Alienware Area-51 7500 Gaming System

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Test Systems & SiSoft SANDRA


The Area-51 7500 was left "as delivered" for the duration of benchmarking. Nothing was installed or altered, with the exception of the necessary benchmarking software. In addition to the Dell XPS 710 H2C, a wide variety of custom built test rigs were used for comparison in the benchmarks. The test rigs were divided into two groups; one group was used for the general, rendering and productivity benchmarks, while the second group was used in the gaming tests. It is important to note that the Dell XPS 710 H2C's Core 2 Extreme QX6700 is overclocked to 3.2GHz. Combined, the test rigs cover a wide range of system configurations and should give us a good idea of how the Area-51 7500 performs.

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The Reference Rigs

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Hardware Used:
Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (2.66GHz)
Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93GHz)
Core 2 Extreme E6700 (2.66GHz)
AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 (2.8GHz)

Intel 975X Express
NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
ATI Radeon X1950 XTX

2 x 1GB Corsair PC-6400


Western Digital Rapter WD740ADFD

10,000RPM - SATA - 74GB

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Video Drivers

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Relevant Software:
Windows XP Pro or Media Center
DirectX 9.0c

NVIDIA Forceware v97.92

ATI Catalyst 6.12

Benchmarks Used:
3DMark06 v1.0.2
F.E.A.R. v1.0.8
Half Life 2 - Episode 1
Quake 4 v1.3
Prey v1.2

WorldBench 5.0

Preliminary Benchmarks with SiSoft SANDRA XI
Synthetic Testing

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. SANDRA consists of a set of information and diagnostic utilities that can provide useful high-level information about your hardware and OS. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA XI SP1a suite (CPU, Multimedia, Memory and File System) with the Area-51 7500.

CPU 2.66GHz

Multimedia 2.66GHz

Memory DDR2 @ 800MHz (400MHz)
Hard Disk - RAID 0
150GB X 2

We didn't find anything surprising about the SANDRA results; we were expecting good performance, and that's what we saw. The Area-51 7500 put up CPU and memory scores that were higher than the reference systems. Additionally, the two 150GB 10,000 RPM Western Digital Raptors in RAID 0 scored quite well in the File System test. A result of 121MB/s is pretty darn fast.

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