Alienware Area-51 M5500 Notebook

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Test System and General Performance


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Area 51 m5500
  • 2.0GHz Intel Pentium M
  • Intel 915PM Chipset
  • 2 x 1GB DDR2 533MHz memory
  • 128MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600
  • 8x DVD+/-RW slot-load with dual-layer support
  • 80GB Hitachi 7200RPM Hard Drive (ATA100)
  • 15.4" WSXGA+ display (native 1680x1050)
  • Intel Pro 2915 a/b/g WiFi card
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • 6 cell Li-Ion battery
General Performance: The Winstones
"Real World" Application Performance

Business Winstone 2004 from Veritest uses scripts to test the performance level of a computer in business related applications:

  • Microsoft Access 2002
  • Microsoft Excel 2002
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition 2003
  • WinZip 8.1

Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 from Veritest uses scripts to test the performance level of a computer in multimedia rich environments:

  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1
  • Adobe Premiere 6.5
  • Macromedia Director MX 9.0
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 6.1
  • Microsoft Windows Media™ Encoder 9 Version
  • NewTek LightWave 3D 7.5b
  • Steinberg™ WaveLab™ 4.0f

Higher scores here indicate better performance. You can read more about Business Winstone 2004 on Veritest's FAQ page. You can also read more about Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 on Veritest's FAQ page.

Armed with a potent 2GHz Pentium M and 2GB of memory, it's no surprise to see the Alienware notebook sitting towards the top of the charts. With such strong hardware backing the system, nearly any task or application should be easily handled by the Area-51 m5500.

In similar fashion to the previous results, we see the Area-51 m5500 trouncing the vast majority of the competition on its way to a third place finish overall. Were the CPU bumped up to 2.13GHz like the ASUS and Dell XPS notebooks, the Alienware system might have possibly walked away with a first place finish.

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