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 Alienware logo You have some money. Did you buy a 'laptop' or 'desktop' computer? It depends on the job you are dealing with and where you stay the longest. If you travel often or you are a 'ship's rat' then the most suitable for you is a 'laptop'. He has everything but is limited by energy and size. If you are a 'home cat' the better solution is a 'desktop' computer that can be great at will. I suppose users of the type 'ship's rat' also have a 'desktop' computer at home. So 'desktop', is more comfortable especially when it comes to choice periphery. I've thought about what a 'Desktop PC' as an end user purchased if you did not have to torture by assembling computers and budget. Of course, it would be one default configuration in which one could 'push in' everything your heart desires.

Their prices range from $600 - $6000, from 'Gamers on a Budget' to 'Hard-core Gamers and Intensive Creative Work'. Of course without peripherals. I also look an iMAC computer, although it does not really belong directly to the PC family of computers. As the products from year to year change as socks, namely every year a new series of products, this is what you are reading now refers to year 2018, and may or may not necessarily be any different in the coming months. In the configuration selection, two components are crucial: CPU and GPU. Furthermore are listed only by key characteristics of the most powerful representatives of individual series of microprocessors, which means it is available even among versions.



These are the leading companies in these segments, though they were once more, but big and powerful companies just bought them to get their patents quickly and easily. There are a lot of computer and computer accessories manufacturers, but I am most impressed with PC from series 'ALIENWARE' of DELL companie, shown in the next image.

 Gaming PC
Figure 3.1 Essential of solid gaming PC configuration of series 'Alienware Area'. ( + / - )

The above figure shows the configuration with 'Alienware Area-51 R5 Intel' case and 'Alienware 34" Curved Gaming' monitor. There are five different cases with Intel CPU and nVIDIA GPU (SLI), and 5 cases with AMD CPU and nVIDIA GPU (SLI). As the components and the number of them is different, price range is $1900 / $5000 with an initial weight of 28 kg, and it can be arranged with the vendor how much and which components will be additionally installed, so price and weight increase. The present type of curved monitor is offered with resolutions 'WFHD 2560x1080@160 Hz' and 'WQHD 3440x1440@120 Hz', weighs decent 11.86 kg with price of $850 / $1150. Another $100 for the Alienware keyboard and $100 for the Alienware mouse. It would be nice to have something like this, so that you envy the whole city area. And what you can incorporate in the case best illustrated collection of next Figures.

 Alienware Area
Figure*** 3.2 Case of 'Alienware Area' PC. ( + / - )

AMD graphics card intended for installation when using a motherboard designed for their CPU and its chipset x399. So the competition between the mentioned CPU and GPU manufacturers is present - for same case. But my choice is configuration with Intel X-Series microprocessor (XEON microprocessor, socket LGA 2066, without integrated graphics) and nVIDIA graphics card. The reason is my bad experience with AMD graphic controllers, and Intel is cheaper. In addition, more water will flow as long as the operating systems and software learn to use so many cores.

Specifications of strongest Intel's processor are:

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Figure 3.3 Basic processor specifications.  

Code Name Products formerly
Vertical Segment Desktop
Processor Number i9-7980XE Status Launched
Launch Date Q3'17 Lithography 14 nm
# of Cores 18 # of Threads 36
Base Frequency 2.60 GHz Max Turbo Frequency 4.20 GHz
Cache 24.75 MB Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
Turbo Boost Frequency
Max Technology 3.0
4.40 GHz    
TDP 165.0 W    
Supplemental Information
Embedded Options Available No Conflict Free Yes
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size
(dependent on memory type)
128 GB Memory Types DDR4-2666
Max # of Memory Channels 4 ECC Memory Supported No
Expansion Options
Scalability 1S Only PCI Express Revision 3.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes 44    
Package Specifications
Sockets Supported FCLGA2066 Max CPU Configuration 1
Thermal Solution Specification PCG 2017X TJUNCTION 94°C
Low Halogen Options Available See MDDS    
Advanced Technologies
Optane™ Memory Supported Yes Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Yes
Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Hyper-Threading Yes
Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes Virtualization Technology
for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® 64 Yes Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2,
AVX2, AVX-512
Enhanced SpeedStep® Yes    
Security & Reliability
AES New Instructions Yes Execute Disable Bit Yes

The embedded chipset that supports the above-mentioned processor is from the x299 series, which is further illustrated by his features.

 Chipset x299  iStripper
Figure 3.4 Basic specifications of the chipset.  

Code Name Products formerly
Kaby Lake
Status Launched
Launch Date Q2'17 Bus Speed 8 GT/s DMI3
Lithography 22 nm TDP 6.0 W
Supports Overclocking 1 Lithography 14 nm
Supplemental Information
Embedded Options Available No Conflict Free Yes
Memory Specifications
# of DIMMs per channel 2    
Graphics Specifications
Integrated Graphics No    
Expansion Options
PCI Support No PCI Express Revision 3.0
PCI Express Configurations x1, x2, x4 Max # of PCI Express Lanes 24
I/O Specifications
# of USB Ports 14 USB Revision 3.0 / 2.0
USB 3.0 Up to 10 USB 2.0 Up to 14
Max # of SATA 6.0 Gb/s Ports 8 RAID Configuration 0, 1, 5, 10
Integrated LAN Integrated MAC    
Package Specifications
Package Size 23 mm x 24 mm Low Halogen Options Available See MDDS
Advanced Technologies
Optane™ Memory Supported Yes Virtualization Technology
for Directed I/O (VT-d)
ME Firmware Version 11 HD Audio Technology Yes
Rapid Storage Technology Yes Standard Manageability No
Smart Response Technology Yes Stable Image Platform Program
Rapid Storage Technology
for PCI Storage

The motherboard is a standard ATX size. It is unique only by supporting XEON processors with the LGA 2066 socket and no special chips for any other purpose, except for 7.1 audio support and network connectivity. Keep it big enough and ventilation is done efficiently. On the side of the PCI-e7 slot there are enough space to accommodate up to four graphics cards. Thus, the number of microprocessor corridors (lanes) increased to 44. Impresses a small and efficient 'water' cooling system.

 Alienware motherboard
Figure 3.5 Motherboard of a computer.

Four SATA connection provide support for disc devices. There are two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports for expansion. One M2 slot serves as a Wi-Fi extension, and another for SSD, which can be Intel's 'Optane' memory product. Non-ECC DRAM support indicates that this computer is not designed to be a professional server.

In addition to the motherboard, there are also two smaller printed boards that support the I/O connectors on the front of the computer and the rear I/O connectors.

 Connectors at Alienware motherboard
Figure 3.6 Connectors on the back of the motherboard.

Depending on which model of the computer was purchased, the content and appearance of these additional I/O printed boards are different. Two AA batteries are taken care of for case lighting, which should be changed if necessary. Power source depending on the purchased configuration can be 650 W and 1500 W.

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The most basic of this product is described. The additions are still there, but there is no need to describe them. If you are fortunate enough to own such a computer, you probably are a happy user, as I would like to have something similar on the desk. How is AMD currently in advantage over Intel, regarding processor performance with a more investment can take one of the 'Alienware Area-51 R6 AMD' series of computers that use the processor 'AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X' with graphical system 'Dual Liquid Cooled NVIDIA GeForce 1080 - SLI' or 'Triple AMD Radeon RX 580 - Crossfire'. Thus, the range of configurations can be very diverse.

  As expected, newer series of computers have a different design and newer types of electronic devices. The video in this section describes a series of desktop computers 'Alienware Aurora 10/11' for:

  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-i9 Series
  • 3nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ 5-9 Series
  • nVIDIA GeForce® RTX 20xx-30xx Series
  • AMD Radeon™ RX Series
  • Boot - Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD
  • Storage - 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s

New technologies have enabled shorter graphics cards, the use of an M.2 PCIe SSD on the motherboard, a liquid cooling system, resulting in a more compact case and better performance. Although I prefer the series of computers described above because it looks like 'space equipment'. In addition to the above partnership with LCS (League of Legends Championship Series), association for competition in computer games, tournaments organized by Riot Games, Inc. - American video game developer, publisher, and 'esports' tournament organizer, makes a good advertisement for this series of DELL computers. Esports (also known as electronic sports, eSports, e-sports, or competitive/professional [video] gaming) are a form of competition using video games.

And what about the type of computer 'Cheap computer gaming'? The solution can be something like this.

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