Alienware’s New Dedicated Gaming PC
Alienware has recently announced their X51, a dedicated gaming PC.
The Alienware X51 looks like a games console, with it’s sleek simplicity and size just bigger than that of an Xbox 360. Like the Xbox 360, it can be used either laying on it’s side or positioned upright.
“It’s taking enthusiast-class PC gaming and putting it in a small form factor,” Alienware senior product manager Eoin Leyden told Eurogamer.
The idea behind it is that it works as both a small factor PC and a dedicated gaming machine, where most people normally have the choice of one or the other, so it’s perfect for putting in a TV setup, to play those PC games that aren’t available on consoles on your TV.
The cheapest variant of the X51 costs £699 and will sport an Intel I3 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and an NVidea Geforce GT545. All variants will come with a 1TB hard disk drive, wireless N card and support for 7.1 surround audio. For it’s outputs, it comes with a HDMI 1.4 port, Coax outputs and a TOSLINK optical fibre port.
The lower end model can, reportedly, play Battlefield 3 at a resolution of 1080p, with 4x AF and medium AA at an estimate of around 32 frames per second.
While it’s designed to be a sort of games console of sorts, even for the lower end X51, it’s still significantly more expensive than a games console.
In terms of gaming PC prices, it’s still a bit pricey for the lower end model, but it comes with the Dell support and warranties that you don’t get with a self build.