Dell retires Alienware’s X51, the desktop that kicked off the tiny gaming PC revolution



Dell’s saying goodbye to the trailblazing Alienware X51, the desktop that kicked off the mini-PC craze four long years ago. The company announced the end of the X51 on its forums on Tuesday.

When the X51 first rolled out it stood out from the PC crowd as the first affordable, mid-level gaming machine in a compact box. It was also attractive enough to fit in nicely on your desktop, or sitting in a living room entertainment unit in lieu of a console.

The first Alienware X51 we reviewed was priced at $1,000, which got you a 3GHz Intel “Sandy Bridge” Core i5-2320 processor on a mini-ITX motherboard, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 555 graphics card. The original X51 was also limited to graphics cards drawing 150 watts of power, which was a downside four years ago. Today, however, that’s enough wattage to rock a GeForce GTX 1070 thanks to advances in power savings.

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