Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Review: Kick Ass for the Price
The Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition delivers awesome power for a relatively reasonable price.
- Fun design
- Great graphics and overall performance
- Runs quiet when gaming
- Considerably cheaper than the competition
- Not as many configuration options as the competition
Threadripper. Please, say it with me. Threadripper. Once more. It’s simply a pleasant word to state, yet the lone thing more fun than shouting Threadripper to the sky is utilizing one to play your games at insane high casing rates and perform multiple tasks with huge loads of different projects out of sight.
AMD cooperated with Alienware to make the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition ($2,999 beginning, $4,399 as tried). It’s the solitary work area in which you’ll discover the powerful Ryzen processor, at any rate until the finish of 2017. Except if you plan on building your own framework.
The Threadripper is forcing yet appealing at the same time and precisely what I picture an outsider terminal on a spaceship would resemble.
So the thing precisely would you say you are getting for your well deserved dollars? Beside boasting rights (which are consistently fun), you get the simple to-redo, UFO-stylish body of the Area-51. There’s likewise a rankling quick PCIe SSD and Nvidia’s insane powerful GTX 1080 Ti GPU, which can tear through any game you toss at it. Furthermore, last, however assuredly not least, there’s Threadripper itself, which probably won’t be the most impressive CPU in the land, yet it’s really doomed close.
Very little has changed about the Area-51’s Triad suspension. You actually get that astounding three-sided shape that is embellished with Alienware’s deliberately positioned, adjustable LED lights that streak enchantingly. The brand name outsider head is up front, pulling twofold obligation as a mascot and a force button.
Generally speaking, it’s forcing, yet appealing at the same time and precisely what I picture an outsider terminal on a spaceship would resemble. The extraordinary plan is additionally practical, permitting air to arrive at the ports and vents in the back, which would typically be corresponding with a divider.
The front and back of the work area are made of reflexive dark plastic with unmistakable striations along the front for wind current. The steel-fortified side boards are produced using Epic Silver plastic, like what you’d find on the organization’s PCs like the Alienware 17 and 15. Each board can be taken out by means of the pair of delivery hooks covered up at the highest point of the gadget.
Alienware carefully kept the top-mounted underlying handle, which you’ll certainly have to try and endeavor to lift this intergalactic monster. Gauging an incredible 62 pounds, you’ll certainly need to utilize your legs to lift the 22.4 x 25.1 x 10.7-inch full pinnacle. It’s a bit lighter than the Origin PC Genesis (64 pounds, 25.2 x 25.8 x 9.8 inches), however makes the ultraportable Falcon Northwest FragBox (22 pounds, 10.5 x 15.8 x 10 inches) appear to be a toy in examination.
Alien Command Center
To give your Area-51 its own extraordinary shine, Alienware has preloaded its Command Center programming on the work area. Once dispatched, you’ll can change the tones on the nine zones with one of the 20 shadings accessible in AlienFX, just as add an impact. You’ll likewise be able to make lighting subjects for framework occasions (for instance, when you get an email or when the pinnacle is in rest mode).
Yet, Command Center accomplishes more than make entrancing light shows. You can likewise get to AlienFusion to change power settings and Thermal Controls to change fan speed and venting practices. OC Controls is there to allow you to extract all of execution from the processor and DRAM.
The Area-51 is insane adaptable. Also, I was satisfied that Alienware added a little white light at the highest point of the framework, so I could see everything.
What’s more, in case you’re feeling truly extravagant, there’s AlienAdrenaline, which allows you to make custom alternate routes for assigned games. This time around, I made a custom subject to dispatch with Witcher 3. I modified the alternate way to dispatch Xsplit Gamecaster after I introduced it.
Ports and Upgradability
The Area-51 has a bounty of ports. There are numerous to the point that I’m willing to bet you could connect pretty much every PC fringe you have, you’d at present have space for additional. Alienware utilized a light touch in the front of the framework, just adding an opening stacking Blu-beam peruser/DVD essayist, two USB 3.1 ports, a media card peruser and a couple of jacks for a mouthpiece and set of earphones.
Yet, similar to any great mullet, the gathering begins in the rear of the Area-51. It’s here you’ll discover seven USB 3.1 ports, 1 USB Type-C port and a couple of USB 2.0 ports. There are likewise jacks for S/PDIF, up front channels, and back and side encompass sound sources of info.
The Area-51 is crazy-customizable. Upon removing one of the side panels, I discovered there was room for two more graphics cards, another couple of sticks of RAM and a hard driver or two.
I had to swap out the processor during this review, so I was pleased that Alienware added a small white light at the top of the system, so I could see everything. I definitely appreciate that the bulb shines whether or not the system is plugged in.
Gaming, Graphics and VR
Equipped with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU with 11GB of VRAM, it’s safe to say that this configuration of the Area-51 is a badass. Whether its VR or traditional gaming, the Area-51 rose to every challenge I threw at it.
I started with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I went galavanting through Novigrad, looking for some monsters to slay. Geralt’s bone-white hair was cascading down his back, thanks to Nvidia’s Hairworks software. After locating a pack of alghouls, I lept off my horse and got down to the grisly work of sending limbs flying — all at 73 frames per second (fps).
At the point when I ran the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark (1920 x 1080 at Very High), the Area-51 indented 96 fps, possessing the 58-fps work area normal. The FragBox’s GTX 1080 GPU was just somewhat behind with 91 fps, while Genesis and its GTX Titan GPU pulled down 99 fps. I kicked the settings up to 4K and the Area-51’s casing rate tumbled to 45 fps, putting it on a standard with the Genesis’ 48 fps and the FragBox’s 38 fps.
On the Hitman test, the Area-51 hit 102 fps, outperforming the 84-fps class normal and the FragBox’s 95 fps. Nonetheless, nothing was a counterpart for the Genesis’ 157 fps. Furthermore, when I exchanged over to the Grand Theft Auto V test, the Area-51 conveyed 111 fps, bringing down the 79-fps normal, however not the Genesis and its 169 fps. At 4K goal, the Area-51 tumbled to a still-playable 38 fps, setting it between the Genesis (37 fps) and the FragBox (39 fps).
Truth can be stranger than fiction with AMD’s Threadripper CPU. I played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in one window with 30 tabs open in Google Chrome and I never observed even a falter.
The Area-51 additionally shone during my augmented simulation tests, conveying satiny designs as I punched my way through adversaries in Feral Rites with the Oculus Rift. What’s more, when I ran the SteamVR Performance Test, the pinnacle coordinated its companions, besting the test at 11 and beating the 10.4 normal.
Performance: Behold the Power of Threadripper
The buzz around AMD’s most recent Ryzen processor, boldly named Threadripper 1950X, has been tangible. There’s valid justification for all the energy. As per AMD, this 4-GHz beast CPU is the world’s quick multithreaded processor, and with up to 16 centers supporting 32 strings, I’m slanted to trust them.
Yet, truth can be stranger than fiction. So I began a round of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in one window, while opening 30 tabs in Google Chrome (some of which were running Tweetdeck, Slack and Twitch) in another. The Area-51 cooperated with my antics and I never observed even a stammer during my game.
Next, I started putting the CPU and its 32GB of RAM through our battery of manufactured tests, beginning with Geekbench 4. The framework scored 26,238, effectively besting the 16,685 class normal, just as the FragBox’s 4.2-GHz Intel Core i7-7700K processor, which got 19,240.
At the point when I ran the OpenOffice Spreadsheet Macro test, the Area-51 required 3 minutes and 16 seconds to coordinate 20,000 names and addresses. That is was barely enough to beat the 3:17 normal, however not the Genesis’ season of 3:01.
The Area-51’s 1TB m.2 PCIe SSD required 9 seconds to copy 4.97GB of media records, which means a pace of 565.5 megabytes every second, tying the Genesis (512GB M.2 PCIe SSD) and beating the 297.4MBps normal. Nonetheless, the FragBox’s double 1TB SSDs were a powerhouse, scoring a ludicrous 1,272 MBps.
Software and Warranty
Swell? Where? Alienware doesn’t suffocate the Area-51 with superfluous programming (that is Windows’ work). The organization just offers two marked applications: Alien Command Center programming and Alienware Audio, which is intended to change speaker settings.
Other helpful gaming programming incorporate Killer Control Center, which allows you to get granular with setting data transfer capacity needs, and Killer Diagnostics, which screens network speed. You additionally get Nvidia GeForce Experience and its set-up of gamer-driven programming intended to convey ideal gaming execution.
There are a couple of cases of swell, be that as it may, for example, Twitter, Drawboard PDF, Keeper, Asphalt 8, Fallout Shelter and Candy Crush Soda Saga.
The Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition accompanies a one-year equipment guarantee with on location and in-home assistance. Perceive how Alienware fared on this year’s Tech Support Showdown special report.
I had a flat out impact with the $4,399 emphasis of the Area-51. Furnished with a 4GHz AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor with 32GB of RAM, a 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD with a 2TB 7,200-rpm hard drive and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU with 11GB of VRAM, the framework crushed through pretty much all that I tossed at it.
This shouldn’t imply that the $2,999 base model is a sluggard using any and all means. That design has a4GHz AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor, 8GB of RAM, a 2TB 7,200-rpm hard drive and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM.
Yet, in case you’re hoping to punch rationale and severity in the face, you’ll need to look at the $5,399 model of the Area 51, which tosses in another GTX 1080 Ti GPU with SLI for entertainment only.
In the event that boss and great could have an infant, I’m almost certain it’d resemble the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition – or something pretty cracking close. AMD’s incredible Ryzen Threadripper processor is comfortable conveying astounding CPU speed, which just assists with your gaming execution. In spite of the fact that it’s not the most impressive CPU in the land, matched with its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU, 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD and Alienware’s obviously extraordinary loot, the Threadripper is verifiably incredible.
If you’re looking for even more oomph than the Area-51 can provide, you might want to check out the Origin PC Genesis. But with its laughably obscene price tag, it’s beyond the reach of many a gamer. Overall, the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition is a top choice for gamers who want the best that money can buy without totally emptying their bank accounts