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Alienware unveils hexagonal Area-51 Triad

Alienware unveils hexagonal Area-51 Triad

The new Alienware Area-51, due to launch in October, boasts an interesting hexagonal chassis which the Dell subsidiary has dubbed the Triad.

Enthusiast-focused Dell subsidiary Alienware has announced the next generation of its Area-51 gaming systems, using an oddly-shaped new chassis id has dubbed the Triad.

Based around Intel's latest Haswell-E processor family with sealed-loop liquid cooler running on an as-yet unspecified X99 Express chipset motherboard, the new Alienware Area-51 Triad will offer up to 32GB of DDR4 memory running at 2,133MHz and three as-yet unspecified high-end graphics cards capable of running games at a 4K (Ultra HD) resolution. So far, so high-end desktop.

Where the new Area-51 departs from its predecessors is in the design of the chassis. Dubbed the Triad, the hexagonal case is designed to stand out from the crowd with an angled front surface and integrated case lighting controllable using the company's AlienFX software. Using this, users can take control of nine independent light zones and choose from 20 colours each or allow games to make use of a bundled application programming interface (API) to take control of the lights themselves.

The Triad chassis isn't purely about looks, though. Alienware claims that its unusual design allows for improved thermal management, using internal fans to take cool air directly to the graphics cards and using a larger-than-average outtake area at the back to exhaust hot air from the case. This is coupled with angled front-panel and grips designed to allow the case to pivot forward to allow easier access to rear ports for improved ergonomics.

The Alienware Area-51 Triad is due to launch in October, with final specifications and pricing yet to be confirmed. More information is available on the official website.

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Margo Baggins 1st September 2014, 11:53 Quote
I think it's more of a triangle with the points cut off, but that's why I'm not a marketeer :)
Gareth Halfacree 1st September 2014, 11:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Margo Baggins
I think it's more of a triangle with the points cut off, but that's why I'm not a marketeer :)
You cut the points off a triangle, you get a shape with six sides instead of three. What do we call a shape with six sides, class? ;)
jrs77 1st September 2014, 12:03 Quote
Just take a look at the fans...

http://image.alienware.com/images/landings/area-51/Module-6.jpg

Three 38mm fans in the front dumping air into the case... no fans beside the AiO CPU-cooler to get rid of the warmth air.

Sorry to say, but this case won't perform, and it'll be loud as hell with an aircooled triple GPU-Setup.
Corky42 1st September 2014, 12:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
You cut the points off a triangle, you get a shape with six sides instead of three. What do we call a shape with six sides, class? ;)

A box. ;)
Let me guess, I have detention for trying to be a smart arse. :D
Margo Baggins 1st September 2014, 12:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
You cut the points off a triangle, you get a shape with six sides instead of three. What do we call a shape with six sides, class? ;)

I call for a name change, to, irregular hexagon :D
Maki role 1st September 2014, 13:47 Quote
Well I, for one, really like it. It's different and at the same time not particularly impractical.
ChaosDefinesOrder 1st September 2014, 14:11 Quote
Silverstone FT-05 looks better to me, and far more efficient in terms of fan placement and cooling

Good for them for trying something different with a practical use in mind rather than just gaudy grills etc. for aesthetics only...
Ficky Pucker 1st September 2014, 18:37 Quote
i never thought i'd say that about Alienware case but it looks pretty good, still i'd be surprised if the temps aren't terrible :D
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