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Alienware workstations dominate the competition in graphics performance

Alienware MJ-12(TM) Workstations Earn Highest Scores in SPECviewperf(R) 8.0 Benchmark Testing

MIAMI, Aug. 20, 2004 -- Alienware(R), the leading manufacturer of high-performance computer desktop, notebook, media center and professional systems, recently earned the highest scores out of all submissions for the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's (SPEC)(R) SPECviewperf(R) 8.0 benchmark. Alienware's MJ-12(TM) Digital Content Creation workstations powered by ATI's FireGL(TM) X3-256 and 3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm(TM) 100 professional graphics accelerators, outperformed all competitors in six out of eight benchmarks.

With graphics performance test results submitted by both ATI and 3Dlabs, Alienware again proved the superiority of its systems by capturing the top two spots of all test submissions. SPECviewperf measures 3D-rendering performance and is considered the most popular standardized software worldwide for evaluating graphics performance on systems running under the OpenGL application programming interface (API). The complete benchmark results can be viewed at http://www.spec.org/gpc.

The results published on August 11, 2004 by SPEC, demonstrate the optimized performance available to design professionals running key CAD/CAM, digital content creation and visualization software applications on Alienware MJ-12 Digital workstations. Benchmarked with ATI FireGL X3-256 and 3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm 100 graphics accelerators, the MJ-12 systems rendered graphics with blistering speed. The MJ-12 rendered 38% faster than the nearest competitor in 3dsmax; 29% faster in Maya; 42% faster in Catia; and 108% faster in Ensight.

"The SPECviewperf benchmark results are yet another testament to Alienware's continued market leadership, quality, and innovation," said Frank Azor, senior vice president, Alienware Worldwide Product Group. "These recent results prove that Alienware workstations equipped with the most advanced hardware continue to set the standard for high-end graphics performance."

ATI's FireGL X3-256 features revolutionary parallel rendering capabilities and optimized support for OpenGL Shading Language and DirectX 9 HLSL enable 3D professionals to realize a dramatic increase in productivity. Designed for AGP-based workstations, this powerful card is based on ATI's stunning graphics architecture with six parallel geometry engines and twelve parallel rendering pipelines.

"Winning the majority of ViewPerf benchmarks demonstrates that the FireGL X3-256 gives professional workstation users the speed and reliability they demand from a graphics accelerator," said Dinesh Sharma, Director of Workstation Products, ATI. "As a leader in high-end computing, Alienware's selection of the FireGL X3-256 is further validation of our flagship AGP product."

3Dlabs' Wildcat Realizm 100 professional graphics accelerator supports several API graphics standards and offers unmatched shading language performance for robust acceleration of industrial-strength shaders. Advanced floating-point processing and extended virtual memory offers new levels of performance, programmability, accuracy and fidelity.

"Along with Alienware, 3Dlabs continues to deliver cutting-edge technology to the workstation graphics industry that increases the user's overall productivity and creativity," said Jeff Little, director of marketing at 3Dlabs. "Wildcat Realizm 100 graphics accelerators offer CAD and DCC professionals a high-quality, price-performance graphics solution."

About Alienware Corporation

Alienware Corporation manufactures high-performance computer desktop and notebook systems and leading-edge professional systems. Alienware offers unique and award-winning products that incorporate state-of-the-art components, innovative engineering and design, and unprecedented customer service. Alienware systems are available direct within the United States and Europe. For more information, please visit http://www.alienware.com or call 1-800-ALIENWARE (254-3692).

SOURCE Alienware Corporation

Web Site: http://www.alienware.com



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