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Alienware Wants to Stuff Your Stocking

By - Source: Tom's Hardware | B 17 comments

Alienware wants to stuff two gaming beasts under your tree this holiday season: the Area-51 m15x and Area-51 desktops.

Yesterday Alienware sent out a press release showcasing its two popular gaming rigs, deeming them as the "Christmas present big enough to satisfy the most demanding of Christmas appetites." The Area-51 m15x notebook, a sleek machine packed with a Blu-ray reader and 1200p HDTV support, starts around $1,499. The company’s Area-51 desktop line also offers value and performance for tight budgets as well as monster gaming rigs for the consumer growing money trees in the back yard.

For gaming on the go, the Area-51 m15x features the Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors. Also packed under the hood is the world’s fastest mobile GPU: the 512MB Nvidia Geforce 8800M series (GT or GTX) with full DirectX 10 support; the Nvidia Quadro FX series is also available for the advanced 3D creative professional.

"Blow your friends and relatives away with the amazing AlienFX lighting and the AlienFusion power management system," stated the Nvidia statement. "Completely customize the look and feel of your laptop lighting, change the keyboard lighting at the touch of a button – very TRON!"

The notebook also features a 15.4-inch widescreen display, hard drive storage up to 500GB (SATA) and 7.1/5.1 Digital High-Definition Audio (8 Channel). You can read our review of the Area-51 m15x by heading here.

For the gamer that refuses to leave the wall outlet, the Area-51 desktops have a wide variety of models to choose from. All four models now offer the optional ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card, a GPU multimedia ogre the features 2.4 teraflops of graphics power, 1,600 stream processing units, 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory and more.

Consumers wanting to take the cheap and easy road may want to consider the Aurora, the value-priced PC sporting the AMD 790FX and the AMD Phenom X4 Quad-core CPUs. Deemed as the "PC gaming enthusiast’s dream machine" by TechRepublic, the Area-51 7500 starts at $1,199 and offers the EVGA Nvidia nForce 680i SLI, Intel’s Core 2 Extreme, Dual GPUs, DDR2 memory and more. The Area-51 PC costs $300 more, utilizing the EVGA Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI, quad GPUs and DDR3 memory.

For the gamer who seeks the "rig to rule them all," the Area-51 ALX "blew the roof off our benchmark tests," according to PC Magazine. Starting at a whopping $4,699, this gaming monster features one of the coolest designs on the face of the earth. Its single hard drive has the option to store up to 1TB of storage; the dual RAID 0 hard drives have the capacity to store 2TB. Additionally, its graphics offering ranges from the standard single or optional dual GPU 2GB ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2. To find out how to build your own ALX machine, or to learn amore about the high-end Alienware PC, head here.

But do all these high dollar numbers scare you? Fear not: Alienware has the answer for your financial woes. "AlienFinance is the convenient way to get your hands on the Alienware products you want today without breaking the bank," says the company. "AlienFinance gives you the opportunity to spread the cost of the products you want now, over a time-frame that suits you."

Financing might actually need to be an option for consumers wanting one of these Area-51 systems this holiday season. But while it’s highly unlikely that Santa would distribute $4,700 machines to all the good little boys and girls around the globe, it’s feasibly safe to dream about it. Let the fantasies begin by heading over to Alienware and building the ultimate multimedia-gaming monster.

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    Anonymous , October 5, 2008 10:05 AM
    Actually the 9800M GTX is the fastest mobile GPU.
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    aznguy0028 , October 5, 2008 10:56 AM
    no thanks to alienware if they wanna stuff my stockings. you could probably build a computer with those specs for like 3,000. 6,000? you kidding me?
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2008 2:24 PM
    the 8800m gtx is faster than the 9800m gtx.
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    NuclearShadow , October 5, 2008 2:44 PM
    This isn't news its a advertisement for Alienware. Shame on you Kevin Parrish.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2008 3:21 PM
    ^ hehe i was thinking that exactly
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    frozenlead , October 5, 2008 4:19 PM
    The 8800mGTX is a hair slower than the 9800mGTX.

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    frozenlead , October 5, 2008 4:20 PM
    My url didn't work, I guess.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2008 4:21 PM
    ^ Exactly what I was thinking, too. Like this killer NIC article 2 days ago... It seems that tom's really sold it's heart and soul finally.

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    DXRick , October 5, 2008 4:58 PM
    Relax! It comes with an "Owner Identification Card"! That's gotta be worth the $1,000 price difference between their system and one you can build yourself!
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2008 5:21 PM
    Due to my apparently terrible eyes, I was initially confused as to why Alienware was stuffing "breasts" under my tree this year.

    Personally, I'd have preferred my interpretation to the reality.
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    megamanx00 , October 5, 2008 6:00 PM
    Meh, I could build it better and cheaper.
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    cangelini , October 5, 2008 6:30 PM
    average joe^ Exactly what I was thinking, too. Like this killer NIC article 2 days ago... It seems that tom's really sold it's heart and soul finally.SHAMEON TOMS

    If you'd rather a bit of editorial to prove otherwise, check out this piece where the m17x actually falls toward the back of the pack in terms of performance *and* value.
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    jaragon13 , October 5, 2008 8:42 PM
    Mmm the ALX sounds nice...just gotta get my rich grandmother to get it for me before she dies...rofl.
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    jaragon13 , October 5, 2008 8:44 PM
    anonymous96the 8800m gtx is faster than the 9800m gtx.


    If the 8800 GTX is based on 90nm and it automatically consumes more power,and in benchmarks the desktop still wins with less power,it's obviously going to be a POWER and HEAT limitation for laptops.When's the last time you saw any of them actually take up over half of a desktop comparable compenent? They need to save power otherwise your laptop would survive ~20 minutes on that battery.If not less.
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    joex444 , October 6, 2008 12:04 AM
    I do not appreciate this article or the person who negligently posted it.

    The first few lines give the impression that AlienWare is giving away a laptop and desktop as promotional items -- presumably with the hopes that non-winners will simply purchase the desired items.

    Fine, we're not getting a link to a contest. Then, what is this article about? Could it be the newest products? Well, if its about the latest GPUs, shouldn't this be an nVidia article not an Alienware one? What about CPUs... that should be Intel. Hard drives? How about a hard drive manufacturer. Instead, we're given links to customizable overpriced Dell products. How is that being fair, balanced, or objective? You are ostensibly running a NEWS site, retard. Atleast fake it once in a while.

    So, I'm sure your paycheck from Dell is nice and all, but it disappears if your THG check goes away too. Please, Tom's Hardware, restore your credibility and get around to firing the filthy slime ball clowns you have invading and ruining your reputation. The world will thank you, and your credibility will go up. Hell, how can it go down?
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    kamkal , October 6, 2008 12:11 AM

    toms is selling out.
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    ultim8wpn , October 6, 2008 1:45 AM
    awww man, when i read the title, "alienware wants to stuff your stocking" i was hoping that they were gonna do a giveaway. oh well u_u

    damn article