From motorized vents for active cooling and a lit interior for easy access, the Alienware Area 51 Gaming PC offers an Intel i7-970 processor, dual NVIDIA GTX 480 video cards and 2 terabytes of storage for high end gaming needs. Kevin Pereira and Chris Hardwick review the gaming PC which starts at $2,200.
What You Need To Know
The Area-51 measures 2' high and 2' deep.
It weighs 90 pounds.
It also has active vents and customizeable lighting, featuring an overall "aggressive" design.
The active vents are pretty cool: just like a Porsche, they raise and lower automatically according to how much your machine needs to be cooled.
You can customize the outside case lights just like the Alienware laptops, which is a nice and fun touch.
The inside of the case has as much attention to detail as the outside: there's internal theater lighting, quick release panels and easy hard drive expansion.
All of these features work well.
There's a latch on the back that you push down to open the side panels, which make it really easy to get inside.
There's also a shroud that covers the video cards and the liquid cooling radiator, which are both quick release.
The hard drives are uniquely mounted on the opposite side of the case, and just as easy to pop in or out.
The entire case is internally lit, even when it's not plugged in, so you can make changes more easily.
Overall, this is one of the coolest cases we've ever reviewed, inside and out.