Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition Review


Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition Review



The Area-51 Threadripper Edition's frame is metal, and molded plastic panels. The design is unchanged from its 2015 version.with classic rectangular box of most desktop PCs, the system is an irregular hexagon, with three short sides and three longer sides. The domed left- and right-side panels are silver, while the back and front panels are black plastic with slats for cooling. It measures 22.4 by 10.75 by 25 inches (HWD), dwarfing towers like the Origin Neuron (17.8 by 9 by 15.7 inches) and Velocity Micro Raptor Z95 (17.5 by 7.25 by 20.5) in all dimensions. The gargantuan Asus ROG GT51 is a hair taller, but slightly slimmer and shallower (23.1 by 10.31 by 23), and the blocky HP Omen X is almost twice as wide (20.3 by 19.9 by 16). The bottom line is: You'll have to make some room for this irregularly shaped monolith. Thankfully, there's a handle built into each corner of the chassis to help you reposition the bulk.





Alienware's usual multi-zone lighting effects let you customize RGB lighting in nine areas over most of the Area-51's surfaces, and the overall effect is less gaudy and ostentatious than the MSI Aegis Ti3 . And you control the lighting effects in the Alienware Control Center utility. A set of lights turn on inside the case when you open the left-side door, so you can see the motherboard and components while tinkering, and a similar row of lights shines on the rear I/O ports for visibility when plugging and unplugging cables


Cool air flows into the front of the PC, passes over internal coolers for the CPU and GPUs, and hot air exits the back. As a result of the efficient airflow, the fans barely speed up to an audible level, even when running our benchmark tests. It was just as quiet as the MSI Aegis Ti3, which automatically shuts down its fans to combat noise.

The left case doors open by pulling a top-mounted latch. The interior cavity has room for up to three graphics cards. There is a spare PCIe x16 slot and a PCIe x4 slot on the motherboard for future expansion, but I don't think you'll need it for years (if at all). All four DIMM slots on the motherboard are filled with 32GB of RAM, plPop open the right-side door, and you'll have access to the installed 2TB SATA hard drive (the 1TB M.2 SSD boot drive is installed on the motherboard). There are two 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch bays free for additional hard drives or SSDs. The free drive bays are pre-wired, a welcome convenience for future upgrades. Overall it has roughly the same upgradeability as the Velocity Micro Raptor Z95, but more internal expansion space than the Origin Neuron and most other high-end gaming desktops.
There is lots of room on the expansive chassis; consequently there is an excellent selection of ports. On the front panel there is a microphone jack, a headphone jack, an SD card slot, and two USB 3.0 ports. and a slot-loading DVD drive on the front, a rarity. Turn the desktop around and you can access six DisplayPorts, two HDMI jacks, two Ethernet jacks, surround audio ports including a S/PDIF connector, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB-C port, and seven USB 3.0 ports on the back panel. Unfortunately, the USB-C lacks Thunderbolt 3 technology, which would be a benefit when transferring videos to and from external SSDs. Killer-branded 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 handle wireless connections. The warranty and in-home service after a remote diagnosis is one year.


What Can You Do With 16 Cores?
CPU and a pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with a graphics cards, the Area-51 I reviewed also has 32GB of RAM and 3TB of storage divided between a 1TB SSD and a 2TB hard drive SSD, and  graphics cards, and processor contribute to a majority of the purchase price $2,699 and comes with a 12-core Ryzen Threadripper 1920X CPU and 8GB of RAM, a 2TB hard drive, and one Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.

Linchpin of this iteration of the Area-51it's AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor. We've installed one in a home-built PC, and our sister site Computer Shopper calls it "a no-brainer for serious content creators and uncompromising multi-taskers." Consequently, this desktop garnered our highest-ever score of 3,047 points on the Cinebench test. That's 657 points over the Velocity Micro Raptor Z95, which has a 10-core overclocked Intel Core i7-7900X CPU, and 1,973 points better than the Origin Neuron ($2,399.00 at ORIGIN PC) . Any Handbrake time below a minute is excellent, and most Core-i7-equipped high-end gaming PCs will take about 45 seconds on the same test.enty for the life of the PC.

Massive Multitasking, but at a Price
The Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition is certainly adept at processing multimedia tasks in a short amount of time, plus you won't have to quit the game you're playing while your project renders in the background. I like the concept of sharing multiple tasks on a single PC, but in this case, you'll have to contend with an eye-popping price tag. Those who crave multimedia performance are better off dropping one of the graphics cards to save $1,000. On the flip side, if gaming is more important, switching to a lower-priced processor pays off. The Origin Neuron remains our Editors' Choice and primary recommendation for gaming desktops, as it is faster on 3D games for about $1,900 less. The Velocity Micro Vector Z95 is another option for artists including animators, photographers, and videographers.

Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition specs

PROCESSOR / CHIPSET
CPUAMD 3.6GHz on all cores
Max Turbo Speed4 GHz
Number of Cores16-core
Chipset TypeAMD X399
CACHE MEMORY
Installed Size32 MB
Cache Per Processor32 MB
Per Processor Size32 MB
Installed Size32 MB
RAM
Installed Size32 GB / 64 GB (max)
TechnologyDDR4 SDRAM
Memory Speed2666 MHz
Featuresdual channel memory architecture
TechnologyDDR4 SDRAM
Installed Size32 GB DDR4 at 2666MHz Dual Channel
Rated Memory Speed2666 MHz
MEMORY
Max Supported Size64 GB
Form FactorDIMM 288-pin
Slots Qty4
STORAGE
Typenone
ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETERS
Humidity Range Operating10 - 90% (non-condensing)
Min Operating Temperature41 °F
Max Operating Temperature95 °F
DISPLAY
Typenone.
AUDIO & VIDEO
Multi-GPU Configuration2 single GPU cards (SLI)
HARD DRIVE
Capacity1 x 1 TB
Interface TypePCI Express
TypeSSD
SSD Form FactorM.2 2280
Interface ClassPCI Express
Installed Qty1
Capacity1 TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 2TB 7200RPM SATA HDD (Storage)
Hard Drive FeaturesNVM Express (NVMe)
HARD DRIVE (2ND)
Interface TypeSerial ATA-600
TypeHDD
Interface ClassSerial ATA
Installed Qty1
Capacity2 TB
Spindle Speed7200 rpm
STORAGE CONTROLLER
TypeSerial ATA
Installed Qty1
COMMUNICATIONS
Wireless Protocol802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1
HARD DRIVE (3RD)
Typenone
PROCESSOR
Installed Qty1
Max Supported Qty1
TypeRyzen ThreadRipper
Processor Number1950X
ManufacturerAMD
Clock Speed3.6 GHz on all cores
OPTICAL STORAGE
Drive Typeno optical drive
Typenone
OPTICAL STORAGE (2ND)
Drive Typeno optical drive
STORAGE REMOVABLE
Typenone
HEADER
BrandAlienware
Product LineAlienware
ModelArea-51 R6
EditionThreadripper Edition
Packaged Quantity1
MISCELLANEOUS
Security Slot TypeKensington security slot
NETWORKING
Data Link ProtocolBluetooth 4.1, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Compliant StandardsBluetooth 4.1, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Ethernet Ports2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Ethernet Controller(s)Killer E2500
Wireless LAN SupportedYes
Wireless NICDell Wireless 1820
SYSTEM
Typepersonal computer
Hard Drive Capacity3 TB
MONITOR
Monitor TypeNone.
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Width25.2 in
Depth10.7 in
Height22.4 in
GRAPHICS CONTROLLER
Interface TypePCI Express x16
Graphics Processor2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Video Memory11 GB GDDR5X SDRAM
CHASSIS
Form Factortower
Manufacturer Form Factortower
Built-in Devicesliquid cooling system
AUDIO OUTPUT
Sound Output Mode7.1 channel surround
Compliant StandardsHigh Definition Audio
MANUFACTURER WARRANTY
Type1 year warranty
MAINBOARD
Chipset TypeAMD X399
PRINTER
Typenone
EXPANSION / CONNECTIVITY
Bays3 internal 3.5"
2 internal 2.5"
Slots5 PCIe x16
1 PCIe x4
1 (total) / 0 (free) x M.2 Card
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Form Factortower
Weight61.73 lbs
POWER
Typepower supply
Min Operating Temperature41 °F
Nominal VoltageAC 120/230 V (50 - 60 Hz)
Max Operating Temperature95 °F
80 PLUS Certification80 PLUS Gold
OPERATING SYSTEM / SOFTWARE
OS Provided: TypeWindows 10 Home 64bit English
OS ProvidedWindows 10 Home 64-bit Edition
TypeMicrosoft Office (30 days trial)
HARD DRIVE (4TH)
Typenone
VIDEO OUTPUT
Interface TypePCI Express x16
Multi-GPU Configuration2 single GPU cards (SLI)
Graphics ProcessorDual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics with 11GB GDDR5X each (NVIDIA SLI Enabled)
Graphics Processor SeriesNVIDIA Geforce GTX
VIDEO MEMORY
TechnologyGDDR5X SDRAM
Installed Size11 GB