Sibling Rivalry: Dell XPS M1730 vs. Alienware Area-51 m9750

Benchmark Setup

Hardware Configuration

Test Configuration
Manufacturer Dell Alienware
Model XPS M1730 Area-51 m9750
CPU Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900
2.80 GHz, 4MB L2-Cache, FSB800
Intel Core 2 Duo T7600
2.33 GHz, 4MB L2-Cache, FSB667
Motherboard Dell MXG071 Alienware
BIOS Dell A01 (08/07/07) AMI W8350F02 (05/03/07)
Chipset Intel PM965 Express/ICH8M Mobile 945PM Express/ICH7-M
Memory 2 GB (2x 1GB) 667MHz DDR2
CAS 5-5-5-15
2 GB (2x 1GB) 667MHz DDR2
CAS 5-5-5-15
Graphics controller 2x Nvidia GeForce Go 8700M SLI 2x Nvidia GeForce Go 7950 GTX SLI
Hard Drive 2x Hitachi HTS72202 RAID 0
200GB, 7200RPM, SATA, 8MB Cache
2x Seagate ST9160823AS RAID 0
160GB, 7200RPM, SATA, 8MB Cache
OS Windows Vista Home Premium Windows XP Pro SP2
DirectX Version 10 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Driver
Graphics Driver Nvidia ForceWare 101.34 Nvidia ForceWare 94.23

Test Software

Benchmarks and Settings
F.E.A.R Version: 1.0 Retail
Video Mode: 1024x768
Computer: Maximum
Graphics: Maximum-Custom-No Softshadows
Test Path: Options/Performance/Test Settings
Doom 3 Version: 1.3
Video Mode: 1024x768
Graphics: High
Test: Time Demo 1
Oblivion Version: 1.0 Retail
Video Mode: 1024x768
Graphics: High, 4xAA
Test: Inside & Outside save files
Lame MP3 Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
OGG Version 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)
Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to ogg
Quality: 5
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version: 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
rendering HTDV 1920x1080 & 1280x720
SPECviewperf 9 Version: 9.0.3
3DMark05 Version: 1.2
System Test Only
SiSoftware Sandra 2005 Version 2005.7.10.60
CPU Test = Arithmetic, Multimedia Benchmarks
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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  • americanbrian
    Dell XPS's are nice, but to be fair the application performance is irrelevant. The huge cost of these are only justified by the gaming performance.

    In this the Low Res gaming, doesn't matter a toss either. Alienware probably have better build quality. Do you notice as well that only the dell got the look inside and out. Biased article. If you have a choice never buy dell.
  • Sewje
    I don't understand why you would bench compare the two machines with two different operating systems. This make the whole comparision between them very inaccurate.
    At least use the same os configuration if you want to compare benchmarks between the two.

    A very unprofessional article.