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Alienware's X51 is a compact and streamlined gaming desktop with a matte black finish and customizable lighting zones. It can be configured up to Intel's second generation Core i7 (quad-core) processor with 8GB of RAM, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 555 for graphics, and an optional Blu-Ray drive.

Description

The upgraded model of the affordable but powerful Ode from Digital Storm's Special Ops series offers a Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 GPU and a quad core second generation Core i7 processor.

The HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix desktop carries high-end specs within its black and silver frame, offering processor configurations from both AMD and Intel. The desktop supports Beats Audio, up to 16GB RAM and contains three internal hard drive bays along with an optical disc drive. A "valet tray" which essentially serves as a USB hub is available as an optional accessory.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jan. 17, 2012
  • Price at launch: $699.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: 2011
  • Price at launch: $1,499.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jan. 8, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,149.99

Also Known As...

  • Alias: Special Ops Ode
  • Desktop type: Gaming PC
  • Case Dimensions (largest): 13.5 inches
  • Case Dimensions (middle): 12.52 inches
  • Case Dimensions (smallest): 3.74 inches
  • Weight: 12.1 pounds
  • Color: Black / Green

Hardware

  • Desktop type: Tower, Gaming PC
  • Case Dimensions (largest): 23.3 inches
  • Case Dimensions (middle): 20 inches
  • Case Dimensions (smallest): 10.4 inches
  • Color: White / Black
  • Desktop type: Tower
  • Case Dimensions (largest): 16.34 inches
  • Case Dimensions (middle): 16.22 inches
  • Case Dimensions (smallest): 6.89 inches
  • Weight: 27.58 pounds
  • Color: Black / Silver / Red
  • Operating system: Windows 7

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Base CPU model: Core i3-2120
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 3.3 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Base CPU model: Core i7-2600K
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 3.4 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.8 GHz
  • CPU brand: AMD
  • CPU family: FX-8100
  • Cores: 8
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-2600
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 3.4 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.8 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Model: Core i7-3960X
  • Cores: 6
  • Clockspeed: 3.3 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.9 GHz
  • Graphics type: Discrete
  • Base discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Base discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 545
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Discrete
  • Base discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Base discrete GPU model: GeForce GTX 570
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1.2 GB
  • Graphics type: Discrete
  • Base discrete GPU brand: AMD
  • Base discrete GPU model: Radeon 7670
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB
  • Discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GTX 555
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB

GPU (max)

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Slots: 2

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 8 GB
  • Max. config RAM: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 8 GB
  • Max. config RAM: 16 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Slots: 4
  • Options: HDD (7200RPM)
  • Base storage type: HDD (7200RPM)
  • Base storage capacity: 1 TB

Storage

  • Options: HDD (7200RPM)
  • Base storage type: HDD (7200RPM)
  • Base storage capacity: 1 TB
  • Max. config HDD: 1 TB
  • Options: HDD (Unspecified RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base storage type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base storage capacity: 160 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 160 GB
  • Drive(s): 1
  • Optical drive: Yes
  • Drive type: Slot-loading
  • Optical disc support: Dual-layer DVD burner, BD-ROM

Optical Drive

  • Drive(s): 1
  • Optical drive: Yes
  • Drive type: Tray-loading
  • Optical disc support: DVD-R/RW
  • Optical drive: Yes
  • Drive type: Tray-loading
  • USB: 6
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • 3.5mm line-in / microphone: 1
  • Digital coaxial audio (S/PDIF): 1
  • Digital optical audio (S/PDIF): 1

Ports

  • USB: 6
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • eSATA: 1
  • FireWire 400: 1
  • PS/2: 2
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • DVI: 4
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • HDMI: 2
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • 3.5mm line-in / microphone: 1
  • 3.5mm surround sound: 4
  • Digital optical audio (S/PDIF): 1

Bays

  • 5.25-inch: 4
  • 3.5-inch: 6
  • 3.5-inch: 3

Slots

  • PCI Express x16: 2
  • PCI Express x1: 2
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • PSU wattage: 240 W

Power

  • PSU wattage: 600 W
  • Liquid cooling options: CPU
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