By Mark W. Kaelin
The good folks at Alienware recently sent TechRepublic one of their Area-51 7500 gaming desktops for review. The configuration of this system includes the overclocked Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 quad CPU and the 768MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra video card. Both the CPU and the GPU are liquid cooled -- believe us when we say, this is not your office PC. We take a look inside this super-performing premium gaming system and drool over the components.
This system was supposed to be overclocked, that is what I asked for, but I'm not certain that it is. I'll investigate.
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.
I'm new here and am perusing some of the pictures such as the new Alienware Area-51 7500 machine...and a lot of the pictures are crap...too dark to see anything let alone the detail they are drooling about. Here's a tip...try using the flash on the camera...I know it may be new to you but the instructions for the camera should cover it...you'll be amazed at how much more detail you'll be able to see in your pictures.
"In three years, we'll all wonder how we ever thought such a dog was fast." I'm already getting impatient with my Athlon 64 FX-55 San Diego, which is barely two years old and was mind-bogglingly fast at the time of its release. This thought is followed closely by a vision of myself on eBay three years from now, hoping to get $50 for its parts so I can buy one of AMD's Barcelona chips, which should finally be on the market sometime around then.
so, you opened the case... and? disassemble the graphix cooling, more detail about the water cooling system itself, make the thing look naked! : c)
Nice machine very impressive but windows Vista hmm for gaming I don't think so! I like to take a much use of my processor as it will give with out the OS taking up so much of it. Sheeesh a step backwards Signed Just an opinion
---for that liquid cooling system to turn on and you would never hear it turn on.Liquid cooling for 3 ghz?There might be a diagnostic section at boot up.Run the FAN TEST to hear the cooling system run.I think that this would be classified as a game writing computer.
Your system could well be overclocked. The Vista Welcome Centre lists your CPU's factory spec, not the actual speed at which it is running.
Believe me, I would really love to start pulling this thing apart, but we'd have to buy the PC, which I personally signed for, at a cost of $5000.
I have seen this sentiment about Vista not being game friendly mentioned before. I am running Half Life 2 on this Alienware right now - I see no problem with Vista. As with all new operating systems, it will take awhile for all the kinks to get worked out, but that certainly won't keep from buying a new PC. In the next year or so, games for DirectX 10 will be the norm and you will need to have the right PC to handle it. The same principle applies to the CPU, at some point games will recognize and use the 4 cores in this system. Vista is the future in PC gaming - you might as well embrace it early and be ready when that killer game you simply must play comes along. The Alienware Area-51 7500 is an investment in the future.
But not quite for the same reason. Vist unlike XP Pro hasn't had time to mature XP pro is a solid gaming OS and I would "downgrade" to it in a sec or at least dual boot he machine to play around with Vista especially with a wopping 1 DX 10 game around the corner.
I was curious as to how much one of these beasts would cost and the motherboard is listed on the customisation page... they're great machines but they are bloody expensive when tricked out..
Yes, more galleries and articles are forthcoming as I run some benchmarks and play some games on the system. The Vista score was 5.4 - limited by the RAM speed. All the other scores were 5.9.
Checking the System Properties does indeed reveal the system is overclocked to 3.47GHz. http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/geekend/?p=659
Will a PC ever be a investment in the future? Even now, when the clock screw isn't turning as fast as it used, say 6 years ago, a PC is a expensive piece of scrap metal as soon as you take it out of the box. This is especially true in a gaming enviroment. In a "normal" office, home or production enviroment, it will be sufficent for maybe 5-8 years.(even longer, if you can stand the temptation of a OS upgrade)
Mmm thats an intersting comment.. it'd be nice to see benchmark differences.. because delving into the code of the different os's vista and old faithfull xp i belive the fact your running quad core should mean it's actually vista that would give you more cpu then xp which can't properly address the 3rd and 4th core... having said that... most games can't handle more then one thread at a time anyway. so on that theroe it doesn't matter how much cpu vista uses and there will be 3 spare cores... hence some benchmarks would be intersting.. but i'm almost swaying on vista being faster....
Alienware is teaming with nVidia to make the Area-51 boxes. No ATI cards available in the 7500 series.
As you were speaking about the power cable, in order to allow for peak consumption, that cable would have to be capable of handling possible peak current.. 100W @ 12V is the same as 1000W @ 120V.. both come to 8.3 amps current.. so in a manner of speaking.. you were actually correct, just on the wrong side of the conversion.. :)
So, is external cooling water used? If so, how hard is it to hook up? Can the return be used to power an optional coffee warmer?
acording to benchmark postings of MaximumPc mag and Extremetech.com. Vista is more of a resource hog. In essence Vista preformed slower in most game bench marks. Not much mind you just a little.
is like an air conditioner, the coolant is self contained, a heat exchanger where the condenser would be blows external air over a heat sink to cool the liquid to flow back to the CPU heat sink. And before anyone goes 'wow, it would be a mess if liquid leaked into my system', yes it would, tho unless you have rats chewing on your system or are extremely careless, that is unlikely. But it would also be a mess if you use a puny fan (puny earthlings, your planet will soon be dominated by..) and the CPU overheats or if the fan stops and it overheats, destroying your CPU.