Alienware Area-51 Gaming PC Review

Posted: August 9, 2010
Alienware Area-51 Gaming PC Review

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.
  • This PC is one of the fastest ever.
  • In our normal 3DMark Vantage tests, it scored as the second fastest PC we've reviewed (the Maingear PC was the first.)
  • It'll also play any game on the market extremely well and even in 3D, which you'll need with NVIDIA's 3D vision kit for an extra $200.


  • Processors: Intel® Core™ i7-970 Processor, 3.23GHz, 12MB Cache
  • Alienware Area-51: Alienware Area-51
  • Operating Systems: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit,
  • Cooling Option: Alienware™ High-Performance Liquid Cooling
  • Video Cards: Dual 1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 480 - SLI Enabled
  • Memory: 6GB DDR3 1333MHz (3x 2GB) Tri Channel Memory
  • Hard Drives: 2TB RAID 0 (2x 1TB SATA-II, 7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache HDDs)
  • Optical Drives: Single Drive: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)
  • Sound Card: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
  • Chassis Color: Cosmic Black, Alienware Area-51 Chassis D
  • AlienFX: AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue AXCQSBL


  • Starts at $2,200.
  • This configuration is about $3,900.


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Comments are Closed

  • karasublue84d

    I hope G4 would include this PC in the next Epic Give-away, that's my wishful thinking.

    Posted: August 10, 2010 12:45 PM
  • RoamingDuck

    90 pounds though...

    Posted: August 10, 2010 12:01 PM
  • snafudave

    Holy crap screw the computer I want that shirt! Two Girls One-Up! That's hilarious. And I found it over at Shark Robot


    http://sharkrobot.com/t-shir ts/two-girls-one-up

    Posted: August 10, 2010 10:57 AM
  • abelpc

    gotta convince the wife that the future of mankind depends on my having this machine!

    Posted: August 10, 2010 10:49 AM
  • Tsuiyo

    These are the kinds of things a nerd's wet dreams are made of XD

    Posted: August 10, 2010 10:05 AM
  • Faigz777


    Posted: August 10, 2010 7:43 AM
  • joniglad

    No SSD's make baby jesus cry

    Posted: August 10, 2010 4:10 AM
  • toadstoolssecretluvchild

    Sweet! Yeah it looks cool, but one shouldnt pay 2,5oo just for looks. you can still build an equal computer -a/o better for some nerd boys - than this and it'll probably weigh a lot less too :/ its' true

    Posted: August 10, 2010 4:04 AM
  • papabear5


    Posted: August 9, 2010 10:45 PM
  • DestructiveHades

    I MUST HAVE IT!!!!!

    Posted: August 9, 2010 10:43 PM
  • gamegod375

    that PC is awesome, I too am mesmerized by colored lights

    Posted: August 9, 2010 8:24 PM
  • Dead_Lilac

    I'm in the market for a new desktop, so I'm hoping AOTS reviews PC's all week.

    This setup is a bit too much power for my needs, but if I was a hardcore PC gamer, I'd seriously consider this. Even if it is $3900. Gorgeous case!

    Posted: August 9, 2010 7:45 PM
  • jacob420

    wow its nice i wont one

    Posted: August 9, 2010 7:38 PM
  • dimeslime

    I just found my next PC, the price doesn't bother me one bit. I want it now lol

    Posted: August 9, 2010 7:11 PM
  • DJMatrix


    Posted: August 9, 2010 6:54 PM