Alienware Upgrades Area 51 with 10-core Skylake-X and 12 or 16-core Threadripper

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Dell ups their game with multi-core processors available in two new versions of the Alienware Area-51. Over at E3 visitors will be the first to experience the new rigs powered by Intel Core X-Series or AMD Ryzen Threadripper - marking Alienware’s first 16-core/32-thread Area-51.

Dell will be the exclusive OEM launch partner to deliver AMD Ryzen Threadripper pre-built systems to market and the high-end 16-core processor will be factory-overclocked across all cores. Intel Core i9 processors are for gamers running applications that prioritize clock speeds that run at boost speeds up to 4.5GHz. These chips are ideal for customers who explore the world of mega-tasking, doing many system demanding tasks at the same time, and are looking for a complete, reliable solution from a trusted brand. 

Xustomers have the choice of the 6-core i7 7800X, 8-core i7 7820X, or 10-core i9 7900X processors. Meanwhile, graphics cards range from a single Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti, to dual GTX 1080 Ti cards running in SLI, all the way to triple AMD Radeon RX 580s running with AMD Crossfire.

Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition Alienware Area-51
CPU and chipset AMD Ryzen 12 or 16-core, factory overclocked/BIOS unlocked, AMD X399 Up to 10-core Intel Core i9-7900 , BIOS unlocked Intel X999
Graphics Up to three 8GB AMD Radeon RX 580 (Crossfire) or two 11GB GDDR5X Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (SLI)
Memory Up to 64GB quad-channel HyperX DDR4 XMP 2933MHz (total 4 x DDR4 UDIMM)
Storage Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD + 2TB 7200rpm SATA HDD; optical drive
Ports and Connectors 8 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 x USB-C, 7.1 audio out, 1 x SPDIF out, 1 x mic, 1 x jack, 1 x audio in , 2 x Ethernet
Slots 4 x PCIe x16 (2 x x16 electrical), 2 x PCIe x4
Power and cooling Up to 1,500 watts; Alienware Premium socketTR4 CPU Liquid Cooling
Lighting 9 programmable zones, select from 20 colors each; internal lighting
Availability July 2017 Late summer 2017

The Area 51 Threadripper Edition will be available to order on July 27 and the Area 51 featuring Intel Core X-Series will arrive on August 22, with pricing to be announced soon. Given current pricing, I think the Intel version will probably start at about $5,000 or more. I'm not sure where Threadripper pricing fits, yet.

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