Ah, the sweet smell of a broken embargo. Alienware's All Powerful M17x gaming notebook thought it had a few days of tease left in it, but the 17-inch 1920 x 1200 Core 2 Extreme quad-core behemoth has been set free by PCWorld. Under the carefully creased hood there's up to 8GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM and a choice of up to 1TB 7,200rpm hard-drive or 512GB SSD. Graphics are courtesy of two 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs.
Alienware have quietly launched another teaser site, this time tipping an upcoming "gaming laptop and computer" which the company is calling "Allpowerful". No other hardware details have been revealed regarding the range, aside from that more news will be coming in a little under 20 days time.
Dell have announced three new gaming PCs powered by Intel's Core i7 processors. The Alienware Area-51 X-58, Alienware Area-51 ALX X-58 and the Dell XPS 730x all have a choice of Core i7 920, 940 or 965 Extreme CPUs, with the two Alienware systems offering up to 12GB of triple channel DDR3 RAM while the XPS can be specified with up to 6GB.
Alienware on Thursday took the time to announce the new Area-51 750i. This was kind of an odd announcement for them because this is the company’s least expensive gaming tower being sold right now. The Area-51 750i comes with the same lightable casing, wiring and stronger power supplies as the more expensive models.
Alienware's M17 gaming notebook, announced on Monday, has already reached reviewers, and unlike some of the company's more outrageous machines it looks to be a surprising example of compromise. The selling points are the optional quad-core processors and ATI CrossFireX graphics, normally big money items; to keep the starting price low, however, you lose out on some of the drama Alienware have become known for.
Alienware have announced a new gaming notebook, the M17, the claim to fame of which is that it has CrossFireX dual graphics cards. In this case, it's a pair of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 GPUs, accompanied by a choice of Core 2 Quad or Extreme processors, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a choice of 17-inch WXGA+ or WUXGA displays. There's also a RAID array offering up to 640GB (in RAID-0 setup; halve that if you want redundancy) and optional Blu-ray.
Dell have announced a new gaming PC exclusively for Best Buy, the Alienware Aurora Desktop. Fitted out with an AMD Phenom X4 9550 2.2GHz quad-core processor, dual ATI Radeon HD 4850 video cards with a total 1GB of GDDR3 RAM, and 4GB of DDR2 RAM, the Aurora will only be available at Best Buy retail locations and through their online store.
Continuing the tradition of slapping every new superlative video card into their high-end gaming rigs, Alienware has announced it will be offering the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 as an option in certain desktop models. In fact both gamers and graphic designers/CAD workers should appreciate the power on offer: the HD 4870 X2 summons up 2.4 teraflops of graphics power, 1,600 stream processing units and 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
Alienware continue their quest to be the first manufacturer with any new high-end graphics card or processor with the news that the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M GPU with 512MB RAM will make its 15.4-inch notebook debut on their Area-51 m15x. Intended for heavy-duty graphics processing, the GPU has support for Open GL 2.1, Shader Model 4.0 and DirectX 10 with the ability to dynamically allocate geometry, shading and pixel processing.
Presumably someone at Alienware has been talking with NVIDIA, as it hasn't taken the gaming PC manufacturer very long to announce new versions of their Area-51 desktop using the latest GeForce GTX 280 GPU. Available on the Area-51 7500, Area-51 and Area-51 ALX machines, up to three of the 602MHz GPUs can be specified.
After a few weeks of budget, mobile laptops grabbing the headlines, its been the turn of monstrous gaming machines to storm the limelight. Acer announced their first serious gamer's desktop, the Aspire Predator, which is intended to take the breed out of the boutique and into mainstream computer stores. Alienware struck back with an updated Area-51 ALX; the industry's first overclocked 4GHz Core 2 Extreme aimed to put Acer back into their place.