Dell Alienware X51, SFF PC Gaming Refined

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Though we didn't have reference numbers to compare it to, we figured it made sense to run the Alienware X51 over various resolutions and settings with Batman Arkham City.  We even turned on NVIDIA PhysX in the game engine, to ramp up the visuals and work the little alien speedster a bit harder.

Batman Arkham City
Cutting Edge DX11 Game Play with Enhanced Physics Effects


Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City is a sequel to 2009’s Game of the Year winning Batman: Arkham Asylum. This recently released sequel, however, lives up to and even surpasses the original. The story takes place 18 months after the original game. Quincy Sharp, the onetime administrator of Arkham Asylum, has become mayor and convinced Gotham to create "Arkham City" by walling off the worst, most crime-ridden areas of the city and turning the area into a giant open-air prison. The game has DirectX 9 and 11 rendering paths, with support for tessellation, multi-view soft shadows, and ambient occlusion. We tested in DX11 mode with all in-game graphical options set to their maximum values, at various resolutions.



Though we had image quality set to very high, tessellation and PhysX turned on and FXAA enabled in the game engine, the Alienware X51 still maintain playable frame rates, right on up through 1920X1080 resolutions.  With this system, you can quite literally play any game on the market currently, at high resolutions and high image quality settings.

Power Consumption
Idle and Full Load Power Draw
Before bringing this article to a close, we'll take a look at power consumption of the Alienware X51 versus the other full sized systems we tested. We let each system boot and sit idle before measuring idle power and then loaded down each system with both an instance of Prime95 (to load down the CPU) and Furmark (to load the GPU) before taking our full load power consumption measurements.  Our goal was to give you an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling on the desktop and while under a heavy workload. Keep in mind, this is total system power consumption being measured at the outlet.


Loaded for bear with Prime95 and Furmark, only pushing 212 Watts



Another impressive turnout for Alienware's X51, as the little system consumes the least amount of juice either at idle or under full load.  Its PSU has a significantly lower power capacity as well but the external brick is likely more efficient that the larger standard internal PSUs in the full sized systems.  When you consider it's performance, the X51 has the best performance-per-watt profile of the bunch, easily.

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Nice little box,.......I think  that the price is livable for the performance that you're getting with it. For those that buy fully built PC's, it's a good deal.

Many people still complain about Alienware being so much different since Dell bought them out. But I just don't see how they could have remained the same dialed-in enthusiast's resource when they came under corporate control. Considering their circumstances, they still put out great PC's.

As always, building your own PC is cheaper, but this little PC is a good deal for a store bought unit. It looks pretty good too.

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Hey Neil, you trying to take my job? ;) Agreed though! :)

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Dave_HH:
Hey Neil, you trying to take my job? ;) Agreed though! :)

There is no replacing you Dave. Smile

(or any of you HH Mooks)

 

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awww, thanks Neil. :)

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When I went to buy my first gaming PC Alienware was the first one I thought of, but man they charge a lot for their computers including this one. I considered building it myself, but I found out about Ironside Computers. They have really great prices, and I purchased a custom built computer from for about $65 more then what I would've spend if I built it myself. For $65 I got a professionally built computer, warrantied, and backed by a professional company. So I consider a good deal. It was certainly hundreds of dollars less then what Alienware wanted. :P

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Everything good but i don't like the price, i can build a better onewith the same amount of $$$ and get that case :) nice review thoughhehehhee

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I wish I knew you... -___- @cowboyspace

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More like "PC gamming destroyed"

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It certainly is nice looking like most AW systems. It is pretty amazing what they were able to cram into that small case of course it means there is not much room to upgrade either.

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omegadraco:
It certainly is nice looking like most AW systems. It is pretty amazing what they were able to cram into that small case of course it means there is not much room to upgrade either.

You may be able to replace the RAM with faster, or higher capacity sticks,......and it looks like there is room for a larger Video Card, but can the power brick handle the extra load? The hard drive looks like a standard size, so that's not a problem to change.

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