Updated | Alienware Area-51m scores 26,435 points in 3DMark Fire Strike and gets immediately outgunned by a couple of Clevos
Update April 26: Added clarification that the Clevo laptops were tested earlier this month (April 12 and April 17, respectively) whereas the Dell laptop was benchmarked on April 23. However, it wasn't until after the Alienware score was highlighted that the Clevo users decided to shoot it down with their own scores.
Alienware’s community engagement manager, Umar Khan, asked a very interesting question on Twitter lately. He asked “which other gaming notebooks walk side by side with the Area-51m” and then answered his own inquiry with a single word, “none.” Unfortunately, Khan forgot this was Twitter and was almost immediately proved wrong.
In all fairness, Khan was showing off the not unimpressive prowess of the Alienware Area-51m. A user with the name “iunlock” recorded a massive score of 26,435 on 3DMark Fire Strike 1.1, which included a Graphics Score of 31,163. To put this in perspective, this laptop completely outpaced the high-achieving Area-51m with a Core i7-9700K processor that we reported about back in March.
But before anyone else could really start crowing about this latest achievement, a couple of Clevo operators ruined the party by posting the scores their systems had managed to obtain earlier this month. The laptops used were listed as "powered by Prema Mod" and featured a Clevo P870DMx and Clevo P870TMx, respectively. The barebone computers both featured the same CPU and GPU combination as the Alienware Area-51M.
The first Clevo, operated by “Prema,” scored a total of 27,039 points in 3DMark 11 Fire Strike 1.1 and managed a Graphics Score of 31,271. The second Clevo, from user “johnksss,” lagged behind in the Graphics Score on 31,066 but achieved a final validated benchmark score of 27,066. So, there’s no doubting the Alienware Area-51m is a fast and powerful notebook – but it seems Clevo fans wanted to remind people that their gaming laptops can perform just as well, or in this case, even better.