Alienware Area 51 Threadripper Edition review: The best pre-built gaming PC ever

Alienware’s Area 51 Threadripper Edition is unmatched when it comes to gaming performance but it’s ludicrously expensive

AMD’s new lineup of processors, under the Ryzen name, is an exciting proposition for PC enthusiasts. Finally, after many years of struggle AMD has come up with a range of CPUs that can go toe-to-toe with Intel’s best. Built to be considerably more efficient than anything else AMD has released before, the Ryzen series runs faster and performs better than anything we’ve seen from the firm so far.

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Case in point, the flagship Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which is found at the heart of Alienware’s appropriately named Area 51 Threadripper Edition PC. This is full-bore CPU power: it’s a 180W CPU with 16 physical cores and 32 threads, runs at a base clock speed of 3.4GHz and a boosted, maximum clock speed of 4GHz and is equivalent to Intel’s hyperthreaded Core i9-7960X.

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