Alienware Area 51 desktop gets a Core X CPU infusion

Dell will sell you an Alienware Area 51 packing an AMD Threadripper CPU, but Intel fans looking to buy that machine with a many-core CPU were left in the lurch. Until now, anyway. The company just announced the Alienware Area 51 with Intel X-Series CPUs. Buyers can choose CPU options among the six-core Core i7-7800X, eight-core Core i7-7820X, or ten-core Core i9-7900X.

The rest of the options on the the new Area 51 machines are more or less the same as on their AMD-powered cousins. To review: you can stick up to 64 GB of DDR4-2933 memory in an Area 51, and graphics card options start with a single GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and run on up to dual GTX 1080 Ti cards or a trio of Radeon RX 580s.

Dell will kit your triangle-shaped high-end desktop with single- or dual-drive storage configurations in any combination of PCIe M.2 SSDs up to 1 TB and hard drives up to 2 TB. The company will also set you up with a 16 GB or 32 GB Optane cache module alongside a hard drive, if you prefer. Dual Gigabit Ethernet connectors powered by Killer adapters are standard equipment, and you can optionally outfit the machine with a Dell or Killer Wi-Fi module.

The boys down in Round Rock are on the ball for this release. The Alienware Area 51 with Intel X-series CPUs is ready to go as we speak, and prices start at $1,700. Head on over to Dell's site to configure and buy one.

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    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    So how much will you save by going with an Alienware Threadripper system instead of an equivalent Core X system?

      • kalelovil
      • 2 years ago

      Configure identically otherwise, 1950X and 7900X systems work out to the same price.
      The 1950X is factory ‘overclocked up to 3.6Ghz on all cores’ though, while the i9 doesn’t seem to be.

        • davidbowser
        • 2 years ago

        This.

        If nothing else, TR readers should realize the 1950X and 7900X have nearly the same overall performance (slight edge to 7900X), and kudos to Dell to price the systems the same.

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    $1,900 gets you a 1050 Ti, folks. Never go Alienware for desktops. (If you go up to $2,200, that’s a 1060 upgrade.)

      • smilingcrow
      • 2 years ago

      Buy them from the Dell Outlet when they have good coupons on the go.
      I’ve seen them sell for half price which makes them less than the cost of the parts plus you get a whole system with a one year on-site warranty.
      That’s if you can live with the designs! 🙂

      • Liron
      • 2 years ago

      That’s strange.
      When I go to configure a Threadripper area 51 or an Intel aurora, there is no option for a 1050 ti, the smallest card is the 1060 6GB, and to upgrade that to a 1070 is $100, and to upgrade the 1070 to a 1080 is $100 too. To go from a 1080 to a 1080 ti is $200. That seems reasonable.

        • Kretschmer
        • 2 years ago

        The A51s are just a terrible value. An Aurora with an i7 7700 and GTX 1080 is the same price as that 1050 Ti Area 51.

        I’m sure that Dell will find a lot of rubes that want to pair $500+ CPUs with <$200 GPUs, though. With liquid cooling.

          • Thresher
          • 2 years ago

          Not disagreeing with you, but the nerds like us who will build their own systems are a small percentage of the people who own high powered PCs. Most people don’t want the hassle or don’t know any better.

            • Kretschmer
            • 2 years ago

            I’m not suggesting otherwise. My next box will likely be prebuilt. But some of these Alienwares slip into the “murderous” category for price gouging.

      • tipoo
      • 2 years ago

      The Area 51 was a pretty bad value, or at least up charged for its novel case. The aurora was surprisingly not bad though, last time I checked a home build against it it was only 150-200 more

      [url<]http://www.dell.com/en-ca/shop/desktops/alienware-aurora-gaming-desktop/spd/alienware-aurora-r6-desktop[/url<] But then you're getting a pretty standard system too.

    • smilingcrow
    • 2 years ago

    Set the controls for the heart of the sun.

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