System Performance Results
Our tests of this system will be quick and to the point – after all we have tested the hardware IN the system so many times before I could probably predict the benchmark results with a lot of accuracy.  But let’s see what the Area-51 has to offer us.

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The Alienware Area-51 puts out some fantastic SiSoft Sandra scores in our testing and is only falling behind our reference QX9770 results by a smaller margin.  That difference is likely because of the timing differences between the Alienware system and our original QX9770 system.

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Again the Alienware Area-51 system has a good showing in our CPU-based benchmark with CineBench 10.

Call of Duty 4 (DirectX 9)


Call of Duty 4 is the next iteration of the very popular CoD series and is a return of the Infinity Ward team that made CoD1 and CoD2 so successful.  The graphics for this title are simply amazing, and considering that it is still a DX9 graphics engine, developers of these DX10 titles we use should be shamed!  If you want a great single and multi-player experience set in a modern warfare environment, don’t pass up Call of Duty 4.

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Call of Duty 4 settings
 
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The pair of HD 3870 X2 cards is proving to be a very powerful gaming configuration even though it has been succeeded already by the AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2.  Being able to run Call of Duty 4 at 2560×1600 with an average frame rate of 75 FPS is still a very impressive!

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