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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating 149

MojoKid writes Dell's enthusiast Alienware brand has always stood out for its unique, other-worldly looks (sometimes good, sometimes, not so good) and there's such a thing as taking things to the next level, this might be it. However, there's more to this refresh than just shock value. It's actually a futuristic aesthetic with a rather purposeful design behind it. Today Alienware gave a sneak peek at their completely redesigned Alienware Area 51 desktop system. This refreshed system is unlike any previous Alienware rig you've seen. With a trapezoidal shape to its chassis, Dell-Alienware says you can place the Area-51 against a wall and not have to worry about thermals getting out of the control. That's because there's a controlled gap and a sharp angle to the chassis that ensures only a small part of the system actually rests near the wall, leaving extra room for hot air to escape up and away. This design also offers users easy access to rear IO ports. Despite the unique design, there's plenty of room for high end components inside. The retooled chassis can swallow up to three 300W double-wide full-length graphics cards. It also brings to the table Intel's latest and greatest Haswell-E in six-core or eight-core options, liquid cooled and nestled into Intel's X99 chipset. No word from Dell on the price but the new Area-51 is slated to start shipping in October.
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

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  • by rebelwarlock ( 1319465 ) on Saturday August 30, 2014 @06:50AM (#47790197)
    The only way this could have been more blatant of an advertisement is if they had put in a preorder link. Even if it wasn't, their "controlled gap" is just a corner that juts out so you can't push it up against the wall properly. It's just not very impressive in terms of, well, anything.

    Besides, I'm pretty sure the slashdot crowd builds their own rigs anyway.
  • Re:How much? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Aryeh Goretsky ( 129230 ) on Saturday August 30, 2014 @07:06AM (#47790219) Homepage


    Dell didn't pay anything for it, as far as I can tell.

    This is a post by MojoKid, who operates the HotHardware.Com site. I'm guessing he submitted the article to Slashdot in order to get some ad revenue from people visiting his site as a result.

    I'm guessing that blocking

    before visiting his site will make that a little more difficult.

    I do not know if he is a Slashdot or a Dice Holdings, Inc., employee, but it would be nice if there was some sort of transparency statement, if that's the case.


    Aryeh Goretsky

  • Chill out - I dig it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by water-and-sewer ( 612923 ) on Saturday August 30, 2014 @09:05AM (#47790529) Homepage

    I don't know why there's so much hatred about this being a slashvertisement. I actually like articles about new hardware - it's one of the reasons I still visit sites like this.

    I dig the new machine, and totally support people looking into alternative and hopefully improved/innovative designs. This thing looks cool.

    You guys will figure that out when you calm down a bit.

  • by fa2k ( 881632 ) <pmbjornstad@g[ ] ['mai' in gap]> on Saturday August 30, 2014 @09:08AM (#47790535)

    So we should compare this announcement with the Mac Pro one. Apple had to share a slashdot article between the MacBook and the Mac Pro []. There's not many complaints about slashvertisement on the mac post.

    The post about the Mac appears just as positive, but it packs a lot more facts in fewer sentences, so it's arguably better. Both have their share of marketing language and fluff, but the Alienware has a lot more of it.

  • Re:How much? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Saturday August 30, 2014 @12:32PM (#47791159) Journal

    Seriously? Why do people that read a legitimate news story always try to assume something is advertising

    It helps to increase that assumption when in the next paragraph you defend ad-block passionately.

    If ads were guaranteed to be malware free, then I wouldn't block them, but ad-tech companies are more interested in vetting inventory than advertisers (because advertiser are the ones who pay, so ad-tech companies put a lot of effort into making sure they get a good product).

    FWIW I thought your post was interesting.

  • Re:How much? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 30, 2014 @04:29PM (#47792251)

    Why do people that read a legitimate news story always try to assume something is advertising. This was a press coordinated announcement by Dell-Alienware.

    I know you are right in the middle of it since that is your website and that makes it difficult to see things from any other perspective, but you should take a step back and try to see it as an uninvolved bystander would because those two statements are fundamentally contradictory. They can not both be simultaneously true, press-release journalism [] is not legitimate news, if for no other reason than coordination reduces your ability to critically report a story.

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