Little Alienware X51 has big hardware punch

Image: Dell.

Long since associated with packing raw computing power into sassy PC chassis cases, Dell’s creative Alienware boffins have done it again—but a little differently this time—with their beastly new X51 mini desktop hardware.

Specifically, while the Alienware X51 still pushes superb processing, awesome graphics, and unfettered access to cutting-edge gaming, its design is much calmer and notably much smaller than previous offerings.

Measuring in with inch specs of just 14.5 x 12.52 x 3.74, the X51 may be small, but it doesn’t lack for oomph, thanks to a choice of Intel Quad-Core processors (i3/i5/i7) and either NVIDIA’s GeForce GT545 (1GB) or GeForce GTX555 (1GB) graphics solutions.

Other contributing aspects include up to 8GBs of DDR3 RAM, a spacious 1TB hard drive (7200rpm), Windows 7 Home Premium, a built-in DVD burner (or optional Blu-ray drive), Wi-Fi connectivity, no less than six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and support for HDMI.

Note: The X51 comes with a 240-Watt power supply as standard. Prospective buyers looking to squeeze extra processing juice out of the system via overclocking would be advised to select the optional 330-Watt brick offered by Dell.

Now, what about the price, we hear you ask. Surely such a thing of muscular but unassuming beauty will break the bank, you wail. Well, the baseline Core i3 model with 4GBs of RAM costs a thoroughly respectable $699 USD. Not bad at all, eh?

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