The Alienware X51 Is the Mini PC You’ve Been Waiting For

Alienware is getting into the mini PC business, and it look like for the first time you’ll be able to get a mini PC that isn’t a completely worthless piece of s–t. I’m sorry, I’m just bitter that I had to use an Acer mini PC for eight months last year, and it was awful. Never again. God, I love my awesome new computer.

Anyway, Alienware has created the X51 desktop, and it’s a mini PC, and it will probably play every game you would want to play. Here are the specs:

- Intel Core i5 Dual Core (standard) and Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor Options
· Intel H61 Express Chipset Architecture
· Mini-ITX Motherboard
· Powerful NVIDIA Graphics Card Options: 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 545iii (Standard) or 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 555iii
· Configure with up to 8GB of DDR3 Memory (4GB Standard); 2x 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM Slots
· Fast 7,200RPM 1TB Hard Driveiv
· Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
· Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (Standard) or optional Blu-ray Disc Reader
· Internal High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio with Waves MAXX Audio Software
· Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC and Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Wireless LAN (standard)
· USB 2.0 (6x); USB 3.0 (2x); Microphone In; Headphone/Speaker Out; HDMI 1.4 Output; RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet; Front, Rear and Center Speaker Ports; SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK); SPDIF Digital Output (Coax)
· Alienware 240 Watt Power Supply (Standard) or optional 330 Watt Power Supply

That’s more or less a high-end gaming laptop setup there, and it should handle pretty much every game nicely. The downside, of course, is that despite it being a desktop, you can’t swap out video cards or anything like that. It’s a laptop without a screen, essentially. But, hey, if you want a mini PC to stick in your living room, this is the one to get.

Also, this starts at $699, which is a winning price. That’s not a bad price for ANY decent pre-built gaming machine, so you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth.

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4 Comments on The Alienware X51 Is the Mini PC You’ve Been Waiting For

Jeremy Gulley

On January 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

I just want the case to build my own! :)


On January 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Yea… that case is actually pretty BA.


On January 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

those are the only 2 gpu options? really?


On January 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

You CAN upgrade every part of it including the motherboard. You should do more research, sir.