The Alienware team has been relatively quiet for the past 18 - 24 months or so with respect to their X51 small form factor gaming rigs, but Intel's recent and NVIDIA's further optimizations in their GPU architecture have given the company a frenzied salvo of artillery fire power for their tiny but mighty gaming PC product line. To boot, the past few months have brought forth new innovation at the platform chipset level, as well as within the storage space. And so it was fitting that, almost from top to bottom, the Alienware X51 R3 was given a complete overhaul of the lastest technologies, all of which play very well with the tighter power budgets and thermal constraints of this class of machine.
The Alienware X51 desktop is a small gaming desktop, already popular with competitive gamers who need to carry full-power systems to tournaments. Previously using Intel's fourth-generation of Core i-series CPUs, also known by the code name Haswell, the X51 is now jumping to Intel's new sixth-generation Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, which are .
The Alienware X51’s specs aren’t especially impressive on paper. The model I reviewed is equipped with a 3GHz Intel Core i5-2320, 8GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 555 discrete graphics card, and a 1TB hard drive. Of note: Despite the system's (relatively) small size, those are all desktop-class components, and they perform well. On PCWorld’s WorldBench 6 test suite, the X51 earned an impressive score of 147, landing at the top of the category and giving some of the lower-end a run for their money.