Alienware X51 R3 Review: Console-Sized Gaming PC Gets Skylake Infusion

GTAV, Thief, Mordor w/ Graphics AMP Performance

Like many of its recent notebooks, the Alienware X51 R3 has built-in support for the Alienware Graphics AMP. The Graphics AMP is essentially an external enclosure for high-end graphics cards, that connects to the system via a proprietary PCI Express extension cable. Armed with the Graphics AMP and a GeForce GTX Titan X, we re-ran a few tests to give you all an idea as to how much untapped performance lies within the X51 R3, when a more powerful GPU is paired to the rig.

We also ran some newer games tests at various resolutions to show how the X51 R3's performance scales (and to pad our performance database a bit)...

New Game Engines And Alienware Graphics AMP Testing
Cranking Things Up With A Titan X

Piswasser Sign GTAV
Grand Theft Auto V


Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor
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 still maintaining a playable framerate on these cards, we ran the game’s High quality benchmark routine here. 

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

mordor amp

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 consistenty featured excellent graphics and imagery and leveraged bleeding edge technology, like AMD's Mantle API.

thief screenshot

thief amp

As you can see, the Graphics AMP and GeForce GTX Titan X give the Alienware X51 R3 a big performance boost, more than doubling the system's performance in one test. When you've got a fast processor like a Core i7-6700K, a powerful graphics card like the GeForce GTX Titan X can really spread its wings, as these tests illustrate.

On its own, however, the Alienware X51 R3 with a GeForce GTX 960 configuration, maintains completely playable frame rates, right on up though 2560X1440 resolution and at very high image quality settings.

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