Impressions and Conclusions
Alienware has a very solid product here with their latest Area 51 desktop gaming system. The one we received has all the top-end parts and it sure is a screamer! With an a quad core CPU, two GeForce 8800 GTXs for SLI, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and Western Digital Raptors in RAID, you’d be hard pressed to find anything faster.
This configuration makes a big dent in the pocket book, but for those looking to not compromise on performance or service this is the only way to go. For those looking to be less extravagant, you can still get a top-performing system by going with a non-RAID configuration and going with a dual-core Core 2 instead of the quad.
The system is very well built with a lot of attention to details like a tidy interior for easy maintenance, great cooling system (4 case fans, and watercooling!), easy-mount drive bays, and of course a super glossy paint finish. Alienware also packs in some exclusive features like multi-colored LEDs, desktop skins, a 28-in-1 USB media card reader, and some awesome gaming accessories.
The only problem I see about the Area 51 is it’s noise. With the fastest performing parts on the market, it needs some good cooling to keep from overheating. So those of you looking to have a quiet system will either have to look elsewhere, configure the Area 51 with slower/cooler parts, or install your own aftermarket cooling devices like watercooling or a fan controller.
Alienware isn’t for everyone, but for those who don’t want to go through the trouble of building their own or risking buying a shoddy clone, Alienware builds the best of the bunch. If the system that we reviewed here is any indication, you’d be very impressed with its performance and workmanship regardless of how you configure it at Alienware’s website. It comes with top-notch parts and excellent 24-7 customer service accessible from the web or from their toll-free support line. The Area 51 7500 will satisfy the hunger for performance of any serious gamer while making you look very cool with a slick and clean design.
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