Dell Alienware Area-51 Core i7-980 X Infused Gaming PC - HotHardware
Dell Alienware Area-51 Core i7-980 X Infused Gaming PC

Dell Alienware Area-51 Core i7-980 X Infused Gaming PC

When you think about the market for a pre-built, proverbial "Killer Gaming Rig," you have to consider the class of consumer that would have interest in this type of system. For the most part, the average do-it-yourselfer isn't going to take much interest here, save for perhaps the appreciation of all the bleeding-edge technology and design quality that is the hallmark of such a system. That said, there is obviously a significant market opportunity for consumers that want top-of-the line components and build quality for enthusiast-class gaming performance and head-turning aesthetics, without the hassle of going at it the home-grown way. Dell obviously saw this market opportunity when they snatched up the then not-so boutique system builder Alienware, back in March of 2006.

Dell recently afforded their Alienware division the inside track on Intel's benchmark crushing Core i7-980X Gulftown 6-core processor and the resources to get it validated for delivery to market quickly. We've had the new Dell Alienware Area-51 in for testing for a week now and have spent some quality time with the machine, helping it break its first sweat, globally we might add...

Dell Alienware Area-51 Core i7-980X Infused Gaming PC

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realneil:

blazarcher:
Would you go for Dell/Alienware or HP/Voodoo?

Dell/Alienware has a better rep as far as I'm concerned. HP screwed me on a laptop repair once. I've been warning people away from them for years too.

Dude. I only trust HP with making printers. 

 

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LOL, same here lol. I got 2 HP printers and no other HP products. My sister has a HP laptop though.

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LOL same here... I've got an HP C6180 and even that isn't working properly. 

I haven't bought a computer in so long lol. Must've forgotten what its like. Now I just build them. I can't trust anyone but myself these days. 

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blazarcher:
I've got an HP C6180 and even that isn't working properly. 

My sister is suffering with one of those. It's the biggest P.O.S. on the Planet. She uses it for a home business office and tries to print Quickbooks Pro And Quicken docs and checks with it.

I offered to GIVE her one of my little LaserJets for free if she would let me smash it with a hammer. She paid way too much for it to even think about it. My LaserJet prints all of her stuff without problems.

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i got a C6280 and its working fine for me :) It does what ever i tell it too but it feeds on ink like there is no tomorrow...

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Marius Malek:
Dude. I only trust HP with making printers. 

I have and use the crap out of HP printers, two lasers and a Wireless DeskJet too. But,......

I was at the Flea Market this last Saturday and found a Brother HL-1440 printer there for $10.00, I offered $8.00 for it and they instantly jumped on my offer.(I almost rolled away at that point) But I had offered the money, and stuck to my end of the bargain thinking that I may have made a mistake.

I got it home and blew it out with my shop vac, (it wasn't that dirty) I checked the specs online and found that it has only 2MB of on board RAM and needed an old style 72 pin RAM stick. 32MB was the maximum it would take. I pulled one of the exact 32MB sticks of RAM from the 'Ever Ready Digital Junkpile' and installed it. I hooked it up after ascertaining that the toner cartridge was full, and it works beautifully at 1200-DPI. Windows 7 installed the drivers auto-magically right when I connected the USB cable that they included with the printer. It has hardly any lag before it prints and I'd say it was definitely worth the $8.00 investment.

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Damn 84 pounds... Alienware have got to start using aluminum cases! Or they should just use a heavily modified Lian Li case.. Now that would be AMAZING. One thing I don't like about Alienware cases though is the fact that they keep using steel. I know that steel is supposed to be stronger than aluminum but if you use thick aluminum, not only will the case look better (unpainted+painted) but also will be lighter.. Much lighter than 84 pounds that's for sure. Seriously, my Lian Li V2100B is EVEN BIGGER than this case yet it ways around 50 pounds, maybe... and that's fully loaded with the PSU, mobo, etc.

Other than that this is a system I'd die for, well not literally but you get the idea. I think the whole VENT openings are a cool new idea that makes alot of sense and sure looks the part. I mean when your computer is getting hot, the fans speed up but what use is the extra fan speed when there isn't any air in the case? This solves that problem. 

Lastly, those lights must take up a lot of power. Sure individual fans for example only take up 2-4 watts but it all adds up to a considerable amount.

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blazarcher:
those lights must take up a lot of power
     Nope, they're LED low power, High Intensity bulbs.


blazarcher:
Damn 84 pounds...
     Yes, It's heavy but it's not as if you're gonna be carrying it around all of the time! I'm thinking it's no big deal.


blazarcher:
this is a system I'd die for, well not literally but you get the idea
    Yes, allot of us want this beast.

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Love the clean design, along with the Alienware front logo. Ah the things I would do for such a killer rig.

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Their prices may be good for high end setups but for budget gaming systems they're terrible.  Over $1000 for an i3 setup with an under powered video card?  No spanks.

Plus I'd rather tinker away and build my own anyway.

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Optix:
I'd rather tinker away and build my own

 

I agree to that,.....that's half the fun,.

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I remember having a HUGE love for Alienware. I really wanted my next purchase to come from them....then they got bought out by Dell and all the reviews are looking shoddy. Its a shame

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i wish i have this..... the case looks so cooll!!

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It looks pretty cool, but there is hardly any room to work in it. There is no way to reroute the wires around the back because the right side of the case has wall mountable slots for hard drives. Installing liquid cooling across this case was a pain in a ass for me because I had such little room to work in. I couldn't really get away with using the half inch tubes which sucks. If I had to choose a case again it would be something like the "Lian Li PC-60FW Case".

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*glances at case, dies of star-shock*

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I own this PC and I have to say besides the intimidating case which isn't bad everything inside it besides the i7 and the video cards of course are trash. Everything from the liquid cooling to the motherboard is trash. Three slots of ram? at most? trash. They say it's a gaming PC. The liquid cooling brings my processor temps high enough without any overclocking, just web browsing. Overclocking is not possible with the stock parts or terrible bios with. When they say custom X58 motherboard- the reason for this is to save every last penny to make costs cheaper so they wouldn't have to buy a real motherboard.  The wiring is messy and hard to hide if at all, just like all dell XPS desktops if you've ever owned one. Alienware at it's current state will never top a Custom made computer or other boutique brands which actually give you the bang for your buck, like origin PC and Maingear. It makes me feel sick when someone calls this PC a boutique gaming rig or even thinks of it as a legitimate competitor in the PC gaming industry.

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In my other post on this...

"The design itself, is very stylish and sleek looking. Can you imagine this system with an airbrushed case, that looks like the Predator! Or maybe an alien on one side and the Predator on the other, and a little predator mask painted over the Alienware guy in the front with the glowing eyes :)"

I knew I saw something similar to what I was thinking.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.predatorstuff.com/gallery/images/miscellaneous/predator_pc_case_mod/67.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.predatorstuff.com/miscellaneous/&usg=__4kZKqCNagJ5nfg-OklcO69p4Gn0=&h=375&w=500&sz=168&hl=en&start=10&sig2=8N7PzCUA4ISgPnKuuPPC4w&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=00RsYyZnz4ZXxM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpredator%2Bpc%2Bcase%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=1dOpS67wFZXUtQPriv3eAQ

Imagine the front with the glowing eyes, and the vents with the predator shin painted on them? :O

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Im curious about the auto venting.

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What about it are you curious about?

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grayaudio:

Im curious about the auto venting.

 

Taken from the review article:

Another rather distinctive feature of the Area-51 is its top ventilation system that consists of a series of motorized vent louvers that move up or down, depending on how much heat builds up in the chassis.  These vents are keyed off fan speeds inside the case and temperature thresholds in the BIOS can be set to affect the pitch of the vents and fan speeds based on the settings you provide.

 

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It would be cool if you could set them to rapidly open and close three times when you approach it for the first time every morning!

Then imagine an excited little voice squeaking, "Hello Master!"

Yeah,....cool! Geeked

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That can be done Wink lol. It would so nice! you got your self a pet now :P

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I'm really digging the case, even if it's a bit ricer. Great specs aswell.

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I just love the case and the wall of storage. And I just love the performance of it, it blows everything out of the water.

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Xolso, ricer? :D lol (pricier  right?)

They could make more then just selling whole computers if they would sell the case alone :D lol

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