Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition, Copious Cores And Performance
Eventually, things matured with this beastly Threadripper-powered Alienware rig such that we even used it as a megatasking demonstration vehicle for our AMD Ryzen Threadripper review and performance spotlight. However, Dell's Alienware team was still putting the finishing touches on system firmware and some new peripherals to accompany their latest gaming desktops. So, we are back here again today to revisit the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition, in what can now be considered its final, retail-ready incarnation.
Just what can you do with this 16-core, 32-thread alien processing power plant? You're about to find out...
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
|Processor||AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16-Core/32-Thread,Overclocked on all cores (1920X also available)
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti w/ 11GB GDDR5X, lower-end GPU options
mGPU - SLI/CrossFire compatible
|Memory||32GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2667MHz; up to 64GB, DDR4 XMP 2933MHz options
|Optical Drive||Slot-Loading Dual-Layer DVD Burner (DVD±RW) (Standard)|
|Storage||256GB M.2 PCIe SSD
2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (64MB Cache, 7,200 RPM)
|Cooling System||Alienware Premium socketTR4 CPU Liquid Cooling
|Connectivity||Dual Killer™ E2500 Intelligent Networking (Gigabit Ethernet NIC)
Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
|Front Panel Ports||(2x) SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
(1x) Headphone 1/8" Port
(1x) Microphone 1/8" Port
(1x) Media Card Reader
|Rear Panel Ports||(2x) RJ-45 Killer Networks E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Port
(2x) Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (6x) SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
(1x) SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
(1x) SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C w/ 15W PowerShare technology
(1x) SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK)
(1x) Line-In (blue port)
(1x) Front L/R / Headphone (green port)
(1x) Center Channel / Subwoofer (orange port)
(1x) L/R Rear Surround (black port)
(1x) L/R Side Surround (white port)
|Power Supply||Alienware™ 1500 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply with modular cabling
[80 Plus Gold Efficiency]
|Dimensions||Volume: 59L (The space occupied by the external surfaces of the chassis)
Height: 22.411" (569.25mm) Depth: 25.156" (638.96mm) Width: 10.736" (272.71mm)
|Weight||Starting at: 61.73lbs - (28 Kg.)
|Warranty||1-Year Hardware Service with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis|
|Pricing||Starting at $2399
$3864 As Tested w/ Pro Gaming Keyboard And Advanced Gaming Mouse
AW 25 240Hz Gaming Monitor Sold Separately
The Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition is what we'd call a well-appointed, full featured machine. Support for the latest technologies brought forth by AMD's Ryzen Threadripper platform, like NVMe solid state drives, quad-channel DDR4-2666MHz (and higher) memory, as well as a multi-GPU setups are all here. Also available are both wired and wireless Killer Networks gaming NICs, for low latency gaming and packet prioritization. About the only notable omission with this version of the Area-51 would be Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Though a USB Type-C connector is on board, it's limited to a USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps connection, versus 40Gbps if it supported Thunderbolt 3. Creative professionals might miss this for external storage attachment, but at least the connection does have a 15 Watt PowerShare capability.
This is the R3 version of the machine, and for the most part, with the exception of the custom Threadripper TR4 socket AiO liquid cooler, the chassis design has not changed since we looked at our first machine over two years ago.
Let's drop in for a closer look...