LOS ANGELES — The Alienware Area-51 is one of our favorite gaming desktops. And why not? The rig is highly configurable, offers great performance and, with its customizable glowing lights, looks like it might be part of some alien hive mind.

So we expected that Alienware would refresh the system, but weren’t expecting the Threadripper. That’s AMD’s new Ryzen liquid-cooled processor, which will be featured exclusively in the Area-51 until the end of 2017.

(Image credit: The Threadripper CPU. Credit: AMD)

As the name suggest, n0obz and casual gamers should sit this one out. Targeting the discerning, high-performance consumer, the 16-core chip comes factory overclocked out of the box. The Area-51 unique chassis will also help keep temperatures within an acceptable range, thanks to its airflow system.

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