Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition Review: Revisiting A Megatasking Beast

Alienware Area 51 Threadripper Mordor, Thief, Ghost Recon Wildlands Benchmarks

Next we'll look at performance with a few triple-A title games, Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor, Thief, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands. In these game tests, we set up both 1080p / high frame rate tests, as well as 4K very high image quality testing, to show both ends of the spectrum for fast action, lag-free gaming on the Alienware AW25 240Hz G-Sync panel, or top-notch visuals. Pick your poison, the numbers are all here.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Vengeance
Monolith’s surprisingly fun Orc-slaying title delivers a ton of visual fidelity even at the lowest quality settings. So, to maximize eye candy while also heavily taxing the cards, we ran the game's built in benchmark with its Ultra quality settings at a couple of resolutions, topping out at 4K on these tricked-out dragster gaming PCs.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Modor Area 51 Threadripper

At 1080p the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition trails its GTX 1080 Ti-equipped Origin PC rival sporting a higher clock speed Core i7-7700K chip, though frame rates still rip along north of 170 FPS. In 4K gaming, however, the tables turn and the Area-51 Threadripper system squeaks a win, if only by the slimmest of margins. 

DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Square Enix set the tone for Thief by saying, "Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach." The Thief series has been popular for years, not only for its interesting story lines and unique gameplay, but because the games have consistently featured excellent graphics and imagery, and leveraged bleeding graphics edge technology, like AMD's Mantle API, for example.

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Thief Area 51 Threadripper benchmark

In Thief, the numbers paint a similar picture, though this game engine does seem to be a bit more CPU-intensive. The Area-51 Threadripper Edition trails further behind at 1080p, but comes roaring back at 4K resolution, besting even a dual GTX 1070 machine and easily outpacing the GTX 1080 Ti-power Origin PC Chronos system. 

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is a tactical shooter, set in an open-world environment. The game is played from a third-person perspective, though there is an optional first person view when aiming certain guns. Players are members of the fictional "Ghosts", an elite special-operations unit of the United States Army. We tested Wildlands -- which is a DX11 title -- with all of the in-game graphical options cranked up to their maximum values, at both 1440P and 4K...

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands benchmarks Area 51 Threadripper

We're just now compiling gaming desktop system scores for Ghost Recon Wildlands, so we don't yet have other reference systems scores to show you here, though we did opt to test the Area-51 Threadripper Edition system over various resolutions. As you can see, even at 3840X2160 resolution, with Very High image quality settings, the system maintains completely playable frame rates, north of 50 FPS on average and not dipping below 42 FPS. At 1080p we break the 100 FPS mark. Lock that in with and NVIDIA G-Sync capable panel like the Alienware AW2518 and you'll be dancing.

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