Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Alienware targets casual gamers with X51 desktop

Looks like Alienware is feeling the heat from consoles and handheld gaming devices. Today, Alienware has announced X51, a gaming PC with a starting price of $699. This is from a brand that has always targeted extreme gamers with monstrous rigs. And it looks like a small formfactor PC. Onto the specs:

  • Highly customizable
  • Intel's 2nd generation Core ix processors
  • Nvidia Geforce GT/GTX series GPUs with GDDR5 memory
  • Mini-ITX motherboard
  • Upto 8GB of DDR3 memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm HDD
  • Windows 7 home premium
  • Slot loading DVD drive (bluray optional)
  • USB 2.0 (6x); USB 3.0 (2x); Microphone In; Headphone/Speaker Out; HDMI 1.4 Output; RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet; Front, Rear and Center Speaker Ports; SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK); SPDIF Digital Output (Coax)
  • 240W PSU or 330W PSU
  • 13.5” (343mm) x w: 3.74” (95mm) x d: 12.52” (318mm), 5.49 Kg
This image shows how tiny X51 is, sitting next to one of the monster rigs from Alienware:
And the following image shows how the components are  packed. It looks pretty tight to me. Forget about manually customizing this rig btw:

We wish all the best to Alienware for this new direction that they are taking.

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