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The Area-51 m5790 Special Edition notebooks has the option of an overclocked 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor

When it comes to mobile gaming, the folks at Alienware are always on top of the latest in graphics hardware and CPU power. The company's new Area-51 m5790 Special Edition notebook is no exception as it packs loads of high-end components into a 17" desktop replacement frame.

Starting with the processor, Alienware has decided to go where most laptop owners try to stay away from: overclocking. Customers have the option of selecting processors ranging from the lowly 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo T5500 processor to the 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo T7600G ($800 USD upgrade) which is overclocked to a speedy 2.66GHz. T7600G is a processor that Intel released late last year which has an unlocked front side bus (FSB) and core clock.

When it comes to graphics, there are no less than three options available. Customers can choose from a NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600, ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 and an ATI Mobility Radeon X1900. All graphics options come with 256MB of dedicated memory.

If you go crazy with the options, you can have an Area-51 m5790 Special Edition notebook loaded up with a Blu-ray drive, 400GB of RAID-0 storage, 2GB of RAM and a WUXGA screen.

Pricing for the Area-51 m5790 Special Edition starts at $1,299 USD. If you go crazy on the options and check every expensive upgrade box, it'll set you back $4,329 USD. Alienware will begin shipping the notebooks on January 31, a day after the official commercial launch of Windows Vista.

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Is it just me...
By PurdueRy on 1/19/07, Rating: 0
RE: Is it just me...
By Vokus on 1/19/2007 12:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
No one forced you to read this. I was rich and did not know anything about computer and wanted something that would play games, well the obvious choice would be Alienware. On the other hand if you know alot about computers you would build your own, to each his own.

No need to diss...

RE: Is it just me...
By retrospooty on 1/19/2007 12:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
Its just you. This is a product announcement, like thousands of others at AT and now DT over the years. If you are sensing a level of excitement from the article, that would be because it is one hell of a laptop.

RE: Is it just me...
By retrospooty on 1/19/2007 12:46:09 PM , Rating: 1
Its just you. This is a product announcement, like thousands of others at AT and now DT over the years. If you are sensing a level of excitement from the article, that would be because it is one hell of a laptop.

RE: Is it just me...
By Puddleglum1 on 1/19/2007 12:48:03 PM , Rating: 2
It's listed as a blog. It sounded enthusiastic about the product, but then again, Alienware designed the laptop to be attractive.

RE: Is it just me...
By R Nilla on 1/19/2007 12:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
don't be confused by the link to Brandon's blog, this is a headline (thus it is listed under "Headlines"), not a blog.

RE: Is it just me...
By timmiser on 1/19/2007 1:10:09 PM , Rating: 2
This is actually interesting news. The fact that a fairly large notebook maker is giving the option to factory overclock a processor is news. News enough for me to click on the article and read it.

RE: Is it just me...
By michal1980 on 1/19/07, Rating: -1
RE: Is it just me...
By Aversio on 1/19/2007 1:18:35 PM , Rating: 2
I can't believe that a desktop replacement machine like this, with the option of being configured to a high end mobile gaming machine complete with the ability to be easily overclocked doesn't even offer the option of internal bluetooth! Surely there's at least as many people interested in that option as there is wanting to OC a laptop.

RE: Is it just me...
By h0kiez on 1/19/2007 1:30:52 PM , Rating: 3
That would've cost another $8 to put in. Way too pricey for this budget laptop.

RE: Is it just me...
By Samus on 1/20/2007 1:21:00 AM , Rating: 2
lolz, just ganna have to get that new $50 slim usb bluetooth 2.0 dongle thing.

RE: Is it just me...
By JeffDM on 1/21/2007 10:32:48 PM , Rating: 2
I'd definitely prefer that to be inside the notebook. Less chance of losing it, and less chance of accidentally bumping it hard enough to breaking the stick or the USB port it is in. It's a little shy on its max memory though. For over $4k US, I'd expect more than 2GB.

Same case
By Hare on 1/19/2007 2:47:28 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder who's the OEM. I believe it used to be Uniwill but Uniwill was merged to some other company.

Anyway. Alienware is using the same casing as Fujitsu-Siemens (I own one just like the one in the picture. Just different paint).

RE: Same case
By nevesis on 1/19/2007 7:13:21 PM , Rating: 2
I believe it is Clevo (Sager). Clevo has done the majority of Alienware's for a long time, though Uniwill did many too. I don't know if this has changed much since Dell's buyout, but not that I've seen.

RE: Same case
By Hare on 1/20/2007 7:02:27 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks. Clevo was the company that I just couldn't remember.

ECS and Uniwill merged.

RE: Same case
By JeffDM on 1/21/2007 10:47:26 PM , Rating: 2
Do they do a better job with Alienware than they do with the Sager brand? I know a guy that keeps getting Sager brand notebooks. I don't know why, every one of them has been sent back for repairs several times for what seem to be various build quality related problems.

By CoreGamer on 1/19/2007 10:57:45 PM , Rating: 2
I can build the top Alienware desktop for less than half what its listed at (Watercooling and everything)

RE: Expensive
By Peacemaker on 1/19/2007 11:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
True. Most of their customers can't build a system so they refer to Alienware desktpos, that's why I mentioned there are sites that will build custom rigs for a lot less. True gamers build, others order.

RE: Expensive
By JeffDM on 1/21/2007 10:40:23 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know if you've noticed, but this is a notebook computer. I don't know of anyone that can "build" a notebook like that, the closest I've seen is someone shoving desktop parts into a big briefcase while pretending it's a good idea.

By SpaceRanger on 1/19/2007 2:01:02 PM , Rating: 4
At least they haven't announced yet that after you purchase this, it'll be another $2 for them to sell you a firmware upgrade to undo the OC of the processor.

Dell beat them to it...
By Johnmcl7 on 1/19/2007 5:56:09 PM , Rating: 2
Their XPS M1710 has had the option of a T7600G for a while now - I know Dell own Alienware but it's a different chassis.


By ATC on 1/19/2007 7:30:54 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about the timing of this thing. It sure is a nice notebook no doubt about that. They're also timing it with the launch of Vista, but what about mobile DX10 parts?

I think it would have been much better for Dell/Alienware to announce something like this when ATI/NVidia are ready to ship mobility DX10 cards. That would have been news worthy.

By Kougar on 1/19/2007 9:16:56 PM , Rating: 2
If they tweak the interface a bit, the only thing this laptop is missing is one of the new 2.5" 15K RPM Savvio drives. ;)

Well, and and DX10, at least for a couple months...

leet laptop...
By Peacemaker on 1/19/2007 10:45:30 PM , Rating: 2
no doubt about it. I would say it beats ~50% of all the desktops out there.
That said it's way too expensive!
Consumers pay 20% extra for the names like Alienware or Falcon. Don't get me wrong, this laptop is sick. But, there are sites that you can customize a equally performing rig for a lot less...

Seems gimmickey to me...
By Felofasofa on 1/19/2007 6:48:28 PM , Rating: 1
From 233mhz to 266mhz is a mild OC to say the least. "Area 51" whats next "The Rosberg" As for battery life......

By edge929 on 1/19/07, Rating: -1
RE: $$
By slacker57 on 1/19/2007 5:15:17 PM , Rating: 3
Phew, your analogies could use some work.

To counterpoint though, there are some people that have to travel a lot but still like to power PC game. I can understand that. If you want the power, but don't stay in one place for long, gaming laptops are your only option.

What I don't understand is buying a laptop to be a "desktop replacement."

RE: $$
By Bremen7000 on 1/20/2007 12:49:58 AM , Rating: 2
You answered your own question. People get laptops to be "desktop replacements" when they want a desktop that's simply more portable (frequent LAN parties, moving into/out of dorms, bouncing between living places..).

RE: $$
By JeffDM on 1/21/2007 10:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
Desktop replacements are actually a product category though. Generally "desktop replacements" use faster desktop chips in a notebook style case, though the chips run hotter, so the notebook has to be big and heavier and the battery life goes to heck. I knew a guy that had one that lasted less than an hour on batteries.

RE: $$
By StevoLincolnite on 1/20/2007 7:40:51 AM , Rating: 2
My Original Laptop was a Pentium 4 3.2Ghz and that was a desktop replacement, I only wanted it for the portability, On a nice night, I could go sit in the garden, and use the WiFi connection to my router for internet access and chat away, Yet I also took the machine to work, up to friends places all over South Australia. (I like to travel) And lugging around my huge and heavy Thermaltake case, LCD monitor, Keyboard, mouse and speakers and all the cables modem/routers, External drives would just be to much. I Eventually learnt my lesson though. Pentium 4 was bad news, so now I have my good old Acer aspire 1680 Pentium M, With a Radeon 9700Pro. And the reason why I dont have a PSP or a DS? Because sometimes, I like to listen to my Music Collection, Or check emails on the go if I find a wireless hot spot, Or write a letter etc. PC's are more versatile than those systems, plus with a 17" wide screen monitor, DVD's also look great.

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