Alienware has been long known for two things: having interesting case designs, and being prohibitively expensive. For the last five years or so, Alienware has been a subsidiary of Dell to displace their gaming XPS product line into a non-gaming higher-end line. They have recently announced their X51 product line as Jeremy noted earlier, but what does that mean for someone interested in PC Gaming?
Like how it looks? Dude, you’re getting a Dell!
Jeremy’s post went through the range of base models and their associated prices. The main product page listed the features of the higher-end base unit along with two other points: the chassis can be vertically or horizontally mounted; and you can upgrade your core components easily. While the latter statement is great to make, it should also be noted that with a maximum 330W power supply, your upgrade options — while potentially easy — are quite limited.
The choice in video cards is split between the GeForce GT 545 and the GeForce GTX 555: these are both OEM-only GPUs and thus benchmarks are at this time difficult to find. The GT 545 contains 144 CUDA cores clocked at 870/1740 MHz with the memory clocked at 1998 MHz. Should you opt for the higher-end GTX 555, your GPU contains exactly twice the CUDA cores (288) clocked slightly slower at 776/1553 MHz and a slightly lower memory clock of 1914 MHz.
Dude, you regretting a Dell?
In terms of Alienware-specific perks, Alienware has developed the “Alienware Command Center”; this application allows you to customize the lighting on your chassis as well as control programs and tweak your system. While a nice value-addition, it is obviously more gimmicky than practical; but really, isn’t that a large portion of why you are purchasing an Alienware computer? At least they look to be decent gimmicks. The price also does not appear to be too high compared to what you are getting from what I can tell. You would obviously be in a better position to assemble a desktop yourself and probably even commission your local small business computer store to do it for you, but the Alienware’s price does not appear to be in a distant galaxy.
So what do you think?
Dell is out of touch with
Dell is out of touch with gamers. I’ve been a long time fan of Alienware and have 3 systems. I’ve spent over $8000.00 in with Alienware in the past 2 years. This little system is a joke and flys in the face of everything Alienware claims to stand for. I’m out.
Yeah, but it would look cool
Yeah, but it would look cool under my tv.
To me, it seems like a laptop
To me, it seems like a laptop with 21in to 24in monitor option… much easier to carry around than a standard Alienware case (those things are huge)
I like what they are trying
I like what they are trying to accomplish but I do not see a real effort here. One thing they could have done is slip a 550ti in there on a 90 degree PCIe angle card. Use a normal motherboard like an ASUS or Gigabyte H67 micro atx board and an Intel i3-2105. Start the systems at around $500 and people will love it.
Sigh, here I was expecting
Sigh, here I was expecting something big. Not a smaller version… I wonder why they couldn’t have released this for the holiday season?
Looks interesting but the
Looks interesting but the hardware is lacking a bit… You can only have a 330 watt PSU