Alienware Area-51 m17x review:

Alienware Area-51 m17x

Alienware includes an industry-standard one-year, parts-and-labor warranty with the system, which includes onsite service. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $300, and Alienware includes its excellent binder that contains system and support info. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and driver downloads.

Multimedia Multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Alienware Area-51 m17x
700 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Alienware Area-51 m17x
143 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Alienware Area-51 m17x
133 

Unreal Tournament 3 (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,920x1,200, 4X AA, 8X AF  
Alienware Area-51 m17x
119.5 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Alienware Area-51 m17x
87 

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System configurations:

Alienware Area-51 m17x
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GT (x2); 500GB Samsung 5,400rpm (x2)


Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeFOrce 9800M GTS; 200GB Seagate 7,200rpm


Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm


Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9700M GTS; 200GB Toshiba 7,200rpm

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