Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Alienware Redefines the PC Gaming Experience: Unveils the Most Powerful Gaming Laptops in the Universe with Bold, New Iconic Design

  • Alienware 18 is the most powerful 18-inch gaming laptop in the universe; Alienware 14 is the most powerful 14-inch laptop available today
  • Alienware introduces new, iconic industrial design that evokes power and performance 
  • New Alienware 14, 17, and 18-inch laptops feature all new performance graphics, processors and components engineered for extreme performance
  • New Alienware Vindicator laptop bags exclusively designed to protect the new Alienware laptops with smart organization and matching design

Alienware, the pioneer in specialty high-performance PC gaming systems, introduced its latest and most powerful gaming laptops with the unveiling of the Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 at E3 in Los Angeles. The systems feature a bold new design and extraordinary performance, uniquely engineered to deliver the ultimate gaming experience. 

The new laptops include the Alienware 14 for the enthusiast gamer who requires a laptop that provides enough performance for any task, yet is mobile enough to fit into a backpack; the Alienware 17 for an immersive, graphics-intensive experience with the latest technologies for desktop-grade performance; and the Alienware 18, the ultimate gaming laptop that commands respect among top gamers for its unparalleled performance and construction. 

All three laptops feature a new, iconic, angular design that takes its cues from jet engines and stealth bombers with an anodized aluminum shell and magnesium alloy body. The latest laptops are exceptionally durable, with over 60 percent of the main mechanical components made of various metals. The keyboard is protected by a reinforced plate to ensure a solid typing experience, while the travel and responsiveness is specifically designed with gamers’ needs in mind. Based on customer feedback, the new Alienware 14 now features an anti-glare LCD display with wide viewing angles for reflection-free gaming in nearly any lighting condition, including a premium Full HD panel option with IPS. For 3D gaming enthusiasts, the Alienware 17 has an optional 3D panel for an immersive visual experience, while the Alienware 18 will feature a Full HD display with PLS wide viewing-angle technology.

Along with the new design, the laptops also feature a number of components that when combined create a superb PC gaming experience. The laptops sport full voltage, quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics. DDR3L memory provides exceptional bandwidth with lower voltage requirements designed for increased battery life, and the laptops now provide support for up to three storage drives on the Alienware 14, and up to four storage drives on the Alienware 17 and 18. For the first time ever, the Alienware 18 will feature NVIDIA SLI dual graphics technology as standard, and the laptop will offer an overclocked CPU option with a maximum speed of 4.3GHz . The laptops all feature Ethernet technology by Qualcomm’s Killer networks, Klipsch speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio. 

The updated Alienware Command Center software provides intuitive, user-friendly access to Alienware-exclusive applications and controls in one centralized hub. Command Center includes the exclusive AlienFX lighting control system which allows users to create their own custom lighting themes and special effects. The new laptops have up to 20 colors to choose from across 10 different lighting zones, totaling to over 10 trillion lighting combinations. Alienware has worked closely with game developers to incorporate AlienFX in over 60 game titles, including cross-platform titles like Anomaly2, to PC-exclusive titles like SMITE and Neverwinter, for an immersive experience that can only be found on an Alienware. Whether healing, taking damage, or completing missions, AlienFX lights are an extension of the game play. Alienware Command Center also features AlienAdrenaline, a custom configurable game and application automation tool, the new Accelerator dynamic performance optimizer, and a new performance monitoring tool. 

“The new laptops and matching Vindicator bags are the latest culmination of listening and learning from our customers since we delivered our first gaming system back in 1996”, said Frank Azor, General Manager of Alienware. “We spent countless hours meticulously thinking through every detail of these new products to ensure they would be the most amazing line-up we’ve introduced yet.”

Alienware X51 – Big Gaming in Any Living Space
Last week, Alienware announced an update to its award-winning X51 gaming desktop, which provides big gaming without a big box or big budget and on any HDTV. The new X51 offers more performance with improved technology in nearly every category over the previous generation. The compact desktop features an efficiently-designed chassis for an immersive experience in a variety of living spaces, and dual orientation capability allows it to lie horizontally or stand vertically. The new X51 boasts Intel 4th generation Core i5 and i7 processors, enthusiast graphics up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670, a dual hard drive configuration of 256GB SSD, and 1TB storage for fast boot and resume times and massive storage capabilities. 

Alienware Vindicator Laptop Bags – Exclusively Designed for Alienware

Gamers can protect their performance powerhouse with the exclusive line of Alienware Vindicator laptop bags, specifically designed to house the new Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 laptops. The series includes a backpack, messenger bag, slim carrying case, briefcase and neoprene sleeve, while their styling reflects a fusion of urban and military influences. The bags feature sturdy, weather-resistant materials and reinforced handles or straps for comfort and durability, and have smartly-designed, dedicated compartments that allow for organization and protection of essential accessories. With a stylish industrial design that fits into any setting, the bags are a must-have accessory while making the trek to a gaming competition or around town.

Availability
 
The Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 laptops, Alienware X51 desktop and Alienware Vindicator laptop bags are available today on Dell.com in the United States and in select countries around the world. 

About Dell
 
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

Dell and Alienware are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

AMD Launches the AMD Opteron X-Series Family: the Industry’s Highest Performance Small Core x86 Server Processors

 

Twice the Performance and More Power-Efficient than the Top Performing Intel® Atom™ Processor

SUNNYVALE, Calif. —5/29/2013 
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled a new family of low power server processors: the AMD Opteron™ X-Series optimized for scale-out server architectures. The first AMD Opteron X-Series processors, formerly known as “Kyoto,” are the highest density, most power-efficient small core x86 processors ever built1. The new X1150 and X2150 processors beat the top performing Intel Atom processor on key performance benchmarks2, including single thread and throughput performance with superior power-efficiency, twice the cores and L2 cache with a more advanced pipeline architecture, higher integration and support for up to 32 gigabytes of DRAM—4x more than the Intel Atom processor.
The AMD Opteron X-Series processors come in two variants.  The AMD Opteron X2150, which consumes as little as 11 watts, is the first server APU system-on-a-chip integrating CPU and GPU engines with a high-speed bus on a single die. This enables customers to take advantage of leading-edge AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 graphics technology for multimedia-oriented server workloads.  The AMD Opteron X1150, which consumes as little as 9 watts, is a CPU-only version optimized for general scale-out workloads.
“The data center is at an inflection point and requires a high number of cores in a dense form factor with integrated graphics, massive amounts of DRAM and unprecedented power efficiency to keep up with the pace of innovation of Internet services,” said Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager, Server Business Unit at AMD.  “AMD has a proud history of server innovation, and the AMD Opteron X-Series processors challenge the status quo by providing unmatched capabilities to drive the most energy-efficient servers in the industry.”
The AMD Opteron X-Series processors are now the world’s premier small-core x86 APUs and CPUs, ideal for next-generation scale-out web and cloud applications ranging from big data analytics to image processing, multimedia content delivery, and hosting.
“Fundamental changes in computing architectures are required to support space, power and cost demands organizations need to deliver compelling, new infrastructure economics,” said Paul Santeler, vice president and general manager, Hyperscale Server business segment, HP. “The new x86 AMD Opteron X-Series processors integrated into future HP Moonshot servers will continue to push the boundaries of power efficiency for social, mobile, cloud and big data workloads.”
The AMD Opteron X-Series versus Intel Atom S1260

AMD Opteron™ X-Series

Intel Atom S1260

AMD Advantage 

x86 CPU Cores



2X 

GPU Cores

128 AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Cores 

None 

AMD Only 

Max. DRAM Per Socket

32 GB* 

8 GB 

4X 

Max. DRAM Speed

DDR3-1600 

DDR3-1333 

1.2X 

L2 Cache

2 MB 

1 MB 

2X 

Throughput Performance

28.9 @ 2 GHz (CPU)
(est.)2

13.0 @ 2 GHz 

2.2X 

Single Thread Performance

10.0 @ 2 GHz (CPU)
(est.)2

5.2 @ 2 GHz 

1.9X 

Integrated SATA Ports 

Yes 

No 

AMD Only 

Key Facts, Performance and Technical Detail

CPU
  • 4 “Jaguar” 64-bit x86 cores
Frequency:
  • X1150 CPU – up to 2 GHz
  • X2150 APU – up to 1.9 GHz
Power Consumption:
  • X1150 - as low as 9 Watts
  • X2150 – as low as 11 Watts
Graphics (X2150 APU only)
  • 128 AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 cores
  • Graphics Core Next Architecture
  • Video encode/decode offload
  • Video compression offload
Memory Interface:
  • 64-bit DDR3 with ECC (up to 1600 MHz)
  • Up to 32 GBytes of DRAM (SODIMM & UDIMM)
Integrated I/O:
  • PCI-e® Gen 2 - 8 lanes
  • USB 2.0 - 8 ports
  • USB 3.0 – 2 ports
  • Video Interfaces - DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI®
  • Serial-ATA2/3 - 2 ports
Package
  • 24.5mm x 24.5mm FT3 BGA

Model 

CPU Cores 

CPU Configurable Frequency 

GPU Cores 

GPU Configurable Frequency 

TDP Range 

1KU Pricing 

X1150 


Up to 2.0GHz 

N/A 

N/A 

9 – 17W 

$64 

X2150 


Up to 1.9GHz 

128 

266 to 600MHz 

11 – 22W 

$99 
The AMD Opteron X2150 APU and X1150 CPU are generally available now for a cost of $99 and $64, respectively, in 1K quantities.  More information can be found on AMD’s web site.

About AMD

AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its ground-breaking AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD's server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD's superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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