Alienware versus Predator: top spec gaming desktop PCs go head-to-head


It’s time to put two maxed-out gaming PCs to the test — the best Alienware versus the best Acer.

Here’s a raw specs comparison for a top-of-the-range Alienware ALX X-58 and Predator Crusader II. Which one will cut it as the ultimate gaming PC?

Alienware ALX X-58 Predator Conquerer II
Processor: Overclocked Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme 3.86GHz 8MB Cache Intel Core i7-965 3.2GHz 8MB Cache
Graphics: Dual 1792MB NIVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 with Optional Ageia PhysX Physics Processing Unit 2* Nvidia® GeForce® 2* GTX 285 + Nvidia® nForce® 780i SLI (3 way SLI) 2* 896MB VRAM
Audio: 7.1-channel audio + Sound Blaster X-Fi High Definition Surround Sound Audio High Definition (7.1) channel audio support + Dolby Home Theatre audio enhancement + Creative EAX 4.0 support
Memory: 12GB Triple Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz 12GB DDR2 1066MHz SDRAM
Storage: 2x256GB SSD + 1.0 TB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM 2* 1TB SATA Hard Disk Drives & 1* 150GB WD Raptor® Drives
Optical drives: 4x Dual Layer Blu-ray Burner BD Burner + SuperMulti burner
Other connections: 8xUSB 2.0, 2xFireWire, 1xESATA, 2xheadphones, 2xmicrophone, 1xEthernet 9xUSB 2.0, 1xFireWire, S/PDIF, 2xEthernet, 18-in-1 memory card reader, 1xline out, 1xmicrophone
Cooling: AlienIce™ 3.0 high-performance cooling Liquid Cooling on the CPU
Other: Customisable lighting, acoustic dampening, Killer Xeno Pro networking card, Alienware TactX Headset
Guide price: £5,353.25 £3,999.99

Dell dropping some XPS models – pushing its new toy Alienware harder instead


High-stacking, low-selling PC maker Dell is planning to dump some of its XPS range of power machines, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Thanks to Dell’s buying of Alienware in 2006, the box-shifter has no need for a high-end range of its own and will instead start pushing the Alienware machines harder on its site. The report in the WSJ suggests Dell is worried that its cheaper XPS desktops are competing too well against the equivalent Alienware models…

Those m15x Area-51 notebooks from Alienware? Yep, they're on sale…

The m15x notebook from Alienware which we wrote about back in November has seen the light of day, just as hardened gamers were about to give up hopes on ever owning the high-powered machine.

The so called m15x has, as you’d expect, a 15″ display, and the Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000 processor as promised to us late last year, alongside the ‘world’s fastest’ NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX graphics…

Alienware Area 51 m15x and m17x laptops confirmed

alienware-area-51.jpgGamer? Got space for 17″ of pure power and testosterone? Slightly obsessed with government conspiracies involving aliens? All these human traits marks you as the perfect candidate for handing over several thousand to Alienware, who’ve done it again with their new Area-51 m15x and m17x laptops.

Aimed at gamers who like laptops with a bit of braun, these two models won’t disappoint with their specs. The…