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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

timothy posted about 4 months ago | from the pvc-and-tape-would-cost-less dept.

Hardware 149

MojoKid writes Dell's enthusiast Alienware brand has always stood out for its unique, other-worldly looks (sometimes good, sometimes, not so good) and there's such a thing as taking things to the next level, this might be it. However, there's more to this refresh than just shock value. It's actually a futuristic aesthetic with a rather purposeful design behind it. Today Alienware gave a sneak peek at their completely redesigned Alienware Area 51 desktop system. This refreshed system is unlike any previous Alienware rig you've seen. With a trapezoidal shape to its chassis, Dell-Alienware says you can place the Area-51 against a wall and not have to worry about thermals getting out of the control. That's because there's a controlled gap and a sharp angle to the chassis that ensures only a small part of the system actually rests near the wall, leaving extra room for hot air to escape up and away. This design also offers users easy access to rear IO ports. Despite the unique design, there's plenty of room for high end components inside. The retooled chassis can swallow up to three 300W double-wide full-length graphics cards. It also brings to the table Intel's latest and greatest Haswell-E in six-core or eight-core options, liquid cooled and nestled into Intel's X99 chipset. No word from Dell on the price but the new Area-51 is slated to start shipping in October.

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How much? (-1, Troll)

LordLucless (582312) | about 4 months ago | (#47790191)

So how much advertising did Dell buy ro get this story run?

Re:How much? (2, Interesting)

Aryeh Goretsky (129230) | about 4 months ago | (#47790219)

Hello,

Dell didn't pay anything for it, as far as I can tell.

This is a post by MojoKid, who operates the HotHardware.Com site. I'm guessing he submitted the article to Slashdot in order to get some ad revenue from people visiting his site as a result.

I'm guessing that blocking

googletagservices.com
googleusercontent.com
tru.am

before visiting his site will make that a little more difficult.

I do not know if he is a Slashdot or a Dice Holdings, Inc., employee, but it would be nice if there was some sort of transparency statement, if that's the case.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Re:How much? (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 4 months ago | (#47790587)

Wow nice, aryeh some kind of internet detective?

Re:How much? (5, Insightful)

MojoKid (1002251) | about 4 months ago | (#47790609)

I'm guessing that blocking

googletagservices.com googleusercontent.com tru.am

before visiting his site will make that a little more difficult.

I do not know if he is a Slashdot or a Dice Holdings, Inc., employee, but it would be nice if there was some sort of transparency statement, if that's the case.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Seriously? Why do people that read a legitimate news story always try to assume something is advertising. This was a press coordinated announcement by Dell-Alienware. It's a VERY cool case and system design I think, so I submitted our story on it. Yes, I run HotHardware.com and no it's not even close to an advertisement. It's just our usual news coverage on a variety of topics around the computing space. Alienware had a press release on this new system design and we covered it, along with many other Tech news outlets I'm sure.

And ad blocking. Don't even get me started. So many ad blockers are so proud of what they do, like it's some badge of honor to block. If everyone blocked ads, many quality web sites would likely cease to exist, including Slashdot. Just because you can block, doesn't mean you should. The internet is no different than any other media, where ads pay the bills to keep the lights on and people employed to serve up news, reviews and other content you enjoy every day, essentially for free.

And good sites (like Slashdot and HotHardware) know how to separate church and state, where advertising does not affect editorial opinion.

Re:How much? (1, Redundant)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 4 months ago | (#47790643)

This attitude goes right along with assuming that every argument that differs from one's own is a shill for some corporate interest. Is there any position on any issue that can't be construed that way, by the decicated paranoid?.

Re:How much? (-1)

qpqp (1969898) | about 4 months ago | (#47790745)

many quality web sites would likely cease to exist, including Slashdot. Just because you can block, doesn't mean you should. The internet is no different than any other media, where ads pay the bills to keep the lights on and people employed to serve up news, reviews and other content you enjoy every day, essentially for free.

What a load of shit.
The internet is different. A lot! A domain is around 5-10 bucks and you can get hosting for less. Even when it was more expensive, sites like slashdot existed, which were run by volunteers and were much better quality.

Re:How much? (1, Insightful)

MojoKid (1002251) | about 4 months ago | (#47790813)

Sure, OK, 5-10 for a domain and hosting is chump change and sites like this are all run by volunteers. You go with that. Whatever works for ya.

Re:How much? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791209)

Hosting is chump change? I bet your experience is limited to goDaddy accounts. God forbid if someone wants to make money off their work.

Re:How much? (0)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | about 4 months ago | (#47791111)

A domain is around 5-10 bucks and you can get hosting for less.

Sure you can. I've run various personal or social group sites over the years that just paid a little to keep things running, without expecting any sort of income in return. For the personal sites, I do it for the satisfaction of giving something back, and sometimes starting enjoyable discussions with others who share my interests.

I also run some commercial sites, aiming at a wider audience, charging real money for signing up. This is a completely different scale of commitment in terms of hardware, connectivity, and operating costs.

If you're running a discussion forum that you share with 50 friends, sure, it can be in the first category and you can do it for peanuts and enjoy all the high quality interaction you like. But running a significant news or social networking site with thousands of participants? Not even close.

Re:How much? (2, Interesting)

phantomfive (622387) | about 4 months ago | (#47791159)

Seriously? Why do people that read a legitimate news story always try to assume something is advertising

It helps to increase that assumption when in the next paragraph you defend ad-block passionately.

If ads were guaranteed to be malware free, then I wouldn't block them, but ad-tech companies are more interested in vetting inventory than advertisers (because advertiser are the ones who pay, so ad-tech companies put a lot of effort into making sure they get a good product).

FWIW I thought your post was interesting.

Re:How much? (2)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | about 4 months ago | (#47791199)

And ad blocking. Don't even get me started. So many ad blockers are so proud of what they do, like it's some badge of honor to block. If everyone blocked ads, many quality web sites would likely cease to exist, including Slashdot.

I suspect in reality that the best sites would continue, but there would be a lot more paywalls around, probably less editorial integrity on open sites as things like product placements and affiliate referral fees became more reliable revenue streams, and maybe over time we'd eventually get somewhere with micropayments. In some ways, moving to more "honest" funding via paywalls and/or micropayments might be a better long-term model for the people who do produce good content and run valuable sites than what we have today, though no doubt it would be a painful transition with many casualties.

The thing that makes me a little sad inside is that the aggressive, irresponsible advertisers have spoiled the model for the moderate, responsible ones. Because of the former group, I do block very aggressively when I'm browsing, and I don't feel any guilt about it because my motivations are security, privacy and performance. However, I also have no problem with people who just want to make a bit of money from running a decent site, and I wouldn't block their ads if there were a reliable way to allow those while still eliminating the rest. Unfortunately, I don't see that being possible any time soon, which is why none of the commercial sites I've ever run myself has relied on ads as a business model.

Your bad business model isn't my problem (2, Insightful)

sjbe (173966) | about 4 months ago | (#47791303)

Why do people that read a legitimate news story always try to assume something is advertising.

Because there is a large number of the tinfoil hat crowd here. Unfortunately they aren't always wrong. There are sometimes stories that really are just PR in disguise. I've certainly seen a few of them slip through here on slashdot. I agree that this particular instance probably isn't PR but I can see that it might be hard to be sure.

If everyone blocked ads, many quality web sites would likely cease to exist, including Slashdot. Just because you can block, doesn't mean you should.

It also doesn't mean that I have some obligation to watch the ads, particularly given the privacy baggage that tends to come with them. I come to slashdot to read the content, not to watch ads or let companies track my every move. Your bad business model is not my problem. If I value what you have then I will pay for it. I pay for several magazines as well as subscriptions to several online media services I find valuable to me. Frankly most online ad services are invasive to the point of being creepy as hell. Why on earth would I support that in any way? Advertising companies are generally invasive and seem to have no clue about when they've crossed the line. If they had any ethical compass I might be more lenient but I regularly see interviews with people involved in the online ad industry and they regard website viewers like a rancher views a side of beef. No respect whatsoever.

The internet is no different than any other media, where ads pay the bills to keep the lights on and people employed to serve up news, reviews and other content you enjoy every day, essentially for free.

Media funds through ads because it is easy but it is hardly the only means available. If you want to take advantage of the easy money don't be shocked when you get pushback. Newspapers are shriveling up because they built a business model based on a distribution monopoly and easy advertising dollars. Now that the distribution monopoly is broken by the internet their business model no longer allows monopoly profits. Your business is no different and if your business model is based on people being dumb enough to not block advertising that has a blatant disregard for privacy then I have no sympathy for you.

And good sites (like Slashdot and HotHardware) know how to separate church and state, where advertising does not affect editorial opinion.

The problem is that it sometimes is hard to tell the difference. Given that fact I would be a fool not to take control of my own privacy given that I have the means.

Re:How much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791431)

> And ad blocking. Don't even get me started. So many ad blockers are so proud of what they do, like it's some badge of honor to block.

They do it because they prefer to experience the web without ads, not as a "badge of honour", dullard.

> If everyone blocked ads, many quality web sites would likely cease to exist,

"everyone"
"would likely"

If fear, uncertainty, and doubt...

> including Slashdot

Slashdot isn't worth the price of ads. If it needs them to host its crappy platform - because the editing is done badly enough that a part-time volunteer with a learning disability could fill the role - well, bye, bye, Slashdot. This site's worth is in the articles (a bit) and the comments (oddly informed userbase).

> Just because you can block, doesn't mean you should.

You have it the wrong way round. Downloading the ads is the activity, and "blocking" is in fact not choosing to download them. If you're going to perform an ethical analysis, it starts, "Just because you can download ads, it doesn't mean you should."

> The internet is no different than any other media,

Yes it is. Start a newspaper and find out how much shit costs.

> where ads pay the bills to keep the lights on and people employed to serve up news, reviews and other content

No, most of the bills go toward all the overheads of physical stuff.

> you enjoy every day,

This is beginning to sound like a marketing prospectus.

> essentially for free.

"essentially"

If sponsorship had no cost to the visitor, there would be no sponsors. You're paying with bandwidth, CPU time, screen real estate, distractions, irrational thought changes (if the advertisers weren't able to influence you, they wouldn't advertise), increased price of the sponsor's product, and a very real risk of malware. Fuck all that. If you can't afford to run a site, post a breakdown of your costs, and I'm sure we'll find you're either making bank or pissing money away somewhere.

Re:How much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791591)

http://paulgraham.com/submarine.html

It's more common than you might think. Good PR looks like content.

Re:How much? (4, Insightful)

davester666 (731373) | about 4 months ago | (#47791775)

Um "press coordinated announcement by Dell-Alienware" == advertisement

and making a press release appear to be a review [also known as "branded content"] is a violation of church and state

but it's the new thing to get a few extra sheckles these days

Re:How much? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791875)

Hah, the only way your post could've been dumber was if you threw in something about global warming.

FYI, the Internet doesn't need advertising. It worked perfectly before it and could again. Any site that had to shut down as a result wouldn't be missed. You sound like an advertising shill.

Re:How much? (3, Insightful)

evilviper (135110) | about 4 months ago | (#47791991)

Why do people that read a legitimate news story always try to assume something is advertising.

Perhaps because it's utterly and totally devoid of valuable information on the subject? When your copy is just "Ooh, look... Shiny!" and uncritically copying bits of info out of the manufacturer's press release... you are doing nothing more than advertising a product.

If everyone blocked ads, many quality web sites would likely cease to exist, including Slashdot. Just because you can block, doesn't mean you should.

Adblock Plus allows non-annoying advertisements through the filter, to be displayed by default...

If every site used non-annoying ads, ad-blockers "would likely cease to exist."

Re:How much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47792145)

Seriously, "VERY cool case"? Yeah, OK, not visiting your site.

Re:How much? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47792251)

Why do people that read a legitimate news story always try to assume something is advertising. This was a press coordinated announcement by Dell-Alienware.

I know you are right in the middle of it since that is your website and that makes it difficult to see things from any other perspective, but you should take a step back and try to see it as an uninvolved bystander would because those two statements are fundamentally contradictory. They can not both be simultaneously true, press-release journalism [wikipedia.org] is not legitimate news, if for no other reason than coordination reduces your ability to critically report a story.

Re:How much? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790331)

So how much advertising did Dell buy ro get this story run?

Don't be ridiculous. It's not an advertisement. Alienware makes some pretty slick gaming rigs--I have a few myself as I am sure many other slashdotters do. I find it interesting to hear about their latest case design. Sorry if paranoia prevents you from enjoying the article.

Re:How much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790585)

if an author profits from writing about a product from the sales or desire to buy such product (e.g. views or clicks), then it is an advertisement.

pry your head out of ass, the air will smell much better.

Re:How much? (1)

MojoKid (1002251) | about 4 months ago | (#47790619)

Thank you, well said.

Re:How much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791767)

I'm afraid the trend for news on the internet is going to be infomercials. Obviously the printed paper business has taken a bad slide in revenue and papers don't make a whole lot of money off of internet news. The profit motive has destroyed many of the good things on the internet. Consider that the the most used search engine is really an ad agency of sorts. Why should we be surprised if our "free" news becomes nothing but commercials. The people in the suits would reason that if we wanted something of value we would pay for it. Maybe in the future our "free" news will be tailored to us personally to fit our preferences and psychological profile. Just today we received a chance to get a yearly subscription to the new york times for the small price of $1,099.95! If the little people want real news they will be expected to pay for it.

Re:How much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790563)

You can choose between either having 2 arms or 2 legs or we take your eyes. Unfortunately, we already have your soul.

D(H)ELL Inside.

Ineffective advertising (3, Interesting)

rebelwarlock (1319465) | about 4 months ago | (#47790197)

The only way this could have been more blatant of an advertisement is if they had put in a preorder link. Even if it wasn't, their "controlled gap" is just a corner that juts out so you can't push it up against the wall properly. It's just not very impressive in terms of, well, anything.

Besides, I'm pretty sure the slashdot crowd builds their own rigs anyway.

Re:Ineffective advertising (2, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 4 months ago | (#47790215)

The only way this could have been more blatant of an advertisement is if they had put in a preorder link. Even if it wasn't, their "controlled gap" is just a corner that juts out so you can't push it up against the wall properly. It's just not very impressive in terms of, well, anything.

Besides, I'm pretty sure the slashdot crowd builds their own rigs anyway.

So lets tare it apparent instead:
1. It's hideously ugly
2. That vent design will make removing dust and pethair from the vents nearly impossible.
3. It's a non-standard form fact, a lot of hardware will not fit in it at all.
4. The PSU is at the bottom, heat rises, and directly above it they have the SLI video cards. This is a terrible design.
5. It's small and cramped... which I'd expect from a portable design for lan parties... but it's too awkward to carry.

Re:Ineffective advertising (3, Insightful)

goarilla (908067) | about 4 months ago | (#47790413)

4. The PSU is at the bottom, heat rises, and directly above it they have the SLI video cards. This is a terrible design.

The PSU at the bottom is pretty much the standard these days.
It makes room for top vents or a radiator that way. And the heath output of the PSU is so minimal
compared to other parts that it's probably the best place for the PSU.

Re: Ineffective advertising (1)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | about 4 months ago | (#47790437)

Maybe for low end prebuilds. I haven't seen an custom build that uses a case with that layout, and the most popular cases do not have that layout.

Re: Ineffective advertising (4, Informative)

goarilla (908067) | about 4 months ago | (#47790487)

Oh really CM 690 III (it's a popular case -- they made three versions of it):
http://www.coolermaster.com/ca... [coolermaster.com]

Antec 280:
http://www.antec.com/product.p... [antec.com]

Same deal with a high end Lian Li PC-A79:
http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_p... [lian-li.com]

Re: Ineffective advertising (1)

Cinder6 (894572) | about 4 months ago | (#47790975)

Did you reply to the wrong comment? The cases you linked all have the PSU at the bottom.

Re: Ineffective advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791017)

Maybe for low end prebuilds. I haven't seen an custom build that uses a case with that layout, and the most popular cases do not have that layout.

To this post. A bit ambiguous, to be sure, but it was replying to:

The PSU at the bottom is pretty much the standard these days.
It makes room for top vents or a radiator that way. And the heath output of the PSU is so minimal
compared to other parts that it's probably the best place for the PSU.

So yeah, clearly showing popular bottom PSUs was the point.

It IS the new black.

Re: Ineffective advertising (1)

Cinder6 (894572) | about 4 months ago | (#47791259)

I blame the new layout (first time here in months). I couldn't see the other comment. My bad!

Re: Ineffective advertising (1)

mister_playboy (1474163) | about 4 months ago | (#47790499)

Antec cases have the PSU at the bottom, or at least the fanciest ones do.

Re: Ineffective advertising (1)

war4peace (1628283) | about 4 months ago | (#47790589)

Antec P182 - I have it, there's almost no heat coming from the top of the PSU, and guess where does the PSU reside?

Re: Ineffective advertising (2)

X0563511 (793323) | about 4 months ago | (#47790669)

Mine's got the PSU on bottom, [newegg.com] but it does have the intake (with a removable hair screen) on the bottom, raised pegs, and the exhaust on back. Meaning that the PSU doesn't blow hot air anywhere inside the case.

Tons of airflow on this case, even with the fans on the lowest setting my CPU fan hardly ever needs to spin fast.

Re: Ineffective advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790839)

Maybe you haven't - but the best ones typically do it like that.

Generally you have a partition between the PSU and the cards, and often you get a space for 3 or 4 mechanical hard drives at the back.

The Antec P180 and derivatives are the workhorses of this design, and it works brilliantly. Try it!

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 4 months ago | (#47790651)

If your PSU grows heath, you need to get a dehumidifier or even consider leaving Seattle.

Re:Ineffective advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790593)

So lets tare it apparent

Translation?

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 4 months ago | (#47790605)

Wow, festooning a computer case with weeds harmful to grains, to bring it apart. That's very novel compared to something as mundane as tearing one apart.

Re:Ineffective advertising (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 4 months ago | (#47791647)

1. I disagree.
2. No more then it is now. Pop open the top, and blow it out.
3. As nears as I can tell, the motherboard isn't standard, but everything else is.
4. Clearly you didn't pay attention to how it removes heat. Having the weight at the bottom is better.
5. lan parties. Cute.

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

brantondaveperson (1023687) | about 4 months ago | (#47792669)

If the PSU is wasting more power than the rest of the system is actually using, then you've got bigger problems.

The PSU should be >90% efficient, which means it's producing 10% of the total heat output of the system.

Re:Ineffective advertising (4, Insightful)

asylumx (881307) | about 4 months ago | (#47790251)

I'm anything BUT an Apple fan, but I think their new design for the Mac Pro [apple.com] is better looking and probably more functional from a shape perspective than this idea from Alienware. Glad to see manufacturers trying new things, but I hope they keep looking.

Re:Ineffective advertising (3, Funny)

LookIntoTheFuture (3480731) | about 4 months ago | (#47790297)

I'm anything BUT an Apple fan, but I think their new design for the Mac Pro [apple.com] is better looking and probably more functional from a shape perspective than this idea from Alienware. Glad to see manufacturers trying new things, but I hope they keep looking.

That thing makes me want to start smoking again so I could ash in it.

Re:Ineffective advertising (1, Insightful)

LookIntoTheFuture (3480731) | about 4 months ago | (#47790483)

Overrated? Come on, it totally looks like an ash tray.

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 4 months ago | (#47790679)

Or a trash bin.

It's certainly.. unique looking.

Re:Ineffective advertising (2)

Misagon (1135) | about 4 months ago | (#47790761)

Funny how everyone called it a "trash can" ... until they saw how small it was. Then they started calling it an "ash tray".

I thought the unified thermal core was genius... until I heard that it actually runs pretty hot.
The graphics card have to be custom-made for the Mac Pro, and you can't put a mechanical drive inside, which limits performance for video editing. Yet again Apple's own overpriced accessories are the only ones that fit.
I'm not saying that the Alienware trapezoid/pentagon isn't more ridiculous. I think the older Mac Pro was a better design than both of them.

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

brianwski (2401184) | about 4 months ago | (#47791153)

Our graphics designer who does a lot of video work got a Mac Pro here at work, they are pretty expensive, but it seems fast and reliable so far. Time will tell for sure.

> you can't put a mechanical drive inside, which limits performance for video editing

I think the designers made the correct decisions for video editing. SSDs are faster than mechanical drives and go inside. Most video editors also need large repositories in addition to their working set (the working set goes on internal SSD) and basically always use external mechanical disk arrays - and the Mac Pro comes with nice fast Thunderbolt for the external arrays.

I dislike the humongous cases of a few years ago, I welcome smaller, more practical, more desk friendly designs just as long as they are every bit as fast.

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 4 months ago | (#47791583)

but only 1 inside slot? with no choice for raid? also no E-sata

Re:Ineffective advertising (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 4 months ago | (#47791677)

For that price, you can get far more powerful PCs.
In fact, you could get several PC and create a mini farm.

OTOH, it's for a graphic designer, so pretty of substance.

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

stg (43177) | about 4 months ago | (#47791661)

Yet again Apple's own overpriced accessories are the only ones that fit.

AFAIK it is all standard stuff - USB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, etc. None of those require you to use Apple accessories.

Re:Ineffective advertising (3, Interesting)

fa2k (881632) | about 4 months ago | (#47790535)

So we should compare this announcement with the Mac Pro one. Apple had to share a slashdot article between the MacBook and the Mac Pro [slashdot.org] . There's not many complaints about slashvertisement on the mac post.

The post about the Mac appears just as positive, but it packs a lot more facts in fewer sentences, so it's arguably better. Both have their share of marketing language and fluff, but the Alienware has a lot more of it.

Re:Ineffective advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790735)

Don't forget smaller (about 1/4 the size), and a more powerful machine.

Re:Ineffective advertising (2)

sudon't (580652) | about 4 months ago | (#47791073)

I am an Apple fan, and the new Mac Pro is the first design in a long time that I haven't liked. The old aluminum enclosure looked a lot nicer. This one looks PCish to me, in spite of being round. Maybe it's the color of the plastic? I prefer my ashtrays in amber glass on a brass pedestal.

Re: Ineffective advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47792195)

Except it's not plastic. It's aluminum.

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 4 months ago | (#47791561)

more functional this thing has room for 3 video cars and 5 HDD's maybe even SATA express.

mac pro 2 video cards that only fit in the mac pro. 1 pci-e SSD slot and no pci-e slots.

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

enjar (249223) | about 4 months ago | (#47791613)

I thought of the Mac Pro when I saw this design, and thought "this is more what the Mac Pro should have been". Maybe not from the aesthetic perspective (maybe a bigger trash can than the current model?), but the things this system can do are far more akin to what the old cheese grater Mac Pros could do:

- accept GPU cards of the maker you choose, and upgrade them as new models come out. Or, more accurately, more PCI devices.
- accept more storage devices in the bays, or a mix of SSD and disk technologies to give a price/performance mix for people who need it.

The new Mac Pro's exterior and technological designs have a lot of high points. What is misses was that the people who were shelling out the money for the "Pro" model were probably populating a lot of the drive bays, maxing out the RAM, adding additional GPUs and making use of the dual processors or putting in add-in cards that connected to storage or other specialized equipment. They might also be upgrading the GPUs during the 3-4 years they held onto the machine, as the GPU power has been appreciating pretty quickly.

So the new model misses the use case that those people had and replaces it with a throwaway all-in-one box whose only expansion potential skips the PCI bus and takes it down several speed steps to the Thunderbolt devices that you string together like Christmas lights with wall warts, which is going to turn into a dusty rat's nest of cables. I suspect PCs like this one might be appealing to the people who bought the cheese graters.

The only major complaint I had about the cheese grater was that you couldn't put in a 19" rack without resorting to the use of a saw to hack off the handles. We have several of them in our test lab and I was hoping to consolidate them from shelves into a rack so they would look nicer and be easier to maintain but it was kind of a pain in the rear. I'd have been perfectly happy if they had not gone with the trash can design and just come up with a new motherboard that supported newer Xeon processors, had PCI 3 and the latest SATA speeds (which we get all day long for our Windows and Linux servers -- using the same hardware!), but instead we get the trash can.

Or just bring back the freaking XServe.

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

ubersoldat2k7 (1557119) | about 4 months ago | (#47790515)

Mind commenting about TFA and saving your useless criticism for yourself?

Besides, I'm pretty sure the slashdot crowd builds their own rigs anyway.

So what? Because you're not interested it means everyone shouldn't be? Find something/somewhere else to hate.

Re:Ineffective advertising (1)

rebelwarlock (1319465) | about 4 months ago | (#47791229)

That's a whole lot of salt. You must be mad that no one liked your favorite brand's advertisement.

Alienware's business model (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790247)

  1. Buy the same components that would be in any high spec PC
  2. Invent the ugliest, least practical case you find. Preferably one which glows blue, and has a perspex cum-proof window so owner can wank over their expensive purchase.
  3. Throw in a stupidly heavy keyboard and mouse, each styled to be ugly too. Preferably they glow red.
  4. Throw a 2 or 3x markup on what it cost to shit out this abomination.
  5. Laugh at the morons who sustain this business model.

Re:Alienware's business model (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790503)

'cool' has to start somewhere you know. Just you wait... these will soon become a cult all to themselves sorta like those who like the Windows 8 UI on a desktop.

"Against a wall" (5, Informative)

Noughmad (1044096) | about 4 months ago | (#47790253)

In other words, it's ok to place this directly agains the wall, because the shape ensures it cannot be placed agains the wall. Well done.

Re:"Against a wall" (4, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | about 4 months ago | (#47790357)

In other words, it's ok to place this directly agains the wall, because the shape ensures it cannot be placed agains the wall. Well done.

That's actually completely accurate. Towers do tend to get placed under desks, or more commonly, in a corner where the desk meets the wall. Ventillatoin back there is crap, and the system overheats. So rather than make another case that will just generate a lot more support calls and broken harware in warranty, they just made it physically impossible to keep installing it like retard.

y'know... for their retarded customers ;)

Knowing your customer is key to a successful business.

But all sarcasm aside, I do like the new design. I'm a mac fan but I can see some thought went into this both for functionality and for original and interesting design. Even if they fail at both, at least they're trying. It's not just another boring beige / black box.

I think the biggest concern for me though would be how much floor space this is going to take up, plus how little or zero space there is to set anything on it. I don't even think you could set the keyboard aside on it without risking it falling over. And imagine the users setting drinks on top of it! At least with a box, if you knock your drink over, it's on the floor. HERE.... it can drain your entire soda into the mobo ports (back) or fan intake. (front) I think that will be the biggest problem this case has, getting users out of the habbit of setting things on top of their case.

Re:"Against a wall" (1)

Morpf (2683099) | about 4 months ago | (#47790393)

There are already things hindering the customers to place their PC directly with their back to the walls. One is called cables, the other one is called convenience. Who wants to crawl under their desk to turn the PC on or to attach / detach an USB flash drive? Thus a PC is more often then not aligned with the front of the desk, with more than enough space towards the wall.

So I call BS on the "regular PCs heat up because of walls and thus we introduced this case design".

Re:"Against a wall" (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 4 months ago | (#47791623)

There are already things hindering the customers to place their PC directly with their back to the walls. One is called cables, the other one is called convenience.

But then you also have people who just like to shove things against the wall. I mean who cares about a broken cable now and then, you can always buy more >.<

Re: "Against a wall" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790399)

I just got a peek at the new "new" model. Its a pyramid.

Re: "Against a wall" (1)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | about 4 months ago | (#47790513)

Spherical is the way to go, especially if you like cows.

Re: "Against a wall" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790973)

I like cows -- against a wall.

Re:"Against a wall" (1)

Mal-2 (675116) | about 4 months ago | (#47790411)

I don't know about you, but I prefer to have my desktop machine as far away from my ears as the cables will allow. This also means putting it out of reach to set anything like drinks on top of it. I do have an 8-channel mixer and a USB3-SATA drive dock on top of it, but I have to stand up and take a couple steps to reach either of those.

If I could do it without knocking a hole in the wall, I'd put the whole machine in a different room so I don't have to hear it or feel its heat.

Re:"Against a wall" (1)

war4peace (1628283) | about 4 months ago | (#47790597)

Monsieur Ventillatoin disagrees.

Re:"Against a wall" (0)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 4 months ago | (#47791261)

And imagine the users setting drinks on top of it! At least with a box, if you knock your drink over, it's on the floor. HERE.... it can drain your entire soda into the mobo ports (back) or fan intake. (front) I think that will be the biggest problem this case has, getting users out of the habbit of setting things on top of their case.

What kind of moron gets in the habit of putting liquids on top of their case in the first place?

Re:"Against a wall" (2)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 4 months ago | (#47791571)

imagine the users setting drinks on top of it! At least with a box, if you knock your drink over, it's on the floor. HERE.... it can drain your entire soda into the mobo ports (back) or fan intake. (front)

Moreover, I imagine this feature will increase dust buildup. Of course you get plenty of dust along the airstream, no matter what direction, but in this case (pun intended) there's a constant buildup from above, even when the machine is off. Then when you turn the machine on again, you get this nice layer of dust sucked in at once.

To avoid these types of problem, I'd rather have an indentation on the back, leaving room for air even when the top is pushed against the wall. It will be somewhat worse for natural convection, though. Then again it might help when lifting the machine up.

Trapezoidal shape? (2)

Ecuador (740021) | about 4 months ago | (#47790267)

Before clicking the link I was trying to imagine how a trapezoidal shape could help and I could not. Well, that's because it is a hexagon. Sure, not a regular one, as the article says "like a triangle but with twice as many sides", and even more complicated than that (half the sides are hexagonal themselves, the other half rectangular), but I would not call it "trapezoidal" unless I did not know what that meant.
That said, yes, you can push it to the wall, but due to its shape it is actually longer (at its lower part) than a rectangular case would be, so you would be able to leave enough space behind with a rectangular case if you set it so that its front is at the same place where this hexagon reaches when it is all the way back to the wall. If they wanted to actually save space perhaps they could get air from the sides and out from the top on a rectangular shape (along with ports etc)? I don't know, I'm just saying.

Re:Trapezoidal shape? (1)

NoMaster (142776) | about 4 months ago | (#47790465)

Before clicking the link I was trying to imagine how a trapezoidal shape could help and I could not. Well, that's because it is a hexagon.

Doesn't matter. You clicked on the link. Dice's job is done...

Re:Trapezoidal shape? (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 4 months ago | (#47790687)

Looks like an extruded triangle with bevels. Don't make it more complicated :P

Re:Trapezoidal shape? (1)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about 4 months ago | (#47791449)

What irked me is the totally useless video. Instead of exhibiting the case, using the benefit of multiple angles provided by a video cam, etc.. we just get a bunch of bullshit seizure inducing game screens and other pointless alien metaphor type stuff. The video could have been used to give us a much better grasp of the design than the picture or two on the webpage. They have definitely chosen flashy sensationalism over substance, and for that I cannot trust anything they claim.

A 24 inch boxfan works better (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790279)

Cooling doesn't have to be complicated.

This should become a standard form factor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790385)

I like the design, it is a lot better than boring old ATX.

Computer Industry should work together to make this a standard form factor.
It could be TTX - Trapezoidal TX?

trapezoidal? (1)

m.alessandrini (1587467) | about 4 months ago | (#47790429)

Does someone know a trapezoid?

ITG (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790439)

In the Ghetto Part I

It was pitch-black in the roach-infested double-wide trailer. All was quiet except for the gurgling sound of an infant, shut away in its own room.

The floor creaked as a mass of flesh made its way to the infant's room. The door slowly opened, creating a growing triangle of light on the floor. The infant coughed and gagged and began to cry as it was overpowered by the horrid stench.

"It's time to suck on daddy's special pacifier, Marticock!"

As the door creaked shut, the whale in the master bedroom wept into her pillow. What kind of life was this for her precious little Marticock?

In the Ghetto Part II

Reza sat at the kitchen table, her cigarette smoke blending with the steam rising from her coffee cup. She took a sip of coffee and adjusted the rollers in her hair. She rubbed her eyes, which were still puffy from crying into her pillow all night.

Vlad shuffled into the room, wearing nothing but his briefs and a stained t-shirt, "hey you fat, pig, how are you this morning," he burped.

"Vlad, we have to talk."

"What now, fat-ass?"

"It's about Marticock. You have to stop molesting him... I think it will make it harder for him to make friends later on..."

Vlad slammed his fist onto the table, causing Reza to jump. She farted.

"You're not supposed to think, bitch! You're supposed to be making me breakfast! Where is it?!"

"Vlad, please..."

"Remember when we saw the Matrix Reloaded last weekend? THAT'S the style of Martial Arts I practice, bitch. You're about to get a FREE LESSON!"

Reza rose from her chair, causing it to fall over and ran - as best she could - into the bedroom to cry again.

"Fucking bitch," Vlad farted.

In the Ghetto Part III

Vlad sat on the living room couch, thecushions torn and vomiting foam from their inner core as he bounced up and down in excitement. He screamed at the television, as he shook his fist at it, sending Budweiser spilling out all over the floor.

"Come on, you goddamn white boy, if I wuz in there, he'd be dead now. Let's see some goddamn wrestling!"

Vlad didn't notice the doorbell ringing and continued screaming obsessively at the television as Reza bounced through the room to open the door.

Reza stood at the doorway in a sheeny, purple, see-through nighty, smiling at the black couple who greeted her, "hi I'm Reza! You must be Pedro and Florence from the personal ad..."

As a commercial flashed onto the television, Vlad turned to see what all the comotion was about. He recognized Pedro in the blue cathode-ray glow, "hey DOOOOOG!"

Vlad hopped from the couch, emitting a spurt of gas as he did so.

Pedro and Florence, who was holding a fat black child with curly hair, entered the dingey apartment. Vlad and Pedro high-fived each other and then Pedro began to rap:

This is Pedro G / Gangsta P / Sippin' on Hi-C / Smokin' PCP / Smooooooth Nigga

Vlad began to break-dance to the off-the-cuff rap. Farting with each bend of the leg and twist of the waist.

Oooooooh. A little Mastah B on the Bonus T
Got it goin' on girl
Droppin' Baby Marticock on your ass, Byatttch

Vlad and Pedro laughed heartily and butted guts.

"You ready to do some swappin' V-Dog," Pedro drooled. Reza grew wet with the suggestion.

"You bet I is, bro," Vlad replied eagerly. He trampled off into the other room, much to Reza's confusion.

In no time at all, Vlad returned holding Marticock, gurgling and farting. Pedro took his child from Florence and exchanged him for Marticock.

Reza frowned and shook her head, "no, no, no!"

Vlad and Pedro laughed as Reza and Florence ran into the bedroom to weep.

Vlad grinned as he removed the black child's diaper, "this is gonna be good! I never cornholed me a nigra before!"

In the Ghetto Part IV

Reza gazed into the bathroom mirror. The sense of despair overwhelmed her. Vlad's nightly visits to Marticock the Gurgling Penis Socket had been torturing her for weeks. She hadn't slept at all and it was beginning to show. The bags under her eyes were dark and full. Her eyes were red from constant crying. She even thought she could see some wrinkles appearing in her puffy face. She had to do something.

She opened the mirror to reveal a series of shelves. She found Vlad's razor and took it with her shaking hand. She closed the mirror again and stared deeply into her own eyes. Did she really want to do this? Was this the only way out of this mess? She heard the front door slam, followed by a loud belch and fart. Those three sounds that used to bring her so much comfort. She decided she must end it now.

In the living room of the double-wide, Vlad threw his empty Budweiser can onto the floor. He plunged his hand down the back of his pants to fish desperately for a ball of crust caught in his anal hairs that had been plaguing him all day. He moaned deeply as he plucked the nugget from his anus, taking along a few assorted hairs with it.

"Hey, bitch, where's my dinner?" Vlad screamed.

He heard a crashing sound in the bathroom, followed by a thud and a large splash.

"Fucking cunt," he spluttered.

Vlad trudged into the kitchen and liberated another Budweiser from the bottom shelf. He opened the can and drank half the contents, signifying his approval with an enormous belch. Suddenly, he heard more splashing and riff-raff in the bathroom. He wallowed across the room and into the hallway and opened the bathroom door.

Vlad was shocked. Reza was laying in the tub, completely bald. Not only were her legs hairless for the first time in years, but so were her armpits! The hair on her upper lip had been completely removed, as well as the ratty hair that covered her scalp. Vlad's mind reeled. How could she have managed to reach her legs with all of that lard in the way?

"Look, Vlad! I am Marticock!" Reza said with a hint of hope in her voice, "you can molest me now!"

Vlad farted, "Marticock?"

Reza nodded, "Ummmm-hmmmm!"

Vlad shook his head. He noticed the comforting gurgling sound in the room down the hall, "Marticock..."

Vlad turned and stumbled down the hallway to Marticock's room. He opened the creaking, paper-thin door, "daddy's home, Marticock! Open wide!"

Reza cried so hard that she deficated in the tub.

In the Ghetto Part V

Vlad farted.

It was a plump, furry fart with a long wet tail. Vlad couldn't tell if the vibration at the end of the fart was just particularly chaotic or if it had left a moist surprise for him. He reached down the back of his underwear to feel around and discovered some moistness on his underwear. He sniffed his fingers and his mouth watered at the unusual scent. He wiped his fingers dry using his t-shirt.

Vlad knew this would be a good day.

In the Ghetto Part VI

Vladinator's bulk took up most of the sidewalk as he waddled slowly towards his destination. Pedestrians jumped out of his way into oncoming traffic to avoid being trampled. Finally, panting heavily and with a river of sweat running from every gland, his three-block walk came to an end. He found what he had been searching for. He let out a satisfied fart as he looked at the sign:

Chicago Unemployment Office

Inside, a long line of vagrants and lost souls stood waiting in front of the counter. It smelled of piss and vomit. Scott Lockwood squeezed himself through the door, and the smell worsened tremendously.

Vlad looked at the dozens of people in line ahead of him, contemplating the long wait he faced before he could get his check. "No, this won't do," he thought. "This won't do at all." His face took on a grimace of deep concentration, followed by an intense sigh of relief.

It was silent, but deadly. One by one, his fellow unemployables screamed as they felt the burning in their lungs. Some began to retch. Within a minute, everyone had either fled in terror or lost consciousness. Vlad was now at the head of the line! "Much better," he thought to himself.

He waddled up to the counter and smiled a yellowish smile. Standing there was a cute teenage girl wearing a standard-issue gas mask. But Vlad had no interest in girls. "Give me mah check!"

"Your name please, sir?"

"William Scott Lockwood III. Hurry up, cunt!"

"One moment." The girl tapped buttons on her computer, and then frowned at Vlad. "I'm sorry, sir, but your Unemployment coverage has expired. It looks like you've made no effort to get a job for over two years, so we have to cut you off."

Vlad's face turned red with rage. He farted an angry fart. "WHAT?! I'll fucking kill you, bitch!" Vlad dropped into a sad parody of a martial arts stance. The sound of his pants ripping was followed immediately by another kind of ripping. The counter-girl's gas mask began to melt away.

She pushed a button, and a plexiglass barrier dropped between her and Vladinator. "I wouldn't try that, sir."

Vlad fell on his ass, exhaused from his attempt at moving his body. A farting sound was heard as he landed. He began to cry. "Why would you do this to me? Is it because I is black?"

"Pardon me, sir?"

"Whitey is just trying to keep the Black Man down! Everywhere I go, nobody gives me a chance, because of the color of my skin! A nigger just can't make it in the world today because of all the prejudice and bigotry!"

The girl looked at him with sympathy and concern. She pointed to a mirror on the wall next to Vlad. Vlad turned his head to look, and then screamed in terror at what he saw.

"WHITE! I'm white?! NOO!!"

The girl nodded.

Vlad continued to blubber, "you mean, the white man ISN'T keeping me from getting a job? The white man ISN'T keeping me from having a good life? All these years I thought..." He trailed off into incoherant sobbing and farting.

The girl shook her head sadly. "Mr. Lockwood, there IS a white man keeping you from having a good job and a good life. That white man is yourself."

Vlad felt shame as his bladder emptied into his pants, because he knew it was true.

In the Ghetto Part VII

Vladinator slowly waddled home smelling or urine and flatulence after his unsuccessful trip to the Chicago Unemployment Office. Tears and mucous ran down his face as he sobbed about the sad state of his life. Even knowing that baby Marticock would be there in a skimpy diaper waiting for him at home was no comfort now. He was miserable and he wanted to die.

Not wanting to go home and face his family without his unemployment check, he turned off the sidewalk into a narrow alley between two tall buildings. Then he realized he wouldn't fit through the alley, and went back to find another one that was wider. It grew dark as he walked through the forgotten back-alleys of Chicago's filthy slums.

Suddenly, Vlad heard a gun being cocked. A voice behind him barked out, "don't move or you're a dead man!"

Vlad saw that a homeless Negroid mugger had pointed a gun at him. "What do you want from me?" Vlad whined.

The homeless Negroid mugger responded, "You have two choices. Give me all your money, or I'm going to rape your ass. By the way, I have AIDS."

Vlad stammered, "B...but I don't have any money!"

"I guess I'm going to have to rape your ass, then," the homeless Negroid mugger replied sadly.

"Yes, well, I guess that's the only other choice, now isn't it," Vlad quickly replied.

"If that's how it has be... well, okay. I'm going to rape your ass now."

So he did.

Afterwards, when the homeless Negroid mugger had left, Vlad removed the large wad of money that he'd hidden between two rolls of his stomach that morning, and took a deep whiff of it.

"I am SO clever," thought Vlad.

In the Ghetto Part VIII

Vlad sat at the kitchen table finishing off a case of Budweiser. The metal table, with its peeling yellow paint comforted Vlad. He belched heartily as he admired his vinyl and plastic life in the double-wide. The only fly in Vlad's ointment was the elephantine woman who was cowering in the bedroom closet sobbing at Vlad's approaching Marticock Time.

As much beer as Vlad had consumed, he still could not alleviate the burning in his pants. His penis was chafed and red from its constant attacks upon Marticock's ass. Vlad loved the tightness of it, but it did have drawbacks. He shoved his hand down his unzipped pants and worked his hand around the layers of lard until he found his penis. He rubbed it carefully, sending thin rolls of dirt-encrusted skin flaking into his pubic hair. His penis burned intensely as he rubbed away the scabs to leave large areas of tender, pus-coated sores.

Vlad's penis twitched to attention as he manipulated it. Vlad downed the rest of his beer and tossed the can onto the living-room couch - the back seat of the Chevy van which was up on blocks in Vlad's front yard. It was Marticock Time. Vlad waddled to the refrigerator and fished out a tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. He plunged his stiffened penis into the margarine, causing a thimble-sized indentation in the otherwise smooth yellow surface. Vlad massaged the margarine into his penis until it was nice and buttery.

Vlad belched, "Wake up Marticock! Here cums daddy!"

The mating call caused a spasm of nervousness to clench around Reza's bowel. She farted loudly as she quivered to each heavy thud of Vlad's footsteps. Her crying was matched only by the screaming of the molested Marticock.

In the Ghetto Part IX

Reza's face was cast in stark shadow. Marticock gurgled and drooled as she looked upon his paleness, lit only by the blue moonlight filtering through the window. Reza heard an enormous explosion in the bathroom and knew that Vlad would be there for a long while. She stared at the drooling Marticock with a grimace on her face. This was the first time that she actually looked upon her baby son with disdain. It was all Marticock's fault. She hadn't had sex since he came spilling from her substantial gut. Before Marticock, Vlad had treated her with respect, only beating her when she deserved it, and had made her feel like a real woman for the first time in her life.

Now, it seemed that all Vlad could do was drink beer, emit gasses and molest his son. He had even managed to land a job shoveling cow dung at the local slaughterhouse, only to get fired the next morning for being late - late because he spent too much time probing the tiny anus that lay before Reza. She frowned even more. How could it have come to this? For nine months, she had planned a wonderful life with her husband and their child. The reality was quite different.

A small, thin stream of gas escaped from Marticock's anus. Marticock's flatulence was a point of pride for Vlad and he often enjoyed a burst of cool gas on his penis while molesting his son. But the spurt of noise only reminded Reza of the times before Marticock. When Vlad would violate her as no other man could, with his farts causing him to vibrate like an electric dildo. That was the last straw for Reza. She let her robe slip from her body as she undressed Marticock.

Vlad squeezed out the last few drops of liquified feces from his gut. Satisfied that he had completely expunged the wastes that lurked within, he reached around the back of the toilet for the golf club. He wrapped a thick mass of toilet paper around the club and squatted on the floor, using the club to wipe his ass - the only way he could reach himself through the vast rolls of lard.

Vlad pulled his yellowed t-shirt down over his waist and headed for the nursery. Nothing crowned a relaxing defecation like a visit to Marticock. He quickly opened the door to Marticock's room and flipped on the light. Vlad farted in shock at the sight before him.

Reza was squatting on the floor, her paper-white ass cheeks protruding like two enormous dumplings, pocked and wrinkled and bursting with cellulite. Marticock was hanging from her vagina, his head fully wrapped in the rancid lips, which were stretched so wide that they had begun to tear. Blood and pus oozed from the yeast-infected vagina all over Marticock's body. Vlad stared, his mouth agape, as Reza held Marticock's legs and shoved him, as hard as she could, back into her womb.

As Reza shoved on Marticock, his legs spread apart, causing his anus to be plainly visible. Vlad grew excited and could not control his desire for little Marticock. Vlad ran over to Reza and shoved his scabbed penis into Marticock's anus. With each violent thrust, Marticock was shoved further into the mounds of disgusting lard. Vlad licked Reza's blood and pus from Marticock as he ejaculated a few spurts of semen onto his own pot-belly.

All of the commotion had caused Reza to become extremely excited and she exploded with an orgasm - an orgasm that had been months in the making. The force of the release caused Marticock to shoot back out from her vagina. Reza fell backward onto Vlad and the three Cockwoods lay in a giant, pale heap on the floor, farting with satisfaction.

In the Ghetto Part X

The orange vinyl of the couch stuck to Vlad's pale, massive leg as he guzzled another beer. Vlad had "made" the couch from the back seat of his Chevy van after the bank had repossessed most of his belongings. The seat was not needed on the van anyway, since it had been up on blocks in the front yard for the better part of a year. Vlad farted and enjoyed the unique sound of the vinyl flapping against his fattened leg due to the vibration of the escaping gasses. The couch was the only seating in the living room of the double-wide and so Reza was usually consigned to the floor. Vlad never let her sit next to him, claiming that his massive gut "needed to breathe".

Reza sat on the stained yellow carpet wearing a see-through purple gown. She sat with her legs spread open, exposing her red, infected vagina. The massive flaps of flesh that were her labia hung from her crotch and melted into a heap on the floor, still stretched and bruised from her attempt to reinsert Marticock into her womb. Various milky and pungent substances oozed from the massive black hole onto the floor to create a sticky white puddle. Carter, the Lockwood's dog, mosied over to the puddle and lapped it up as Reza belched up a portion of the evening's meal.

Vlad dug his fingernails deep into the flesh surrounding his anus and scratched heartily, oblivious to the tiny details of Lockwood life that were playing out around him. His meditations were, however, interrupted by a banging on the loosened screen door of the double-wide. A pang of excitement shot through Vlad's bowel and expressed itself as a thunderous burst of flatulence. He tried to leap up from the couch, but the hold of gravity upon his massive body slowed him significantly. Eventually Vlad made it to his feet and trudged to the door. He opened it to an extremely large man, with a flabby gut hanging all the way down to his knees.

"Poppa!"

"Hey, Vladdie," the gruff voice chortled, "give me some sugar, son..."

Vlad melted into the massive, hairy arms and inhaled deeply to savor the comforting scent of week-old sweat. Poppa rubbed Vlad's back with his dirt- encrusted hands, massaging his way down to Vlad's butt. He took one cheek in each hand and squeezed passionately. Vlad moaned with pleasure and placed his lips firmly on his father's. Vlad partially opened his mouth, and stuck his tongue out, past his missing teeth and into his fathers mouth.

Vlad could taste the residue of tobacco his father had been chewing and this excited him even more. He moved his hands down his father's back and into the back of his pants. Vlad carressed his father's bare ass, exploring each pock and wrinkle with his fingers and massaging his anus. Vlad's penis swiftly snapped to its full 1 inch of attention as he explored the moist, tight anus of his father.

"Vlad! What about me, damnit, " Reza screamed.

Vlad pulled away from his father and shook his head, "oh yeah, follow me, Poppa."

Reza smiled with a glimmer of hope which was quickly smothered as Vlad walked uncaringly past her, followed by Poppa. Reza began to sob uncontrollably then screamed loudly as Poppa stepped on her bruised labia. She rolled over onto her massive stomach and cried and screamed as she pounded the dirty floor of the double-wide.

Vlad motioned his father to Marticock's room, "I figure we can start out with me in Marticock's ass and you in mine," Vlad said eagerly.

"Now wait a minute, son! I want a piece of that tight little ass too!"

Vlad's eyes brightened with hope, "does that mean you're gonna let me in the back door this time, Poppa?"

Poppa smiled and patted Vlad on the back, "you betcha, son. I've been lookin' forward to this for a loooong time. Three generations of Lockwood, doin' it the Lockwood way!"

Vlad farted with excitement.

bullshit advertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790449)

The airflow doesn't even make sense.

The 2014 Award for the Ugliest Case goes to... (1)

DenaliPrime (6153) | about 4 months ago | (#47790473)

The Alienware "Trapezoidal" Area 51 Case.


Jesus... That thing is ugly.

Trapezoid? No, it isn't (1)

torsmo (1301691) | about 4 months ago | (#47790479)

It's a hexagonal prism, albeit not regular. So it may be called a plesiohedron?

Corsair Air 540 (2)

Mistakill (965922) | about 4 months ago | (#47790485)

I bought one of these, and between it and the Corsair H110, i don't even have any case fans on... the case has good ventilation at the top, and front... the case will be a fair bit cheaper than the premium alienware would be charging too

Corsair Air 540 (1)

Cinder6 (894572) | about 4 months ago | (#47790981)

How do you like it? I was pretty intrigued when I saw one of these at a Fry's, but I went with the Carbide 300R (which is the best case I've had the pleasure of using). The 540, aside from being gigantic, seemed like overkill at the time.

Re:Corsair Air 540 (1)

johnny0099 (1068928) | about 4 months ago | (#47791123)

It's my favorite case ever. I think the GP has inspired me to try turning off the three case fans. I'm giddy.

Chill out - I dig it (4, Interesting)

water-and-sewer (612923) | about 4 months ago | (#47790529)

I don't know why there's so much hatred about this being a slashvertisement. I actually like articles about new hardware - it's one of the reasons I still visit sites like this.

I dig the new machine, and totally support people looking into alternative and hopefully improved/innovative designs. This thing looks cool.

You guys will figure that out when you calm down a bit.

So why dont cases breathe out the top? (1)

Marrow (195242) | about 4 months ago | (#47790673)

There were reasons which I cannot seem to remember right now. Fan noise maybe? But why dont cases blow air up?

Re:So why dont cases breathe out the top? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790823)

Anecdote: I knew a student who had a self-built computer, with a top fan exhaust (and a very high CFM fan, a Delta I think!). He had a bit too much to drink one night, and threw up in exactly the wrong direction, straight on top of his PC...

Extra comedy: His PC survived, because the Delta threw the vomit right back in his face.

Perhaps this is why.

Re: So why dont cases breathe out the top? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790857)

Because when it isn't on you'd have a nice opening for dust, hair, and anything else to rain down into the case.

Re:So why dont cases breathe out the top? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 4 months ago | (#47791585)

Some do. But mostly, it's to prevent damage from spillage.

Frankly, we need to go back to desk tops.

A Triply Truncated Triangle (1)

pefisher (774697) | about 4 months ago | (#47790805)

That's what I'd call it.

Why a trapezoid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47790911)

I remember having a case that prevented placing it too close to a wall too, it simply had a flared base (also for stability). This was in the beige box era circa 1997, not really a new concept.

32GB (1)

lucm (889690) | about 4 months ago | (#47791121)

The RAM on this thing is limited to 32GB. Pretty soon there will probably be laptops at Best Buy that support more than that.

Q: How much RAM do you really need?
A: It doesn't matter. GIVE ME MORE RAM!

Re:32GB (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 4 months ago | (#47791565)

False. Very few Application use more then a few gigs.
Some do, and that's great, but for 95+% of users, it would just be wasted.
This isn't 1993

It's math.

Re:32GB (1)

lucm (889690) | about 4 months ago | (#47792069)

Wherever you go you must be the life of the party.

Re:32GB (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791627)

If CERN can't use your computer's ram as an alternative option raw storage for their latest LHC test, you don't have enough.

Beware of ads posing as articles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47791299)

It's become a recent trend for advertisers to construct ads that look and read just like news articles and stealthily insert them into Big Media outlets. However, there's no escaping this when it comes to things like desktops, laptops, tablets, etc...It's just the nature of the beast.

I'm not always stupid and rich ... (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about 4 months ago | (#47791559)

but when I am, I buy Alienware.

You don't like a bax case? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 4 months ago | (#47791597)

Why not trapezoid?

I'm not hearing a no....

Syntax error (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47792599)

"Up to triple and 900w", "Supports up to Five", "included 9". What is this shit on their ad? Are the marketroids even dumber than the people who buy this overpriced crap?

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