Alienware overclocks Core 2 Extreme to 4GHz

Determined not to let Acer's new Predator gaming PC steal the spotlight, Alienware has unleashed a new high-powered gaming rig. At its heart lies Intel's flagship desktop CPU, the Core 2 Extreme QX9770, which Alienware has overclocked from its default 3.2GHz to a whopping 4GHz.

That's not all. Alienware also says users can order the Area-51 ALX gaming desktop with dual Nvidia GeForce 9800 GX2 or dual AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics cards, for a total of four GPUs in either case. Users can complete this excess of overpowered hardware with 4GB of 1600MHz Corsair Dominator DDR3 memory.

Naturally, all of this hardware generates a fair amount of heat. To keep the CPU cool, Alienware relies on its internal ALX High-Performance liquid cooling system. And to keep air cooling from other components from becoming deafeningly loud, the company says it uses sound-insulating panels.

As one would expect, the Area-51 ALX costs a pretty penny. Pricing starts at $4,599—about $1,800 more than our latest Double-Stuff Workstation build—and that's with a Core 2 Extreme QX9650, a single Radeon HD 3870 X2, and 2GB of RAM. To go all the way, you'll need to shell out over $6,000.

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