Dell Alienware X51, SFF PC Gaming Refined
On the test track, Alienware notebooks have racked up some of the best performance numbers we've seen and the company's desktops rank right up there as well. One shape the Aliens have never assumed previously, however, is the small form-factor desktop. And let's be honest, systems in this weight class generally aren't known for their gaming prowess but usually serve as home theater or mainstream PCs. The folks at Alienware have a different sort of vision for their next alien life form and if you weren't paying attention, you'd almost mistake it for a game console rather than a PC. But you're here at HH, so you're obviously paying attention. And so are we.
You could say the Alienware X51 gaming PC system got our attention when it hacked into our news channel not long ago. So we decided to send a peaceful return transmission and allow it to touch down on a test pod in our lab.
But first, we interrupt this program to allow the Aliens a bit of air time in this hands-on demo. Then get set for the specifics, the benchmarks and our analysis.
Front Panel Ports:
Rear Panel Ports:
|Core i5-2320 - 3GHz, 6MB Cache with Turbo Boost 2.0
8GB Dual Channel DDR-1333
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555
Western Digital 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB Cache, 6Gbps SATA
Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD±RW,CD-RW)
Windows 7 Home Premium X64
10/100/1000 Ethernet, DW1502 Wireless-N WLAN Half Mini-Card
2 x USB 2.0; Headphone and Mic
4 x USB 2.0; 2x USB 3.0; GbE LAN; Optical SPDIF; Audio inputs, HDMI
Integrated 7.1 surround sound
330 Watt External AC Adapter
1 Year Limited
$999 (as configured and tested)
Front-Height: 13.504" (343mm)
Rear-Height: 12.54" (318.5mm)
Depth: 12.52" (318mm)
Width: 3.74" (95mm)
Starting Weight: 12.1 lbs (5.49 Kg)
Again however, the X51's component selection is a bit deceiving and perhaps underwhelming at first glance, so let's get a closer look at the hardware and go under the hood.