New Area-51 and Aurora designs from Alienware

September 23, 2009, By Thomas Antony

Alienware, Dell’s high-performance gaming brand, is all set to release five new high performance rigs.


First to come is the Area-51 M15x laptop with a streamlined chassis and a 15 inch display. It will be running on the new Intel Clarksfield 2.0 GHz Core i7 920XM processor and a 1GB nVidia GeForce GTX 260M GPU. The above performance pair will be matched by upto 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB HDD or 256GB SSD, slot-loading Blu-ray drive, Gigabit ethernet etc. The machine is 1.92-inch think and is quite heavy at 9 pounds.

Up next, are the Area-51 and Area-51 ALX desktops, which feature yet another change in the chassis look and upgrades with extreme performance. The Area-51 desktop runs on liquid cooled factory overclocked Core i7 CPUs at upto 3.6 GHz, many options of multi-GPU setups from ATi and nVidia. It also has some pretty cool lighting effects and an easily accessible HDD bay with enough space for 6 SATA II HDDs. The rig can have upto 12 GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory, twin Blu-ray drives and Gigabit ethernet ports.

The ALX desktop is even more powerful, able to pack a 3.86 GHz Core i7 975 with dual GeForce GTX295 1.8GB GPUs in SLI, with a power supply powerful enough to supply juice for all of these.

The Aurora and the Aurora ALX series are microATX based rigs with the latter packing a liquid cooled 3.6GHz Core i7 975 processor and two of the upcoming ATi Radeon HD5870 1GB GPUs with upto 12GB of DDR3 RAM. the Aurora is the smallest mid-sized desktop created by Alienware which can also be upgraded to much higher performance levels.

Pricing information is not as yet available for any of the rigs.



[Via: Engadget]

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