Dell Alienware X51, SFF PC Gaming Refined

Cinebench and 3DMark 11

Cinebench R11.5 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.

Cinebench R11.5
Software Rendering Performance - CPU
This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders and animates 3D scenes and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

Here again, the Alienware X51 puts up similar results to what we saw in the SANDRA CPU and Multimedia tests.  The lower speed Core i5-2320 CPU in the X51 just doesn't offer as much available CPU horsepower as these other full-sized systems with Core i7 quad-cores and the higher-end Core i5-2500.  That said, the Alienware X51 is a gaming system first and foremost, so let's see if it has enough CPU juice to hang with the big boys but the right amount of GPU muscle to perhaps even show them up.

3DMark 11 Benchmarks
Synthetic DX11 Performance Tests

Futuremark 3DMark11

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically bound to Windows Vista and WIndows 7-based systems due to its DirectX 11 requirement, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows. 3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test. We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1080 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

In 3DMark 11 the tables turn a bit.  Here the Alienware X51 surges past the Dell XPS and iBuyPower systems by a sizable margin and just falls short of catching the Radeon HD 6850-infused HP system.  Let's see if these synthetic benchmark scores translate into real world gaming performance results.

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