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Alienware Upgrades PC Lines

Miami — Alienware upgraded several product categories during the past week, adding the latest Intel chipset and ATI’s latest graphics card to its Area 51 and ALX PC lines, along with offering a new mobile hard drive for its notebooks.

The Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 with HyperThreading Technology will become an option on Alienware’s Area 51 7500 and ALX lines, which are targeted at high-end gamers, multimedia users and professionals. The 955 chipset allows the users to create “virtual” partitions to allocate PC resources to different tasks. This will enable the computer to run processor-intensive programs such as games or graphics, while running another program, such as a virus scan, in the background, the company said.

Seagate’s 160GB Momentus 5400.3 hard drives are the first used by Alienware to incorporate perpendicular recording technology. The drive is available on the company’s Area 51 m7700, 5500 and Sentia m3200 notebooks. The m7700 can be configured to contain dual Momentus drives.

The graphic-card changes include the ATI Radeon X1900 card now featured on Alienware’s Area 51 7500 and Aurora 7500 lines. The X1900 features 48 Shader processors to work with Shader Model 3.0 for better 3D rendering and includes Avivo video and display technology to deliver HDTV quality images. In addition, the Aurora is now available with ATI’s Crossfire technology, allowing dual ATI processors to work together in a single PC.