Apple VS Alienware 8-Core Computers

If you are absolutely serious about computing you'll need an 8-core system. In Apple versus Alienware we examine the most hard core desktops ever made for professionals, gamers and tech enthusiasts.

Alienware MJ-12 8550i Gaming
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Alienware MJ-12 8550i Gaming


- 8 cores in two Intel Xeon 5355 2.66 GHz 1333MHz FSB w/ 8MB Cache & Quad Core
- Genuine Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
- 3-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support w/ Onsite Service
- AlienRespawn v1.0 Recovery Kit
- Alienware Professional 4U Rackmount Chassis
- Alienware 700 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
- Alienware Professional Motherboard w/ Intel Xeon 5000P Chipset
- 16GB Dual Channel DDR2 FBDIMM at 667MHz - 8 x 2GB
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 X2 2 x 512MB GDDR3 w/ 4x Dual Link DVI
- Standard Cooling
- (4) 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7,200 RPM w/ 32MB Cache
- Alienware® 28-in-1 Digital Media Reader / Writer
- (2) 18X Dual Layer DVDRW/CD-RW Writer w/ Nero Software Suite
- Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer High Definition 7.1 Audio
- (4) 24" Dell 1920 x 1200 UltraSharp Widescreen Flat Panel
- Alienware USB Full-Size Keyboard
- Alienware Optical 3-Button Mouse with Scroll Wheel

Avg. Price: $15,346

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Mac Pro Custom Computer

Mac Pro Custom Computer


- 8 cores in two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
- 16GB (8 x 2GB) memory
- (4) 750GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI)
- (2) Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)
- (2) 16x SuperDrives
- Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
- Quad-channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express card
- Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse
- Mac OS X
- iWork '06 preinstalled
- AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro/Power Mac

Avg. Price: $15,303

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What research says

Buying a computer is one thing, but spending $15,000 on a hardcore workstation for gaming and serious business is something else. Apple has normally ruled the area between powerful home computer and server, but Alienware, now acquired by Dell has been at the forefront of gaming and high-performace computers.

The systems we compare in Apple versus Alienware are both 8-core systems with 16GB of memory, an extended warranty and multiple displays. In doing our research we didn't find one complaint about either of these systems.

Are you a Mac person or a PC person? Consider your usage and the availability of software. The Apple Mac Pro Custom is a beautifully designed well built peice of machine with plenty of room for all the extras we fit into it. The Alienware MJ-12 8550i is not shabby either, the Alienware's case is a rugged black rackmount chassis with a tower option available, and while it lacks the contemporary design appeal of the Apple Mac Pro, it's strong build quality will last a long time.

Overall the Alienware MJ-12 8550i presented the best value. It beat the Apple in harddrive space with 4TB over Apple's 3TB, and our option-build Alienware has a 4-monitor display as opposed to Apple's 2-monitor setup. The Mac Pro Custom does operate at 3.0Ghz, so slightly faster and our version has the Fibre card for networking to get upto optical server speeds.

In the end, both of these machines are screaming monsters that can easily handle heaving hollywood film rendering, 300-track studio production, advanced engineering or just about anything else you can throw at them but there are some strong considerations that will help you determine what system to buy; software selection, money and stability. Apple is renown for system stability and known for not have many software titles. Alienware can be had for less if you lower the harddrive space and take the monitors from 4 to 2, you'll also get MUCH more software to choose from but then you'll have to deal with Microsoft windows. With Apple's new ability to run Microsoft programs the software will be less of an issue.

Average Rating

Apple VS Alienware 8-Core Computers
Average Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.

Doug E Fresh said:

Alienware is the absolute best of the best of the best when it comes to high performance gaming computers and slick designs. I know my fellow geeks are going to disown me for saying this, but Macs suck. I hate the operating system and the software. There, I said it. :P

Brandon said:

IMO i think you can get more from the MAC, many people say they suck but they hadnt even tried and now with bootcamp thats not even an issue plus the new MacPro can hold 4tb and 32 gb ram

Andrew said:

No comment, just wanted to know if the Alienware computer will crash as opposed to the Apple not crashing at all.

Jupiter said:

I have the MacPro and it may not crash in the conventional sense of crashing it just stalls to where you will have to restart it, but being honest, i feel the alienware is a better system regardless of its OS

Adam said:

I have a mac that is similar to that and with CrossOver Gaming all my windows games work great on my mac without any need for windows. I think I'll go play some Left 4 Dead on my mac. Also mac's OpenGL beets window's directx in beautiful graphics rendering.

adam said:

Apple is a lot of tosh, why pay 4X as much for somthing you can build for less than $700

Tman said:

I have a mac Pro. It is the best.

Japhet said:

I want a gaming computer that runs smooth, and can handle what I trow at it. I've had Microsoft software all my life, and I'm quite tired of it.. so many bugs, so many restarts..Is mac the way to go?

Jordan said:

SCREW mac they are terrible i have had nothing but problems! this doesn't work and that doesn't work on these things. EVERYTHING has to be patched. I also have a alienware which never needs any up keeping it never get bugs and it always is reliable. Many of the games look terrific and everything runs smooth. the mac runs smooth also don't get me wrong there, and looks good. But looks aren't everything. The mac has many problems that nobody every want to talk about. The alienware is the way to go!!! We had mac's in our school but everything had to be patched or converted. so we said screw it and got the alienware and they preform much much better!

wtf said:

your dumb the dell has better features.

Robert H said:

i like alien just because it is a sweet gamming computer and i am using it right now

Mac sucks period

Mark said:

Between these 2, I'd have to go with the MacPro. You pay more for it but it does a better job. Plus, you don't hear of many viruses with Macs yet its an everyday issue with PC's. The graphics with Mac beats the PC & qualty & ease of use can't be beat when doing photo or video editing.

Chad said:

I was just like all you Mac haters out there. I HATE MAC! Period. Until...I tried one. What a fool I was! I clocked my new Mac vs my friends new PC... I was able to turn on the system, get online, log out and turn off the computer faster than my friends PC could even boot up!! LOL Yes, I paid a lot for it. But without any viruses to crash my system and after 3 years, still as fast as the day I got it, Im all about the Mac now. I now own a iMac too. LOVE IT! I still like Alienware for gamming but for an all around great system, only way is Mac. Plus, the MacPro has a 12-core 64gb RAM system now that is top notch. Sorry to all you Mac really have no clue what your talking about. Mac is FAR superior to PC hands down. Plus, if you still like windows for some strange reason, you can run it on Mac.

Paula said:

Could someone recommend what Alienware desktop computer I should get for my son? He is into gaming and programming.

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