Alienware Launches Redesigned Area-51 And Aurora Desktops

Intel's quad-core announcement in the mobile realm wasn't the only big news from the company today. Alienware also took the opportunity to launch four new desktop rigs in addition to the M15x notebook, all of which feature refreshed enclosures and the option to add in ATI's blazing new Radeon HD 5870. Even the 17" M17x received a notable update, with the option to equip it with twin 1GB ATI Radeon Mobility HD 4870 GPUs.

All of the desktops, including the Aurora, Aurora ALX, Area-51 and Area-51 ALX, are liquid cooled, and all four can be purchased with factory overclocked CPUs. The new cases are even sleeker than before, and while some may find them outlandish, we're pretty into the new look. The Aurora and Aurora ALX are described as the most upgradeable and the Aurora ALX is the most powerful MicroATX desktops Alienware has ever created. The slightly larger Area-51 units are engineered for the hardcore gamers who are willing to pay top dollar. Exact builds, specifications and prices are listed below, but rest assured--there are no bargains in this lineup.

  • Alienware M15x – The most powerful 15-inch gaming laptop in the universe. Sporting Alienware’s acclaimed new mobile ID which debuted with the M17x laptop, the M15x offers Alienware performance in a compact package guaranteed to appeal to mobile enthusiasts and hardcore gamers on the go. The first Alienware laptop to feature a mobile Core i7 processor, the M15x also offers a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M GPU* and up to 8GB DDR3 1333MHz memory* to take on, and dominate, even the most intense game titles. Prices start at $1,499 and additional technical specifications are here.
  • Alienware Aurora and Aurora ALX – The Aurora is the most upgradeable and the Aurora ALX is the most powerful MicroATX desktops Alienware has ever created. Featuring the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processors, including an optional Extreme Edition overclocked** to 3.6GHz, the Aurora line of desktops are designed to deliver the power needed for hardcore gaming, pro-level HD audio and video editing, 3D animation and more. To crank up your gaming performance, Aurora and Aurora ALX have options for dual 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards, up to 24GB DDR3 1333MHz memory* or 12GB DDR3 1600MHz memory, respectively, and up to 2TB of hard drive storage – all in a compact, MicroATX chassis for taking up less desk space. Prices start at $1,299 and additional technical specs are here.
  • Alienware Area-51 and Area-51 ALX designed for extreme gamers and tech enthusiasts who demand only the latest, most advanced equipment, the Area-51 line of desktops features Intel Core i7 processors factory overclocked** to an intense 3.86GHz for peak performance. To max out your graphics benchmarks, these systems offer the quad-GPU power of dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 295 graphics cards. Other featured specs include up to 12GB DDR3* memory clocked at 1333MHz or 1600MHz, respectively, and six easy-access, cable-free hard drive bays that support both 7,200RPM and 10,000RPM drives, solid state drives and RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10 configurations. Prices begin at $1,999.