Alienware has put out their first small form factor gaming PC, which squeezes in a desktop performance spec into a chassis that’s about as large as a console system. Called the Alienware X51, the compact PC’s frame measures only 3.7 inches wide, but has enough interior space to pack in a spec that includes 2nd Gen Intel Core i processors, and a GeForce (up to GTX 555) graphics card.
While the interior features custom cooling solutions, the components are standard, allowing you to replace the processor, graphics card, hard drive and RAM when you need to. On the outside, the X51 comes with a number of features to make it stand out, including AlienFX System Lighting Technology that allows you to personalize the exterior lighting colors and effects (for up to 8,000 different combinations).
On the software side, it also comes with a new AlienAdrenaline feature that lets you set unique profiles for different games. The feature will let you disable unnecessary programs to free up memory for gaming, let you activate your music player while you play another game, or pull up a walkthrough, guide or wiki page for another. AlienFusion is a power management app that lets you tweak your settings for performance when needed, or for power efficiency when you’re just browsing playing media.
The X51 starts at $699, with a system that runs an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of memory, 1TB hard drive, and GeForce GT 545 graphics, and tops out with a 3.4GHz Core i7, 8GB memory and 1TB drive, and NVIDIA GTX 555 graphics for $1,149.