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Dell’s #Alienware X51 Desktop Brings Immersive HD Gaming Within Reach

· Powerful, High-Resolution Gaming Performance in a Small Form Factor

· Sophisticated Desktop Design That Fits in Nearly Any Living Space

· New Alienware Service Offerings Tailored Specifically for the Needs of Gamers

Toronto, Jan. 18, 2012 – Alienware, Dell’s high-performance, PC gaming brand, invites customers to join in the ultimate gaming experience with the Alienware X51, its smallest gaming desktop ever with outsized performance capabilities. The latest in Dell’s PC gaming portfolio, the X51 is designed to deliver an exhilarating 1080p high definition[i] and 3D gaming[ii] experience of today’s top-tier game titles while the new, smaller chassis design offers the flexibility to turn nearly any living space, from the living room to the dorm room, into an entertainment and gaming mecca.

The Alienware X51 gives customers the freedom to focus on the game with the performance expected in an Alienware gaming PC and a thoughtful design for post-purchase upgrades, and the latest in performance technology. The versatile design of the X51 enables customers to achieve high performance computing in virtually any living space with a dual-orientation chassis supporting 7.1 surround-sound audio and an optional Blu-Ray disc drive.

“The Alienware X51 allows us to bring the exciting nature of high-definition, immersive gaming within reach of more gamers than ever before,” said Arthur Lewis, vice-president, Alienware and Product Management for Consumer, Small and Medium Business. “With the X51, we’ve expanded our gaming desktop offering to cater to all gamers in addition to our core enthusiast and competitive gamers. Now everyone can enjoy the latest games on a sleek, powerful, compact and customizable system. The X51 desktop delivers an incredible feature set for its size and price.”

High Performance Gaming and Sophisticated Design

Alienware X51 features powerful 2nd generation Intel Core i processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT or optional GTX class graphics cards for intense gaming performance, Wireless-N technology for easy Internet access, HDMI 1.4 for connecting to 3D TVs and watching 3D Blu-ray moviesii, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfer, High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio and GDDR5 graphics memory – the most advanced graphics memory offering available. At its entry-level configuration with a Core i3 processor, 4GB memory[iii], 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 graphicsiii,  and a 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive[iv], the raw power of the X51 yields an average 34 frames per second in Battlefield 3 at high settings and a resolution of 1080p[v], starting at $699 CDN.

The Alienware X51’s intelligently designed chassis blends function and style. The desktop’s sleek matte black finish with dark chrome accents and three customizable lighting zones, controlled by AlienFX® software, create a distinguished appearance. The gaming desktop’s thoughtful design with an ultra-quiet dual orientation chassis allows for a horizontal or vertical set-up, allowing flexibility in the X51’s footprint without sacrificing performance. The intuitive internal layout with a mini-ITX motherboard allows customers to perform their own hard drive, graphics card and memory upgrades quickly and easily, giving them peace of mind for the system’s longevity.

Complete Control and Support

All Alienware laptops and desktops come with Alienware Command Centre, which provides intuitive, user‐friendly access to exclusive applications and controls, including AlienFXTM lighting effects and the AlienFusion power management system. AlienAdrenaline, a new module for the Alienware X51, enables gamers to create unique profiles that launch a series of customizable events when activated, such as opening specific programs, changing AlienFX themes, opening key web links and more.  Updates and new releases download directly into Command Centre, creating a constantly evolving tool for users to modify and personalize their system.

Alienware Gaming Services Specifically for Gamers

The newly available Alienware Gaming Services enable gamers’ lifestyles by providing services, which support the latest games on the market and come with a “No Fix, No Fee” policy[vi]. Services offered include New Game Setup, Game Performance Optimization, Game Customization and Personalization, and In Game Troubleshooting. These services can be found on Dell’s Solution Station web portal.

Product Leadership

Alienware is recognized throughout the industry and with customers alike for performance, functionality and design. The Alienware M17x gaming laptop with Intel Sandy Bridge processors recently won “Best Gaming Laptop” of 2011 from PC Magazine, with the Alienware M11x laptop coming in as runner-up. As new technology is released, Alienware will continually offer the latest in PC gaming hardware, partnering with other industry leaders to deliver an optimized gaming experience.

Alienware X51 Product Specifications:

  • Intel Core i3 Dual Core (standard) and Intel Core i5 and i7 Quad Core Processor Options
  • Intel H61 Express Chipset Architecture
  • Mini-ITX Motherboard
  • Powerful NVIDIA Graphics Card Options

o    1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 545iii (Standard)

o    1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 555iii

  • Configure with up to 8GB of DDR3 Memoryiii (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 Centre Speaker Ports; SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK); SPDIF Digital Output (Coax)
  • Alienware 240 Watt Power Supply (Standard) or optional 330 Watt Power Supply
  • Dual-orientation tower system dimensions: h: 13.5” (343mm) x w: 3.74” (95mm) x d: 12.52” (318mm)
  • Starting Weight: 12.1 lbs. (5.49 Kg.)

Availability and Pricing:

Alienware X51 is available now on with a starting price of $699 CDN. Alienware Gaming Services is available in Canada in English only at this time.

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[i] Full HD display and compatible media required and sold separately.

[ii] 3D capability requires an optional 120Hz 3D capable LCD display or compatible 3D TV, HDMI 1.4 and the NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit. For a list of compatible displays and supported HDTVs visit

[iii] Graphics & System Memory: GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; significant system memory may be used to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.

[iv] Hard Drive: GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less.

[v] Based on FRAPS test performed by Dell Labs in December 2011 on the Alienware X51 with an Intel Core i3 2120 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 graphics and 4GB of RAM. Actual performance will vary.

[vi] No Fix, No Fee Policy: Customer must inform Dell within 3 days of service if they believe a covered issue was not resolved, and Dell will perform additional service or issue a refund if Dell agrees it cannot resolve the covered issue.