The Alienware X51 is introduced as more of an update as it brings an up-to-date technology package and a hardware spec boost rather than having a radical design overhaul. Its predecessor lacked the capacity of playing anything beyond 1080p resolution. It also laced an SSD which lead to some pretty warm internals. So the question now is, does the updated version rectify all these problems?
The Alienware X51 is an Updated Package
First of all, let’s take a look at the design of the Alienware X51. To give you a summarized outlook for the gaming PC’s exterior qualities, it is all about squeezing a capable gaming PC into a chassis the size of a home gaming console. It has a width of 9-millimeters and a height of 343-millimeters, which is just slightly larger than a PS4 or an Xbox One.
The X51’s design borrows heavily from Dell’s slim corporate desktop systems. It has two sets of rubber feet which users can utilize for either horizontal or vertical placement. There is a glossy plastic cover that runs around the side which has the very iconic Alienware logo. Speaking of the logo, it illuminates in blue and there is a plastic section at the top that is also illuminated with LEDs.
As for its hardware specs, well, it is something that you would expect from a high-end gaming computer system. It comes with a Core i7-6700K processing chip and it doesn’t run at a full 4.2GHz Turbo Frequency by default. Instead, the Alienware X51 Gaming System a limited 3.9GHz, which is a lower clock speed but it is still intended to keep down internal temperatures.
Still, the Alienware Command Center, which is already included in the package, makes it easy to change its settings such as its clock speed. The CPU has an all-in-one liquid-cooling system that will allow for a clock frequency to be raised to up to 4.4GHz. Aside from the clock speed, the aforementioned software can let users fiddle around with various settings. For example, there is the Alienware FX mode wherein it changes the color of the LEDs that are found at the top of the unit.
Like the previous model, Alienware has opted for a mid-range graphics card in the form of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960. This is a slight improvement to its predecessor’s Radeon R9 270, yet it only has 2GB of GDDR5 memory which is no longer a huge amount when talking about today’s standards.
While the Alienware X51 has a compact size (which can draw in some customers), when looking at it from a gamer’s perspective, the hardware specs don’t really amount much but it does offer a pretty decent performance. But when you’re talking about an Alienware system, the X51 is a bit overpriced for an underpowered unit.