Introduction, Design, Features
This year has been a bustling one on a processor front—to put it mildly. After years on a margins, AMD finally delivered a chip line that could contest with Intel’s mainstream desktop tools with a AMD Ryzen 7, Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 offerings. The latter chips found their approach into pretty affordable gaming rigs like a Asus G11DFDell Inspiron Gaming Desktop (Model 5675)a contingent of Ryzen Threadripper chips designed to contest with Intel’s high-end desktop processors like a 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE Extreme EditionThreadripper 1950XNvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards tangled into a system’s triangular frame.
With a quick 1TB solid-state expostulate (SSD), a 2TB tough drive, and an abounding 64GB of DDR4 memory enclosed as well, this pattern of Alienware’s savage desktop is a do-it-all savage with a cost tab to match: It’s $5,799, approach from Dell, as tested. If you’re a high-end calm creator, an impassioned gamer, or (ideally for this configuration) both, a Area-51 competence be a good fit.
Just know that if gaming is all you’re meddlesome in, a large collection of cores here won’t unequivocally assistance your support rates. In fact, as we’ll see after on, it indeed creates during slightest a integrate of games some-more formidable to run. You can opt for a appurtenance with a mainstream processor (like Intel’s new sub-$200 six-core Intel Core i5-8400) and a same span of graphics cards and breeze adult with identical support rates and save yourself several hundred dollars.
And given that not each diversion will take full advantage of a dual graphics cards here, those who truly caring about value competence wish to step down to a single-card choice as well. While a pattern Alienware sent us for examination is undoubtedly powerful, unless you’re doing some critical media origination and gaming on a 4K monitor, this tricked-out building is all kinds of overkill.
Also value holding into comment is a Threadripper Edition’s ardour for table space. At over dual feet low and scarcely as tall, a building itself cooking adult a critical volume of bend room. If we cause in a 34-inch ultra-wide gaming monitor that a association shipped along with a Area-51 for testing, your table competence need a critical ascent as well. Unboxed and set adult on a exam bench, a arrangement and building took adult as many space as 3 of a desktop exam beds. And when we combined a automatic keyboard and gaming rodent that Alienware also sent with a machine, a sum cost tab for this collection was only over $7,500. Those with space or wallet considerations need not apply.
Alienware Area-51 R2 that we looked during behind in 2014. So for a full rundown, feel giveaway to peruse that review.
Here, we’ll only indicate out that a building is a singular triangle-shaped collection of solid-feeling metal, firm plastic, and user-controllable LEDs. There are light strips on a front, as good as on a left side of a machine, and we can select your favorite tone and a preference of lighting effects around a enclosed Alienware Command Center software.
The initial thing to keep in mind about a Area-51 is that it’s large and heavy. Alienware says a complement starts during roughly 62 pounds. Loaded adult with dual high-end graphics cards and a slew of other high-end components, a exam complement was a satisfactory bit heavier than that. So be prepared (and substantially move a friend or two) if we devise on putting a complement on your desk. As remarkable adult top, you’ll also wish to transparent copiousness of space for that forward of time—or only buy a bigger desk—because a framework is some-more than 25 inches front to back, and scarcely 11 inches wide.
Storage Expansion Options
You substantially won’t be wanting to supplement additional components right divided (we positively wish not, given this system’s $5,799 seeking price). But if we confirm to beef adult storage down a line once a 1TB SSD and 2TB tough expostulate start to feel cramped, there are copiousness of options for installing some-more drives behind a right door. Remove a screw during a tip back of a system, and afterwards lift a fasten analogous to that side and a row pops open, vouchsafing we mislay it with ease. (Or we could tag it to your arm as a shield; a side panels feel like they could take a bullet or two.) Inside you’ll find a few dull expostulate bays.
Our examination section had a 2TB Toshiba tough expostulate mounted in a bottom bay. But there were dual other 3.5-inch bays free, as good as a 2.5-inch brook with holes for ascent dual additional drives.
The system’s slot-loading DVD expostulate is mounted during a tip right here, confronting a front edge. There doesn’t seem to be an choice for a Blu-Ray expostulate on a site’s pattern page. But many people have substantially changed to streaming media during this point, anyway. At slightest Alienware does a good pursuit of pre-routing cables to a gangling expostulate areas where we competence implement destiny storage.
Of course, many of a member movement happens on a other side of a system, that is also where you’ll find a 1TB PCIe SSD foot drive, mounted in a M.2 container on a motherboard.
Samsung SSD 960 EVOAlienware Aurora (2016)AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950XNvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards that we mentioned earlier. Oh, and for those doing high-end media tasks, a RAM is maxed out here during 64GB of DDR4, using during 2933MHz. The whole shebang is powered by a grievous 1,500-watt energy supply. Given that a CPU and graphics cards should be pulling about half that, a energy supply in this appurtenance should simply be means to hoop only about anything else we could feasible bond to a several enlargement ports and slots.
Alienware sells dual essentially opposite versions of a Area-51 during a moment. One is formed around Intel’s new Core X platform, that maxes out with a 18-core Core i9-7980XE Extreme EditionGigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming 4G). Given that that label can be found in sub-$1,000 mainstream desktops, a thought of putting it in an Alienware Area-51, that starts during $1,899, only seems silly.