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Speed and power to grow on with the Alienware Area-51 7500

Froggy himself

The Alienware Area-51 7500 is DirectX 10 compatible, and while there aren't any games selling at the time of this review that take advantage of DirectX 10, there are a few demos floating around the Internet. One of the cutest ones is called Froggy, where you not only get to see a cute amphibian you also get to poke, prod, and stretch him. DirectX 10 should see a marked improvement in the way textures are rendered on screen. In Froggy's case, you can see he is wet just by looking at him. You can tell his skin has texture and depth. As game developers start to create environments and objects that take advantage of this new leap in technology, you'll start to see games with an increasingly deeper level of immersion.

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.