, the gaming computer makes few compromises when it comes to performance. Although Dell's upgrade catalog isn't without the occasional misstep, the X51's mainstream configurations pack components with a high...

The Alienware X51 comes in a home-theater-friendly package.

The X51's hard drive configuration options can be confusing.

The Alienware X51 balances design with excellent desktop-level gaming performance.

Product Specifications

Configuration

DVD Writer:DVD WRITER / DVD-Writer / No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader: No
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes

Design

Water cooling system:No / Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 8
Product Type:Desktop / Micro / Mini / Tower
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GTX660 / GEF GTX760 / GEF GTX960 / GeForce 640 / GeForce GTX 745 / RAD R9 370
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024 / 1500 / 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 graphics adapter memory:1.7
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.024 / 1.7 / 1.74 / 64
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
Number of execution units:20 / 24
NVIDIA G-SYNC: Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2 / 11.2/12 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x102 / 0x152 / 0x162 / 0x412 / 0x41E / 1912
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):1920 x 1200
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.0 / 4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI, VGA (D-Sub) / DVI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, 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 / 8
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:2

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:H61 / H87 / Unknown / Z170
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor:No / Yes
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21 / 25.6 / 34.1 / 34.2
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600 / 1333,1600,1866,2133 / 1600,2133 / 2133,1333,1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-1333/1600, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.5V / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35 / 1.5
Processor:Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Devil's Canyon / Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge / Skylake
Processor Number:I5-2320 / I5-3450 / I5-4460 / I5-6400 / I7-3770 / I7-4770 / I7-4790 / I7-6700 / I7-6700K
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2100 Desktop series / Intel Core i3-3200 Desktop series / Intel Core i3-4100 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-3400 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-4400 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-6400 Desktop Series / Intel Core i5-6600 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-2600 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-3700 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-4700 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-6700 Desktop Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):55 / 65 / 65, 54 / 77 / 84 / 88 / 91 / 95

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:0.00 / 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):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor package size:37.5
Thermal solution specification:2011C / 2011D / PCG 2013C / PCG 2013D / PCG 2015C / PCG 2015D

Software

Operating System Language:ENG / ESP

Storage

Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
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