Alienware Area51 Threadripper: Everything To Know
The Alienware Area51 Threadripper has always been a bigger-than-life gaming desktop, but it will be the only pre-built PC with AMD’s new Threadripper processors this year. That means Alienware will be the only big hardware company that can use the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and all of the company’s other high-core count CPUs.
Not Lenovo, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Apple, or any other big company that makes computers. No other brand. Of course, you can still buy a Threadripper processor at a computer store, and this deal doesn’t cover custom system builders like Origin PC in the US or Overclockers in the UK. Even though Alienware Area51 Threadrippe is only available on the Alienware Area 51, it is the best upgrade for content creators and gamers. However, all this power will cost you a lot.
Why should you buy the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition?
Alienware Area51 Threadripper Edition is made by a well-known company and has a strange design, there’s not much to like about it once you get past its sturdy metal exterior. Alienware’s usual multi-zone lighting effects let you change the RGB lighting in nine places on most of the Area-51. The overall effect is less elaborate and showy than on the MSI Aegis Ti3. With the Alienware Area51 Threadripper Control Center utility, you can change how the lights look. When you open the door on the left side of the case, a row of lights turns inside so you can see the motherboard and other parts. A similar row of lights shines on the back I/O ports so you can see when plugging in and unplugging cables.
- If you put together AMD’s 16-core Ryzen Threadripper CPU and a pair of Nvidia’s fastest graphics cards, you should get a gamer’s dream PC that can handle multiple tasks at once.
- The Alienware Area51 Threadripper Edition, which started at $2,399 and was tested at $5,919, is so well-equipped that it can handle multitasking quickly and play 4K games smoothly.
- It’s priced and marketed as a high-end gaming desktop and has a tower shape that’s different from most. The problem is that it’s very expensive as it’s set up, and except for one test, it’s not the fastest PC we’ve tested.
- The Velocity Micro Raptor Z95 and the Origin Neuron are two competitors that are better for multimedia projects and gaming, respectively. The Origin Neuron is also much cheaper.
Plan and build
Area 51 makes quite an impression at first glance. It is 569mm high and 272mm wide, and most of the front panel is made of dark, shiny plastic slats. The slatted part and the side panels both have RGB LEDs, and the Alienware Area51 Threadripper logo on the front is the power button.
Each corner of the triangular case has a metal handle that makes it easier to tilt the machine to get to its ports and sockets. The build quality is great, as you might expect from a PC this size and price. The metal and plastic used to make the case are both strong. This is good news, but the Alienware Area51 Threadripper is still hard to get along with. The size of this rig makes it hard to take to LAN parties and other gaming events, and its shape makes it harder to store under a desk than a normal tower.
The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is the most important part of Alienware. It is the most powerful chip in AMD’s 2017 lineup. It has a huge 16 cores and can run 32 threads simultaneously.
The 1950X has more than just a lot of cores. It has a good base speed of 3.4GHz, and with Turbo boosting, it goes up to 4.2GHz. It has 32 MB of cache and the core Threadripper architecture, which means that it can use four memory channels and that Precision Boost will work better. No game needs a 16-core processor. Instead, the 1950X is designed for complex tasks like video production, CAD design, content creation, and databases. The Alienware Area51 Threadripper has 64GB of 2,666MHz memory to help with productivity. This is a large amount that only the most demanding programs will need.
Like the Alienware Aurora R5, Area 51 can be upgraded with almost no tools. Users only have to pull the lock on the expansion slots and turn a few thumbscrews on the GPU support bracket to upgrade or add a second graphics card. The storage slots in, the memory plugs in easily, and even the bracket for water cooling has thumbscrews. You’ll only need a screwdriver to change the power supply, which shouldn’t be hard if you bought the high-end 1,500-watt PSU.
Alienware Area51 Threadripper Edition is the most powerful gaming PC we’ve ever tested. But the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X desktop isn’t for everyone because it’s expensive and hard to set up.
A rig like this is best for gamers who want to become the next YouTube or Twitch star, especially if they don’t think they have the skills to build it themselves. Threadripper was made for the most intensive multitasking, and it can play record, stream, and encode video simultaneously. Even without the Threadripper Edition, Area 51 is a very well-designed and flexible PC platform, even if it is pricey. There aren’t many pre-built gaming PCs that are as cool or as easy to expand as this one, so it’s worth checking out.