Dell is going to be one of the first PC makers to embrace the new enthusiast level AMD Threadripper processor. Dell will be launching an Alienware Area-51 desktop computer in July that packs inside the coming Ryzen Threadripper processor family. The machine will be called the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition.
The machine will use the AMD X399 chipset and will come with either the 12-core or 16-core Ryzen Threadripper chips inside able to handle either 24 or 32 threads depending on which of the chips you choose. Both Threadripper flavors will be unlocked and overclocked right out of the box. To keep Threadripper from overheating, the Alienware machines will use the most powerful liquid cooling system that Alienware has ever featured.
Alongside those Threadripper gaming beasts, Dell will later launch Area-51 systems that are powered by the Core-X Series processors from Intel. The bottom of the line Intel rig will come with the 6-core Core i7-7800X and at the top of the line will sit a machine with the 10-core Core i9-7900X. The Intel machines will use the X299 chipset and will support Intel Optane memory in 16GB or 32GB flavors.
Aside from chipsets and processors, some components will be the same between the AMD or Intel machines. Namely, you will be able to choose from a plethora of storage options including SATA or M.2 PCIe solutions. The Area-51 machines will support up to three graphics cards in SLI or CrossFire modes. The most powerful card offered in these rigs is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. The AMD Threadripper Edition will ship July 21 with the Intel version shipping late this summer reports HotHardware. Pricing isn’t announced, but the cost will be high.