Turning the Alienware Alpha Into a Steam Machine

There's nothing quite like the Alienware Alpha. For just $500, it's a competent Windows gaming PC. But it should have been the flagship Steam Machine. The Alpha was designed to be a Linux game console with a gamepad good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. As easy to use as PlayStation or Xbox, but with more… » 2/20/15 3:00pm 2/20/15 3:00pm

Meet Piston: Valve and Xi3's Steam Box Love-Child

The Steam Box (or Steam Boxes, more likely) has been a long time coming, and today, the Xi3's Piston is leading the charge. While the details about Piston specifically are few and far between, we got a look at her and boy is she pretty. » 1/08/13 7:03pm 1/08/13 7:03pm

World's Thinnest Gaming PC Punches Above its Weight

Far too many gaming PCs are hulking beasts. They don't call em "towers" for nothing. Digital Storm is trying to fight that chunky, space-stealing trend with its new Bolt PC. Billed as the world's thinnest, Bolt's form is certainly slender, but it doesn't want for more under the hood. » 10/23/12 11:28am 10/23/12 11:28am

EON17-SLX Laptop's Dual-GPUs Pack a Preposterously Powerful Punch

If, for some reason, you need a laptop that can go toe-to-toe with the desktop big boys and handle games that aren't even out yet, Origin's new EON17-SLX might be the absurd fit for you. » 8/20/12 11:20am 8/20/12 11:20am

Digital Storm's New Gaming PCs Use Sub-Zero Liquid Cooling System for…

>Digital Storm has unveiled their latest line of custom gaming PCs, which employs theSub-Zero Liquid Chilled System, allowing for Intel Core i7 processors to be overclocked at a blazing 4.6 gigahertz while remaining at an icy 0ºC. » 11/22/10 6:20pm 11/22/10 6:20pm

Origin's Big O Stuffs an Xbox 360 Into a Gaming Desktop Hellbeast

The ingredients that went into Origin's Big O monster are decidedly prime: six-core Xeon 5680 processor, overclocking up to 4.3GHz, crazy graphics power. And the cherry on top is an integrated, liquid-cooled Xbox 360 slim in every rig. That's nasty. » 9/07/10 11:20am 9/07/10 11:20am

iBuyPower Juices All Desktops With Free USB 3.0 Power

There's no question that USB 3.0 is the future; it's just a question of when it'll arrive en masse. iBuyPower's decided to be in the vanguard, putting USB 3.0 in all of its desktops for no added charge. iBuyPower ships notoriously rugged rigs, so while there's still not a lot of USB 3.0 compatible devices out there… » 8/10/10 11:49am 8/10/10 11:49am

Alienware M11x Review: Gaming's New Featherweight Division

Dell's promise: that the Alienware M11x is the "most powerful 11-inch gaming laptop" around. And they're right! It's hard to imagine packing much more oomph into such a portable frame. Then again, there's a reason Muggsey Bogues never won MVP. » 3/29/10 4:00pm 3/29/10 4:00pm

Former Alienware Execs Go Back to Their Origin For Eon18 Gaming Laptop

In the wake of Dell's acquisition of Alienware in 2006, three key execs decided to jump ship. Their mission: to make top-tier gaming PCs the way Alienware used to. The result: a company called Origin, and the Eon18 laptop » 2/18/10 5:44pm 2/18/10 5:44pm

Alienware Area-51 ALX First Autopsy

It takes two people to lift. The Predator fins flare up as soon you mash the silver diamond on its head. Alienware's Area 51 ALX is a monster, and we've dissected it at Giz Gallery. More autopsy shots and details: » 9/23/09 12:58pm 9/23/09 12:58pm

Dell Studio XPS 8000, 9000 Desktops Look Good, Use Latest Intel Chips

The sleek multimedia PCs can be configured with Intel's new "Lynnfield" Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The 9000 takes-over from the Studio XPS 435 with new "performance graphics options", while the 8000 has a smaller, but similarly-styled case design. » 9/08/09 12:00pm 9/08/09 12:00pm

Fujitsu Building Fastest Gaming Rig on the Planet with 'German Ultra…

Fujitsu is using quite a bit of bluster to drum up hype for its new gaming rig, which they claim will be the fastest on the whole planet thanks to something called "German ultra clocking." It's built in Germany, people! » 7/24/09 3:20pm 7/24/09 3:20pm

Voodoo-Designed HP Firebird 803 Is Tiny, Still Has Space for Too Many…

I loved Voodoo Omen's steely, austere looks, so the design of HP's pint-sized Firebird 803 gaming tower with VoodooDNA is kind of disappointing. Oddly, it reminds me of Linkin Park. » 12/23/08 12:50pm 12/23/08 12:50pm

VoodooPC Will Survive, But Confirms "Integration" into HP

I just got off the phone with Rahul Sood, founder of VoodooPC, who confirmed that the rumors of Voodoo's demise » 10/03/08 5:02pm 10/03/08 5:02pm were not just premature but "nonsense," but said "HP is asking us to integrate into the larger execution engine." Rahul is comfortable speaking both plainly and in business-ese—what we take this to mean is…

Packard Bell (!?) Launches Gaming Desktop Line

Packard Bell—previously referred to as Packard Hell and Packard Smell—is diving head-first into the gaming PC market with the ipower X2.0, a gaming rig that features full customization at a decent price. It's aimed squarely at offerings from Acer and Ares. The Intel-based machines give customers their choice of ATI or… » 7/08/08 9:12pm 7/08/08 9:12pm

Voodoo Omen Gaming Desktop Is Most Beautiful Ever, Only $6500-$20,000

I almost don't care what's inside Voodoo's Omen desktop, beyond the usual gaming PC bombast —quad radiator and liquid cooling with integrated copper pipes to stave thermonuclear meltdown for extreme overclocking—because this is the best-looking made-to-order gaming desktop I've ever seen. It looks like a clean,… » 6/10/08 4:00am 6/10/08 4:00am

Alienware: Gaming PCs Are Hitting a Performance Wall

The last place I would expect to hear even a glimmer of doubt about the performance potential of gaming PCs would be Alienware. Yet Alienware's Marc Diana spills that 32-bit machines just aren't cutting it at the pure performance level anymore, saying that faster chips with more cores aren't the solution: 64-bit… » 5/15/08 9:00pm 5/15/08 9:00pm

Alienware Assimilates Dell's Gaming Business, XPS Gaming Machines On…

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dell is killing its four big balls XPS gaming machines (not the entire XPS line, like the standard notebooks, which are selling really well) to focus all of its juice on Alienware as its sole gaming brand. The timeline isn't overly specific, but the clock is ticking for Dell's » 5/12/08 11:03pm 5/12/08 11:03pm