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Dell's 6-Core Infused Alienware Area-51 Gaming PC Monster Invades HH Labs

Dell's 6-Core Infused Alienware Area-51 Gaming PC Monster Invades HH Labs

This weekend the weather has been acting up here in the Northeast.  We've had some torrential rains causing localized flooding and the wind has been fierce, giving us the feeling that Mother Earth has decided to kick up her wrath a bit, forcing us all to seek shelter indoors.  Or, perhaps, the change in atmosphere has nothing to do with dear ol' Mother Earth and more to do with what landed on the HotHardware.com loading dock last week.  Perhaps the atmospheric disturbance we're dealing with is a result something extra-terrestrial that has invaded the test area now at HH. See, this little company by the name of Intel, they have a new chip.  It has six processor cores in it and it's pretty fast actually.  So, this guy Michael... last name begins with a "D"... oh, yeah, Dell, that's it.

Well, see ol' Mike decided he'd build himself a gaming PC with this new chip and he asked a few of the good folks at his Alienware division, that he acquired not long ago, to build it for him.  And those Alienware folk... Well, let's just say they have a knack for bringing it...

Alienware Area-51 ALX Gaming System - The Aliens are looking <HOT> these days...


Hot-Swap Drive Cage - Wall of Storage, Motorized, Illuminated Vent System - Low Rider Option Available


2xRadeon HD 5970 In CrossFire X, Water-Cooled Gulftown - All Badass (click for full res)

Though the interior shot above is well lit by a few strategically positioned LEDs, we can tell you that the system was actually not plugged in to a power source when we held our little impromptu photo-shoot.  In fact, the machine comes equipped with some sort of battery back-up that we're still looking into.  So, when you open the side panel, even if the system is powered down and unplugged, you're still able to admire its build quality with a little mood lighting to warm you up like Barry White.  Of course those dual Radeon HD 5970s (yes, that 4 GPUs folks) will keep the home fires toasty as well.



Fear not though, if you're the type that likes to keep cool under pressure.  The new Alienware Area-51 ALX has a self-contained water cooler to keep its Core i7-980 X chilled out nicely.  Also, the vent louvers at the top of the machine automatically flex open, to let a little cool breeze in, if things get too hot in this love shack of technological wonder.


Stay tuned because we plan to break a hard sweat with the new Intel Gulftown-infused Dell Alienware Area-51 ALX.  Benchmarking ought to take just a few minutes... literally.
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Dave,

It's an impressive box and will probably knock your socks off once you start the review process. With 2 5970's in there it may be able to keep up. What do you think the damage will be to those of us just waiting to run out and BUY one?

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Well, all I need is a second mortgage on the house and I could pick one of these up! (I think it would be almost worth it though.)

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That is one sweet puppy. The torrential rains you speak of in the intro caused enough floods in my area that it took me an extra hour to get to work this morning. But if this is what torrential rains gets us, I say bring on the monsoons! I can't wait to see the benchmarks.

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gibbersome and aybabtu those are some good as well as very valid comments, in fact I am still laughing. This one to me is awesome not just because it has a 980/six core or even 2 5970's, it is the whole package. The tower is awesome (although I a a bit scared of auto opening and closing anything), the HD setup is awesome, the cooling looks awesome. I wonder what they will charge for a puppy like this 5k maybe + a locked 3 year service contract or something.

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OK I went and configured one as close as I can get to this (the 6 core CPU is not available yet, nor can I find 1600 DDR3) is about 5,834k with no monitor. So I am thinking 6-7k for one of these beauties minimum with a Monitor, maybe more unless they intro it at a special price (with a vital organ, I'm thinking I can spare a kidney JK). Oh and for those saying the don't like Silver there are case options (Black I know for sure on this same case), 5-6 colors for the fan lighting to.

Oh here is a link mind you it has a quad core i7 975, not a six core 985.

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&kc&l=en&oc=DPDOPZ1&s=dhs&fb=1

This is also minus a sound card, and a TV tuner because it kept telling me I was out of PCI-X slots, so this MB seems to be a 2 PCI-X slot board which may be different form the beauty pictured here as well.

 

 

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That's what I'm talking about right there two 5970's!!!!!!!! Man, if that does not excite you you need to check your pulse. I am grinning ear to ear bro can't wait to see what numbers she puts up.

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My father actually recently purchased a new Alienware computer and this is the case that came with it although his is black in color.

It really is an excellent case, VERY solid build quality, but ridiculously heavy. The top vents are fully motorized and open and close as needed on their own although you can set that manually yourself if you prefer they always stay closed or always open.

I suppose it's a matter of personal preference as well but the case really is good looking in person, it has unbelievable presence and the first time you turn the thing on, watching the vents open etc is just plain cool. I wish they sold this case seperately as I would purchase one ASAP.

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Six core and DX11 gpu, what a future proof pc :P

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serious96:
Six core and DX11 gpu, what a future proof pc :P

Close as you can come these days to being future proof, I'd say,.....

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LOL so true, with all these new advance technology coming out day after day nothings future proof anymore! :) your probably going to be falling behind in a few months :P lol

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This thing is so Freaking cool!

I wonder if you can program the vents ti simulate breathing? I love the water cooling and all the venting it has. Load it up with RAM and change the crossfire to two FirePros and this would be the ultimate system.  As always though, I am sure it is pricey!

As far as the color goes, it just needs some TLC. 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 :)

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Did you check out the review yet? if not you should! its freaking HUGE and AWESOME! :)

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Although I'm not a huge fan of Dell computers I have to say I love how Dell has maximized the room on the inside of this case by having easy access behind the mounting plate for the HD's.  It does make the rest of the case look neater and allows for better airflow.

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I want one so badly.. looked at some earlier pictures of it.. But THESE pictures really want to get it... Got to love the design of the beast.. And look at the fins!!

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WOW I just got some news from Dell receiveing this beast as a replacement for my XPS 730 H2C QX9650 2X288 GTX ...can't wait my neihbor just received a area 51 not the ALX version it is huge and pictures just don't do it justis not like when you see it in person! I like the new look much better then the older model bubble look! Ooooh and lets not forget whats under the hood of this Muscle car then the 6 hot swapable hard drives on the other side that designe is awsome.... I am sure it keeps them nice and cool away from the other hardware man I will be checking the order status every day til it shows up at my door

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lol, you sound super excited about this system lol

I think I would be too tho. It is a rather unique design with some nice hardware inside.

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LOL "Some nice hardware." bit of an understatement. BTW, this thing is runnin @ about 5600. I got my area-51 ALX on the way. 2 nvidia 480's tho instead for 3D gaming. Wish ATI cards supported 3d =(.

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