Dell on Tuesday announced that its Alienware performance gaming division will offer their 15-inch M15x laptop with a 2GHz Core i7 processor and introduced new designs for its Aurora and Area-51 desktop computers.
First, the laptop: The Alienware M15x gets a 2GHz mobile Intel Core i7 920XM "Clarksfield" processor and a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M GPU. Otherwise, expect the usual from this potent machine: up to 8GB DDR3 1333MHz memory, 500GB HDD or 256GB SSD, slot-loading Blu-ray drive, FireWire, gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, VGA and DisplayPort video output, ExpressCard slot and 8-in-1 card reader.
Prices start at $1,499 for this 1.92-inch thick, 9-lb. "portable" system.
On the desktop side of things, the Aurora, Aurora ALX, Area-51 and Area-51 ALX systems get new case designs. Otherwise, innards are the same.
Aurora prices start at $1,299.
The Area-51s feature Intel Core i7 processors factory overclocked to 3.86GHz, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 graphics cards, up to 12GB DDR3 memory clocked at 1333MHz (Area-51) or 1600MHz (Area-51 ALX) and six hard drive bays that support 7,200RPM and 10,000RPM drives, solid state drives and RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10 configurations.
Area-51 prices begin at $1,999.