Pure, Unadulterated, Power
Acer's Predator may be the latest beast-of-a-machine to target the hardcore gamer, but, the high-end supremo, Alienware's Area-51 ALX, is just getting quicker and quicker.
The Area-51 ALX, pictured below, has been given a small-but-definitive upgrade. Its 3.2GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme processor, the QX9770, now comes pre-overclocked at a tidy 4GHz.
Throw in 4GiB of RAM, and a pair of NVIDIA 9800 GX2s or a pair of ATI Radeon 3870 X2s, and you've got a system that might just run Crysis.
As you'll no doubt have guessed, that 4GHz quad-core goodness comes at a heavy price. $5,864 US, to be precise. If you're feeling really crazy, start adding all the optional extras and you'll find the price creep up to around a jaw-dropping $10,000.
Unfortunately for us UK customers, the Area-51 ALX available in the UK store comes with an older Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9650 processor, complete with 1,333MHz FSB, clocked at 4GHz. Let's face it, if you're spending a few thousand, you'll be wanting the 1,600MHz FSB that the US model already has.
So, who's buying one?