Alienware this evening has announced their new Area-51 Threadripper Edition desktop at E3. The high-end gaming desktop offers up to a heady 16-core/32-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor – marking AMD's first OEM win for the HEDT processor – paired with a customized CPU liquid cooling system. In addition, Alienware has revealed that they will be “the exclusive OEM launch partner to deliver AMD Ryzen Threadripper pre-built systems to market”, which can be a bit confusing, but as later confirmed by PCWorld, is solely about a temporary exclusive among the OEMs. Alienware's exclusive deal won't impact stand-alone CPUs for enthusiasts.

The custom Triad Chassis fits three graphics cards, nicely complementing Ryzen ThreadRipper’s 60+4 PCIe 3.0 lanes and X399 chipset, and the GPU options top out at dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti’s or triple AMD Radeon RX 580s. To run this gamut of cards, PSU options range from 850W 80+ Bronze to 1500W 80+ Platinum. And not one to be ever out-done on bling, Alienware has made sure the chassis has AlienFX Lighting for any and all LED needs.

Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition
Processor AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Up to 16C/32T)
Memory Up To 64 GB 2933 MHz DDR4 (4x DIMM)
Graphics Up to 2 x Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in SLI or
Up to 3 x AMD Radeon RX 580 in Crossfire
Storage HDD: Up to 2TB
SSD (M.2 PCIe): Up to 1TB
Wireless Dell 1820 802.11ac 2x2 or
Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi
Front 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
Optical Drive
Headphone Jack
Microphone Jack
Media Card Reader
Rear 10 USB ports (unspecified form-factors)
Includes 1 USB Type-C (w/ 15W Powershare)
Dual Killer Networks E2500 Gigabit NICs
5 1/8" Audio Jacks
Dimensions 569 x 638 x 272 mm
Weight Starting at 28kg
Pricing TBA

The TR4 socket Ryzen ThreadRippers will come with an all-core factory overclock and will be available as a 12-core/24-thread variant. Memory options top out at 64GB of 2933 MHz quad-channel DDR4 RAM, while storage offerings go up to 1TB M.2 SSDs and 2TB HDDs. Connectivity-wise, two USB 3.1 Gen-1 Type-A ports, media card reader, headphone jack, and microphone jack is included in the front, while the rear includes ports for dual Killer Networks E2500 Gigabit Ethernet as well as “10 USB ports of different form factors, including a Type-C port”.

Positioning the Area-51 Threadripper Edition and its 6/8/10/12-core Intel Skylake-X counterpart for “4K, 8K, or VR applications" as well as "megatasking”, Alienware is offering demo rigs to visitors at E3 to experience the system first-hand. They will probably be as heavy as they look: the starting weight for these pre-builts is roughly 62 pounds.

Wrapping things up, Alienware's Area-51 Threadripper Edition will be available for pre-order on July 27. However pricing has not been announced at this time, and more importantly, neither has a shipping date. AMD has not yet unveiled ThreadRipper's release date, so all we know for sure by now is that it won't be any sooner than July 27th, and may very well be later. Meanwhile Area-51 models with Intel's Skylake-X family of CPUs will be available on August 22.

Source: Dell (via PCWorld and PCPerspective)

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  • Nate Oh - Saturday, July 1, 2017 - link

    Thank you :)
  • bill.rookard - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    Apple should take note. THIS is how you design and lay out a custom workstation class computer.

    Expandability? Check.
    Flexibility? Check.
    Repairability? Check.
    Upgradability? Check.
    Cool design? Check.

    No, it's not the most compact chassis design out there, but considering the power that this thing should have over the Mac 'Pro' (tubular design), that Mac would get wrecked in workload comparisons.
  • VulkanMan - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    In today's E3 Alienware stream, AMD said Threadripper actually supports 256GB.

    Unsure why Alienware's is maxed out at 64GB.
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    They're using 4 slots, whereas with quad channel they could go to 8 slots for maximum capacity. Those wouldn't run at DDR4-2933, though. Furthermore, currently "only" up to 16 GB DDR4 non-server modules are available. That might change in the future, and if it does Ryzen should also support 32 GB modules to reach those 256 GB.
  • Dr. Swag - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    I would guess that it's space constraints. They probably don't have enough space to put more than 4 dimm slots.
  • sna1970 - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    no thanks ... it is very huge for nothing ... learn how to use space then sell a PC DELL ... alot of wasted space that contributes nothing , not in Expandability nor in cooling .. just a stupid shape.

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