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Alienware X51 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 3.4GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 3.4GHz 8GB Apr 2014
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Experience immersive HD gaming and entertainment from this compact desktop, packed with all the power your games demand. Alienware X51 is available with a wide range of dual and quad-core... More
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17 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on personal computers of this age and spec.

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Eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Alienware X51 is a eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port desktop computer.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Desktop computers of this age and type have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 850MHz and 860,000MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 3,200MHz. At 1,200 megahertz, the Alienware X51 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as the X51.

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11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This desktop computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most frequently supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on computers of this type and age.

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Quite Big Hard Drive Capacity

The hard drive capacity of medium processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as the X51 range from 320GB to 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 800GB. At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware X51 has a quite big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X51.

If you would prefer a desktop computer with a bigger hard drive capacity then you might also want to look at the Lenovo E32 (2TB), or the Alienware X51 (2TB).

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10/100/1000Base-T(X) Cabling Technology

This computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many personal computers of this age and spec.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most frequently supported PCI Express slots version on desktop computers of a comparable age and spec to it.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This personal computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many comparable spec PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Six USB 3.0 Ports

Most medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the X51 have between one and eight USB 3.0 ports, including the Alienware X51 which has six USB 3.0 ports.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Alienware X51 has more processor threads than most of the personal computers of a comparable type and age to the X51. Most of the computers of a similar type and age to the X51 only have between four and seven processor threads, however this computer has eight processor threads.

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Fairly Big L3 Cache

At 8 megabytes, the Alienware X51 has a quite big L3 cache compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that have been around for around the same time as the X51. The smallest L3 cache of medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the X51 is 2MB, the biggest is 10MB, and the average L3 cache is 6.9MB.

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7.1 Audio Output Channel

The Alienware X51 has a better audio output than most desktop computers of this spec and age. This Alienware PC has a 7.1 audio output channel, whereas most medium processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as it have a 5.1 audio output channel.

A 7.1 audio output channel is actually the best audio output amongst all desktop computers of a comparable spec and age to the X51.

Amongst similar types of desktop computer the worst audio output is 5.1.

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Has One Cable Included

The Alienware X51 has a greater number of included cables than most PCs of a similar spec and age to it. This Alienware desktop computer has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on desktop computers of this spec and age.

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DVD Super Multi Optical Drive Type

The optical drive type of this PC is DVD Super Multi DL, which is typical of many similar spec PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This personal computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many computers of this age and type.

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Light

The weights of PCs of this spec and age range from 250g to 24kg, and the average weight is 8.2kg. With a weight of only 5.5 kilograms, the Alienware X51 is one of the lighter similar spec desktop computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X51 amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Very Narrow

The average width of medium processor core personal computers that came out more than two years ago is 190mm, and the widths range from 33mm to 490mm. At only 95 millimeters, the Alienware X51 is quite narrow compared to most of the other desktop computers that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Reasons Against

Unexceptional Brand

Alienware has good reviews for its medium processor core personal computers, however it has unexceptional average reviews when measured across its entire computer range.

Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this computer is HDD, which is the most commonly found storage medium on desktop computers that have been available for more than two years. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

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Very Slow Processor Front Side Bus

The average processor front side bus of computers of a similar type and age to the X51 is 1,300MHz, and the processor front side buses range from 530MHz to 1,600MHz. The Alienware X51 has a quite slow processor front side bus (only 533 megahertz) compared to most of the other personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the X51.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the Alienware X51 is more than most PCs of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slots 2x DIMM are also found on this personal computer.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware X51

Released Over Two Years Ago

This PC has been on the market for over two years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 3.4 gigahertz, the Alienware X51 has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the X51.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware X51 has a relatively average total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable age and type to the X51.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the Lenovo E32 (2TB).

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Alienware X51 has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other personal computers of this type and age.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Apple Mac Pro (12GB).

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Specification

Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Front Side Bus
L3 Cache
Processor Cache Level
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
QPI Link
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Processor Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Non-ECC Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Wake-On-LAN Ready
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
WiFi Standard
WiFi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
Line-Out Port
Line-In Port
DC-In Jack
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Expansion Slots
PCI Express X16 Slot
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Performance
Password Protection
Audio Output Channel
Audio System
Motherboard Form Factor
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature Range
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Software Driver Included
Manual
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Layout
Keyboard Supplied
Windows Key
AC Adapter
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

13 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(70)
10 July 2016

What is the Alienware X51? Alienware is one of the strongest global brands of gaming PCs, with a range that now stretches to multiple mobile and desktop form factors. While many gaming PCs come in... Read more…

7 January 2016

Alienware's latest X51 gaming PC would not look out of place in an office. Yes, it still has the brand's distinctive alien head logo on the front, but the company shows uncharacteristic restraint... Read more…

6 January 2016

Alienware's latest X51 gaming PC would not look out of place in an office.Yes, it still has the brand's distinctive alien head logo on the front, but the company shows uncharacteristic restraint... Read more…

Stylis, compact design
Strong graphics performance
Relatively affordable
Useful personalization software
Slick, illuminated design
Doesn't support highest-end graphics cards
Not really suitable for more than 1080p
No SSD
High processor temperature
Relatively expensive
9 September 2015

The last time we looked at Dell's Alienware X51 series of console-sized gaming PCs was back in mid-2013. Back then we were working with Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core Series processors and... Read more…

28 August 2015

With a 6th generation Intel chips in tow, the revamped Alienware X51 has all the makings of a petite powerhouse. It's not without its shortcomings, but smart additions, like a M.2 PCIe slot and...

New Skylake processors
Space for SSD
Alienware Graphics Amplifier expansion
Reasonably priced
Small footprint
Proprietary motherboard
Tough to upgrade
Not the most powerful ITX system
No room for expansion
Does not include keyboard or mouse
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User Reviews

(11)
Reviewed 9 November 2011 by Kyle

Ok so 40Gb might not be a huge amount of space this day and age but for use as a boot hard disk it's perfect and my system has never been as quick as this before. Fantastic price, fantastic... Read more…

Very good price
Very easy to setup. Attach stand with thumbscrew , connect power cable, keyboard mouse. .. done
Big 1080p touchscreen, it looks like a TV display
Good way of introducing Windows 8 to users
Space saving design and light
Could become sluggish when pushed to its limits. But for the intended use (kids PC) is more than enough
Lack of USB 3.0
I would have liked an HDMI in
1 MP webcam. An extra megapixel would have help a lot
I would gladly pay not to have McAfee (McRappy) bundled

Alienware... Just buy all the parts on its own and pay someone to build it. save $$$...

Reviewed 27 September 2016 by Greased Lizard

Wouldn't touch this with a bargepole to be honest. It used to be that Alienware were the mutts nuts, not so much these days. The price tag is exceptionally high for a 2gb 960, and what's with only... Read more…

Reviewed 31 August 2016 by N RHODES | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Nothing wrong with the PC to be fair, however you couldn't upgrade the video card to the latest 1080 models.

Reviewed 26 July 2016 by Amazon Customer

For the people who said the graphics were bad when you were gaming, it could of been your monitor, not the PC. However, that's for you to decide upon.

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