Alienware have today announced the launch of the X51 mini gaming desktop. “The smallest desktop Alienware has ever created,” according to the press release, it sits in an exciting position between the power of a high-spec gaming PC and the form factor of a games console.
Measuring just 12.5″ deep and 13.5″ wide, it’s little bigger than an Xbox 360 but massively more powerful.
As comfortable next to a flatscreen TV as a monitor, it’ll sit either horizontally or stand vertically. It’s connectivity options include HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 2.0 slots, 2x USB 3.0, Ethernet and speaker connectors.
The differing specification configurations available are as follows:
Intel® Core™ i3-2120 (3.30GHz, 3MB L3 Cache, 2C)
Intel® Core™ i5-2320 (3.00GHz, 6MB L3 Cache, 4C)
Intel® Core™ i7-2600 (3.40GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, 8C)
1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 545
1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 555
4096MB (2x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
6144MB (1x4GB) (1x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
8192MB (2x4GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
1TB (32MB Cache) 7,200RPM Hard Drive
24X Dual-Layer Burner (DVD±RW) (Standard)
Internal High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio with Waves MAXX Audio Software
Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wireless LAN
When you keep in mind that all components are of standard size, meaning they’ll be easily upgradeable in the future, the X51 seems like a superb addition to the gamer’s living room. It’s a pity it doesn’t come with a Blu-ray drive; the one thing stopping the mini-desktop from being a true living room media hub.
It’s an exciting time to a be a PC gamer. With recent massive launches like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Skyrim, and upcoming launches like StarCraft II: Heart of the Storm and Diablo III(as well as mad new concept designs like Razer’s Project Fiona tablet), there’s plenty of fun to be had and innovative hardware to gawk at.
With prices starting at £699, it’s also a very affordable entry into pre-built PC gaming. We’ll look forward to getting our hands on one of these when it launches on February 6th.
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