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Alienware Area-51

Alienware Area-51
alaScore 92

30 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Alienware Area-51. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability. The reliability is also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the size and price.

design, reliability, usability

price, size

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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Matthew S. Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Alienware Area 51 (2017): Our first take

 

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

Absolutely massive ; Doesn’t offer all Core X chips

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Jayce Wagner (digitaltrends.com)

Alienware Area-51 R5 review

 

Robust configuration options ; Exceptional gaming performance ; Sleek design ; Tool-free maintenance ; Very quiet

Pricey at most configurations

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition

 

The latest Alienware Area-51 runs on AMD's blistering Ryzen Threadripper for the ultimate in CPU-intensive 4K gaming performance. But for most, this expensive, flashy desktop PC is overkill.

Smooth 4K gameplay. Excellent multithreaded performance. Expandable chassis. Efficient, quiet cooling.

Expensive. USB-C lacks Thunderbolt 3. Lags rivals on most benchmark tests.

Bottom Line: The latest Alienware Area-51 runs on AMD's blistering Ryzen Threadripper for the ultimate in CPU-intensive 4K gaming performance. But for most, this expensive, flashy desktop PC is overkill.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Alienware bets on Threadripper but offers Core i9 X, too

 

The refresh for the top-of-the line model of Alienware's Area-51 premium gaming desktop offers more AMD options.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

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 : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Alienware's Area 51 desktop is ready to play (hands-on)

 

This giant gaming desktop fits three graphics cards and five hard drives into its unique pyramid-ish shape.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Brian K. Neal (pcmag.com)

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.

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Mar, 2008

Expert review by : John R. Delaney (pcmag.com)

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 : Matt Elliott (cnet.com)

Alienware Area-51 ALX 7500

 

Alienware's new Area-51 ALX 7500 brings all of the customizability we've come to know and love from the boutique PC vendor, and in this case, that gives you a number of options. Two things you can bet on: it will include the most advanced technology...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : John R. Delaney (cnet.com)

Alienware Area-51 ALX review

 

Intro With its Area-51 ALX, Alienware sets a new standard for high-end gaming desktops--at least as far as customer service. A representative will call you within an hour after you place your order online, and the company will preinstall any game you...

Unprecedented customer service; overclocked processor and graphics card; liquid cooling system.

Despite the tweaking, the performance fell short; amazingly expensive; the hard drives are second best; no custom paint option.

Despite the most impressive spec sheet we've ever encountered in a consumer desktop, the Alienware Area-51 ALX is only on a par with the competition that it should surpass.

Oct, 2004

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.

Design

Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Chassis type:Desktop / Tower
Color of product:Black, Silver / Silver
Number of 2.5" bays:2
Number of 3.5" bays:3
Number of 5.25" bays:1
Placement supported:Vertical
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:1500 / 850 / 860
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

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

Graphics

CUDA:No / Y / Yes
CUDA cores:1280 / 1664 / 1920 / 2048 / 2560 / 3072 / 768
Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:11 / 12 / 12288 / 2 / 2048 / 24576 / 3072 / 36 / 4 / 4096 / 6 / 6144 / 8 / 8184 / 8192 / 9216
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon R9 270 / AMD Radeon R9 290X / AMD Radeon R9 370 / AMD Radeon R9 Fury X / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X / NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR4 / GDDR5 / GDDR5X
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 Open GL support: Yes
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1 / 2 / 3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:N / Y
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N / Y
On-board graphics adapter:N / No / Y
On-board graphics adapter model:No / None / Not available

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 32 / 64 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32 / 64
Memory clock speed:2133 / 2400 / 2667
Memory layout:2 x 4 / 2 x 6 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 4 / 4 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 4 / 2 x 6 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 4 / 4 x 8
Memory slots:4x DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598.4 - -420000 / -600 - 420000
Operating altitude:-598.4 - 120000 / -600 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW
Optical drives quantity:1

Other Features

Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x,VT-d

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:Microsoft Office
Cables included:AC
Display included:N / No
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Keyboard supplied:N / No / Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included:N / No / Y / Yes

Performance

Audio output channels:5.1
Audio system:Creative Sound Core 3D / Creative Sound Core3D
Chipset:Intel X99
Compatible processor series:Core i7 Extreme Edition / Core i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Motherboard chipset:Intel X99
Password protection:Y
Product type:PC
Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Line-in:Y / Yes
Line-out:Y / Yes
Microphone in:Y / Yes
S/PDIF out port:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:6
USB 3.0 ports quantity:6

Power

Power supply:1500 / 850 / 860
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Processor

Bus type:QPI
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: 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
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i7-5820K / i7-5930K / i7-5960X / i7-6800K / i7-6850K / i7-6900K / i7-6950X
Processor boost frequency:3.5 / 3.6 / 3.7 / 3.8 / 4
Processor cache:15 / 20 / 25
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Broadwell / Broadwell E / Haswell E
Processor cores:10 / 6 / 8
Processor family:5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-5xxx / Intel Core i7-5xxx Extreme / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel High End Desktop Processors / Intel® High End Desktop Processors
Processor frequency:3 / 3.2 / 3.3 / 3.4 / 3.5 / 3.6
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:i7-5820K / i7-5930K / i7-5960X / i7-6800K / i7-6850K / i7-6900K / i7-6950X
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i7-5800 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-5900 Desktop Extreme Edition series / Intel Core i7-5900 Desktop series
Processor socket:LGA 2011-v3
Processor threads:12 / 16 / 20
Stepping:R0 / R2
Tcase:66.8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):140

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics:N
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:82930 / 82931 / 82932 / 94188 / 94189 / 94196 / 94456
Processor code:SR20Q / SR20R / SR20S / SR2PB
Processor package size:52.5
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AES, AVX 2.0, SSE4.2 / SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, AES
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / Windows 10 Home / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8.1
Operating system language:English / Multilingual
Trial software:Microsoft Office / Office

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC+, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDIO, MMC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC / MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 5900 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000 / 4 / 4000
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:3.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 5900 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA III
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2 / 3
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA / Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 12512 / 2000 / 2128 / 2256 / 2512 / 4000 / 4256 / 4512 / 8256

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.7 / 11
Height:22 / 22.4
Weight:61.7 / 62
Width:25 / 25.2