Enthusiast-focused Dell subsidiary Alienware has announced the next generation of its Area-51 gaming systems, using an oddly-shaped new chassis id has dubbed the Triad.
Based around Intel's latest Haswell-E processor family with sealed-loop liquid cooler running on an as-yet unspecified X99 Express chipset motherboard, the new Alienware Area-51 Triad will offer up to 32GB of DDR4 memory running at 2,133MHz and three as-yet unspecified high-end graphics cards capable of running games at a 4K (Ultra HD) resolution. So far, so high-end desktop.
Where the new Area-51 departs from its predecessors is in the design of the chassis. Dubbed the Triad, the hexagonal case is designed to stand out from the crowd with an angled front surface and integrated case lighting controllable using the company's AlienFX software. Using this, users can take control of nine independent light zones and choose from 20 colours each or allow games to make use of a bundled application programming interface (API) to take control of the lights themselves.
The Triad chassis isn't purely about looks, though. Alienware claims that its unusual design allows for improved thermal management, using internal fans to take cool air directly to the graphics cards and using a larger-than-average outtake area at the back to exhaust hot air from the case. This is coupled with angled front-panel and grips designed to allow the case to pivot forward to allow easier access to rear ports for improved ergonomics.
The Alienware Area-51 Triad is due to launch in October, with final specifications and pricing yet to be confirmed. More information is available on the official website