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Alienware Area-51

Alienware Area-51
alaScore 91

21 reviews

Oct, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews of Alienware Area-51. 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. Reviewers really like the usability and reliability. Comments are divided on the size. Some have doubts about the price.

design, reliability, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Alienware Area-51 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Matt Smith (

Alienware Area 51 (2017): Our first take


The Alienware Area 51, packed with up to 16 cores, is ready to conquer all challengers.

Unique design ; Lighting syncs across Alienware devices ; Accessible, spacious interior ; Supports the latest hardware

Absolutely massive ; Doesn’t offer all Core X chips

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

Alienware Area-51 (2015)


The redesigned Alienware Area-51 introduces a radical new gaming desktop design, all for the sake of improved cooling, expandability, and features that make it unique in the eyes of gamers.

Good 3D gaming performance. Innovative design. Roomy chassis. Side-panel lighting uses contacts instead of wires.

Huge tower. You need a 4K display to take advantage of the triple-GPU setup. Boutique gaming systems are still faster. Only one-year standard warranty.

Conclusion The Alienware Area-51's greatest strength is its innovative new chassis. Upgrading graphics cards and hard drives are a snap, even though the system takes up a lot of real estate in your den. Performance is more than acceptable for a...

May, 2015

Expert review by: Brian K. Neal (

Alienware Area-51 ALX


Though the Alienware Area-51 ALX produced some impressive benchmark test numbers, it couldn't knock the less-expensive HP Blackbird 002 off its perch.

Strong, high-resolution gaming performance. Improved chassis build quality. Very little bloatware.

Expensive. Noisy.

More Desktop Reviews: • HP Z2 Mini G3• Acer Aspire Z3 (AZ3-715-UR15)• Origin Neuron• Dell OptiPlex 7450 All-in-One• Microsoft Surface Studio• more

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (

Alienware Area-51 7500


Alienware's latest gaming screamer boasts an overclocked quad-core CPU and dual 10,000-rpm hard drives.

Intel quad-core processor overclocked to 3.46 GHz. Fast, 10,000-rpm drives. Liquid-cooled CPU.

Noisy. Expensive, considering monitor and speakers are not included. Performance with a single graphics card isn't quite as good as quad-core systems with a dual-graphics card setup.

more desktop reviews: • Acer Aspire Z3 (AZ3-715-UR15)• Origin Neuron• Dell OptiPlex 7450 All-in-One• Microsoft Surface Studio• Corsair One Pro• more

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: Duane Pemberton (

Alienware Area51


Alienware - it's a word that strikes fear in the competition and lust in the eyes of gamers - regardless of what comes to mind when you hear that word, there's one thing that's abundantly clear here; they are in fact the premier builder of high-end...

In the end, I'll have to give it up to Alienware for putting together what is arguably the nicest PC I've ever used.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (

Expert Review


You get lots of visual zing with Alienware's $1,700 Area-51 750i desktop, but don't expect the potency to keep pace with the price.

Inexpensive, Good gaming performance

Some lower-priced systems offer better value, productivity performance

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: Ryan Shrout (

Alienware Area-51 QX9770 CrossFireX System Review


Alienware is the most well known name in the world of boutique system builders and they have a wide following of users consider the size of pre-built enthusiast PCs. Today we are looking a new Area-51 system configuration that sports some impressively...

The remainder of the system components are just as impressive and include the fastest quad-core Intel processor you can buy, the QX9770 with a 1600 MHz front-side bus, 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory, a pair of VelociRaptor hard drives, a 4x Blu-ray burner and...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Consumer Electronics Net (

Serious game system at serious price point


Alienware has always been known for making some kick ass computers. The design of the systems, the use of standard components, and the overall buying experience has made its systems some of the most sought after in the PC gaming sphere. The acquisition...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: Dave Altavilla (

Alienware Area-51


If there's a boutique system builder that made a name for itself over the years by building top-quality killer gaming rigs with eye-catching designs, it would have to be Alienware. In fact, Dell was obviously so impressed by the company's ability...

Speaking of green, the Area-51 is definitely one of the pricier options on the market. But with design and build quality and features like this, it's certainly arguable that you get what you pay for.

Expert review by: Kris Glaser (

Alienware Area-51 X-58


CPU: Intel Core i7-965 Extreme @ 3.2GHz; Motherboard: Intel DX58SO; RAM: 12GB 1,066MHz DDR3; Storage: Extreme Performance (RAID 0) 256GB SSD; 2TB SATA 3Gbps 7,200rpm; GPU: ATI Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2; PSU: Thermaltake 1,200W.

Any qualms with the X-58 are largely subjective, such as the size of the case, which stands 19 inches tall and reaches 25 inches in depth. This is great for expandability options but also eats up desk space and makes for a heavy LAN load.


Product Specifications

Alienware manufactures high-end computer gaming machines, DV systems and high performance workstations. Alienware has earned numerous awards for excellence in the computer industry and is also a respected, globally recognized brand name. The Alienware company motto is "build it as if it were your own". Alienware has built a great reputation in the computer industry and works hard each day to maintain it. PRODUCT FEATURES: High-Performance Heatsink/CPU Fan; Optimized to play your favorite games; Performance Benchmarks Documentation.


Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Expansion slots

PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots:1
PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots:3
PCI Express x4 (Gen 2.x) slots:1


Discrete graphics adapter memory:12 / 2 / 2048 / 24576 / 3072 / 36 / 4 / 4096 / 6 / 6144 / 8 / 8184 / 9216
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
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:No / Yes

Optical Drive

Optical drives quantity:1


Password protection: Yes
Virtual Reality (VR) ready: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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


Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:128 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:28 / 40
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):68
Memory channels supported by processor:Quad
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600,2133 / 2133,2400
Memory types supported by processor:DDR4 1333/1600/2133 / DDR4-SDRAM
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Broadwell E / Haswell / Haswell E
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-5800 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-5900 Desktop Extreme Edition series / Intel Core i7-5900 Desktop series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):140

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:82930 / 82931 / 82932 / 94188 / 94189 / 94196 / 94456 / I7-5820K
Processor package size:52.5


Operating System Language:Multilingual


Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2