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Alienware X51 4 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 3.1GHz 8GB 2TB HDD

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17 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

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Six USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Alienware X51 is a six USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port desktop computer.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Across all the medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the X51 the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1GB to 2GB. With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 1.74 gigabytes, the Alienware X51 has a quite big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

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11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many PCs of this type and age.

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The discrete graphics adapter memory capacities of desktop computers of a similar type and age to the X51 range from 1GB to 6.2TB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 2TB. The Alienware X51 has one of the bigger discrete graphics adapter memory capacities (2,048 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Very Big Hard Drive Capacity

Medium processor core personal computers that have been around for more than two years have hard drive capacity of between 320GB and 3TB. With a hard drive capacity of 2,000 gigabytes, the Alienware X51 has one of the biggest hard drive capacity amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

If this medium processor core desktop computer hard drive capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Asus M32AD[plb_2702522_price] (3TB).

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Very Big Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of computers that are a similar age to the X51 range from 32GB to 3TB. With a total storage capacity of 2,000 gigabytes, the Alienware X51's total storage capacity is one of the biggest amongst medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

If you would prefer a PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the Asus M32AD[plb_2702522_price] (3TB).

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Alienware X51 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec PCs that came out around the same time as the X51. Across all the PCs of a similar age and spec to the X51 the internal memory range from 2GB to 64GB, and the average internal memory is 7.5GB.

If you would prefer a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the Asus M32AD[plb_2702522_price] (16GB).

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This desktop computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many desktop computers of a comparable type and age to it.

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10/100/1000Base-T(X) Cabling Technology

This PC has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many computers that have been on the market for more than two years.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many personal computers of this type and age.

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Six USB 3.0 Ports

Most similar spec desktop computers that were launched around the same time as the X51 have between one and eight USB 3.0 ports, including the Alienware X51 which has six USB 3.0 ports.

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7.1 Audio Output Channel

The Alienware X51 has a 7.1 audio output channel which is better than most PCs of a similar age and type to it. Most medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to it have a 5.1 audio output channel.

A 7.1 audio output channel is actually the best audio output across all similar spec computers that were released around the same time as the X51.

A 5.1 audio output channel is the worst audio output amongst similar types of desktop computer.

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DVD Super Multi Optical Drive Type

The optical drive type of this computer is DVD Super Multi DL, which is the most frequently found optical drive type on desktop computers of this age and spec.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This desktop computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on comparable spec PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Light

With a weight of only 5.5 kilograms, the Alienware X51 is one of the lighter medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the X51 amongst desktop computers of this age. The lightest computer that came out around the same time as the X51 is 250g heavy, the heaviest is 24kg, and the average weight is 8.2kg.

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Very Narrow

At only 95 millimeters, the Alienware X51 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable type and age to the X51. The widths of personal computers of a similar age and spec to the X51 range from 33mm to 490mm, and the average width is 190mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Alienware Only Has Unexceptional Reviews for Its Computers

Alienware has unexceptional average reviews across all personal computers, however it has good reviews specifically within its medium processor core personal computers range.

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The Alienware X51 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (only 1,100 megahertz) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. Across all the similar spec PCs that came out more than two years ago the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 850MHz to 860,000MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 3,200MHz.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to it. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative HDD personal computers currently available including the EliteDesk 800 G1[pl_1589712_price], or the EliteDesk 800 G1[pl_2414721_price] both from HP or the DELL OptiPlex 9020[plb_2881924_price] which is cheaper.

If the storage speed of this desktop computer is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the EliteDesk 800 G1[pl_2229911_price] (SSD), or the EliteDesk 800 G1[pl_2564215_price] (SSD) both from HP or the DELL OptiPlex 9020[plb_2555150_price] (SSD) which is also cheaper.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The Alienware X51 has a quite small discrete graphics adapter memory (only 1,024 megabyte) compared to most of the other computers that were released more than two years ago. The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the X51 is 510MB and the biggest is 6.2GB.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the Alienware X51 is more than most medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this personal computer. The memory slots 2x DIMM are also found on this desktop computer.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most desktop computers of a comparable spec and age to the X51 have between one and nine USB 2.0 ports, including the Alienware X51 which has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware X51 has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other desktop computers of a similar age and type to the X51. The average maximum internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the X51 is 32GB.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

The Alienware X51 has one of the smaller processor caches (only 6 megabytes) amongst computers of this age. The processor caches of computers of this spec and age range from 0.51MB to 10MB.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 3.3 gigahertz, the Alienware X51 has a fairly slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other similar spec computers that are a comparable age to the X51. The maximum turbo frequencies of personal computers that were released more than two years ago range from 1.3GHz to 4.4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.6GHz.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware X51

Released Over Two Years Ago

This medium processor core desktop computer has been on the market for over two years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 3.1 gigahertz, the Alienware X51 has a pretty average processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

If this personal computer processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to look at the HP ProDesk 600 SFF[plb_2689934_price] (3.2GHz and cheaper), or the DELL OptiPlex 9020[plb_2555150_price] (3.3GHz and cheaper).

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Specification

Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache Level
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
QPI Link
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Processor Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Non-ECC Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Networking
WiFi Standard
WiFi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
Line-Out Port
Line-In Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Design
Case Placement
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Performance
Password Protection
Audio Output Channel
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel FDI Technology
Idle States
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature Range
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Software Driver Included
Manual
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

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Expert Reviews

(64)
10 July 2016

What is the Alienware X51? Alienware is one of the strongest global brands of gaming PCs, with a range that now stretches to multiple mobile and desktop form factors. While many gaming PCs come in... Read more…

7 January 2016

Alienware's latest X51 gaming PC would not look out of place in an office. Yes, it still has the brand's distinctive alien head logo on the front, but the company shows uncharacteristic restraint... Read more…

6 January 2016

Alienware's latest X51 gaming PC would not look out of place in an office.Yes, it still has the brand's distinctive alien head logo on the front, but the company shows uncharacteristic restraint... Read more…

Stylis, compact design
Strong graphics performance
Relatively affordable
Useful personalization software
Slick, illuminated design
Doesn't support highest-end graphics cards
Not really suitable for more than 1080p
No SSD
High processor temperature
Relatively expensive
9 September 2015

The last time we looked at Dell's Alienware X51 series of console-sized gaming PCs was back in mid-2013. Back then we were working with Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core Series processors and... Read more…

2 July 2015

The Alienware X51 gaming desktop provides impressive performance for the price in a stylish, living-room-friendly package...

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User Reviews

(6)

Alienware... Just buy all the parts on its own and pay someone to build it. save $$$...

Reviewed 27 September 2016 by Greased Lizard

Wouldn't touch this with a bargepole to be honest. It used to be that Alienware were the mutts nuts, not so much these days. The price tag is exceptionally high for a 2gb 960, and what's with only... Read more…

Reviewed 31 August 2016 by N RHODES | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Nothing wrong with the PC to be fair, however you couldn't upgrade the video card to the latest 1080 models.

Reviewed 26 July 2016 by Amazon Customer

For the people who said the graphics were bad when you were gaming, it could of been your monitor, not the PC. However, that's for you to decide upon.

Reviewed 4 June 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

At first we were excited because this is our first alienware. But the unit that was delivered to us had an issue with the dedicated graphics card. It worked at set-up. but when we started using it... Read more…

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