Alienware has done something very, very interesting with the X51: they have made a scaled-down gaming PC, with a tiny footprint, next to no customization options and a reasonable price-tag. On the surface it seems to be the exact opposite of everything Alienware has done in the past – but a Nettop on steroids could be crazy enough to work.

Here’s the thing: PC gaming is in serious, serious trouble. While consoles are not in the same league in terms of performance, they are a fraction of the cost, and the experience – for many – is good enough. The X51 is pretty far from the bleeding edge, as far as gaming PCs go, but it will outperform any current-generation console and it can plug into your TV as well.

Specs and options are as follows:

Processor

Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz (3MB Cache) with Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz (8MB Cache) with Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Operating System

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
Memory

Up to 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333Mhz – 2 DIMMS
Hard Drive

Up to 1000GB5 SATA hard drive (7200RPM)
Optical Drive

Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW) (Standard)
Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BR-ROM, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
Video Card

1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 545
1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555
Wireless

DW1502 Wireless-N WLAN Half Mini-Card
Sound Card

Internal High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio with WAVES MAXX Audio (Standard)
Ports
Front I/O Ports

(2x) Hi-Speed USB 2.0
(1x) Microphone In
(1x) Headphone/Speaker Out
Rear I/O Ports

(1x) On-board HDMI 1.4 Output
(1x) RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet
(4x) Hi-Speed USB 2.0
(2x) SuperSpeed USB 3.0
(1x) Front Left/Right Speakers
(1x) Center Speaker
(1x) Rear Left/Right Speakers
(1x) Side Left/Right Speakers
(1x) SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK)
(1x) SPDIF Digital Output (Coax)
Chassis
Physical System Dimensions

Front-Height: 13.504? (343mm)
Rear-Height: 12.54? (318.5mm)
Depth: 12.52? (318mm)
Width: 3.74? (95mm)
Starting Weight: 12.1 lbs (5.49 Kg)
Color: Matte Stealth Black with Dark Chrome Accents
Processor and Core Architecture

Processor Cooling: Alienware High-Performance Air Cooling
Chipset Architecture: Intel H61 Express Chipset
Motherboard Class: Mini-ITX Motherboard
Software

Alienware Command Center
AlienAdrenaline
AlienFX
AlienFusion
Software Personalization Options

AlienFX System Colors
Personal Avatar
Power

Alienware 240 Watt Power Supply (Standard)
Alienware 330 Watt Power Supply

I’m not thrilled with the lack of an SSD option, but these things are priced to move – and the SSD option would mess with that dynamic.

Price: $699-1149 [TFTS]

 

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