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Dell Alienware Aurora

Dell Alienware Aurora
alaScore 93

83 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 reviews of Dell Alienware Aurora. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the reliability. The design also gets good opinions. Many are critical about the usability.

size, design, reliability

usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Alienware Aurora is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Dell Alienware Aurora

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Dell Alienware Aurora from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Alienware Aurora MW SKU-2 PC SystemeDell Alienware Aurora MW SKU-2 PC Systeme

Sep, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell Alienware Aurora

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Dell Alienware Aurora from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the price and design, whereas there are some negative views about the size.

reliability, design, price

size

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware Aurora AAR2-2663CSB Desktop (Cosmic Black)Alienware Aurora AAR2-2663CSB Desktop (Cosmic Black)

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (trustedreviews.com)

Alienware Aurora

 

The Aurora is Alienware's mid-range gaming PC, slotting neatly between the Alpha living room PC and the completely over-the-top Area 51. Don't expect mid-range performance from the Aurora range, though: Alienware has kitted it out with high-end...

A powerful gaming PC that’s ready for anything.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by (t3.com)

Alienware Aurora R3 review

 

Alienware turns out an excellent budget gaming system

Futuristic ; armoured design ; Inherent coolness ; Excellent monitor

Not enough RAM ; Quite heavy

Expert review by : Tim Danton (expertreviews.co.uk)

Alienware Aurora review: A gaming PC that lacks ambition

 

A solid gaming system for those who want the reassurance of a big name, but it lacks ambition

DVD writer a bonus ; A cheaper option for those on a budget

More like a corporate PC than a gaming beast

There’s much that Dell gets right with the Alienware Aurora, but ultimately it’s a pimped-up version of a standard desktop. If I were buying a gaming PC at this price, I’d choose British.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Alienware Aurora gaming PC

 

High-end specifications and a heavily modified case make the Aurora an intimidating and very expensive beast

High-end specs ; Very fast SSD ; Excellent drive bays

Very expensive ; Cabling not very neat ; Noisy radiator fan

There's no doubt that the Alienware Aurora is a great gaming PC. It's fast and interesting, and definitely fun to use. However, it's very expensive. You pay a hefty premium for features that not many other pre-built systems offer, such as excellent...

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Alienware Aurora (2016)

 

The Alienware Aurora is a more compact gaming desktop than some of the behemoths we've tested lately, but it's more than capable of handling VR and fluid gameplay on one or more 4K monitors.

Strong gaming performance. Plentiful memory and storage. Wide range of connectivity options including USB-C and 802.11ac. Well-engineered, compact build. Tool-less case and PCIe card slots.

A bit finicky to open and upgrade. Interior cable wiring could be better routed. Limited expandability.

In baseball terms, the Alienware Aurora is a fine utility player: reliable enough to depend on every day, but not as exciting as the grand-slam-hitting star. Consequently, like that utility player, the Aurora is a lot less expensive than the Maingear...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Alienware Aurora review: A lot of VR-ready desktop in a small package

 

The Alienware Aurora desktop can fit two new Nvidia 1080 GPUs in its small case.

The Alienware Aurora can fit two graphics cards into a relatively small case. Interior access doesn't require a screwdriver, and future GPU upgrades should be easy.

This is still big and heavy for a mid-size gaming desktop, some components are hidden behind the power supply, and some of the latest highest-end component options aren't available yet.

Alienware's mid-size Aurora is very flexible, and one of the smallest dual-GPU-ready gaming desktops, but it's still going to hog a lot of floor space under your desk.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Alienware Aurora Desktop Computer -DPCWXT03

 

In one sense, it's a shame, because the X51 was one of the smallest desktops that could be configured to run current-gen virtual reality headsets (which have very heavy hardware requirements). But the switch-up also makes sense because the revamped...

The Alienware Aurora can fit two graphics cards into a relatively small case. Interior access doesn't require a screwdriver, and future GPU upgrades should be easy.

This is still big and heavy for a mid-size gaming desktop, some components are hidden behind the power supply, and some of the latest highest-end component options aren't available yet.

Alienware's mid-size Aurora is very flexible, and one of the smallest dual-GPU-ready gaming desktops, but it's still going to hog a lot of floor space under your desk.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Alienware Aurora

 

The Alienware Aurora is for gaming connoisseurs who want a desktop that doesn't look like they built it themselves.

Uses dual video cards. Impressive styling. Customizable lighting. Overclocked CPU is liquid cooled. Includes Blu-ray drive.

Not a top performer. Can be loud. Video cards block expansion slots.

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Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Alex Wawro (pcworld.com)

Alienware Aurora: Style Trumps Substance

 

If you're willing to pay for the privilege of owning a stylish gaming machine and want to avoid the hassle of building your own, the Alienware Aurora ($2600, as of 7/8/2011) is a solid choice. Those seeking the best price-to-performance ratio should...

A plethora of ports ; Stylish, organized and compact case

Cramped case discourages tinkering ; Relatively poor performance for the price

The new Alienware Aurora is well-designed with a great case and a few neat features, but it’s a little pricey and doesn't keep up with category leaders in our performance tests.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Alienware Aurora (Core i7-2600K review: Alienware Aurora (Core i7-2600K

 

It's been 2.5 years since we last reviewed an Alienware desktop . Despite a complete chassis redesign, the $2,569 Alienware Aurora gaming PC feels familiar. This system trades heavily on its stylized appearance, and although it has some interesting...

The Alienware Aurora boasts one of the more eye-catching designs among higher-end gaming PCs, accompanied by configurable external lighting, capacious hard-drive space, and a wide range of connectivity options.

This system's application performance lags behind that of more aggressively overclocked boutique PCs, and suffers from a small memory allotment and lack of affordable solid-state storage options.

We can't recommend the Alienware Aurora on performance and value grounds, but its memorable appearance might appeal to those interested in making a statement with a gaming desktop.

Jun, 2011

Product Specifications

Design

Chassis Type:Desktop / Midi Tower / Tower
Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver
Placement supported:Vertical
Water cooling system: No

Expansion slots

PCI Express x1 slots:2
PCI Express x16 slots:2

Graphics

CUDA:Y
CUDA cores:2560
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1536 / 2048 / 3072 / 4096 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6950 / AMD Radeon HD 7870 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti / Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5 / GDDR5X
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:3
Graphics adapter DVI-D ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:64
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1 / 2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:Y
On-board graphics adapter:N / Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 850
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 1350
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x102 / 0x5912
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 2000 / Intel HD Graphics 630 / No
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600 / 2133 / 2667
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 4 / 4 x 2 / 4 x 4
Memory slots:4x DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.1
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wi-Fi:No / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW
Optical drives quantity:1

Other features

Built-in Camera: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD
HDMI: Yes
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
TV tuner integrated: No
Weight:20.4

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Microsoft Office Home and Studen
Cables included:AC
Display included:N / No / Yes
Drivers included:Y
Keyboard Included:Y
Keyboard layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard supplied:No / Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included:No / Y / Yes
Numeric keypad: Yes
Speakers supplied: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Packaging Data

Package depth:448 / 866.9
Package height:660.4
Package width:447.8 / 866.9

Performance

Audio chip:REALTEK ALC3861
Audio output channels:7.1
Market positioning:Gaming
Motherboard chipset:Intel P67 / Intel X79 Express
Motherboard form factor:Micro ATX
Product Type:PC
Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:N / No / Yes
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Line-in:Y / Yes
Line-out:Y / Yes
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:6 / 8
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 7
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Power Supply:460 / 875

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2 / DMI3
Conflict Free processor:No / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):32 / 34 / 44
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16 / 40
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21 / 51.2 / 59.7
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual / Quad
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1066,1333,1600 / 1333,1600,1866 / 1333,1600,2133,2400
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
Number of Processors Installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.8 / 3.9 / 4 / 4.5
Processor cache:10 / 12 / 15 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge E / Kaby Lake / Sandy Bridge / Sandy Bridge E
Processor Cores:4 / 6
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7
Processor frequency:3.2 / 3.4 / 3.6 / 3.7 / 4.2
Processor front side bus:1600
Processor lithography:14 / 22 / 32
Processor Model:i7-2600 / I7-3820 / i7-3930K / I7-4820K / I7-4930K / i7-4960X / i7-7700K
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-2600 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-3800 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-3900 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-4900 Desktop Extreme Edition series / Intel Core i7-4900 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-7700 Desktop series
Processor Socket:LGA 1151 (Socket H4) / Socket H2 (LGA 1155) / Socket R (LGA 2011)
Processor threads:12 / 8
Stepping:B0 / C2 / D2 / M1 / S1
System bus rate:5 / 8
Tcase:66.8 / 72.6
Thermal Design Power (TDP):130 / 91 / 95
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):No / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:N / No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Y
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:N / No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:63697 / 63698 / 77779 / 77780 / 77781 / 97129 / i7-2600
Processor code:SR00B / SR0LD / SR1AU
Processor package size:37.5 / 37.5 x 37.5 / 52.5 / 52.5 x 52.5
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AES, AVX, SSE4.2 / AVX / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / AVX, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015D
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1
Pre-installed software:Steam Factory

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No / Yes
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 2000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:3.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:256
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / Serial ATA III
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / HDD,SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1256 / 1280 / 2000 / 2256 / 256 / 3072

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:360.5 / 64.5 / 86.7
Height :42.6 / 472.5 / 66
Package depth:44.8 / 86.7
Package height:66
Package width:44.8 / 86.7
Weight:14.8 / 20.4
Width:212 / 25 / 44.8