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Alienware Area 51 gaming desktop PC released

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Alienware Area 51
Alienware Area 51

Dell has released two new gaming PCs, the Alienware Area 51 desktop and the Alienware 13 laptop.

The Alienware Area 51 was originally unveiled at PAX East, but now is available to order and customize.

The Alienware 13 laptop is a 13-inch portable gaming machine launched with an optional brand new Alienware Graphics Amplifier.

“Until now, gamers have had to make some really hard decisions and compromises when they are looking for their next gaming system. Do you choose the raw power and performance of a desktop, or do you need the portability and battery life to game wherever they choose?” saaid Frank Azor, General Manager of Alienware.

“The Alienware 13 combined with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier enables gamers to choose both, with an amazingly portable and powerful laptop for mobile gaming and then simply plugging into a desktop-class gaming experience when you get home. This is gaming without compromises.”

Alienware Area 51 Features

With prices starting at £1299, there are a tonne of customization options for the rather impressive looking Area 51 desktop PC (seen above).

It is build with the new Triad design language and has been optimized for thermal management and ergonomics. There’s easy access to front and rear ports for upgrades and management.

Each box comes with Intel’s latest six or eight core Haswell-E Core i7 K-series processor with liquid cooling. Plus, you can chose whether to go with graphics options from AMD or Nvidia.

As standard you’ll get DDR4 memory, Killer Gigabit Ethernet, Intel 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi and Windows 8.1.

Maximum specs include:

  • Intel Core i7-5960x unlocked eight-core processor clocke at 4.0GHz with Turbo Boost
  • Either triple AMD Radeon 290X, triple Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and dual Nvidia GeForce Titan Z graphics for quad-GPU gaming
  • 32GB of quad channel DDR4 at 2133MHz
  • 512GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD main drive with a 4TB SATA 6Gb/s HDD Storage Drive
  • Intel 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Windows 8.1 Pro (64 bit)
Alienware 13

Alienware 13 Features

The Alienware 13 features an Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 graphics memory.

Those of you familiar with Alien ware laptops will notice the redesigned chassis, with carbon fibre composite surfaces. It is now 1-inch thin and weighs just over 2kg.

If you’re willing to bump up the cost of your new Alienware 13, there’s a brand new optional 2560 x 1440p QHD resolution display with touchscreen technology. Prices for the Alienware 13 start at £948.99.

There’s also the optional Alienware Graphics Amplifier for an additional £199. It connects to the Alienware 13 through PCI Express lanes and can house a full length, dual-height graphics card with up to 375Watts of power. It also features four USB 3.0 ports for instant access.

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