With the desktop PC market declining consistently in recent years, it seemed as if hardcore gaming rigs were the final sector to wave the flag for the desktop PC. But if Dell’s latest rig is anything to go by, the tower-like PCs we’ve been used to seeing could be on the way out.
The Dell Alienware X51 is a PC gaming rig which looks a lot like a games console, such as the original Xbox, but boasts the kind of specifications more usually found in high-end gaming PCs.
Beginning at £699, the Alienware X51 will come with 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3-2120, Nvidia Geforce GT545 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB harddrive. This can be upgraded to a Core i5 or if you’re willing to splash the cash, for £999 you’ll get Intel Core i7-2600, Nvidia Geforce GTX 555 graphics and 8GB RAM.
According to Alienware the top tier configuration should give you 77 fps from Battlefield 3 which should ease the concerns of any gamers worried there would be too much compromise because of new form factor.
The chassis itself will measure 343 x 318 x 95mm and will weigh from 5.49kg which is something akin to the measurements of the original Xbox. The main compromise the form factor has forced on Alienware is the inability to implement SLI graphics simply because it would not be able to handle the heat.
This is certainly an intriguing move by Dell and the Alienware X51 could certainly appeal to those casual gamers who are looking to buy a general PC but still want it to be able to play games when they decide to pick up the controller.
Whether or not avid, hardcore gamers will be put off by the decidedly casual, console-like look of the X51 rig is another matter. Let us know in the comments if the X51 is something which would interest you?