Dell’s gaming-PC segment Alienware announced a refreshed and revamped model of Area-51 PC with a triangular-curved design and some feature upgrades such as Ultra HD support and octa-core Haswell-E processor.
The new gaming desktop PC has Alienware’s unique little alien head logo in the front, triad-design with slight curves on the edges and top vents to give the appearance of scale and to exhaust the hot hair out of the device. The company states that the design not only meant for good looks, but also engineered for space management as well as the exhaust system. We have seen a similar (but completely different) exhaust system on high-end Apple Mac Pro ‘Cylindrical’ workstations.
The case is designed in such a way that the user can install up to three full-length double-wide graphics cards (also supports smaller quad-GPU cards). Alienware Area-51 can support up to 3 Ultra HD (4K) monitors with an overall resolution of 11520 x 2160.
Only reviews of the Area-51 gaming desktops can reveal the usefulness of the design in high-end gaming. Personally, I won’t be keeping the mighty Area-51 under my desk. You would be happy to keep it on the desk to admire the design and the aesthetics of the gaming PC. The CPU box is also designed in such a way that the future upgrades to the components can be done easily.
According to Alienware, the large space in the rear side of the case makes the hot hair escape easily, which can ultimately cool down the system to give gamers a better performance for long gaming hours. Cable management is also not interfering with the airflow inside the cabinet.
Frank Azor, Alienware’s general manager said in a statement:
“Alienware always prioritizes performance first and foremost in every system that we develop and we are constantly looking for cutting-edge technologies that can give our customers a competitive edge. It was an easy decision to work with Intel to bring its new eight-core extreme processor to our new flagship gaming desktop, the Alienware Area-51. Using new overclocking and monitoring features in Alienware Command Center 4.0, we’ve been able to really push the processors to the fullest extent and are seeing impressive overclocking headroom. This new Intel processor lineup is the perfect choice for gamers who demand the absolute best performance from their systems.”
Other key features of Area-51 are the support for up to 32GB of RAM, SSD, HDD (or both), plus 802.11ac WiFi and support for up to 1500 watts of power supply units. Alienware introduces Command Center 4.0 software with the new desktop which helps users to customize the case lighting with AlienFX across nine programmable lighting zones with up to 20 colors to create up to 512 trillion color combos (huh?). This software will also allow the gamers to overclock the processor for higher performance.
Dell hasn’t unveiled the pricing and availability details yet. The official website shows only “Coming Soon” sign. If you are really intending to buy a new high-end gaming PC for a hefty price, it is better to consider the new Area-51 gaming desktops from Alienware.
According to the report by VB, The company will be shipping the Alienware Area-51 in October 2014 in the United States, while global shipping could launch in the holiday season. The gaming desktop is also set to release with 34-inch Dell UltraSharp U3415W monitor which will be available to order in China in November and globally in the holiday season. Operating at 60 hertz, Dell’s UltraSharp 34 Monitor features an ultra-wide 21:9 screen with WQHD 3,440-by-1,440 resolution.