“Expect no less than a monster price for this crazy machine”, says The Verge.
Apple’s new “trash can” Mac Pro is pretty mad, but Alienware may have just snatched back the title for craziest desktop PC with their new Area-51. Out with the rectangular tower desktop; in with Alienware’s funk, hexagonal machine. Similar to Apple, Alienware claims the design for their new desktop has some practical benefits beyond just looking mad. Since the back of the desktop isn’t horizontal with the floor, they say you can push the unit up against the wall without blocking its all-important ventilation. Hardcore gamers should take note that the Area-51 will include a just-announced high-end processor and chipset from Intel., and it can handle up to three monster, double-wide graphics cards. Exactly what you need to destroy noobs from the comfort of your own room.
It also comes paired with a new motherboard chipset, called X99, that promises to support DDR4 RAM.
The last time we saw the Area 51 line from Alienware was around 2010, and at the time it was an impressive, if dated, black rectangle, with red accent lights and creature-like fins protruding from the top. This new version has a unique three-sided design, which Alienware calls “triad.” The flat corners of the triad shape allow you to rock the massive chassis back easily and access ports or doors with only one hand. You can also grip two of the
handle-like points of the triangle to lift or move the system, which will weigh roughly 45 pounds. Both side panels are removable, offering access to the motherboard, video card slots, and hard drive trays. The Area 51 supports up to three full-width GPUs (both Nvidia and AMD options will be available), up to five hard drives, and the system is designed to support a 1.5K watt power supply. Running hardware like that can generate a lot of heat, so Alienware says the angled design can allow you to push the chassis up against the wall while still allowing hot air to escape. Both side panels are removable, offering access to the motherboard, video card slots, and hard drive trays. The Area 51 supports up to five hard drives.