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    Alienware Area-51 790i System Review
    By Vince Freeman :  January 26, 2009

    Pricing and Value

    The retail price of the Alienware Area-51 790i starts at $1,349 for the baseline model, while our configuration checked in at just under $6,000 at the time of evaluation. Alienware also offers the Area-51 750i for more mainstream configurations (from $999) and the top-end Area-51 X58 (from $1,649) for the Core i7 gamer.

    As noted, the retail price can really change depending on the configuration chosen, and by going with a Intel Extreme Edition processor and a top-level ATI or NVIDIA dual-card setup can drive the MSRP considerably higher than stock. But then again, you get what you pay for, and Alienware still offers some excellent gaming systems in the $2K-$3K range.

    * Please note that these prices were taken at the time of review and are not meant to reflect long-term trends.

    Conclusion

    Alienware supplies a very powerful system configuration with their high-end Area-51 gaming systems, as well as providing significant hardware flexibility. With an Alienware Area-51 platform starting at just above $1K and moving near the $6K mark at the top-end, there is potentially an Area-51 system for everyone. Other than the size and weight, which is understandable given its extreme configuration, we had absolutely no complaints with the performance, stability or hardware design of the Area-51, and would recommend Alienware for a high performance, do-it-yourself type of gaming system without actually doing it yourself.

    Pros:

    • Ultra High-end Gaming Performance
    • Excellent Overclocking
    • Name Brand Components
    • Stable and Reliable

    Cons:

    • Big and Heavy
    • Expensive

    Ratings:




    Page 1 The Area-51 790i Examined
    Page 2 Area-51 Features and Specifications
    Page 3 Overclocking, Performance and Real-World Usage
  • Page 4 Value and Conclusion


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