Wednesday, January 18th 2012

Alienware Launches X51 Ultra-Compact Gaming Desktop

If gaming-console manufacturers want to stifle innovation in the gaming industry with old, archaic hardware, it's time for game PC vendors to do something to woo the console crowd. Dell's flagship gaming PC brand, Alienware, announced the X51, a gaming desktop built around the size of a typical gaming console, but packing today's computing technologies that PC gamers have access to. It starts at US $699. Its chassis measures 343 x 95 x 318 mm (HxWxD), and can be oriented vertically, or horizontally. It features cutting-edge styling by Alienware with dashes of piano black, matte black, and lime. Its front features audio, USB ports, and a slot-in DVD-RW / Blu-ray ROM (optional).

The $699 base model is driven by an Intel Core i3 dual-core processor, though more powerful Core i5 and Core i7 processors can be opted for. Graphics is handled by NVIDIA GeForce GT 545, though GT 555 can be opted for. 4 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory comes standard, up to 8 GB can be opted for. 1 TB 7200rpm HDD storage comes out of the box, faster SSDs can be opted for. Connectivity includes 7.1-channel HD audio with Waves MAXX Audio Software, gigabit Ethernet, Wireless b/g/n, optical and coaxial SPDIF audio outputs. The graphics card gives out HDMI and DVI outputs. Yes, it can run Crysis.
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30 Comments on Alienware Launches X51 Ultra-Compact Gaming Desktop

#1
AhokZYashA
do this uses mobile processor and graphics?
because I cant find a desktop GT545 or 555
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#3
xBruce88x
OEM only cards... for now at least.
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#4
THE_EGG
But can it run Crysis 2 ?
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#5
AhokZYashA
ah, OEM only version,
that explains
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#6
Chaitanya
Finally a sensible alienware desktop. :rockout:
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#7
Crap Daddy
I highly doubt that it can run Crysis on 1080p at very high with decent framerates...
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#8
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Interesting. Though still too expensive to play with the console's crowd. Price is not bad though for a budget gaming PC...
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#9
adrian27
looks like a ps3. cool. it will look good in the living room
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#10
Imhoteps
Very nice looking piece of cr@p.
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#12
Rapidfire48
by: Imhoteps
Very nice looking piece of cr@p.
So very true.
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#13
Hustler
Lol, so its basically a terrible looking case with the innards of a high end laptop....fail
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#14
Grings
Utter shit, how can something so large settle for such a weak gpu?

I would consider that GPU acceptable on something mac mini sized, but this virtually needs as much room as a full size pc.

Also how can Dell expect the Alienware brand to be taken seriously as their gaming platform with shit like this?
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#15
entropy13
by: Grings
Utter shit, how can something so large settle for such a weak gpu?

I would consider that GPU acceptable on something mac mini sized, but this virtually needs as much room as a full size pc.

Also how can Dell expect the Alienware brand to be taken seriously as their gaming platform with shit like this?
GT 545 is a weak GPU? Compared to a console whose GPU is barely the same as a 7900GTX, it's hardly weak at all.
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#16
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Sure size matters a bit to consolers looking to have a lan party, but it the grand scheme, I don't think it matters as much as them wanting to just put in the game and play, maybe if they teamed up with onlive or something and offered a discount on the first few games purchased, and maybe included a controller with the thing, then I could see it selling better.
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#17
Hustler
by: entropy13
GT 545 is a weak GPU? Compared to a console whose GPU is barely the same as a 7900GTX, it's hardly weak at all.
Irrelevant, unless somehow you know of a way to play PS3/360 games on a PC.

For a Gaming PC, it's a pitifully weak laptop class GPU.
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#18
rjkoneill
Eurogamer reported this story too
The bottom range X51 can power Battlefield 3 in 1080p at an average of 32 frames-per-second, with high resolution textures, 4x aniostropic filtering and medium anti-aliasing turned on.

The top-end X51 can power Battlefield 3 running the same settings at an average of 54 frames-per-second.
:rolleyes:
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#19
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
Bitch plz... No amount of $3000 PC's are going to 'woo' potential customers if the best games the market has to offer are console ports like call of duty. If you want more business then try influencing devs to make. Better games that makes use of all that sexy hardware under the hood
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#20
entropy13
by: Hustler
Irrelevant, unless somehow you know of a way to play PS3/360 games on a PC.
Most "PC games" are ports anyway, so what's the problem?

by: Hustler
For a Gaming PC, it's a pitifully weak laptop class GPU.
Agreed, for a gaming PC it's weak. Especially considering the myriads of gaming PCs with the same form factor. Oh wait.

Also, since when did the GT 545 become a laptop class GPU?
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#21
badtaylorx
guys guys....pls remember who this is aimed at......NOT YOU!!!

this is an attempt to bring pc gaming to the masses,,, dont knock it.....either recommend it or help 'em build their own....

as a community every pc we gain with one console lost is one step closer to better gaming
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#22
Grings
by: entropy13
GT 545 is a weak GPU? Compared to a console whose GPU is barely the same as a 7900GTX, it's hardly weak at all.
This is not a 6 year old console, its supposed to be a gaming pc by a company that claims it makes gaming pc's
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#24
Animalpak
this makes my PC look like an old car to be scrapped ....

buy this little box and you play everything you want without spending all the money I've spent over the years to keep updated mine ...

What a damn
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#25
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
Alienware is over ratted over priced CRAP . Me no like .
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