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Alienware Area 51 6 Core Intel High End Desktop Processors 3.3GHz 8GB 2.1TB HDD+SSD

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6 Intel High End Desktop Processors 3.3GHz 8GB Jun 2015
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6 Reasons For

Fairly Fast Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)

At 68 gigabytes per second, the Area 51 has a quite fast memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) compared to most of the other many processor cores PCs that have been around for more than a year. The memory bandwidth supported by processor (max)s of many processor cores PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Area 51 range from 51GB/s to 68GB/s, and the average memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) is 63GB/s.

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Three Graphics Adapter DisplayPorts Quantitys

The Alienware Area 51 has more graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantitys than most of the many processor cores PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Area 51. Most of the similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the Area 51 only have between one and two graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantitys, however this computer has three graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantitys.

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Very Big Hard Drive Capacity

Comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as the Area 51 have hard drive capacitys of between 500GB and 2TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 1.2TB. When compared to other similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the Area 51 that we have assessed, the Alienware Area 51's hard drive capacity of 2,000 gigabytes is one of the biggest.

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Very Big Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 2,128 gigabytes, the Area 51 has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other personal computers of this spec and age. The average total storage capacity of many processor cores PCs that are a comparable age to the Area 51 is 900GB.

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Three PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slotss

The Area 51 is a three PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots PC. Most of the other computers of this spec and age have between one and three PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slotss.

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5.1 Audio Output Channels

This desktop computer has a 5.1 audio output channels, which is the most commonly found audio output channels on PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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11 Reasons Against

Alienware PCs Only Have Unexceptional Reviews

PCs manufactured by Alienware are fairly ok PCs according to average reviews from users and experts.

Very Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of only 64 gigabytes, the Area 51 has one of the smaller maximum internal memory supported by processors amongst desktop computers of this age. The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of computers of a comparable age and spec to the Area 51 is 650GB, and the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 64GB to 770GB.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Area 51 has a fairly small internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other personal computers that are a comparable age to the Area 51. The average internal memory of computers of this age and spec is 17GB, and the internal memorys range from 4GB to 64GB.

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Only One Number of 5.25" Bays

The Area 51 is a one number of 5.25" bays desktop computer.

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Very Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

The solid-state drive capacitys of comparable spec computers that are a similar age to the Area 51 range from 120GB to 1TB, and the average solid-state drive capacity is 310GB. The Area 51 has a fairly small solid-state drive capacity (only 128 gigabytes) compared to most of the other many processor cores PCs that were released one year ago.

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Only Has One Memory Slots

The Area 51 has a greater number of memory slots than most many processor cores PCs that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly found memory slots is 8x DIMM, but this memory slots is not found on this Alienware PC. The memory slotss 4x DIMM are also found on this computer.

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Only Four USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

Most comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to the Area 51 have between two and eight USB 2.0 ports quantitys, including the Alienware Area 51 which has four USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

Across all the similar spec computers that came out around the same time as the Area 51 the maximum internal memorys range from 32GB to 520GB. At only 32 gigabytes, the Area 51 has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Area 51.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The Area 51 has a fairly small maximum internal memory (only 65,536 megabytes) compared to most of the other computers that are a similar age to the Area 51. The average maximum internal memory of comparable spec personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Area 51 is 700GB.

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Only Two Number of 2.5" Bayss

Most many processor cores PCs that were launched around the same time as the Area 51 have between two and nine number of 2.5" bayss, including the Area 51 which has two number of 2.5" bayss.

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Very Heavy

Across all the similar spec desktop computers that were released around the same time as the Area 51 the weights range from 5kg to 30kg, and the average weight is 17kg. When compared to other similar spec PCs that came out around the same time as the Area 51 that we have checked, the Alienware Area 51's weight of 28 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Area 51

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Alienware released the Area 51.

Average Processor Frequency

At 3.3 gigahertz, the Area 51 has a pretty average processor frequency compared to most of the other personal computers of a similar type and age to the Area 51.

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HDD Storage Media

The Area 51 has an HDD storage media which is faster than most PCs of a comparable age and spec to it. Most many processor cores PCs that came out around the same time as it have an SSD storage media. 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.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
Processor Cache Level
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Hard Drive Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Number of Storage Drives Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Optical Drive
Optical Drives Quantity
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter DVI-I Ports Quantity
Graphics Adapter DisplayPorts Quantity
Graphics Adapter HDMI Ports Quantity
NVIDIA G-SYNC
NVIDIA GameWorks VR
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
CUDA
CUDA Cores
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Software
Operating System Installed
Trial Software
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Outputs
Microphone in
Line-Out
Line-in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Expansion Slots
PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slots
PCI Express X4 (Gen 2.x) Slots
PCI Express X1 (Gen 2.x) Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Number of 2.5" Bays
Number of 5.25" Bays
Number of 3.5" Bays
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
Password Protection
Audio Output Channels
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel FDI Technology
Idle States
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Scalability
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Maximum Internal Memory
Technical Details

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Expert Reviews

(102)
28 September 2015

W hen someone spends big money on a BMW with the same power as, say, a Commodore, there's this general understanding that the BMW is, in some way, worth the massive premium. There's a perception... Read more…

Slick, surprisingly practical design
Powerful
Cool and quiet
Good 3D gaming performance
Innovative design
Not value for money
Four 4GB RAM sticks rather than two 8GB
Included mouse and keyboard aren't great
Huge tower
128GB solid-state boot drive is on the small side
12 June 2015

When you're looking at the Alienware Area 51 from a pure bang for buck perspective, it's not exactly good value. If you were to buy your own hardware and build a comparable machine yourself, you...

14 May 2015

The redesigned Alienware Area-51 introduces a radical new gaming desktop design, all for the sake of improved cooling, expandability, and features that make it unique in the eyes of gamers...

11 May 2015

Alienware Area-51 (codename Centauri) desktop gaming computer with foot.A sturdy table is what you'd need if you want the Dell Alienware Area 51 gaming desktop PC sitting, well, on your desk.At... Read more…

1 April 2015

The Alienware Area-51 offers tons of gaming power in a badass design that will turn heads...

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User Reviews

(84)
Reviewed 8 February 2016 by Rgphila
Rgphila would recommend the Alienware Area-51 desktop

I finally have a gaming computer that runs my games smoothly, with no problems. This computer is very quiet, and I haven't even overclocked it to run games. Best computer I ever had!

Reviewed 2 February 2016 by Dan Hart
Dan Hart would recommend the Alienware Area-51 desktop

This computer is almost like a super computer its fast, reliable, amazing proformance also i can say with 100% confidence that who ever buys this computer will not be let down, its full of... Read more…

Reviewed 2 February 2016 by Z
Z would recommend the Alienware Area-51 desktop

This computer is well worth the money if you have no idea how to build a computer the colors are fully custom too...

Reviewed 1 February 2016 by Bubble3571
Bubble3571 would recommend the Alienware Area-51 desktop

Im a big pc gamer and needed a new pc The Alienware Are-51 was the perfect choice and is great for running any game!

Reviewed 1 February 2016 by Ewe
Ewe would recommend the Alienware Area-51 desktop

Bought very high end system. Gaming graphics make it crash at times. Definitely disappointed...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers a519847, a514624
Barcodes 04053162942172, 05397063524624, 05397063709847

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