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Alienware X51 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 3.4GHz 8GB 2TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 3.4GHz 8GB Feb 2014
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18 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This desktop computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on medium processor core PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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

Most personal computers of a similar age and spec to the X51 have between one and eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Alienware X51 which has eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The Alienware X51 has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory (1.74 gigabytes) compared to most of the other desktop computers of a similar type and age to the X51. The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X51 range from 1GB to 2GB.

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11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This PC supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Good Brand

On average Alienware medium processor core PCs have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all desktop computers built by Alienware.

Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

The Alienware X51 has one of the bigger hard drive capacity (2,000 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core PCs of this age. Personal computers that are a similar age to the X51 have hard drive capacity of between 320GB and 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 800GB.

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Very Big Total Storage Capacity

When compared to other comparable spec desktop computers that have been available for a similar time to the X51 that we have assessed, the Alienware X51's total storage capacity of 2,000 gigabytes is one of the biggest. Medium processor core PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the X51 have total storage capacity of between 32GB and 3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 720GB.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The Alienware X51 has one of the bigger internal memory (8 gigabytes) amongst personal computers of this age. The smallest internal memory of comparable spec personal computers that have been around for more than two years is 2GB, the biggest is 64GB, and the average internal memory is 7.9GB.

If you would prefer a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the DELL XPS 8700 ($999.99) (12GB) which is also cheaper.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many PCs of a similar type and age to it.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many personal computers of this age and type.

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

This PC has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many medium processor core PCs that have been available for more than two years.

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

The Alienware X51 is a eight USB 3.0 port desktop computer.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.9 gigahertz, the Alienware X51 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that were launched around the same time as the X51. The average maximum turbo frequency of medium processor core PCs that have been around for a similar time to the X51 is 3.6GHz.

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Fairly Big L3 Cache

Across all the computers that were released around the same time as the X51 the L3 caches range from 2MB to 10MB, and the average L3 cache is 6.9MB. At 8 megabytes, the Alienware X51 has a fairly big L3 cache compared to most of the other desktop computers of a similar type and age to the X51.

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7.1 Audio Output Channel

The Alienware X51 has a 7.1 audio output channel which is better than the 5.1 audio output channel found on most medium processor core PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

A 7.1 audio output channel is actually the best audio output across all comparable spec computers that are a similar age to the X51.

Across similar types of computer the worst audio output is 5.1.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on similar spec personal computers that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Light

The weights of medium processor core PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the X51 range from 250g to 24kg, and the average weight is 8.1kg. The Alienware X51 is one of the lighter PCs of this type and age (only 5.5 kilograms) amongst desktop computers of this age.

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Very Narrow

The widths of medium processor core PCs that have been around for more than two years range from 33mm to 490mm. The Alienware X51 is one of the narrower similar spec desktop computers that have been available for around the same time as the X51 (only 95 millimeters) amongst medium processor core PCs of this age.

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3 Reasons Against

Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this computer is HDD, which is typical of many comparable spec PCs that came out more than two years ago. 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.

Other HDD personal computers currently available which you might want to look at include the Lenovo ThinkCentre E73, or the HP EliteDesk 800 G1 which is cheaper.

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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 similar type and age to it. The most frequently found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this computer. The memory slots 2x DIMM are also found on this personal computer.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the X51 have between two and nine USB 2.0 ports, including the Alienware X51 which has two USB 2.0 ports.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware X51

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Alienware computer has been on the market for over two years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 3.4 gigahertz, the Alienware X51 has a relatively average processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X51.

If this desktop computer processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to consider the DELL XPS 8700 ($999.99) (3.6GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

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Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
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System Bus Data Transfer Rate
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
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
Memory
Internal 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
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Performance
Audio Output Channel
Audio System
Motherboard Form Factor
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Idle States
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Instruction Set
Processor Code
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
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 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
Bundled Software
Display Included
Keyboard Layout
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

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Expert Reviews

(63)
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…

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…

2 July 2015

The Alienware X51 gaming desktop provides impressive performance for the price in a stylish, living-room-friendly package...

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27 May 2014

The Alienware X51 is a prime example of why not all serious gamers require a full-sized configuration. The only reason you might want to build your own barebones unit or spend more money on the...

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User Reviews

(6)

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.

Reviewed 4 June 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

At first we were excited because this is our first alienware. But the unit that was delivered to us had an issue with the dedicated graphics card. It worked at set-up. but when we started using it... Read more…

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